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Burden and Blessing Podcast

Mar 2019

CPR - The meaning and value of the season of Lent

The Season of Lent begins this year on March 6th on what is known as Ash Wednesday. Since the very earliest years of the Church, Christians have celebrated the resurrection of Jesus. In 325 AD, at the Council of Nicea, a firm date was established for the annual celebration of this important festival. Already during these early centuries, Christians prepared for the Easter celebration with a period of repentance called Lent (which is an Anglo-Saxon word meaning “spring” since it was at that time of the year this took place). In the 700's AD this period of time was set at 40 days (not including Sundays) based on the 40 days Jesus was tempted while in the wilderness at the start of His ministry. Join Pastors Ben Libby and Mark Tiefel as they discuss the focus, importance and meaning of this ancient season of the church year.

Dec 2018

CPR: Responding to Matt Walsh’s view of the Bible and Young Earth Creationism (Part 2)

In Part 2 of our review of Matt Walsh's videos against the Biblical view of a Young Earth Creation, Pastors Mark Tiefel and Nathanael Mayhew discuss a few additional issues. Why would Matt Walsh single out Ken Ham and not other Young Earth Creationists? First, he is probably the most familiar, and while he doesn't have a scientific PhD, he has many people working with him who do. Leaders in the fields of biology, astronomy, geology and more work side by side with Ken Ham and also accept the historical record of Genesis 1. Matt Walsh is also inconsistent when he says that he is not insisting on his own view, but then says that Ken Ham is wrong. They also dig into Matt Walsh's view that Genesis is metaphorically/theologically, and the theological problems you have if you take it in a metaphorical way. There is only one interpretation of any verse, and that is God's intended interpretation. Join us for a journey through Biblical interpretation and defending the truth of God's inspired Word!

See Matt Walsh's second video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJ0AxTx1kZY

See Answers in Genesis' rebuttal here: https://youtu.be/v08w_P9EIaw

Nov 2018

CPR - Responding to Matt Walsh and his errors about Young Earth Creation

Pastor Mark Tiefel joins Nathanael Mayhew to discuss and respond to popular Catholic blogger Matt Walsh and his unscriptural attack on Young Earth Creation, and the account of creation in Genesis 1. Since Matt Walsh is popular in conservative Christian circles, and many of our listeners may have seen his video, we felt it was important to respond an point out the truth as well as the blatant errors of Matt Walsh on this topic. They begin be addressing the topic of how we read and understand the Bible and whether Genesis is literal (historical) or metaphorical. They will discuss the actual Hebrew word for "day" and how God intends it to be understood in Genesis 1. They will discuss the importance of science, and explain the different types of science and what they can and cannot help us know. Finally they will address the reason why this is so important and how such a view as Matt Walsh hold, can lead to dangerous planes and have a very negative impact on the message of Christianity. We hope you find this helpful and instructive.

You can find the Matt Walsh video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG8JihEKrUI

Jun 2018

CPR: The History of the CLC (Interview with Pastor L.W.Schierenbeck)

This week we have a special interview that discusses the history and formation of the CLC. The interview was conducted in 2009 by Pastor Paul Teifel Jr. as he interviewed L.W. Schierenbeck for the 50th Anniversary of the CLC. In the interview Pastor Scheirenbeck details the history behind the formation of the CLC going back to the 1950's and the convention actions and inactions regarding the fellowship between the WELS and the LC-MS. He clearly discusses what transpired and why individual left the WELS and ELS to form the Church of the Lutheran Confession (CLC).

Jun 2018

CPR: Burner Accounts and Arise and Shine

Pastors Ben Libby and Sam Rodebaugh discuss the use (and misuse) of burner accounts in light of a current professional sport owner's troubles. They tell you what a burner account is and get into the application of burner accounts and the dangers of trying to be annynomous. When we are trying to hide, that usually means we are doing something we shouldn't be doing. They also discuss the upcoming Arise and Shine Retreat in Pillager, MN which will be held June 14-17. For more information check out their website (ariseandshineretreat.com) or Facebook page: Arise and Shine Retreat.

May 2018

CPR: The Family Altar

Pastor Nathan Pfeiffer joins Nathanael Mayhew this week to discuss the importance of the "Family Altar." "Family altar" is a phrase that is used to desribe the work of Christian instruction and worship in the home, not just in church. We will discuss the Biblical foundation for the family altar, which reveals that God has entrusted with parents the vital role of educating their children in Christian truths. These passages point out that this instruction is to permeate the life of the Christian family: when we are on the road, at home, in our discussions, when we wake up and when we go to sleep at night. It begin with parents making this an important part of their own lives, so that they can then impart it in their children's lives. In addition to the the Biblical study, we will also offer a number of devotional resources for you at the family altar. If you would like a full list of these resources, message us or email us at burdenandblessing@gmail.com. We pray that this study will assist you in the work of establishing or maintaining a family altar! 

Mar 2018

CPR - School Shootings, Violence, and the Spiritual Decline of our Nation

In this week's CPR episode, Pastors Mark Tiefel and Neal Radichel discuss a topic that has been on the hearts and minds of many in our nation - the topic of school shootings and violence. With yet another school shooting recently, this has become a hot topic in the political sphere with comments mostly focusing on the issue of gun rights and whether or not there should be stricter gun control. Sadly, what is almost completely overlooked in this discussion are the spiritual issues that are at the heart of this topic. Our discussion will focus on how the spiritual decline of our nation is really at the center of the violence we see. We also will discuss how we, as Christians, can respond to these issues with the Word of God. We pray that our discussion will be beneficial as we wrestle with this important issue. 

Feb 2018

CPR - Podcasting and the Divine Call

In today's CPR episode, Pastors Nathanael Mayhew, Mark Tiefel, Neal Radichel, and Rob Sauers join together for a roundtable discussion on the impact of social media on the divine call. This is a follow-up to our recent podcast where we asked whether or not podcasting hurts preaching. Here, we are asking whether or not podcasting and other forms of social media that we may use to proclaim God's Word interfere with a pastor's divine call to his congregation. We will discuss some of the concerns of those who believe that social media does interfere with a pastor's call and talk about the importance of communication between fellow pastors and the members we serve to address some of these concerns. We will also discuss some of the ways in which social media can be beneficial to both pastors and the members we serve. We pray that the Lord will bless our study!

Feb 2018

CPR - The Divine Call

In today's podcast, Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Neal Radichel discuss the topic of the Divine Call. In one sense, all Christians have a divine call from the Lord as described in the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 - "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” But typically when we talk about the Divine Call, we are talking about a call to the Public Ministry - when a congregation or a church body calls a pastor or teacher to serve them. In many denominations, the calling of a pastor or teacher is very similar to the process of applying for any other job. In the Lutheran church, we take a much different approach when it comes to issuing a call. Our discussion will define the Divine Call, discuss how we typically go about issuing a call, and how a pastor or teacher go about deciding what to do when they receive a call. We pray that this study will be informative and beneficial to you!

Jan 2018

CPR - Does Podcasting Hurt Preaching?

In today's podcast, Pastors Nathanael Mayhew, Mark Tiefel, Neal Radichel, and Rob Sauers all gather together for a roundtable discussion on podcasting. Our discussion is in response to a recent article published in Christianity Today entitled "How Podcasting Hurts Preaching" which you can read by clicking here. As the title of the article suggests, the author argues that podcasting takes away from the value of the Sunday sermon, even causing some not to see the value in going to church at all. In our discussion, we will highlight the importance of gathering together for worship regularly while also pointing out how podcasts like ours and sermons you may listen to online can be beneficial to you in your daily Christian walk.