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The Sin Boldly Podcast contains material from Sunday morning ministries, like sermons and some Adult Sunday School classes as well as the Sin Boldly digital radio program that Pastor McClanahan hosts through KPFT 90.1 FM in Thursday nights from 5-6. Audio from lectures and debates are also on this podcast.
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Sep 1, 2016

This sermon looks at Jesus' teaching to humble ourselves before others. But do we bring our private humility into the public square? Should we? What happens when we do? 

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.

Sep 1, 2016

This episode is a lecture offered by Pastor McClanahan for the Bonhoeffer House in Houston, TX. It looks at the character the Bible lays out for any who would engage in a variety of Christian ministries. 

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.

Aug 26, 2016

David Smalley of Dogma Debate dropped in for a chat on our apologetic efforts, evil and the goodness (or lack thereof) of God. I certainly appreciate that David can have a civil conversation on tough issues, and no doubt, he presses hard issues on the Christian to answer. In the end, I think these are more worldview questions, as none of us can possibly judge God if God, in fact, exists. But many thanks to David for dropping in and we'll have to do it again soon. 

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.

Aug 24, 2016

This Sunday School class finishes the first chapter of Zechariah. 

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.

Aug 24, 2016

This sermon looks at the healing of the women in the synagogue and the synagogue leader's response. In what way do our own in-house arguments hurt our ability to do evangelism?  

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.

Aug 19, 2016

Very special guest Dr. Mark Christian of the Global Faith Institute (www.globalfaithinstitute.org) joined me to take a look at a topic for the first time on Sin Boldly: Islam. The nephew of a leader in the Muslim Brotherhood, Dr. Christian knows first hand the theology of Islam and its inconsistencies. He is sure to offend some with his strong words and his passion, but that is simply the nature of these claims. It is worth repeating here what Dr. Christian says several times in this episode: Muslims are the primary victims of Islam. A sequel or a trilogy will be a must! 

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.

 

Aug 15, 2016

This class begins a look at the prophet Zachariah. Sorry the audio quality isn't better! 

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.

Aug 15, 2016

This sermon looks at the costs of discipleship and the game of expectations. Why don't we believe Jesus when he tells us that in his wake will be division? And where can we find unity and peace? 

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.

Aug 12, 2016

Dr. Kevin Baird joins me to take a look at Wayne Grudem's endorsement of Trump and Baird's widely-read response. The basic question is: what are Christians to do with Trump given the conscience issues that he raises? What does it mean to have a Christian and biblical worldview as political beings? If you want to know hear what these evangelicals think of Trump, or if you are unsure what to do given the unusual nature of this election, this episode may be for you. Thanks to Dr. Baird for dropping in! 

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.

Aug 4, 2016

This solo episode looks at the classic paradigms laid out by Richard Niebuhr of Christ and Culture. To what degree does Christ interact with culture? Or does he only stand opposed to it? What is our relationship to the culture? Should we try to convert it or survive as hermits? And did you know Jesus lives in Australia? Apparently, he's back, and he really was married to Mary Magdalene. Who knew? 

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.

Jul 29, 2016

Back from a long vacation, I take a look at foundational questions to ask a theological liberal (and yourself as well while you're at it) so current arguments can be properly centered. I also deign to offer advice on buying German cuckoo clocks. Trust me, if you're ever in the cuckoo clock market, you'll thank me. 

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.

Jul 25, 2016

This sermon looks at the harsh words that God uses in Hosea 1:2 when describing Israel: "When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, 'Go, take for yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord.'" How do we respond to such words? Do we say them about others? How can we know God is not judging us in such a harsh way? 

Jul 1, 2016

In this solo episode, I take a look at the hard questions of race. Can we assess people as they are, or are we bound to really all be racists? What does Christianity have to say about race? I also take a brief look at the recent OJ documentary and whether testimonials are a good idea. 

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.

Jun 28, 2016

This sermon is for the occasion of a joint service between our congregation and the Oromo Evangelical Church. The text is the Luke 9 passage where Jesus sets his face to Jerusalem and causes offense to other towns, and where he also tells those who want to follow him what the costs of discipleship are. (The gospel lesson was read in the Oromo language and is not included here.)

Jun 24, 2016

I was delighted to be joined by Karl Vaters, host of the Pivot blog at Christianity Today, and of www.newsmallchurch.com. Karl is a defender of church health generally, but especially within small churches. Just because a church is not "mega" doesn't mean it isn't fulfilling its commission in God's Kingdom. Karl talks a lot about what makes a church healthy, the pitfalls of churches of all size, and how small churches can do ministry with confidence. Learn more at Karl's website or follow him on Facebook. 

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.

Jun 17, 2016

This solo episode looks at three topics: the Orlando shooting, an article on Social Justice as religion, and whether discernment is doing what I think it is. 

Sorry for the audio for the first 7+ minutes. I thought it was recording straight to the computer but alas, it was not. 

Jun 11, 2016

Following up on a debate on apologetic methods, I was honored that presuppositional apologist Sye Ten Bruggencate could come back on to discuss his apologetic more in-depth. Does his method honor God more than others? Is it more biblical than others? We also listen to a Lutheran discuss a Christ-centered apologetic and ask if it is more appropriate than philosophically-driven method. All-in-all, there's a lot of great stuff here. Agree or not, Sye will give anyone something to think about.  

Jun 3, 2016

I had a solo show again tonight and took a look at an interview with Francis Schaeffer's son, Frank, a convert from Christianity to atheism. I looked at this wrong arguments about abortion, but his (probably) astute thoughts about the relationship between evangelicals and politics. I also looked at a recent E.J. Dionne piece about the waning Christian influence within the GOP. Oh, and did you know Emoji Bibles are a thing now? Sad to say its true. 

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.

May 30, 2016

I was all alone for this show so I shared a few thoughts about doing an apologetics show for about a year now and I reviewed an online dustup between John Piper and Joel McDurmon on Christians and gun control. If you're a believer and you ever wondered if you should be packin' heat, these articles will tell you what side you fall down on.  

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.

May 20, 2016

Two incredible scholars join me for an in-depth consideration of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran pastor, spy an opponent of the Nazis. Dr. Richard Weikart and Dr. Victoria Barnett look at the ways Bonhoeffer is a product of his era and why he continues to speak to Christians today. At the heart of the question is how we assess historical figures in their own context and if judged by his context, Bonhoeffer remained an orthodox Christian. This is simply a must listen for all interested in Bonhoeffer. Many thanks to Drs. Weikart and Barnett for their time. 

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. 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.

May 13, 2016

Author Karen Stollznow, Ph.D of the Monster Talk Podcast joined me to discuss her latest book, a novel, Hits and Mrs. The book tells the tale of a professional skeptic intent on bringing down a famous psychic medium. On the show we look at the techniques of fake psychics and even examine a John Edwards cold reading on Dr. Phil's show. With a Ph.D in Linguistics, we also briefly look at the phenomenon of speaking in tongues (just in time for Pentecost Sunday!) and discuss the limits of skepticism regarding all of Christianity. Thanks to Karen for sharing her time, and do check out the Monster Talk Podcast. 

May 6, 2016

Well, there's a challenge I've never heard before. Christian apologist Tom Peeler and atheist Geoff Berg joins Pastor Evan McClanahan in studio to look at common misunderstandings between believers and non-believers. This is a back-to-basics debate perhaps re-covering familiar ground, but among friends and with good humor. Everything from unusual sightings of angels (or not) to the real problem of suffering to God's sovereignty and divine prerogatives are on the table. Who made the best arguments?And why? Thanks to Geoff and Tom for offering their time and unmistakable talents.

Apr 29, 2016

I was very honored to have two apologists join me for a follow-up discussion on apologetic methods. Classical apologist Eric Hernandez and Presuppositional Apologist Sye Ten Bruggencate discuss and debate why they have adopted their methods. Thanks to Sye and Eric for their time.

Apr 22, 2016

This solo episode looks at two fools, Bill Maher who believes churches should now be taxed, and Donald Trump whose favorite Bible verse is "an eye for an eye." We also take a look at the trend of trying to convert popular figures to Christ, and what this says about our confidence in God. 

Apr 15, 2016

Pr. Tom Brock of www.pastorsstudy.org is my guest as we look at the theological decline of Mainline Protestantism. For years, Tom has studied just where the mainline churches have gone wrong, and we cover a wide range of social, moral and Biblical issues. 

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