Jesus tells a parable that is one of the toughest parts of the New Testament to interpret. What is going on with the Dishonest Manager in this story? How are we to understand the commendation of what seems unjust? How does Jesus move from this strange parable to rebuking the Pharisees? Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Jesus has some words regarding saltiness before having the Pharisees complain His choice of dinner guests. Jesus has three parables to tell about the pursuing love of God and what repentance is really all about. Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Jesus tells people not to exalt themselves or they will end up humbled and tells a parable about throwing banquets. The Kingdom of God continues to look more and more upside-down. God is determined to have His house full and Jesus tells us to hate our families. Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Jesus compares the kingdom of God to seemingly common and insignificant things. Someone wants to know how many people will be saved and Jesus responds in an interesting way. What does it mean to enter through the narrow door? Jesus laments over Jerusalem and another person is healed on the Sabbath. Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Jesus says He is distressed over a certain baptism and division will follow Him. People want to know about degrees of sinners, but Jesus blows apart all ideas of Karma. And a woman is healed on the Sabbath, but the rulers of the synagogue find it impossible to rejoice. Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
A man asked Jesus to play judge for him and He will not. Instead Jesus tells a parable where a man tries to assure his own soul. Jesus wants people to stay “ready for action” but His primary goal in these passages is to blow apart anxiety. Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Jesus goes to a Pharisee’s house for dinner where He serves up a heavy portion of law. Why does Jesus erupt on His hosts? What does it mean to fear God more than man? And what happens if you deny Christ? Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Jesus casts a demon out of a mute man but the response is anything but rejoicing. Jesus has strong words about associating His work with Satan. Why would a demon look for a waterless place? And no sign will be given but the sign of Jonah. Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Jesus is hanging out with two sisters and their responses to Him are very different. Jesus says one thing is required and that thing may surprise us. The disciples ask to be taught to pray and Jesus gives them a small prayer with big theology. Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
The disciples finally have some miracle success, but Jesus tells them to rejoice in something else. If you want to know what God is like, you have to look at Jesus. And Jesus tells a parable about a “Good Samaritan” in response to a lawyer trying to trap Him. Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
The disciples see someone casting out demons in Jesus’ name and try to stop him. Jesus “sets His face toward Jerusalem” but gets rejected at Samaria which results in the disciples asking a crazy question. And Jesus has some strong words about wanting following Him. Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Jesus foretells His death more than once and the disciples don’t understand it. Jesus says all who follow Him must take up their cross. Jesus is joined by Moses and Elijah on a mountain and Peter would like to stay there. A boy with an unclean spirit is healed and debate about who is the greatest breaks out between the disciples. Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
A woman is healed by touching Jesus on His way to raise a girl from the dead. The Apostles go on a mission trip. Herod is hearing a lot about Jesus and it is making him nervous. And Jesus feeds thousands of people with five loaves of bread and two fish. Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
On the heels of the Parable of the Sower, Jesus says not to hide a lamp under a bed and whoever believes His words are His family. A storm threatens to destroy the disciples and we meet a demon-possessed man living in a graveyard. Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
A Pharisee invites Jesus over for dinner and a prostitute shows up. How far does the forgiveness of Jesus go? How will the other guests respond? Jesus also tells a parable about a terrible sower and different kinds of soil. Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Daniel Emery Price and Erick Sorensen talk with Chad Bird about his Christmas/Communion hymn, The Infant Priest Was Holy Born. It's a conversation filled with rich theology and laughter. Merry Christmas!
Jesus is at war with death. After raising a young man from the dead, Jesus gives him to his mother. Is there any significance to this act? Why are all the people filled with fear? John the Baptist has some doubts and Jesus points him to all that is being fulfilled. Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Jesus has some things to say about judging and forgiving others. How do these words of Jesus explain the contrast between good and bad fruit? What is the rock we are to build on? Jesus has a funny illustration involving speaks and logs and a Centurion's servant is healed. Daniel and Erick discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Jesus contrasts His blessings to the poor, hungry, and weeping with a warning for the rich, full, and happy. He has a long list of ethical demands for His disciples that seem contrary to everything that comes naturally. Does anyone do these things? What is Jesus getting at in this text? Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Jesus gets accused of breaking the Sabbath and uses King David and the healing of a man to turn the tables on the Pharisees. Luke’s account of the Beatitudes is a little different than Matthew’s, but is the point the same? Is the law above God? Can you use the letter of the law against the spirit of it? Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
A paralytic is lowered through a roof by his friends to get to Jesus. Shocking words are spoken, and those words are then validated. Jesus calls a tax collector to follow Him which results in a large party where Jesus is criticized by the Pharisees for the company He is keeping and partying when He “should” have been fasting. And we hear a strange parable about new wine and old wineskins. Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Jesus does a lot of healing in this episode. Peter’s mother-in-law is relieved of a fever. Jesus touches a man “full” of leprosy and demons keep trying to cry out who Jesus is as they are being cast out. We see the humanity of Christ on display and Peter is confronted by his sinfulness after a miraculous catch of fish. Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Jesus is led out into the wilderness to be tempted and combats the Devil with the word of God. He then reads from Isaiah in his hometown, where a riot ensues, and a demon recognizes Jesus before being cast out. Why the temptation in the wilderness? Why is Jesus so rejected in His hometown? Daniel and Erick discuss all this and more. Have a listen!
John is preaching in the wilderness and baptizing people in the Jordan River. All are called to repent, the religious leaders get blasted and Herod’s wife isn’t pleased with John’s ministry. Why is Jesus baptized? What is the baptism with fire? And why does Luke go further than Matthew in Jesus’ genealogy? Erick and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Jesus is born, and His birth is proclaimed to shepherds which includes good news for all of us. An older man and woman praise God as Jesus is presented at the temple. We find that looking at Christ is the only way to “see your salvation”, that Jesus grows up in ways all humans do and the parents of the savior of the world can lose track of a child like anyone else. Dan and Erick discuss all of this. Have a listen!