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Aug 2019

CPR: The ELCA 2019 Assembly Recap

At the beginning of August the largest Lutheran church body in the United States, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) held their general assembly. Pastors Sam Rodebaugh and Tom Naumann sit down to review and discuss the decisions and actions of this assembly, what these actions mean and why they are important for us to know about.  

Aug 2019

CPR: Textual Criticism

As a follow up to our podcast on English Bible translations, we discuss the topic of textual criticism in this episode. Textual criticism is the art of looking at ancient manuscripts with the goal of reconstructing the original text of a document. We have none of the original manuscripts of the Old or New Testament, but we do have close to 6000 copies of the originals. We will discuss what this means, why it is important, and how it relates to our English translations. Buckle up for this valuable discussion on textual criticism and the text of the Bible. 

Jul 2019

CPR: Bible Translations

Over the past 20 years there has been a boom in the number of English Bible translations that have been made available. Many Christians wonder about the benefits or dangers of some of these translations. Join Rob Sauers and Nathanael Mayhew as they delve into the history of English translations of the Bible and discuss some of the different translation philosophies that are used by these translations. They will talk about the pros and cons of various approaches and even highlight a few common English translations. Join us for this valuable study! 

Jun 2019

World Religions: Masonic Lodge

Lodges have been an important part of our history in the United States. Many of the founding fathers of our country were Masons, as are many famous people today. But what does the Masonic Lodge have to do with religion? Is it a religion itself, and if so, in what way? What are the beliefs of Masons? We will be looking at these questions in our continuing study of world religions in our podcast today. Join us to learn more about the Masonic Lodge (and other related lodges) and how they compare to Christianity.

May 2019

World Religions: Shintosim

Pastors Ben Libby and Nathanael Mayhew look into the religion of Shintoism in our ongoing series on World Religions. Shintoism is a religion that originated in Japan but has changed much in over the years of its existence. It has been influenced by other religions like Buddhism and Hinduism. Since the Second World War, Shintoism has become more a cultural experience and drifted from strict religious devotion. While it is less religious than it once was, it still has dangerous concepts which lead people to emptiness and offers no hope for the sinner. Join us to learn more about the dangers of this Eastern religion.  

Apr 2019

Word of the Week: Life

Life can be a pretty complex and abstract concept. But for believers, life is really based around who and what Jesus is. While the world may have many different ideas about what makes up a good life, the Bible is pretty clear. The goal should not be to live the fullest life possible on this earth, rather the goal should be to attain eternal life. How does one do this? There is only one way to eternal life. Jesus is that way, the truth, and THE LIFE!  John 12:25 "He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

Apr 2019

CPR: Discussing Holy Week services and the Triduum

As we come to the end of another Lenten season, Pastors Rob Sauers and Nathanael Mayhew discuss and describe the connection and celebration of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday (with Tenebrae) and Easter Vigil. These three services were once seen and celebrated as one service, beginning on Manudy Thursday, continuing on Good Friday and concluding with the Easter vigil on Saturday evening. They will describe the unique but powerful tradition associated with a Good Friday tenebrae service, or service of shadows which is also an ancient service, and the Easter vigil which points us to Easter. Learn more about these beautiful and meaningful services which are are often lost in our modern celebrations of the death and resurrection of our Savior.  

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