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The Sin Boldly Podcast

The Sin Boldly Podcast is a combination of a radio show offered through KPFT 90.1 in Houston as well as teaching material from First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston. The content is apologetic, polemic, and tradition in its Christian worldview. It means to clearly convey the Christian view as opposed to others. All in love, of course!
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May 17, 2019

I'm joined by fellow "Black Mirror" enthusiast Broun Stacy to look at Netflix's popular and controversial near future show. We explore our relationship to technology, what many people hope it will offer, and where it will lead us astray. If you haven't seen the show on Netflix, we give away the ending to every episode, so this is your spoiler alert! If you like sci-fi and have seen the show, then you might find this theological look at the show interesting. 

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org. 

May 10, 2019

This solo episode looks at the death of progressive Christian author Rachel Held Evans as well as two cultural issues. The first is a humorous look at comparing men of history to today's standard and the second is a chilling story about a Canadian father's resistance to calling his daughter a boy, even in the privacy of his own home. 

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org.

Links cited:

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/04/720298646/rachel-held-evans-christian-writer-who-questioned-evangelical-beliefs-dies-at-37

https://spectator.org/how-many-of-historys-famous-men-would-survive-modern-standards/

https://thefederalist.com/2019/04/29/authorities-arrest-canadian-father-refers-trans-child-real-sex/

May 3, 2019

This solo show reviews a few recent debates, looks at the need for beauty in the wake of accusations of wastefulness, and looks at two LGBTQ news stories. 

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org. 

Apr 29, 2019

Pastor Evan McClanahan and contemporary worship leader Clinton Wilcox debate an important facing the Church: should worship change with the times? How much should it change? What kinds of instruments and music are conducive to sound worship and when do we cross a line into entertainment? This formal, moderated debate seeks to answer those questions and offer a starting point for a much-needed conversation in the American Church. 

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org. 

Apr 26, 2019

KPFT's own Egberto Willies joins pro-life speaker Clinton Wilcox to look at the question of abortion. Is it a great social injustice in our land or is forcing women to have children a kind of injustice on its own? Who can answer the question of when a human being becomes a person? When do human beings get rights, and when do they lose rights and why? 

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org. 

Apr 22, 2019

You'll never believe the topic for this Sunday! 

Apr 19, 2019

I am joined by native Parisian and architect Julien Meyrat to look at the Notre Dame fire and all of the surrounding questions in the wake of the fire. Where does it stand in the history of culture and architecture and what are the prospects for rebuilding it? 

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org. 

Apr 12, 2019

This episode, I look at two views of criminal justice, two new abortion bills, and Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg's faith.

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org. 

Apr 5, 2019

This episode looks at a smattering of short topics, from Joe Biden's affectionate touches to a response to anti-vaxxers. We also look at the curious timing of California's new Sex Ed curriculum given Barbara Streisand's comments on Michael Jackson. 

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org.

Mar 29, 2019

This episode looks primarily at two articles on socialism with the understanding that socialism will be "on trial" during the 2020 Presidential campaign. What, really, is socialism, and why should we oppose it? Both articles consider socialism as a progressive step towards Marxism, and both point out the conflicts between socialism/Marxism and the Christian worldview. 

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org. 

Mar 22, 2019

This debate between two philosophers looks at the classic question: What is man's purpose? Are we "merely" highly evolved animals, or something more? Do we need external, objective reasons for purpose or can we find it on our own? Thanks to Dr. Steven Pena and Professor Evan Friske for offering their skills and time for this event. Enjoy! 

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org.


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The Sin Boldly Podcast is a combination of a radio show offered through KPFT 90.1 in Houston as well as teaching material from First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston. The content is apologetic, polemic, and tradition in its Christian worldview. It means to clearly convey the Christian view as opposed to others. All in love, of course!

 

Mar 22, 2019

This solo episode revisits the Library Drag Queen story time events here in Houston, but this time with a twist. We look at a story regarding "comprehensive" sex education in schools and why a reductionistic Christianity (Jesus and creeds only) offers a less-than-honest view of the Bible's teaching on sexuality. I also take a look at a recent article I wrote on the dangers of pot and pot culture. Enjoy! 

ALSO: Even though I do not use profanity ever on the show, I am labeling this show "E" for explicit because of the content. It is probably not kid safe. But of course, neither is what they are teaching our kids in school! 

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org.

Links cited:

https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Library-apologizes-for-letting-registered-sex-13693986.php

https://townhall.com/columnists/joyoverbeck/2019/03/07/comprehensive-sex-ed-is-leading-to-kids-gender-confusion-n2542742

https://americanvision.org/17685/liberals-should-stop-trying-to-justify-homosexuality-with-jesus-and-the-creeds/

https://everymancommentary.com/the-god-of-relaxation-and-the-coming-pot-epidemic/

https://spectator.org/aoc-isnt-even-a-good-environmentalist/

Mar 6, 2019

This episode looks at the newly-minted bisexuality of Mr. Rogers, five things that can be said in response to the claim of "intolerance" towards LGBT folks, an example of what will probably be the next significant Supreme Court case on that issue, and a really bad headline from Charisma Magazine. 

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org

Links cited: 

https://everymancommentary.com/five-responses-to-accusations-towards-anti-lgbt-christians/

https://www.charismanews.com/culture/75361-billy-graham-s-grandson-offers-the-most-convincing-proof-the-bible-is-real

https://www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/75340-hollywood-gives-abortion-an-r-rating

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/03/mr-rogers-bisexual-according-friends/

https://religionnews.com/2019/03/04/indiana-tax-preparer-shows-limits-and-liberties-of-our-post-masterpiece-cakeshop-world/

Mar 1, 2019

Pro-life philosopher Clinton Wilcox joined me for this episode of Sin Boldly to look at an important debate between Dr. Mike Adams and abortionist Dr. Willie Parker on the morality - or lack thereof - of abortion. We reviewed the main points of the debate and the particular arguments used. We also dove a little deeper than the debaters could given their time constraints. If you are at all interested in this topic, this is a great companion to the original debate which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTIpSmzlMwo

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org. 

Feb 22, 2019

We'll be looking at the grim prospects for Millennial evangelism, several LGBT issues including Martina Navritolova's stand against transgender athletes, and the Jussie Smollet case.

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org. 

Links cited: 

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/02/andrew-sullivan-the-nature-of-sex.html

https://www.barna.com/research/millennials-oppose-evangelism/

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/02/martina-navratilovas-transphobic-comments-starting-cost/

https://www.nationalreview.com/news/chicago-police-chief-smollett-staged-hate-crime-because-he-was-dissatisfied-with-his-salary/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/02/19/why-hollywood-megachurches-like-hillsong-hide-their-true-teachings/?__twitter_impression=true&utm_term=.7c79cc9e8623

 
Feb 15, 2019

This episode looks at a smattering of news topics, from Panera Bread's failed "pay what is fair" experiment to a tragic unexpected result of New York's recent abortion bill to the decline of Protestant preaching. 

Links cited: 

https://pjmedia.com/trending/panera-breads-socialist-pay-what-you-want-experiment-fails-miserably/

http://thefederalist.com/2019/02/14/due-new-yorks-abortion-expansion-murderer-evades-charge-killing-unborn-child/

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/02/decline-and-fall-of-protestant-sermon/

https://religionnews.com/2019/02/13/james-macdonald-fired-as-pastor-harvest-bible-chapel-by-church-elders/

https://www.nationalreview.com/news/covington-high-school-investigation-finds-no-evidence-students-made-offensive-or-racist-statements/

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org.

Feb 8, 2019

 

The weekly Sin Boldly Radio Show post looking at AOC's Green New Deal proposal, the real state of the environment, and the myriad ways we just completely cheapen life and laugh in the process.

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org.

Links cited:

https://news.grabien.com/story-ocasio-cortez-fixing-global-warming-requires-massive-governm

https://www.heritage.org/environment/commentary/state-the-planet-better-ever

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/02/limbaugh-claims-sexuality-found-genetic-lgbtq-people-will-become-anti-choice/

https://thelibertarianrepublic.com/sarah-silverman-says-pro-life-laws-make-her-want-to-eat-an-aborted-fetus/?fbclid=IwAR2jrrzvCkl4oKo7BgmIUiJ9HtpIapzW907XO-aV9TI2M6uHwqm-lMPmvbg

Feb 1, 2019

This episode concludes our look at the Lord's Prayer. We look at the proposed new translation for the Lord's Prayer and then look at contemporary issues related to the petition, "Deliver us from evil." And boy, is there a lot of evil to deal with today. We focus on the abortion bills of New York and Virginia as well as the broken promises of pop culture. 

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org.

Jan 25, 2019

A look at two petitions from the Lord's prayer with contemporary commentary, including thoughts on Lady Gaga's view of VP Pence, the recent New York state law on abortion, and more. 

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org.

Jan 18, 2019

Wow am I am embarrassed by the previous version's audio. Feel free to re-download this for better audio. Sorry!

We continue to look at the Lord's Prayer ("Your will be done as it is in heaven" and "Give us this day out daily bread") with contemporary news articles. I will note the Gillette "controversy", a number of news related to the March for LIfe and women's marches, and reaction to a recent Ben Shapiro article.

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org

Links cited: 

https://religionnews.com/2019/01/16/james-macdonald-on-indefinite-sabbatical-from-harvest-amid-renewed-criticism/

http://thefederalist.com/2019/01/17/gillettes-toxic-masculinity-ad-accidentally-makes-case-patriarchy/

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/01/tucker-carlson-populism-america-needs-virtue-before-prosperity/

Jan 11, 2019

This solo episode begins a look at the Lord's Prayer and some relevant news items. We tackle the subject of prayer itself, what the coming of God's kingdom might look like and what it means to hallow the name of God. 

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org.

Links cited: 

https://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2019/january/barry-corey-president-biola-justin-bieber-selfie.html

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/january/harvest-drops-suit-james-macdonald-julie-roys-elephant-debt.html

http://thefederalist.com/2019/01/09/supreme-court-allows-mothers-kill-babies-disabled-girl/?fbclid=IwAR1GauztJF7GGBszVBuW5fGZXDS2lAgJzsrgWY8PeP3SmIgOug4QDRFzc7I

 

 

Jan 4, 2019

On this solo episode, I look at the great year that was 2018 (all things being equal), whether political views should drive religious conviction or the other way around, and make a case against the legality of porn. 

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org.

Dec 28, 2018

With all of the talk of the Holy Family traveling to Bethlehem and then to Egypt, the topic of immigration is front and center yet again. So we try to take a foundational look at a Christian understanding of immigration and how we assess the difficult questions that lie therein. And then on to a more lighthearted topic: the absolute utter evils of instant replay in sports. 

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org.

Dec 21, 2018

This solo episode follows up on last week's episode by exploring the question of whether or not healthcare is a right. We also look at the morality of a pastor buying a Lamborghini and football coaches making millions. 

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org.

Dec 14, 2018

I was joined by author Elizabeth Baker to discuss a recent article published by the Huffington Post on her changing political/social views in a conservative evangelical context. We discuss the purity movement of her childhood, abortion, healthcare and Trump. You know, just the small stuff. Thanks to Elizabeth from driving over from Katy to join me in studio! 

Link cited: 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/evangelical-christians-trump_us_5bfc326de4b03b230fa57ae9

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. Contact me here: emc2@felchouston.org.

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.

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