What a pleasure it was to be joined by best-selling author Dr. Larry Schweikart to take a look at his own work and contrast it to Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. If you're not familiar with it, Zinn's magnum opus is the virtual bible of left wing American history. Schweikart examines the nature of history and specific claims that Zinn and others make about America and asks if they're accurate. He also makes a passionate plea for American exceptionalism and looks at the pillars that make her so. Many thanks to Dr. Schweikart for being a guest on the show!
Why the name “Sin Boldly”? Martin Luther wrote to his friend Philip Melanchthon in 1521: “If you are a preacher of mercy, do not preach an imaginary but the true mercy. If the mercy is true, you must therefore bear the true, not an imaginary sin. God does not save those who are only imaginary sinners. Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong [sin boldly], but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world.” To sin boldly, therefore, is not to seek unholy living, but to follow the course we believe the Bible demands even if the world is against us. And if and when we sin, trust in an even greater savior.
First Lutheran also publishes a daily podcast called The Scarlet Thread (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-scarlet-thread/id1110938468?mt=2). This podcast is a reading of the appointed texts for the Two-Year Daily Lectionary. After two years, listeners will have heard most of the Old Testament once and most of the New Testament twice. If you are liturgically-minded and want a little more Bible in your life, this is a great podcast for you.