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December 1st, 2015

Posted at 5:00pm

Marriage, weddings, husbands and wives are a common theme throughout all of Scripture, with Christ and the Church as the image of the marriage relationship. The Lord's Supper is even understood as a foretaste of the wedding feast to come. What would happen if the church used this image as a starting point for inviting people to communion? Yet so often, our first inclination is to restrict people from receiving the forgiveness, life, and salvation that is offered there. Join Pastor Riley and Sandra as we discuss the complex ins and outs of communion fellowship and the Simul!

November 24th, 2015

Posted at 7:00am

So often we struggle to feel like we know the Gospel more or believe it better better than we did the day before -- or at least more or better than the next person. But is the Gospel even something that can be measured and quantified? Sandra and Pastor Riley discuss how Christians believe that our sins are forgiven in Christ...while at the same time we're filled with doubts. And of course, we talk about how vocations provide the freedom and context to tell others that this good news is for them too.

November 9th, 2015

Posted at 7:00am

This week, we're talking about sexual abuse, rape. Sins committed against us in such intimate ways affect us physically and mentally, and spiritually. Yet people who experience these sins don't usually seek out the church as a place for support. Many, even years later, still believe that they need to either just ignore what happened or suffer silently. Pastor Riley and Sandra discuss some reasons why this is, and how we as Christians and the church can provide real comfort for those who have been sinned against.

November 3rd, 2015

Posted at 7:00am

It's easy to list off a ticker-tape of doctrines and practices that divide us as Christians and churches. But what makes us unified with each other is not a matter of everyone having all the same items checked off the list or passing certain litmus tests, it's about being united as one with Christ as He feeds us with His own Body and Blood. In this episode, Sandra and Pastor Riley talk about unity and division, the Lord's Supper, and the Gospel.

October 27th, 2015

Posted at 7:00am

Not that long ago, "pastoral care" meant the same thing as basic psychological therapy. A lot of Christians believe that going to church will make a person's life better, and pastors may be tempted to offer common-sense counseling at the expense of administering the Spiritual care they are called and ordained to provide. In this episode, Sandra and Pastor Riley discuss some of those distinctions, especially as they relate to shame, guilt, fear, sin, and pastoral counseling.

October 20th, 2015

Posted at 7:00am

As sinners, we tend to understand love by how it makes us feel. When we translate this into how we look for a loving church, we can end up setting ourselves up for disappointment. This week, Sandra and Pastor Riley discuss what Christian love is, what it looks like in a church, and how we are freed in Christ to love the people around us -- even when we don't like them.

October 13th, 2015

Posted at 7:00am

A pastor is there to preach the Law and the Gospel to kill and raise to new life, so that's what congregations should be listening to hear in every sermon. This week, Sandra and Pastor Riley talk about what makes for a great (and not-so-great) sermon. No one is saved by a preacher's creativity or intelligence, we actually need to hear essentially the same sermon - every week: Christ and Him crucified for our sins.

October 5th, 2015

Posted at 7:00pm

When you walk into a building, how do you know it's the Church? Could you distinguish the Christian Church from a church that calls itself "Christian"? In this episode, Sandra and Pastor Riley discuss not only what to listen for, to find the Christian Church, but they'll talk about some of the stuff that gets in the way of the Church confessing and receiving Christ in Word and Sacrament.

September 28th, 2015

Posted at 5:00pm

We talk about sin a lot as Lutherans. But that's so we can get to talking about forgiveness. Not forgiveness in theory, but actual forgiving of sins. Forgiveness isn't really forgiveness if there are strings attached, hoops to jump through, or any conditions placed on it. It's actually scarier (to the Old Adam, at least) that way.

September 22nd, 2015

Posted at 6:00pm

Repentance is not something we work up in ourselves to show that we deserve forgiveness. And it's not a free ticket to go ahead and sin some more. It's about the Holy Spirit turning us around - turning us from sinful navel-gazing to life in Christ.
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