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!
Daniel and Erick continue in Luke with the birth of John. Why is the naming of John a big deal? Zachariah finally speaks and there is much to discuss in what he says. What is significant about John going out to the wilderness? Jesus is born in Bethlehem, symbolizing something pretty awesome. Have a listen!
Gabriel appears to Mary with the shocking announcement that she is to be the mother of the Son of God. How should we view Mary? Have some gone too far while others don’t go far enough? Mary visits Elizabeth and John rejoices while in the womb. What does this tell us about infant faith? Daniel and Erick discuss all this and more. Have a listen!
Daniel and Erick begin the Gospel of Luke in this episode. After some introduction, they discuss the promise of the birth of John the baptizer. Why is God always working through impossible births? How does the prophet Elijah play into this birth? Zechariah doesn’t believe the promise but that doesn’t stop God. Have a listen!
Daniel and Erick wrap up Paul’s letter to the Philippians. He says to focus on pure, lovely and good things. How does this help with the unity Paul desires for the church? What does he mean by imitating him? Paul can “do all things through Christ”, what does that statement mean for him and us? He closes with some thoughts about giving to the mission of the gospel. Have a listen!
Paul says he hasn’t yet obtained perfection but is certain he will, but not because of anything he has done. Paul’s says maturity is very upside-down and if you think it is not, God will teach you otherwise. Why does Paul say to imitate him? What does it mean to be an enemy of the cross? Daniel and Erick discuss all this and more. Have a listen!
Paul says he will send Timothy to the Philippians along with a man they had sent to him as a messenger. Paul calls teachers of certain doctrines “dogs” and “evil-doers” and says to be on the look-out for them. He then lays out his resume’ for being righteous under the law before using some very strong language to describe it. Daniel and Erick discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Daniel and Erick are recording live from The Belmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas! Paul desperately wants unity for the Philippian church. Pride is to be done away in favor of humility and the mind of Christ is the key to everything. What does it mean to work out your salvation? And being a light to the world is a little simpler than you may think. Have a listen!
Daniel and Erick start Paul’s letter to the Philippians in this episode. Paul lays out his affections for them in the strongest possible language. The gospel is advancing in unlikely ways, including imprisonment and preachers with bad motives. To live is Christ, to die is gain and some suffering is a gift. Have a listen!
Daniel and Erick wrap up 2nd Peter. Jesus seems to be taking His time coming again. Why does God’s “soon” take so long? How should we view the time between the ascension of Christ and His return? Does God desire that everyone be saved? Why does Peter compare Jesus to a thief in the night? Peter affirms Paul but says some people twist his word. All of this is discussed. Have a listen!
Peter explains why the things he is saying about Jesus should be trusted. He freaks out on false teachers. Argues that the atonement is for the very worst of heretics. Defends true freedom. And uses an unlikely example of a righteous man. Daniel and Erick discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Daniel and Erick begin 2 Peter in this episode. They spend some time discussing some of the controversy around this book and how to engage with it. Peter makes it clear that we already have everything that has to do with life and godliness. Free people can pursue virtue for the sake of love. And our biggest problem is forgetting we’re forgiven. Have a listen!
Daniel and Erick wrap up the 1 Peter in this episode. There is some discussion about ecclesiology and why Peter calls himself an elder. Peter tells pastors to be humble and not domineering. Suffering will end even if it feels like it won’t. And humility has a lot do with denying your own strength. Have a listen!
What does Peter mean when he says those who suffer have ceased from sin? Do we ever become sinless? What does it mean that gospel has been proclaimed to the dead? Love is in the offensive business of covering sin and persecution is bound to come. Daniel and Erick discuss all of this. Have a listen!