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The Sin Boldly Podcast

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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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. 

Apr 8, 2016

GK Chesterton is one of the 20th centuries greatest thinkers, writers and apologists. He wittily and wonderfully framed the Christian worldview as the sane one and the materialist worldview as the one that needed defending. We introduce the man and his work on the show today and it will definitely encourage you to read more. Thanks to friends Pastor Matthew Voyer and Justin Baker for sharing their love for GK. 

Apr 4, 2016

A couple of bona fide street preachers and evangelists were in Houston over the weekend for the Final Four and I was able to get them in studio for a bonus episode of Sin Boldly. To learn more about their ministry, check out their website here. Robert and Mike are Reformed in their theology and embrace a presuppositional approach to apologetics. Listen to hear of their experiences and the reasons they do what they do. 

Apr 1, 2016

This episode of the Sin Boldly Podcast features an interview with ELCA pastor Clint Schnekloth. It explores the differences between the varying traditions that have led to splits among mainline Protestants, Lutherans included. Topics explored are liberation and liberal theologies, exploring what Law/Gospel theology means today, and yes topics of sexuality and abortion. You can read Clint's blog here

Mar 25, 2016

This episode features a debate on the two most prominent apologetic methods employed by Christians: Presuppositional and Classical. A rarely-held, but oft-discussed topic, this debate lays the basic groundwork for why there are different camps in the apologetics world. Thanks to Jason Wang and Eric Hernandez for joining me in studio. And yes, there will be a sequel! 

Mar 11, 2016

In this episode, we interview Dr. Paul R. House, author of Bonhoeffer's Seminary Vision about his latest book. This book looks again at the life of Bonhoeffer from 1935-1940 when he served as director of the illegal Confessing Church seminary in Nazi Germany. What lessons does Bonhoeffer's model and vision have for us today? What might it teach us about online seminary options? Dr. House offers a wonderful summary of Bonhoeffer's life, times and seminary as well as contextualization for today's seminary (and beyond!) contexts. Thanks also to Dr. Wes Jackson of Houston's Center for Public History for joining me in studio. 

Mar 8, 2016

This episode is a part of election coverage that KPFT is offering this year on a show called Undecided. I was asked to offer my thoughts on the intersection of faith and politics and describe how I came to hold my religious and political views. And yes...I also offered commentary on the current field of candidates. The show is political in nature, different from anything I've done on this feed before. I don't hold back, but I do my very best to concisely offer reasons for the "moral conservative" worldview I hold to, and offer reasons to be concerned by socialism, demagogues, and other malcontents who run for office. Ernesto Aguilar, my Program Director at KPFT is at the helm. (And it was fun to be on the other side of the microphone!)

Mar 4, 2016

This episode reviews a debate held at First Lutheran (and available on this podcast feed) between Matt Slick and Dr. Sam Waldron on the charismatic gifts. There are several reasons to believe these gifts have ceased, but this episode focuses on the two Greek words for gift (doma and charisma) and asks if the gift of apostleship is one or the other. If apostleship can be definitively proven to be a charismatic gift, and that gift can definitively be said to have ceased, then such charismatic gifts can cease. If that is the case, we are warranted to believe other charismatic gifts may have also fulfilled their purpose in time and also have ceased. Furthermore, reliance on the Word of God as a sufficient means of grace follows from such a view. This episode features Dr. Sam Waldron and is a fantastic summary of why the gifts of apostleship, tongues, healing and prophecy have ceased in the modern day, and most importantly, why we can trust we have God's sufficient Word for today. 

Feb 26, 2016

This episode of Sin Boldly features a radio debate between two friends: Lutheran Pastor and scholar Dr. Scott Murray of Memorial Lutheran Church and School in Houston and Reformed Baptist Dr. Sam Waldron, Dean and Professor of Systematic Theology at Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary. While both men agree on many Reformation doctrines, why do they part company on who can be baptized? This debate is a great introduction to the topic and will drive you into the scriptures and the constant exploration of God's grace. 

Feb 19, 2016

This radio debate between New Testament scholar Dr. Craig Evans of Houston Baptist University and soon-to-be Classics Ph.D Matthew Ferguson looks at when the Gospels were written and why it matters. Were the synoptics written within the lifetime of eyewitnesses? Or long after, combining some elements of history with some elements of myth? Do the Gospels correspond to what we know about the context of the ancient world and might that point to the authenticity of Jesus' person? Or were the authors of the Gospels writing what they wanted to satisfy their bias. This interesting back and forth begins to answer those critical questions. Enjoy! Learn more about Craig Evans at http://craigaevans.com and Matthew Ferguson at http://adversusapologetica.wordpress.com/. Learn more about First Evangelical Lutheran Church at www.felchouston.org

Feb 12, 2016

This episode is devoted mostly to The Donald. It asks a fundamental question for those who care: is he really a Christian? How can we tell one way or another. The episode briefly looks at other candidates and closes with an essay from an atheist who defends the Judeo-Christian roots of American society. This is definitely one to share with Christians considering voting for Trump. 

Feb 5, 2016

This episode of Sin Boldly looks at Demonic Possession and asks if it is a spiritual or psychological reality. With very special guests Father Gary Thomas and Bryan and Baxter (www.bryanandbaxter.com), we traverse the world of the supernatural. One surprise is how much agreement there is among the speakers as we also look at some of the more extreme and non-Roman Catholic practices out there. Enjoy! 

Jan 29, 2016

No guest on the show today so a hodgepodge of topics. We take a quick look at Joel Osteen's latest sermon, the Jediism phenomenon sweeping the globe, the necessary arguments in the contemporary v. traditional worship divide, and Rome seeking to "recall the Reformation." 

Jan 22, 2016

This episode of Sin Boldly features an interview with former Christian Scientist Linda Kramer. She examines her life in this cult, its history and beliefs, the differences between it and other "faith healing" ministries, and the good news that orthodox Christianity offered her. She references http://www.christianway.org as well as http://ffcsministry.org

Jan 18, 2016

This debate, held at First Evangelical Lutheran Church January 16, 2016, asks whether the Bible teaches that the charismatic gifts of tongues, healing and prophecy are for today or ended with the last apostles. Highly focused on specific biblical passages, both scholars use the New Testament to justify their claims. Dr. Sam Waldron, a Reformed Baptist, is dean of Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary. Matt Slick is the Founder and President of the Christian Apologetic Resource Ministry (www.carm.org) and is Presbyterian. The format of the debate includes 15 minute opening remarks, 7 minute rebuttals and 2 10-minute cross examinations each, followed by Q and A. Learn more about this debate series by going to www.felchouston.org

Jan 15, 2016

Pastor Phil Gagnon joins Pastor McClanahan again to discuss another of the major theological derivations of Christianity, Jehovah's Witnesses. You know them as those who are wiling to knock on your door. But what do they actually believe? This episode is a concise summary of their beliefs, especially as they are different from orthodox Christianity. 

Jan 8, 2016

This episode is a bit of a primer on Mormonism. It is an overview of the history and theology of the LDS Church, an important arrow in every Christian apologist's quiver. Pastor Phil Gagnon joins me to lend his expertise to the conversation. 

Dec 20, 2015

This Christmas episode looks at the accidents of Christmas, or the peripheral distractions that compete with the real deal. It also examines how Christmas ended up on the 25th of December. 

Dec 11, 2015

This episode concludes the trilogy with Tom Peeler which justifies belief in the revealed God of the Bible via logical inference and simple observation. Tom is the President of Reasons to Believe, Houston and a great apologist here in Houston. 

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