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Podcast title Radical Grace/The Lutheran Difference
Website URL http://www.RadicalGraceRadio.c...
Description The Lutheran Difference/Radical Grace Radio has a new home on the radio, 91.5FM WMIE Cocoa, Florida. We're also heard on AM 1360 KNGN in McCook Nebraska, and we're heard on Pirate Christian Radio on the internet. We are still a show about what it means to be a Lutheran and how the Lutheran Church makes a Christian Difference. Not just a bible study, not just a church service on tape, the Lutheran Difference is a panel discussion on topics from salvation to theology to culture from a Law and Gospel perspective.
Updated Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:03:15 +0000
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1. Advent: The Season of Stealth
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The Passion Translation: Is it dangerous, or is it just crazy? The internet has a gameplan to use you to make money, and the seasons they be a changin', here on Radical Grace Radio...

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2. The End Times Red Pill: The End of the Church Year
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Twitter bans the Alt Right, in it's entirety, Oxford Dictionary defines "post-truth" as word of the year, Fake news is fake, really really fake, and the end of Church year brings out the end times red pill, next on Radical Grace Radio.

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3. How God's Redemption Redefines Everything
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Donald Trump wins the presidency of the United states of america, Everyone can't talking about Donald Trump winning the presidency of the United States of America, The Media has Acute Trump disease, and at the end of the day, I dreamed a dream that lets me go on one day more, next on Radical Grace Radio.

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4. The Red Pill of Redemption
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Pope Francis Visits Sweden, and had something interesting things to say about Luther and Justification, But he also digs his heels in on Women's ordination. Meanwhile back at Headquarters we talk about the Red Pill of Redemption, here on Radical Grace Radio...

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5. Refilling the Red Pill Prescription
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A Roman Catholic Priest has told Tim Kaine To stay away from communion, Someone discovered the 6 ways to know your secure in your faith, we got emails, and We're Refilling your prescription for red pills today on Radical Grace Radio...

 



6. The Red Pill of the Renewed Mind
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Christian news becomes Increasingly Stupid, News Roll segment becomes increasingly pointless, Christian Radio Hosts become increasingly disgusted, And the subject of Renews Minds gets increasingly hammered on Radical Grace Radio.
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7. New Minds, New Thoughts
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White Evangelical voters remain standing with Trump, Iranian Christians receiving communion will receive lashes as well, Hillsboro church decrees worship leaders aren't allowed to be overweight, and we're giving you some things to think about with your new mind here on Radical Grace Radio.

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8. The Hurricane Episode
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This Episode of Radical Grace Radio was recorded just as Hurricane Matthew was bearing down on us.

Pete Wilson executes his own personal plan b, Alabama Supreme Court Justice found guilty of ethical violations, 2/3 of Americans believe God receives Jewish and Muslim worship along with Christians, and we're getting people to think differently here on Radical Grace Radio.

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9. Are the None really Done?
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Nones make it clear it doesn't matter what we tell them, they still don't believe; Blasphemy Rights Day celebrates blasphemy; China tries to crackdown on its multiplying, underground churches; and we can't leave well enough alone here on Radical Grace Radio.

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10. We Need Better Preaching
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Francis has zero-tolerance for clerical sexual abuse, Florida lawsuit filed over same-sex marriage licenses, New York City prepares to add landmark connected to Baal, and we're counting on better preaching to carry the day here on Radical Grace Radio.

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11. Are the Dones Really Done? Part 2
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Part 2 of an extended discussion of the Nones and the Dones.

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12. Are the "Dones" really done? Part 1
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Pastor Pete Wilson resigns from Cross Point Church of Nashville, former Playmate Pamela Anderson tells America to quit pornography, Crossway permanently freezes the ESV, and it's time for churches to wake up and smell the coffee here on Radical Grace Radio.

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13. Why are the Nones Done with Church?
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Lutherans accused of causing Louisiana flooding, Nones and Dones tell Pew research their side of the story, Mark Driscoll is no longer facing a lawsuit, and we're asking why the Nones are Done here on Radical Grace Radio.

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14. Lutherans, Catholics and Ecumentical Enemas
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Synagogue ruins unearthed in Galilee; Alaskan assembly meeting opens with prayer; dividing issues sunset for the ELCA bishops, and we're undergoing an ecumenical enema here on Radical Grace Radio.

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15. Living in Christ 4
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Americans grow skeptical that churches make a difference on social issues; Swedish drones bomb ISIS with love; Vice President Joe Biden runs afoul of U.S. bishops; and we're living in a new reality here at Radical Grace radio.

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16. Living In Christ 3: When You is NOT Just You
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Ancient Mosaics reveal links between Judaism and Christianity, trademark war erupts between Mormons and Planned Parenthood, atheist group sues Kansas City over upcoming Baptist convention, and we keep seeing Christ all around us here at Radical Grace Radio.

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17. Living in Christ 2: Made Alive in Christ
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North Point Community Church boogies down, John Wesley can't escape Democratic nominee's clutches, Tim LaHaye exits this world, but it's definitely not a rapture, and we're taking our own stab at making America great again here on Radical Grace Radio.

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18. Living in Christ I
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Saudis declare Pokemon Go to be un-Islamic, Rick Wiles declares Pokemon Go to be un-Christian, Ben Carson doesn't know about Pokemon Go, but he's all wound up about Lucifer, and we're pretty wound up about Christian living on Radical Grace Radio.

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19. Credo 7
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20. Credo 6
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Satanists don't have a prayer in Pensacola, virtual reality meets spiritual reality for Christian gamers, James Dobson claws for some shred of relevance on the coat tails of Donald Trump, and we keep finding more we want to confess on Radical Grace Radio.

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21. Credo V
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Brexit raises more questions than it answers, Methodists find they've got a same-sex tiger by the tail, James Dobson takes a stab at reading the impenetrable heart of Donald Trump, and the Apostles' Creed puts us through hell this week on Radical Grace Radio.

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22. Credo IV
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Facebook becomes the third party in an unlikely ménage a trois, ex-Muslims outraged over Virginian cake discrimination, the UK has made it difficult for Christian immigrants to get in, and we explore more of the Second Article of the Creed here on Radical Grace Radio.



23. Credo III
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In this episode of Radical Grace Radio, We dispense with the usual News roll and talk about the Orlando Gay Bar shooting, which happened only 75 miles from here. Afterwards we picked up with where we left off with the Apostles Creed.

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24. Credo II
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The Naked Cowboy gets banned from Hillsong Church, Pope Francis proves to doubters he's really got some brass ones, Norway decides not to violate international law after all, and if you think confession is good for the soul, just listen to what it can do for your church on Radical Grace Radio.

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25. Credo I
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Christians re-fooled by April Fool's joke; naked cowboy livens up the Christian atmosphere at a Hillsong conference, Ohio man sentenced to Baptist Church attendance in lieu of jail time, and the Apostles' Creed is what we're focusing on today on Radical Grace radio.

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26. God Was In Christ Reconciling the World...
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Missouri Synod Lutherans prepare to have aneurysms over Lay Deacons preaching; Muslims are beyond hung up on the recent LGBT issues; human-animal-hybrids cause researchers to ask what it means to be human; and we want to broach an extraordinary topic today on Radical Grace Radio.

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27. Preaching the Trinity
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Majority of American's want to flush the President's mandate, ISIS launches an app because, you know, _technology_, Whole Foods drops its counter suit after pastor confesses to cake fraud, and preaching the Trinity keeps us from going off the rails.

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28. When Fire Descends From Heaven
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Chick-fil-A comes out on top in New York city; United Methodism's closet empties out; Phil Robertson weighs in on North Carolina's bathroom law and nobody cares; and we take a look at Pentecost and fire descending from heaven.

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29. Sicking Your Hand in the Adder's Den, Part 2
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In this Edition of the Radical Grace Radio we return to the last week's topic and discuss lions, wolves, and lambs and what it all really means.

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30. Putting Your Hand in the Adder's Den Part 1
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Fake cake lands gay pastor in hot water, Zionist lawmakers are ready blacklist US companies to support Israel, Kim Davis gets a gift from Kentucky's governor, Matt Blevin, and there's no denying sometimes humans just act like animals.

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31. The Icon of God
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Indiana gets sued by Planned Parenthood, Norway's Lutheran Church votes to allow same-sex marriage, Pope Francis urges his church to be flexible, and we're talking about icons today on Radical Grace Radio.

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32. The Propet and the Lutheran Civil War
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Methodist minister prepares to face church trial, "God's Not Dead 2" makes box office history (NOT), Scottish Muslim stabbed to death for wishing Christians Happy Easter, and a biblical prophet gets drawn into the Lutheran Civil War dust up.

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33. The Third Use Civil War
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El Chapo on a quest to discover his purpose, New Spring church breaks new ground in customer satisfaction, Mike Pence bans disability-related abortions, and Marvel's Civil War lets me have fun with a strained, extended metaphor.

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34. Jesus' Resurrection and What the Jews Saw
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The Passion can't keep stride with Grease live. Christian Prayer Center doesn't pray at all! Bangladesh sees violence from ISIS. And looking at Easter through Jewish eyes is a pretty smart thing.

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35. Sobering up after binging on Evanglicalism
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Pastor storms stage at Trump rally, virgin daughters selling fast on Christianity Today, Mark Driscoll launches a new product line—I mean, church, and we at Radical Grace are brewing the strong coffee for sobering up the culture.

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36. How To Clarify God's Will for Your Life
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Tullian Tchividjian prepares for a comeback, Mars Hill leaders get sued over alleged fraud, ISIS prefers child soldiers because they haven't learned to think yet, and Once and for all we're going to clarify the will of God for your life.

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37. Evangelical Leaders Demonstrate their Irrelevancy
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Max Lucado learns to form an opinion and express it, Grand jury report on pedophile priests results in greater shame, Lyricia Hawkins rallies around the battle cry, "Let's do it again!," and Conservative Christian leaders demonstrate their political opinions no longer matter.

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38. Returning to the Lord Your God
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China continues cracking down on their Christian population, Deadpool rises over Risen, The Pope builds a wall between him and Trump, and returning to the Lord your God looks like something you've never seen before.

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39. It's a Wise Thing to Fear God
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Apple refuses to build backdoors, Pakistan punishes Christian woman for escaping from her abductor, Catholics and Orthodox send each other valentines, and it's a wise thing to fear God.

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40. We Should Fear and Love God so that we Don't get Stuck in Stupid
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Pew survey finds Americans split along party lines about Muslims, Episcopal Church leader calls the recent censure "fair," NARAL gets incensed over Doritos ad, and we should fear and love God so that we don't get stuck in stupid

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41. Classic Episode: The Beast Really is the United States
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A a number of years ago we did a program called "The United States of the Beast" in which we showed that if you use the presuppositions that many Christians use to interpret Revelation you clearly find that the Beast of Revelation is the United States. Well, we weren't seriously proposing that this is true, but apparently there are people out there who believe it's true. They believe that United States IS the Beast of Revelation. Incredible.



42. Radical Grace Classic: United States of the Beast
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In this third episode in a series about the End Times, we get specific about the Anti Christ, and Pastor Gary Held has a very interesting (and chilling) theory about who or what the Beast of Revelation 13 really is.  This is a must hear episode.



43. This Sermon Review Went Badly for the Preacher
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Episcopalians put on a 3-year suspension, Lutherans and Catholics look for common ground as the Reformation's 500th anniversary approaches, Norwegian child welfare agency overrides parental rights, and judging a preacher based on one sermon apparently is a thing.

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44. Lutherans and Evangelical Cash Cows
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High Tech meets crusty, Puritan authors, Wheaton gets pushback for moving to ax Hawkins, Anglicans talk about restructuring around their differences, and Lutherans consistently miss out on the lucrative cash cows.

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45. Found in the Things of the Father
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Charlie Hebdo is criticized by the Vatican, Focus on the Family defends free speech, attacks on Jews and Muslims skyrocket in London, and is Christian devotion personal or strictly business?

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46. Happy New Year From Radical Grace Radio
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Senator Cruz tries wagging the Evangelical tail, New York City demands businesses use politically correct pronouns, atheists strive to get a cross removed in Maryland, and we take a look back at 2015.

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47. Hymns that Point the Way
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Franklin Graham loses his faith, Massachusetts judge rules against a Catholic college, Mother Theresa puts purgatory in her rear-view mirror, and hymns provide the legend for your Christmas holiday map… all this coming up on Radical Grace Radio.

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48. Roman Communion For Lutherans?
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Franklin Graham jumps on the banning Muslims bandwagon, a Lifeway Research poll says 6 out of 10 Americans will attend a Christmas service this season, Hanukkah just got a little sillier with the newly-introduced Mennorah-Bong, and some Lutheran ask if the pope just set out a Welcome Mat for them.

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49. Repentance in the Magnificat
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Survey says 8 out of 10 Evangelicals believe ISIS is a harbinger of the rapture, pot apparently perks up blaise Bible Study, The IRS wants churches to collect social security numbers, and Advent is the season for Mary to help us repent.

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50. John: The Reformer We Need Most
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Justin Beiber finds his purpose, Donald Trump thinks he’s good to go to get to heaven, Sudanese government ramps up for more Christian persecution, and John the Bapist just may be the reformer we need these days.

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51. Is God Angry with Paris?
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Fox news Pastor preaches Islam is satanic, Michigan Catholics and Muslims join in remembrance of paris, republicans weigh merits of religious tests for refugees, and James R. White is wrong about more than just Baptism.

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52. How to Think about God's Grace
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Baylor University corrects media hysterics over the death of religion, Donald Trump sees red over Starbucks, the Supreme Court prepares to hear case brought by nuns, and thinking about God’s grace is good exercise for your new mind.

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53. Thinking with Our New Mind in Christ
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Billy Graham says criticizing pastors is wrong, Church of Norway votes yes on same sex marriage, Pew research reveals the faithful are still pretty faithful, and Saint Paul gives us three things to think about with our new minds in Christ.

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54. Two Minds and Two Natures
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Oprah poised to raise spiritual questions, al-Shabaab faces insurrection within itself, Ben Carson tries to out-Pro-life every other candidate, and you have two minds you can switch between.

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55. A Transformed Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste
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Pope compares Bibles to hand grenades, Texas governor moves to defund Planned Parenthood, Joel Osteen gets his own personal troll, and St. Paul thinks a transformed mind is a terrible thing to waste.

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56. Upgrading to the Mind of Christ
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New York Chic-Fil-A draws big business and big protests, China cracks down on Christians with new gusto, Albert Mohler admits Reparative Therapy is not enough, and St. Paul urges Christians to get up to date.

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57. God’s Spirit demonstrates what He can do
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Donald Trump gets a nomination prayer lift, Blood Moon hysteria refuses to go away, Oregon shooter targets Christian students, and God’s Spirit demonstrates what He can do…

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58. Church Induced Bondage
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Pope and President disagree on Kim Davis, Joel Osteen thinks the Pope is a man of the people, an Indian Christian wins human trafficking suit in the UK, and church bondage is just as bad any other kind

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59. Looney Tunes for Blood Moons
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Ben Carson Steps into a Muslim controversy, Pope Francis visits the US, De-funding Planned Parenthood proves to be difficult, and lunar phlebotomists are gearing up for a busy weekend.

 

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60. Judging Sinners: The Wrong Way and the Right Way
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Bernie Sanders marches into enemy territory, Al Qaeda makes nice with ISIS overlords, Near Death Experiences are leading the faithful astray, and Jesus shows the right way to judge sinners.

 

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61. God's Good Pleasure
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Iranian refugees convert to Christianity, Satanic Temple petitions to place their Giant lawn ornament, dangerous Kentucky clerk, Kim Davis, is back out on the streets, and God reveals whatever to whomever, whenever He pleases.

 

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62. Jesus and Little Children
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RC Sproul Junior gets a year of suspension, War Room is straight outta second, Southern Baptists missions caught in cutbacks, and we’re announcing it’s Kiddie time today on Radical Grace Radio.

 

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63. Ashley Madison and the Way of Pain
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Hilton inc. banishes porn from their hotels, Boko Haram has killed 8000 Christians and counting, Church of Satan protests the planned partenthood protests, and a Christian fantasy family implodes for all to see, next up on Radical Grace Radio.

 

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64. Dealing with Gender Dysphoria
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Donald Trump Endorses the Bible, ISIS makes a religious Twist on rape, Tullian Tchividjian exits the South Florida Presbytary, and Pastor Gary and I talk with Greg Eilers, a pastor in the LCMS who suffers from Gender Dysphoria.

 

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65. An act of faith is at least as important as a profession of the faith!
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Pakistan has a problem with kiddie porn, two Sudanese pastors are set free, Planned Parenthood's video drama continues, and an act of faith is at least as important as a profession of the faith.

 

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66. First Century Taxation Leads to Fish Abuse
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The Mormon Seer Stone surfaces in photographs, Hillsong Church denies change of mind on Gay Marriage, Chinese Christians carry their crosses in protest of government crackdown, and  First-century taxation results in fish abuse.

 

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67. How to Spot Ninja Parables
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Mormons tell Boy Scouts they may sever ties, goat-headed idol competes with ebay for souls, pharmacists hope emergency contraception can be appealed, and we train you how to spot ninja parables.

 

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68. Jesus Curses Without Apology
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19 kids and counting is down for the count, Planned Parenthood wants a Lamborghini, a New Jersey chaplain gets fired by his archbishop, and Jesus curses without apology.

 

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69. St. Paul Explains the Priesthood of All Believers
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The court rules against the Sisters of the Poor, an Argentinian evangelist preaches in New York, Boy Scouts to vote on openly gay scout leaders, and St. Paul explains the priesthood of all believers.

 

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70. "Mighty" is a Matter of Perspective
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Mennonites apologize for Yoder, two pastors have to prove their innocence to a  Sudanese court, the Episcopal church is now courting same sex divorces, and what's "mighty" is a matter of perspective.

 

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71. The Lord's Prayer and the End of the World
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Joel Osteen heckled for being a liar, black churches possibly under attack by arsonists, the church of cannabis rolls a different toke, and the end of the world as we know it is what we’ve been praying for all along.

 

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72. God Tempts No On but We're Tempted Anyway
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Lifetime’s Preach Program stops preaching, American’s confidence in the church reaches a new low, Tullian Tchividjian resigns as pastor, and God tempts no one....but that doesn't keep us from being tempted by Him. Next up on Radical Grace Radio.

 

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73. Good News for Every Kind of Debtor
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Anne Graham Lotz thinks God craves attention, Donald Trump reaches for the Presidency, and we've got some great news for any and every kind of debtor.

 

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74. Don't Tell Me What To Do With My Money!
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Rick Warren Brags about his Church, Pastors promise civil disobedience over same sex marriage, the Pope offers reforms over abusive priests, and if you can't get enough Radical Grace Radio, maybe that's a problem!

 

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75. God Doesn't Need a Plan for Your Life
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Kenyan Schools are closed, but the kids are unhappy, Creflow‘s New Jet is still up in the air, The First Church of Cannabis to open in Indiana, and God doesn’t need a plan for your life.  All this and more coming up on RGR.

 

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76. Occupy God's Kingdom
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Ireland Votes Yes for Gay Marriage, a Connecticut pastor gets shot on Memorial day, the SBC unites to end Predatory Lending, and the Lord’s Prayer is like and Occupy movement?

 

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77. What You Can't Name, You Can't Know
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Risen trailer arises on the internet, Southern Baptists are fine with speaking in tongues, Vatican recognizes the state of Palestine, and what you can't name, you can't know

 

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78. The Expansive Reach of the Lord's Prayer
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Pew Says that Christianity is in Decline, Prolife bill passes the house, Hezbollah and Christian Militias Join forces, And The Lord’s Prayer Builds, on itself?

 

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79. The Benefist of the Lord's Prayer
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Boxers get into a Bible Study Smack down, Obama threatens to Veto Korker, Hit and Run Bishop gets defrocked, and the Lord’s Prayer.

 

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80. The Discipline of Prayer
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Pastor Charles Stanley turns down award from Jewish Group, The IRS Hides it’s Atheist ties, The top 100 Christian leaders list is out, and later on we’ll talk about the “Discipline of Prayer”, in this edition of Radical Grace Radio.

 

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81. Avoiding the Abstract in Discipleship
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Under God is Good in New Jersey, Islamic Extremists kidnap more and more kids while Nigerians want their children back, Isis demands 30 million dollars for Assyrians, and no more saying d******* on this episode.

 

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82. Memories Pizza and the Book of Yeezus
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The President doesn’t love less than loving Christians, Richard Dawkins hates on Islam, Franklin Graham gets down and dirty, and Pastor Gary wonders if after all the attempts by Churches to "disciple" their people, if anyone can tell him why?  All this and more and Radical Grace Radio.

 

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83. Easter Suprise! The Never Failing Resurrection
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What would you attempt if you knew that it wouldn't fail?  To Pastor Gary, that is a live question in light of the Gospel and the Easter event.  In the case of Jesus' Resurrection, it seems that the "failures" of the day were infinitely irreducible, and yet each failure amounted to a triumph, one after the other.  Listen now for more...

 

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84. Stretchin' to Discipleship: Not what you think
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Creflow Needs Dollars to buy him a Jet!  Human Trafficking and Americans loosing their religion, plus, maybe, just maybe a new way of looking at Christian Discipleship.

 

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85. You Say Disciple, I say Disciple
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What do you do when everyone's definition of a word is always different but in practice it always winds up in the same place?  This edition of RGR features Pastor Gary further rehearsing the concept of discipleship and what it means in 2015. 

 

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86. Undisciplined Discipleship
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It's all my fault.  I asked pastor to rehearse some more the topic of what does discipleship mean in 2015 because I think it's an important topic.  Think about it.  What did it mean to be a disciple of Moses?  Think about how that's different from being a disciple in Samuel's time.  Or even David's time!  So what does it mean to be a disciple, Lutheran in fact, in 2015?

 

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87. Has the Ship Sailed on Discipleship?
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In This Edition, we determine that you can probably sell a lot of books on Discipleship if you name it something like "50 shades of Fail".  Pastor Gary starts trying to rehearse the subject of Discipleship from a Lutheran Perspective.  And yes, Knights of Sidonia IS a better love story than Twilight and 50 Shades combined!

 

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88. Theology and Social media
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How has the way Theology is done been affected by Social Media?  In a log of ways what has happened is that the depth of the work itself has suffered along with our way of interacting with others who do theology.  In this edition, Social Media.

 

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89. Funerals and Suicide
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How should a Pastor handle the Funeral of a suicide?  What do you say to those left behind?  Although he did not officiate, Pastor Gary attended a funeral for someone who had taken his own life, and found how the Pastor at that funeral handled it.  Pastor Gary has some insights on this edition of RGR.

 

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90. Wrong Way Jonah
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God calls Jonah to go this way, but instead Jonah goes that way.  But even when Jonah goes the wrong way it still winds up being a blessing.  In fact, it was a blessing to the sailors when he physically went the wrong way, but also a blessing to Nineveh when he went the wrong way spiritually. 

 

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91. Agenda Driven Interpretation
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What do Climate Change Scientists and most Christian Scholars have in common?  Their interpretation of the data they work with is driven by an agenda of one sort or another.  But since Florida Flash And Flicker (also known as FPL) had my power off for some time I was unable to work my own agenda to get the news roll done.  Shame on me, I think.

 

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92. The Sacrament of the Suckerpunch!
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ISIS wants to kill more hostages, and maybe the terrorists want to destroy the Vatican, while a Baptist Pastor sucker punches a kid for the purpose of "Saving his Soul".  Thankfully God hears us even without the Sucker Punch, as Pastor Gary explains.

 

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93. God, Kings and the Poor
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What it's like to actually be poor in the US, Islamic Terrorist kill Twelve at French Newspaper, Pastor goes to see the Exodus Movie, and 1 Corinthians Chapter 10.  What does it mean to be "Baptized into Moses"?  And what does that mean for us?

 

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94. Jesus is His Mother's Son
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Merry Christmas!  Here's an episode about the Birth of Christ, and about Mary, and the significance of the Message in the Song of Mary, also known as the Magnificat.  See you see for another episode of RGR.

 

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95. If the Son Sets You Free...
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David Platt tells Christians to give God a Blank Check, ISIS deals in Black Market Organs, Lecrae gets hassled by the Police, and what does it mean when the Son Sets you free. On this week's Radical Grace Radio

 

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96. So You Think You're a Theologian?
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Rob Bell has a new show on the the Oprah Network, The Pope Versus the Anti Pope, David Jeremiah brings us some new End Times Porn, all while the tectonic paradigm shifts.  Also, Pastor Gary shows us that there's more than one way to talk about redemption and what it means to be set free.

 

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97. It's Beginning to Look a lot like Advent
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This verse from Psalm 23, "thou preparest a table for me in the presence of mine enemies", comes to life in this news roll story of the Iraqi town of Telskuf, just 20 miles from Mosul, a stronghold of ISIS. Mass was held in the Saint Georges Chaldean church in spite of the fact that the town is surrounded by Isis militants. That's a powerful, true story that Christians everywhere could share. Also, a preview of Advent, and the Pope raffles a Fiat!

 

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98. Being Careful with the Confessions.
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Dawkins gets muzzled,  Pope Francis blasts sin, Driscoll sells his house, and the Most important book in Great Britain is the Bible.  All that and Pastor Gary talks about the importance of using the confessions for what they are meant to be used for.

 

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99. Misusing the Confessions and other Dangers
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What happens when someone use the Lutheran Confessions in a way that winds up doing damage to the faith?  Also, the Pope gets haughty, a suffering child is euthanized in Great Britain, and ISIS sells Children as sex slaves, in this edition of RGR.

 

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100. When the AntiChrist Fails to Appear
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In this Edition of Radical Grace Radio, we talk about the implications of the apparent implosion of the Mars Hill Church Network, and we also talk about the appearance of the AntiChrist from a Lutheran Context, asking an important question about the man of lawlessness and whether this person indeed is the AntiChrist.

 

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101. The Beast and the AntiChrist
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Christian Bale rants on Moses, Christians are heretics and they're fine with that, Same Sex Marriage comes to more states, and Jeffery Holder takes on the world.   Als, is the Beast the Anti Christ?  Or is the beast something else entirely?

 

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102. The Afterbirth of End Times Porn
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Since in recent weeks people have been sharing a lot of satirical blog post as if they're true, we today offer up the first official act of "The Ministry for Silly Thoughts". Just as we promised in the last episode, this week's News Roll includes one story that's totally made up, and it's up to you, the listener, to figure out which one.  It should be good practice for when we're confronted with fake news stories in the future.

Also, Pastor thought it would good to decompile the Left Behind mythology, not because no one else has done it yet, but because it's gotten so ridiculous that it deserves to be enshrined in the "Hall of Eternal Ridicule".  That's where Silly Thoughts go to be punished for all eternity.

 

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103. Render Unto Houston that which is God's?
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Mark Driscoll steps down for good, Houston wants your sermons, the Roman Catholic Church tries but fails to welcome gays, and Caesar wants your money, and pretty much everything else.

 

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104. Ebola And End Time Porn
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Ebola superstitions and Misinformation arrive in the US, The Pope calls an Extraordinary Synod, The Ministry for Silly Thoughts is born, and we are again introduced to the End Times Porn that is LEFT BEHIND starring Nicholas "I phoned it in" Cage. 

 

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105. When Superstition Kills
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Everyone should know by now that the reason the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa goes seemingly unchecked is due to the superstitions and conspiracy theories in the general populace.  But the fact is, there is one conspiracy going on.  But it's not any government organization, or big company.  Rather, it's everyday people striving to make things worse. for the sole purpose that it's funny.  Like poking a cage animal with a stick.  It's horrible.  

So, in light of our tendency to do these things, what do you with with Jesus' promise that "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free"?

 

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106. The Forman in the Vineyard
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In this edition of RGR, a generous landowner is accused of paying people for working an entire hour!   That's Not Fair!  After all, the people who worked all day deserve more for all their hard work, don't they? 

That and there was a black mass in Oklahoma.   And Betty Crocker Recipes.  And Aunt Jemimah Syrup. 

 

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107. Victoria Osteen Mea Cup o' Culpa
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Victoria Osteen didn't mean it.  She really didn't mean it.  Everyone Understood what she meant, but she didn't mean to say it that way.  And that's why you should always put a positive construction on everything.  Because some statements need maximum spin to make sense.

 

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108. Worshiping God for Yourself?
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In This Edition of Radical Grace Radio, Victoria Osteen says worship isn't really for God, but for yourself, but the entire Orthodox Christian World loses it simultaneously.  Well, at least Orthodox Christian Bloggers.  Or rather, fairly Orthodox Christian Bloggers...  Or someone did who's vaguely Christian. 
But Not Pastor Gary Held.  He melted up instead.

 

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109. Two Kinds of Righteousness?
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Beginning a series on what's often called "Two Kinds of Righteousness", Pastor Gary hopes that you'll begin to see why good works are still important even though you don't need them to be justified in the sight of God.   Also, strictly news for the news' sake. 

 

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110. You Will Know Them By Their Trees
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Dawkins get's into a dust up, Westboro Baptist loves them some punishment, Mark Driscoll gets no respect, and how to tell the Forest from the Fruits.  Also, more on being Filled with the Fullness of God in this edition of Radical Grace Radio.

 

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111. Filled with the Fullness of God
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On this edition of the Radical Grace Radio, the News Roll is back but with better news, and Pastor Gary decides that after talking about being filled with the Holy Spirit, there's still more to go.  Get ready for a fire-hose of Scripture.

 

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112. Put Up Your Llamas!!
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The tragedy of Robin Williams Suicide, the tragedy of wrong headed Christian thinking about Suicide, Ebola was not sent to kill you, and what does the Epistle to the Ephesians tell us about being filled with the Holy Spirit?

 

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113. Are You Filled with the Holy Spirit?
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Pastor Gary wanted to take some time to flesh out what it means to be "Filled with the Spirit".  Since so much of Christianity today this is THE topic of discussion, from how you get filled with the Holy Spirit to what are the signs of being filled with the Holy Spirit.

 

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114. [Ancient Rerun] Oprah Winfrey and the Goblet of Baal
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A re-run this week, because summer caught up with us.  We'll be back next week with an All New Radical Grace Radio, but until then take in Oprah and the many ways to Heaven.

 

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115. Today is the Day of Your Breakthrough!!
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In this Edition of Radical Grace Radio, we talk about the message that we've been trying to give people all these years, while contrasting the classic Christian Message of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins with that of the modern Christian message of "God wants to give you your breakthrough Today". 

 

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116. Covetousness: The wrong state of our hearts
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Jonah's grave gets dug up, Paula White has a prophetic vision, Ebola breaks out in Liberia,  Ibrahim's daughter can walk, and the wrong state of our hearts.  Covetousness, and the destruction wrought by a covetous heart.

 

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117. Love Your Neighbor As Yourself
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Loving your Neighbor, Two Tables of the law, son kills pastor father in Texas, a Phelps wants to marry gays, and some of Christianity loves Hobby Lobby.  Plus, Pastor wants a Prius.

 

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118. Remember the Sabbath
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Liberal Baptist Pastors Dine with Obama, Sudanese arresting and re-arresting Christians, ISIS on the Loose and Angry in Mosul, while Christians want Christian moms to know it's Okay to wear a Swimsuit this summer.   Later, Pastor Gary talks about the Commandment to remember the Sabbath, and why that doesn't mean "don't do any work".  Lutheranism for the Rest of us.

 

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119. Have you Hugged your Don Today?
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Religion is not good for job seekers, Death Metal band splatters real blood and gets away with it, Christians Fleeing Mosul, the Pope Excommunicates the Mafia, and the Presby's get silly.  Later Pastor Gary takes us on a tour of God's commandment to "Not use the name of the Lord, your God, in vain".  What does that mean, really? 

 

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120. 30 MINUTE CHURCH
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So you think the Commandments are important?
 
The Forgetful Bishop, Link Bait, Thirty Minute Church, God versus God, and the Commandment to Honor Your Father and Mother.  Also, has anyone else noticed the News that we Christians share is usually Crap? 

 

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121. Stepping on the Elephant in the Room
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Less than a third of Americans believe the Bible, Boko Haram still going strong, A baker stops baking Wedding cakes, and the Pope says stop having Cats and Dogs and have kids.  All that, Pentecost, and the commandment to honor your Father and Mother on this episode of Radical Grace Radio

 

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122. Waiting for Persecution, or Something Like It
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China Churches are getting torn down and Crosses removed, Richard Dawkins sneaking into church services? Pro-marriage group being forced to disclose their donor's names, The Boy Scouts are down but not out, and Sudan is counting down to hanging a Christian woman for being Christian.   All this and Christian fruits and a forest that needs to be cut down, this week on RGR.

 

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123. RGR Rant: Tullian Uncensored!!
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In this Edition of RGR, we rant about the Tullian Tchividjian, Covenant Life Church, Boz, Sanctification, and why everyone has it all wrong again...  Live and Uncensored, it's Radical Grace Radio!!!

 

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124. On a Wing and a Prayer Rug
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On Today's edition of Radical Grace Radio, Christian dropouts are returning, Suntrust delists the Benham Brother, Trail Life is rising, a Mega Church Pastor admits to lying about Abuse, and a Sudanese Christian is to be put to death for Apostasy.

Also, I got another Jesus Prayer Rug in the Mail.  It's a "Holy Spirit Letter", it says.  Find out more inside.

 

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125. "Western Education is Sin", Said the Guy Using Western Eduation to Attack Western Education.
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Boka Haram, it turns out, mean "Western Education is Sin".  So, why is Baka Haram using Western Education in their Terrorist Activities?  Also, Flip it Forward gets flipped out the door, Heaven is more real than Son of God, the Supreme Courts says it's okay to pray, and a gay divorcee is glad gays are just like other divorcees.  Seriously, he is.  That and it's Good Shepherd Sunday.

 

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126. The Gospel: A Weed that Keeps Growing Back
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Dobson goes after the Obamainator, The Shack is becoming a movie, A Chinese Church comes tumbling down, and Christian girls are still missing in Nigeria. 

Also, why is that when it comes to personal responsibility, even we Christians will want to maintain the Status Quo rather than take on institutionalized sin?  All this and more on RGR.

 

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127. Feeding Your Congregation to the Lions
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In this episode of the RGR, Perry Noble's church gets overwhelmed, Jars of Clay gets smashed, Southern Baptists have an Irony deficiency, Heaven is for real because the movie says so, and Mufasa visits the church on Easter, but they wont let him in.

 

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128. He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!!
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Jesus is Risen!!!  He is Risen Indeed!  Alleluia!!!  This edition of RGR is a rerun, but so what?  It's all about the Empty Tomb folks. 

 

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129. Blood Moons and Good News
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Seminary Grads in Deep Debt, Jesus' wife theory revisited, Noah Movie Banned, Blood Moons rising, Westboro gets run out of Oklahoma, and Jesus of Nazareth vs. Pontius Pilot for the heavyweight championship of Jerusalem, this week on RGR.

 

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130. Arrogance and Adoption
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Arrogance, spiders in gas tanks, Noah makes people read Noah, Russia bans Crimean adoptions, and staying in God's favor, this week on Radical Grace.

 

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131. Jesus Never Lies
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Praying in Sectarian Savior God's Name, Qatar Hates Christians, Smooth Sailing for Noah, World Vision Backs down, and Jesus' word is as good as gold, on this edition of Radical Grace Radio.

 

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132. Lenten Repentant
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This Week On Radical Grace Radio, since Brighthouse networks can't figure out how to keep my internet up, I'm uploading this from a remote location.  It feels like I've gone rogue!  Either way, This week on the show, Radical Repentance, Fred Phelps dead at 84, Mark Driscoll is sorry, More Christian Reality Television, The Alban Institute Closes, and will "Noah" sink?



133. Real Marriage, Fake Sales
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In this episode of RGR, Lakewood Church is robbed, Mark Driscoll Robs his readers (if he has any), The KJV surprises everyone with growing sales, and why Lent is NOT Passiontide.

 

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134. [Ancient Rerun] The Slippery Gospel
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In this episode of Radical Grace Radio, we have an ancient rerun from our days at AM920 WMEL, where Pastor was late for his own show.

 

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135. Saving the Church from Gay Weddings
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On Today's Show, Modern Lutheran Pietism, Saving Churches from Gay Weddings, Everyone at the Vatican is drunk, and it's Okay to be a depressed Christian.

 

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136. Wood, Hay, Stubble, and Fire.
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Who is the guy behind "Tips for Jesus"? Also, Faith Driven consumers reject Noah, Nuns in prison, Scientists read their Bibles, and being Saved as though through fire.

 

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137. Atheist Pastors... No really, they exist.
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On this edition of RGR, Ham on Nye and the fallout from the debate, Atheist Pastors, and Thrivent not helping pro life groups to "thrive".

 

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138. Atheistic, Evolutionistic Nightmares
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Topless Femen attack an Archbishop, 1500 pounds of Atheism, Bill Nye is an idiot, and Simon muscles in on Jesus' cross carrying duties, this week on Radical Grace Radio.

 

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139. Ham on Nye, for Science!!
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This week on Radical Grace Radio, Bill Nye in a smackdown with Ken Ham, Skype Exorcisms, The Oscars Nix a Christian Anthem, and where did your Church Body come from?

 

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140. Sitting Stoned on Satan's Lap
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Would you sit on Satan's Lap? Also, did the Carthaginians actually practice ritual Child Sacrifice, The 26 Million Dollar Man, and is Marijuana use a sin?

 

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141. Remember Jesus In the Supper
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In recent blog post on Gospel Coalition Website author Dustin Crowe wrote about the question "What does it mean to remember Jesus in the Lord's Supper", and he made some really good points. But being Lutherans we couldn't resist first looking at why it's important to understand how Jesus is present in the supper before you can even answer the question of what remember Jesus even means.

 

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142. Emails, Water and the Word of God
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The word is this: This is my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. That's an important word. Also, emails from listeners.

 

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143. Muslim Minded Christians: A Rant.
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We know a fellow broadcaster who got kicked off the air for stating his opinion on his own show. Why? Because Muslim Minded Christians wanted him silenced. So We're ranting about it. Oh, and it wasn't us.

 

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144. Herod the Grotesque
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The Duck Dynasty Controversy seems to have been buttoned up, The Good King has some advice for Pastors, and Herod IS the original Grinch. As in trying to steal the Gospel before it can spread.

 

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145. The Truth You Don't Know And Why You Don't Know it
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This Week on Radical Grace Radio, Is the Duck Dynasty Controversy real? Or was it a clever marketing ploy? Also, the failure that is modern American Christianity and the solution to it that's hidden in Christmas.

 

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146. Ritz Crackers, Scrabble, and the Christmas
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So Families show up on Christmas, bringing with them their old squabbles and anger, to a Holiday bereft of meaning other than getting together to eat, fight, and play scrabble. That's what the American Atheists Group wants you to do. Celebrate a Holiday that has absolutely no Christ in it. No meaning. No point other than to give gifts and visit with family.

They could do that any day of the year, couldn't they?

 

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147. The Destruction of a Tender Conscience
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People with tender consciences need hope. This Christmas Season is supposed to be about hope, about an announcement that says, "for unto you is born this day in the City of David, a Savior. Tis Christ the Lord." But doesn't it seem a bit like this simple message of hope is getting lost?

 

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148. Black Friday is a Parody of Good Friday.
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First, you take people engorged on turkey, which makes you sleepy. Then you let them go out and get drunk. Then you let them go and try to shop. And the crowds turn ugly. And for someone reason, no one could see this coming? It's all a ruse. Black Friday is a parody of Good Friday. The crowds surrounding Jesus didn't want him. The crowds around the stores this past Friday want everything they ever wanted. They'll sacrifice everything for a cheap television. Yup, that's Black Friday.

 

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149. An Advent of Hope
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As Advent approaches, I want to talk about the light of hope that enters the world in Jesus Christ. We all have to admit that if hope fades, our humanity fades along with it. If there is no Christ, there is not hope.

 

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150. You're Listening to NSA Radio!!!
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Today Radical Grace Radio has been overrun by the NSA. They don't get the Gospel, they think it's some sort of plot to overthrow the government. But the roman thought that might be happening as well back in the First century AD, so is it any wonder that today's governments might think that as well? Also, hating Strange fire for 300 dollars or more.

 

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151. The Only Solution
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This is an Ancient Rerun, from back when Radical Grace Radio was just "Radical Grace". The episode was called "the Only Solution", and was recorded live on AM 920 WMEL. Once in a while it's fun to listen to an old show, and this is no exception. Pastor had a list of questions he brought with him to the studio... The first question was "can you know, right now, if you're righteous enough to go to heaven?"

 

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152. The Challenge of the Gospel
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The Episode titled "Live Stoned Nudes" has reached more people on X-rated websites than any other program we've done. I wonder why? Either way, this episode gets started with show titles and my obsession with naming them weird titles, plus the challenge that is the Gospel, in a funny way, where you wouldn't expect it. That's law and Gospel for you.

 

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153. The Religious Industrial Complex
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It's Reformation Day, Every Day! Seriously, if we are repenting, defecting, every day of our Christian lives, than that means it's Reformation Day every day. So for this Reformation Day, Pastor Gary coined a term, "religious industrial complex" to refer to any system that gets turned around to making a buck off of Jesus' name, or even the crass works righteousness systems so may people think gets the brownie points with God. Any system like this is pretty much brown, because it's slathered in, well... You know.

 

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154. Falling into a Ring of Strange Fire
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This Episode of Radical Grace Radio is filled with Monkey Business. Too much of it, in fact. Romanistic Reformed Christians calling the Pentecostal Kettle black, Crazy Taliban hoopla, Congressional upheaval, and tiny little spoons. You'll have to email me to find out what the spoons reference even means. Either way, this pre-Reformation Day show sets up our talk next week, Where of course we talk about Grace Alone, Faith alone and Christ alone, and why they are important.

 

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155. God's Story IS Our Story
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In a show about Christian Freedom and how to exercise that freedom, we wound up talking about our individual stories. Now, we're not talking about our individual testimonies or anything like that, but the simple story of each of us, and in the larger context the history of individual congregations. Those stories, both individual and corporate, are subsumed into God's story the same way our flesh is subsumed into Christ. Our lives, our stories, everything we are, have become part of God's story. That doesn't mean the centrality of the cross and the gospel are in question. Not at all. What it does mean is that God has chosen a particular people, given them a particular story, the Gospel, and has drawn us to himself and the story of creation and redemption. We are all like fish caught up in the net of God's story.

 

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156. The Feelings Driven Church
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Feelings, nothing more than feelings. Or at least that's what most of the church at large would say about being a Christian. Here's how they do it. The Holy Spirit indwells a believer, changes that believer's heart to where they feel like they want to follow God's law, and the feelings sustain the believer through hard times. Sounds nice but, what about those days when you don't "feel" like being a believer? Oh wait, what you do is manufacture a feeling, which is something the modern, feelings driven church can do in spades... unless what they do turns out to be boring, then everyone feels like sleeping.

 

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157. Moses and the Prophets, Let Them Be Heard
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So we hit two topics today that people tend to ignore. One is death itself. People don't want to be reminded of their own mortality. Sooner or later it's coming, but we all tend to put it out of our minds, especially when you live in a culture that goes out of it's way to rid itself of reminders of death.

The other topic is the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. Most people solve this parable by trying to ignore it. Why? Because it's a terrifying parable on its face, that's why. But there's another way to understand it.

 

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158. We're All Prodigals in this Crazy World
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Part of my personal re-evaluation includes trying to discover both the lies in the world around me and the lies that I tell myself about the world around me. Lately, the world around me seems nuts, but I can also imagine that people who read Jesus' parables think that he was nuts as well. One such parable doesn't seem that strange when you realize that the Prodigal Son (Luke 15) came to a realization about the world around him. I can imagine that he also realized he'd been lying to himself as well. That's the collusion of our sinful nature and the world. They both lie to us. In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, the Prodigal Son.

 

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159. Pappa Francis Knows Best?
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So The Pope went viral again, stating to an Italian Newspaper Magnate that Atheists and Agnostics can go to heaven if they just follow their conscience and do good works. Now, why do Lutherans care about this? And why should you? This on Radical Grace Radio.

 

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160. Are You All In? Or All Out?
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In this edition of Radical Grace Radio we're talking about Jesus' saying in Luke 14, "If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple." This is the Gospel of the Lord. The Good News of the Lord. Doesn't seem like good news now does it? We're not promising a law and gospel interpretation for this, but what we've got is pretty interesting.

 

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161. Rejecting the Gifts of God
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The Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark Texas recently had an outbreak of Measles. Yes, that's Measles, the disease we all get immunized for when we're kids, that one. The church in question is the same church that noted Word of Faith teacher Kenneth Copeland planted many moons ago. Now, the focus of our commentary isn't on the irony of the situation (an irony that we do recognize as tremendous), but rather on how Copeland and his church parrot many of the objections to vaccinations that parents of Autistic Children do these days. We recognized that this is a problem with rejecting the Gifts that God gives his entire creation (First Article Gifts), where regardless of whether someone is Christian or not, God gave us all Doctors who created Vaccines that prevent deadly childhood diseases.

On the back half of the hour we talked "real life Parables"...

 

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162. The Content of Our Character
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With the Fiftieth Anniversary of the March on Washington happening this week, I've been thinking about something controversial. I think that with all the fist pumping, speech making and slogan chanting there should have a been a moment where everyone makes a pledge. A pledge to take a hard look at ourselves, make an effort for personal responsibility and take an oath to be the kind of people who treat others with respect and dignity. Take a listen and see if you agree.

 

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163. Welcome to the Hall of Obedience.
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While he was writing his sermon for the days service, Pastor Gary noticed something that's likely true about every person he reads this verse from Hebrews. They likely read this verse like this, even though the word "obedience" is not in the verse.

Hebrews 11: 39 These were all commended for their obedience, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. 

 

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164. RGR Vintage: Covering Your Bases with God.
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This week we're taking a break, but we're posting the very first Radical Grace Radio program.  In this program our first caller, ever, wondered what he should do to "cover all his bases" with God.  You guys will enjoy this, but Pastor Gary and I would just cringe at how inexperienced we sound.

 

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165. How to Drive the Millennials Away for Dummies Part 2
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Because someone said, "that line 'I'm too holy for you' is from Monty Python and the Holy Grail," here's the scripture verse. "Isa 65:5 (I say to a people) who say, ‘Keep away; don’t come near me, for I am too holy for you!’ Such people are smoke in my nostrils, a fire that keeps burning all day."

So in this special edition on how to Drive the Millennials away, we let Good Charlotte answer some of the nonsense spewed over Millennials.

 

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166. How to Drive the Millennials Away for Dummies Part 1
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The question that keeps coming up, over and over again, is how to attract and keep the so called "millennial" generation. We at Radical Grace Radio take a different approach. We're going to research how to drive them away. Yes we are, folks. All the stupid, obnoxious things that are done in the name of Christianity that tends to make millennials roll their eyes. You betcha. All that stuff. Maybe we can get a government grant for this... 

 

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167. The Mark of Cain and How to Repent in one easy step
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I thought that this weird doctrine about the Mark of Cain had long since been put to bed. Apparently there are still some people who say that the "Mark" is that God turned Cain black. Seriously. This is still being taught. Pastor Gary, however, put that to rest in 3 seconds flat.

 Also, we talked about Repentance. Pastor Gary seems to have found something interesting comparing how the word "repent" is used either by St. Paul or Jesus. Fascinating stuff.

 

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168. Level Headed Anger and the Last Prophet
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It's possible to angry and still be level headed. Don't argue, yes, it is possible. If you have to be angry with the criminal justice system, try to be level headed about it. Of, we're talking about the Zimmerman/Martin case, but in what we hope was a level headed way. We also talk about the last of the old testament Prophets as part of an extended study on the inter-testamental period.

 

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169. Hissy Fits, Frozen Bibles and the United States of the Beast
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A few years ago we did a program called "The United States of the Beast" in which we showed that if you use the presuppositions that many Christians use to interpret Revelation you clearly find that the Beast of Revelation is the United States. Well, we weren't seriously proposing that this is true, but apparently there are people out there who believe it's true. They believe that United States IS the Beast of Revelation. Incredible.

Also on Radical Grace Radio, a Pastor has a Hissy Fit in the Pulpit, and I find a Bible in the freezer.

 

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170. Who is worthy to open the Seals?
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It's always good to be prepared. No one I know of would disagree with that. But isn't it interesting that we spend a lot of time being prepared to be frightened? Or depressed even? It's like that for us sinners all the time. Back in the wilderness when the people had been led by Moses out of Egypt it seems that all the people were prepared to do was complain. All too often, that's how it goes with us.


We at RGR think that it's not supposed to be that way for us. We have been prepared by the mighty works of God to stand up to the trials of our lives. In this episode we look at Revelation 5, because something in there (and indeed in all the scriptures) prepares us for victory.

 

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171. Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse
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In this show we were able to make one point and make it well. That people stop and listen when you mention "Zombies", and people really are interested in how to survive a Zombie Apocalypse. Wait, that's two points. Maybe we made another point about remember that the actual coming apocalypse reveals Jesus as the winner, the victor, the King... And that there's a way in which being prepared for a "zombie" apocalypse means being ready for the physical trouble that would come with the actual apocalypse.. you know, other than there's no zombies in the tribulation period. There really isn't. Trust us, there isn't.

 

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172. Where is the Glory of the Lord?
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When the Prophet Haggai delivered to Zerubbabel and Joshua the Word of God to rebuild the temple, not only did the new temple lack the literal glory of the original temple, but the Glory of the Lord never seemed to come to the temple again the same way it did in Solomon's day. So what happened? Did God's word not come to pass? Well, let's find out on Radical Grace Radio.

 

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173. How Small is Your Gospel?
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D. L. Moody once said "I can write the Gospel on a dime", and ever since then that's exactly what the Church at large seems to want to do. But if you do that, you wind up leaving out a full, robust proclaimation of the Gospel, leaving people with some "spiritual laws" to keep or who knows what. Whatever it is, it usually winds up leaving the believer in a quagmire of confusion. So this episode is dedicated to a different way of seeing the Gospel and all it's parts, seeing them rather through the lense of Christ and the work of the Godhead in history rather than through lense of "getting people saved".

 

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174. Selling Salvation on Ebay!
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How much would a place in Heaven be worth? Better question, how much would YOU pay for a spot in the glorious hereafter? $10,000? $50,000? $100,000? Or better yet, what's the going rate for saving the life of a dying servant?

 

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175. Silence in the Face of Heartache
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When troubles or disasters come, and we know they will, do we have to be uber-ministers? What I mean by that is, do was absolutely have to give an answer as to why the troubles have come to us? Or, is it better to keep silent, at least in the beginning? Particularly if it's our neighbor who is in pain, do we have to run in and be super Christian Ministers or is it OK to just be silent and listen? Also, since it's Trinity Sunday, we talked about a certain long and scary creed.

 

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176. Burning in the Fires of Pentecost!!!
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After Christmas and Easter, what do the majority of Christians do with Pentecost? Is it even really on the radar? Is it just lost in the morass of mis-focused Pentecostalism? Or was there more to it than just people speaking in tongues?

 

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177. LIVE STONED NUDES
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In today's show which has not been hacked by anyone (seriously, who would retitle a Christian Radio show "LIVE STONED NUDES") we talk about Pietism, beating your brothers and sisters about the head and neck with made up rules, Orbital videos, Nudes, marijuana, and broadcasting live from outer space... Not exactly in that order. We ARE the epitome of disorganized religion.

Music today: Space Oddity - David Bowie, performed by Col. Chris Hadfield
Space suit - They Might Be Giants 
Man on the Moon - R.E.M. 

 

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178. The Father and His Right Hand Man
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Christians these days don't have much to say about the Ascension of Jesus Christ. I tend to think this is because they don't know what to do with the concept, since what we read in Luke's Gospel has Jesus literally flying up into the sky, right? But what if it means something else? The early Church knew what to think about the ascension of Jesus Christ... Music today: Tico Tico - Paco de Lucía, Into the Mirage - John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Paco de Lucia

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179. Sanctification for Dummies 101
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In the last few weeks or so there's been a lot of discussion about what some people call "Sanctification". The debate has formed around two seemingly opposing viewpoints. Without belaboring these two viewpoints again, let's just suffice it to say that we really do think there's an obedience to the law that is of utmost importance. In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, you'll find advice on how to obey the law like you've never obeyed it before.

 

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180. Mishandled Salvation
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How badly has the Church in our time mishandled the proclamation of the Gospel? Here's how badly. After decades and decades of preaching the Gospel through evangelistic programs that purport to tell people where they would be "if you died tonight", people still have serious doubts about whether they were saved or not. They still walk the isle and pray the pray repeatedly, recommitting their lives to Jesus in attempts to quell doubts in their minds. We're going to spend a lot of time in the future showing just how easy it is to mishandle the subject by, you guessed it, confusion of Law and Gospel.

 

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181. Virginal, In The Dark, with no oil. What to do?
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This edition of Radical Grace Radio is an encore from July of 2010.  Radical Grace Radio will return with a new edition next week.

In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, Pastor Gary takes on a tour of the parable of the 10 virgins.  Pastor took the month of June off from teaching Bible study because he wanted to take some time to go over the scriptures himself and see if there was something he was missing...  and we think he found it.  You may not think so at first, but this is a law and gospel moment in the making.

 

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182. How to have Assurance of Assurance that you're saved!
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To be assured that you are saved, you have to have assurance that your assurance is sure. There's only one way to achieve that assurance and that is by the long rabbit hole of works mixed with spirituality. If you want assurance that your assurance is sure, you have work hard for God and be as sincere as Jesus. Because that's what Jesus would do.

 

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183. The Wrath of the Rejected Stone
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How did we miss releasing this episode? I'll tell you why. In the flurry of releasing Lent related material, this one slipped through. So take a walk backwards through time with us to two weeks ago.

 

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184. 2 Covenants of the Kingdom/1 Atoning Sacrifice
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And now, the last two of the series of lenten dramatic readings.  The first is "2 covenants of the Kingdom", read by Pastor Bruce Rudolph, while the second is "1 atoning sacrifice".

8 Souls in All7 Years of Famine6 Day until Sabbath5 Smooth Stones4 Large Jars3 Day and Nights in the Fish2 Covenants of the Kingdom1 Atoning Sacrifice

 

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185. Save Holy Week!
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It's Holy Week, which Means it's Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. But there's an argument made around certain parts that the beginning of Holy Week, Palm Sunday, should instead be called "the Sunday of the Passion", which I think is a stupid thing to do. My argument is simple. Is you have the Sunday before be all about the passion, people will begin to think Jesus was in the tomb a whole week.

 

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186. 4 large Jars/3 Days and Nights
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In this Countdown to Redemption edition of Radical Grace Radio, we present the next two readings of the lenten series written by Pastor Gary Held.  This time we're bundling up two in one, and you can expect the last two for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday in the next couple of days.

The list so far is

8 Souls in all7 Years of Famine6 Days until Sabbath5 Smooth Stones4 Large Jars3 Days and Nights in the Fish??

 

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187. 5 Smooth Stones
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Another in the series "Countdown to Redemption", this reading is titled "5 Smooth Stones".  Written by Pastor Gary Held for our Wednesday Lenten services, this one tells of the story and feelings of one of King David's more obscure sons. The readings so far are titled... 8 Souls In All 7 Years of Famine 6 Days until Sabbath

 

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188. 6 Days Until Sabbath
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Lenten Readings for this season, this one based on the Story of Deborah in the Book of Judges, part of a series written by Pastor Gary Held for Lenten services. The readings so far are titled...
8 Souls In All7 Years of Famine6 Days until Sabbath

 

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189. Jesus Hates Figs and Jedi Mind Melds!
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On the way back to Jerusalem after the triumphal Entry, Jesus encounters a fig tree that has no fruit on it, and he promptly curses it. Therefore, Jesus must hate fig trees. No wait, Jesus is teaching you how to curse fig trees, yeah that's it. No, wait, Jesus is teaching you about having faith and speaking to fig trees and mountains so you can overcome these obstacles.

There has been so much bad teaching on this one incident that whole versions of Christianity have grown up around the strange interpretations of this incident. But what if, just what if... Jesus was talking about cursing Israel? What if Jesus had gone to the tree that is Israel, found no fruit on it, and per the covenant made with Israel Jesus calls down the condemnation upon the nation for neglecting the message they were to spread?

 

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190. Unyielding Bureaucracies Shaken by the Gospel
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Pastor Gary contends that in Jesus' day, the biggest headache the average Israelite had didn't come from the Roman occupation, but rather the Temple itself. If you lived during that time in Judea, you likely owed money to the temple, one way or another and the religious leaders of the time weren't interested in "forgiving debts". First up on the show however is Bill Marello of Child Services updating us on the current plight of children in the Foster car system in Central Florida.

 

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191. 7 Years of Famine
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The second Lenten service featured a monolog written by Pastor Gary, and is written from the point of view of an accountant who delivers a report to governor over Egypt and second to Pharaoh, Joseph. Pastor Gary loves the Joseph narrative (as I do) and for more than a little while we got excited about this one. If we drone on too long in the first part of this show, sorry about that...

 

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192. 8 Souls in All...
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Due to some of our listeners asking about Pastor Gary's Lenten "Dramatic Monologs", we decided to take some time to release one or two of these in the show. The first one from Ash Wednesday was called "8 souls in all", and is one of a countdown to Good Friday. We hope you enjoy it.

 

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193. The Pope's too Pooped to Pop!
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It's Ash Wednesday, and it's the beginning of the Season of Lent. So what better topic to talk about than Pope Benedict XVI Abdicating the Holy See? Upon hearing this, I thought to myself how much of a shame that was because of all the good things this pope had to say about Martin Luther... So we speculate, "what would have happened if this pope had vacated Martin Luther's Excommunication?" We did also talk about Lent, and repentance, and doing good works.

 

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194. The Chili Cookoff and the Faithfulness of God
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Warning:  This program is too hot to handle.  The contents of this program have been know to shake up legalists, crush pietists, burn the innards of sinners and salve the consciences of the faithful.

We also talk about the hottest, most evil chili ever...  DANGER!  If you're satisfied with your Christianity, DO NOT LISTEN!!! 

 

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195. Our Best Show Now: Supernatural Debt Relief!
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Have we crossed over to the darkside?  In this episode of Radical Grace Radio, Joel Osteen get's front and center stage to make his case before he gets slapped by Nikolaos of Myra.

We also talk about Supernatural Debt Relief.  Yup, darksided...

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196. The Faithfulness of God and the Wine of Cana
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So Pastor Gary wants to be in a "back to basics" mode, and we wound up talking about the Faithfulness of God.  Did you know, for instance, that God faithfully shows up everywhere He's promised He'll be?  If that's so, then where has He promised to be?

Also, huge water jars, the impossibility of having grape juice in the ancient world, and servants who'll do anything Jesus' mom tells them to do.

 

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197. Fuzzy Feelings and Fantasies
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Historic Jesus.  By that we mean the Christ as we find him in scripture.  Problem is because so many people read their Bibles for moral principles and tips to have your best life now, too many people miss the Jesus that matters. 

Also it's about time to get back to basics again.  The mind of Christ first up, which we've talked about before and are about to hammer on again. 

 

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198. An Epiphany of New Years
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On this edition of Radical Grace Radio we talk about Blasphemy Laws.  They don't exist in the US pretty much, but in several European countries there are still blasphemy laws on the books...  I forgot to mention, those are in Christian countries.  We talk about specific instances in Greece and how if we were in Greece right now much of what we would preach would be considered blasphemy. 

And with another word that ends in "y", since the season of Epiphany started on a Sunday this year, we took some time to talk about Gentile kings and things like that.  What a surprise it must have been for Jews in the first century to see Gentiles seeking out the newborn King.

 

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199. At the End of the Day/World!
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We share out thoughts on what has to be the best movie of 2012, and likely the best movie of 2013, Les Miserables.  Not only are the themes of the film striking, but the story of redemption told of Jean ValJean is one that every Christian should pay attention to.  One can clearly hear strains of law and gospel and how living under the law can lead to spiritual death...  as well as physical death. 

We also, once again, take up the topic of doomsday, in this case self made doomsays, like the so called "fiscal cliff". 

 

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200. He's Definitely Mary's Son
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After a really tough year in a lot of ways, it's a good thing that Christmas comes this time of year.  We all need some good news.  But here's something about the Good news that we usually don't think about.  Where did Jesus learn it?  You can say, if you want, that He's God and he therefore knows everything, but in his human nature, growing up from a baby to a young man, where did Jesus hear this good news?  You'll be surprised at the answer.

 

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201. Merry Christmas and a Happy Doomsday!
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It's Doomsday at Radical Grace Radio!  Yes, it's the end of the Mayan Calendar, and this is it.  It's over.  Again.  Oh wait, we've been here before, haven't we?  But all is not lost because Christ has won.

Also, we talk about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, which isn't an easy topic because it's so difficult to make sense out it.  However, we may not be able to make sense out of it, but we can try to move forward and find meaning for ourselves and lost loved ones.  As pastor Gary say, out minds and spirits rebel against the idea that life and death have no meaning, and whether we believe it or not, even the most disturbing and tragic things can have meaning in our lives.

 

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202. Something's About To Shake This World!
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When John The Baptist came and was calling the people of Israel to repent and be baptized, he wasn't having them do it because they needed to get holy really fast.  He was calling them to repent, or to "defect" because something was about to shake this world.  The one whose advent was foretold was coming to dispense his blessing on his people, and to lay an axe at the foot of the root of the tree as well.  Something was about to shake the world...

 

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203. Keep Your Christmas Out Of My Advent!
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Keeping the Holidays pure, or at least not getting them mixed up...  Look up!  For your redemption draw near.  It's Advent Folks, and that's important because the church at large is living in what can be described as a long, long wait for Jesus to return.  It was a long wait the first time, and since he came the first time we have assurance he will come again.

So Look up!  Your redemption draws near.

 

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204. The Things God Put In Your Lap
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Is it ever right to ignore the things that God has put in your lap to do?  Now there's a loaded question, especially in a Christian culture that is constantly asking people find "God's will for your life".  Well, the problem is that too many people think that God's will basically stops at conquering sin in your life.  This is where Martin Luther in his Small Catechism, when talking about the commandments, shows that not only is there a prohibition in each commandment, but also a prescription.  In other words, the commandment doesn't just say "do not", but it also says "do this instead". 

That and more about "Defecting" and believing the good news.

 

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205. Defect and Believe the Gospel!
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So We're exploring Repentance lately, mainly because we think people's understanding of Repentance is off base, again...  So we looked at the passage from Luke Chapter 3 verses 1 through 14...

"John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?  Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.  The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”
          
“What should we do then?” the crowd asked.
          
John answered, “The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.”
          
Tax collectors also came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?”

“Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them.

Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?”
          
He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”

We've misunderstood this whole passage.  Listen to Pastor Gary explain how.

 

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206. What Does God's Blessings Look Like?
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So the elections are over, and Barack Obama won.  So what's a Christian to do?  Fret over the coming Gloom and Doom, that's what.  Or at least that's what the buzz has been ever since.  In fact, there's been such a loud call to repent from various corners of Christendom that you'd think God's about to go off on the United States for not voting Obama out.  But here's a game, if you will, consisting of some questions, and you have to answer them in order.

1.  What criteria would you use to show that the United States is under God's blessings or judgement?
2.  What means do you think God would use to dispense Blessings or Judgment?
3.  What behaviors, attitudes, policies or cultural trends result in either God's blessings or God's Judgment?

Answer me these questions 3!

 

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207. Election Advice: 7 Steps to a Better Candidate!
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It's Election Day folks!  And what better topic for a Christian Radio Show than to talk about Voting and Politics!  Yes!  All your electioneering needs are met in this one episode.  Yes!

Then it's 7 principles for measuring your Christian Walk.  Or is it 70 times 7, I keep forgetting.

 

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208. Reformation Day: Reckless Confidence in Christ 3
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Observing Reformation day this year has me thinking about a couple of things.  One, doctrines of men wind up flaying the consciences of the faithful wide open and abusing them for work in man's agenda.  But also, over and against that we have to thinking about Grace alone through Faith alone on account of Christ alone, which we at Radical Grace Radio call having a "reckless confidence in Christ". 

"So when the devil throws your sins in your face and tells you that you deserve death and hell, tell him this:  I admit that I deserve death and hell.  What of it?  For I know one who suffered and made satisfaction in my behalf.  His name is Jesus Christ, son of God.  Where He is there I shall be also."

 

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209. It's Sabbath! Or Sunday?
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Why do Christians Worship on Sunday instead of the Sabbath?  You'd be surprised, but there is still discussion on this topic after 2000 years.  We talk about the what and the so what, and we also talk about Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban because she wants to go to school.

 

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210. A Soul from Tithing Hell Springs
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In the 16th Century Pope Leo X wanted to build a Basilica to house the bones of the Apostles, but to do so he needed money, and lots of it.  So, this Roman Pope hit upon a plan to sell indulgences, or get out of purgatory free certificates, to fund this project.

Why does this matter?  After all, it's ancient history, right?  Well, it matters because today we have preachers telling their people that tithing serves a similar purpose, which is getting connected to God's promises via the "covenant".  Now folks, the reformation was about this problem.  How does someone get into God's kingdom?  By purchasing something?  By tithing?  By giving alms?  Or is it by faith apart from works of the law? 

This IS the Christian difference.  By Christ's shed blood, for me, for you, for everyone who is far off.  Anyone who says otherwise is selling you something.

 

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211. Thumping People With Scripture
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"There is nothing more dangerous than an isolated individual with a Bible".  ~ Pastor William Cwirla - The God Whisperers

A listener sent us a message asking about a conversation we had in the show titled "Rage Be Unto You", that got us to talking about how there are so many Christians basically making up their faith and then blaming the Holy Spirit for it, er...  I mean attributing it to the Holy Spirit.  Find out why you should avoid this trap in this edition of Radical Grace Radio.

 

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212. Radical Law Radio
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Are you ready for Radical Law Radio?  For a good segment of the back half of this show we took one commandment.  Just one.  And Pastor Gary, in his usual gregarious way, describes all the way in which people break this commandment.  Turns out there are lots of them.  I mean a lot. 

That and a jab or two at 'greasy grace' and 'easy believism'.

 

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213. Prometheus and the Text Full of Gloom.
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And Jesus said unto them, "My Wife"...  This little scrap of Papyrus set the world on fire with a promise to "turn the Christian world upside down"...  Haven't we been here before?  Doesn't pretty much every new "discovery" promise to shatter everything Christians believe? 

That and we go off on "Pulpit freedom day" for Pastors preaching something other than Christ from their pulpits. 

 

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214. Rage Be Unto You!
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Muslims in some foreign countries become enraged and attack some US Embassies, killing some people.  Why?  Because of a movie.  No, not even a movie.  A trailer for a movie...  that didn't actually get made. 

Let us help you next time someone asks you what is the difference between Christianity and Islam.  In Islam, Allah calls for the deaths of his enemies at the hands of his people for even so much as insulting the prophet.  In Christianity, when the people crucified the son of the Most High God, the result was peace and reconciliation with God.  I don't know about you, but I don't think these two are the same God.

Do you?

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215. Warmed Over Lukewarm Wisdom
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Why do so many Christians think that to "lukewarm" means to be living an immoral life?  Has it ever occurred to any of them that it could instead be that "lukewarm" means to live in denial of your wretchedness and go on merrily believing your a good person?  It's a serious problem, and one that makes me sometimes want to change the name of our show to "Radical Law Radio".  Maybe we need to preach God's law to some of these blind and naked Christians so they'll realize their true situation.

 

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216. They Want To Be Teachers Of The Law
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To today's teachers of Christian Lifestyles who are throwing God's children into confusion.  You want to be teachers of the law, but you don't know what you're talking about.  You who advocate for the law, have you not read the law?  You're constant admonition to those in your care to put on the yoke of slavery again after having begun in the spirit and by hearing through faith is doing nothing for them other than making them more a child of the devil than they were before.

So Please Stop.

 

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217. And Then There Were Eight.
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In this edition of Radical Grace Radio we talk about Neil Armstrong, who passed away at age 82 this past weekend.  Don't know what else to say about it that we didn't already say.  We also talk about Lance Armstrong, and that Akin guy, the "legitimate rape" guy, you know him...  Yeah.

 

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218. Apocoholics Anonymous
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Brothers and Sisters, are you obsessed with end times?  Does ever prophecy that comes out of the mouths of today's would be prophets keep you glued to the edge of your seat?  Does Harold Camping make you salivate?  Does Global Warming and the prediction of future destruction by the likes of Al Gore make you giddy?  Does news of dwindling resources and Martial Law make your stomach quiver?  Well, you my friend, are likely an "Apocoholic".  In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, we turn our problem over to a the Highest power.

 

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219. The Pressure Cooker Christian Life
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In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, We talk about Math.  Yup, you read that right.  It's a simple formula, one that can easily destroy a Christian.  A = God's will for your life.  B = God's blessings.  If performing A Leads to B, then performing A squared leads to B squared, right?  But B hasn't been worked out properly and like Pi hasn't been fully expressed nor can it be fully expressed. 

So in response, we give a framework for understanding the Gospel.  You read that correctly too.  Listen to find out why it's important.

 

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220. Curiosity Killed the Olympic Star
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This edition of Radical Grace Radio is contagious.  Literally, if you were in the studio with me that is.  Pastor makes fun of me and my voice.  Admittedly I sound terrible.  So today's show was a stream of consciousness show about the Image of God, the Olympics, the Curiosity Rover, Life on other planets, what would happen to theology if life were to be discovered on other planets. 

 

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221. Why do Teens Abandon the Church?
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On this week's Radical Grace Radio we talked about an article by Brian Housman on the Christian Messenger website titled "Reasons why teenagers abandon Christianity!"  It was an insightful article with some rather damning conclusions, and since nearly all the church everywhere is deeply concerned about this issue, we thought it was important.

Click here to read the article.

Pastor also has a few things to say to everyone about "getting filled with the Spirit"...  Another topic that in the last one hundred has never left the minds of Christians.  After all, if we could all just get filled up, we could fix a lot of problems, right?

 

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222. Making Sense Out Of Suffering
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In this week's Radical Grace Radio, we would be remiss if we didn't talk about the shooting in Aurora Colorado, and address the topic of Making Sense out of Suffering.  Again, the talk is "how could God allow this to happen?"  We give our answer, but more importantly we offer help for coping with this and other tragedies in our lives.  For those touched by the events in Aurora, our hearts and prayers are tuned to lift up your situation to God in this difficult time.

 

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223. What Makes You Think You're Saved?
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Is the so called "Sinner's Prayer" Biblically valid?  Is there really a way to know that you are saved?  Did you know that the way to know that is connected to your baptism?  This edition of Radical Grace Radio investigates the Southern Baptist Convention, the Sinner's Prayer, Decision theology, and more.

 

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224. He Marveled At Their Unbelief
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Does our lack of faith have any effect on Jesus' ability to do what he promised?  Is our sinfulness something that can stop God from doing all the good things he wants to do in this life for his children?  More trouble has been caused in the last 20 years by this teaching that just about anything else, so Pastor Gary is intent on destroying this stronghold, for good.

 

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225. The Woman Stole My Blessing!
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In this edition of Radical Grace Radio we analyze an incident that occurred in Dearborne Mich, where a group of Christians were stoned by Muslims...  or so the story goes.  But more importantly we examine a situation where a Synagogue leader named Jairus has a problem:  His daughter is dying and Jesus is standing around listening to a long drawn out story about blood and doctors.

 

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226. Itty Bitty Seeds in Jars of Clay
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In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, we talk about Seeds...  You know, Mustard Seeds, Abraham's Seed, stuff about the Reign of God.  Powerful seeds in fact, powerful enough to take over the garden...  and the fact that those seeds are carried by highly breakable jars of clay.  People just like us.

 

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227. Clever Manipulation of the Flock
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The church at large has always been rife with those who would manipulate people, and these days are no exception.  In this edition of Radical Grace Radio we talk about some of the stupid things that happen in our own church body along with the stupid things going on in Evangelicalism.  Just to be fair, because there's been plenty of stupid to go around of late.

 

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228. Stupid Sells!
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Reverend Terry Jones of Dove World Outreach in Florida has decided to hang Barack Obama in Effigy outside his church...  Is it just us, or as time goes by is there more and more just stupid stuff going on in the name of Christ?  Pastor Gary and I have challenged Terry Jones and his best pick to a Cage Match that will be on pay per view live streamed on Youtube.  Because?

STUPID SELLS!

 

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229. Freedom in Christ is NOT yoke of Slavery
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"For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1

It's easy to abuse Christian Freedom, no so easy to use it wisely.  Again, anyone's ability or inability to live a proper Christian life has no bearing on their adoption as Children of God.  However it can have a lot of bearing upon our neighbors, which is why we're taking on this topic. 

 

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230. Can These Bones Live? Yes!
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Who could be on the radio the day before Memorial Day and not talk about Memorial Day?  So that's what we did, but we also talked about the Valley of Dry Bones from Ezekiel 37, and how that which Ezekiel saw was a beautiful vision of what Jesus did for us.  There's just no way of getting tired of this stuff!

 

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231. God's "Gnarly Grace!"
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Someone objects to "Radical Grace" because it sounds too much like "Gnarly Grace".  So in response, we get Gnarly with Christian living by telling you how to just stop sinning because that will apparently make everyone feel better and whatever...  So stop sinning!  Stop it!  Just stop!  That's how you stop.

Now, when you have found that even that simple advice doesn't work, Let's talk again about why God's grace is so important, not as a power source, but rather as God's divine mercy towards you.  That grace never stops.

 

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232. The Meaning of Christian Life
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How can the Christian life be about abiding the love of Jesus today, and how is it relevant to giving meaning for a Christian life?  Seriously folks, there's a Doctrine for everything in the Christian's life, and all of them have something do with what Jesus has done, is doing or will do. 

 

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233. This Is Your Mediocre Christian Life!
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People are so worried that their Christian life is Mediocre that they'll do anything to improve it.  So Christian Self Help books are all the rage, iPods and iPhones are filled to the last bit of ram with Sermons and teaching Mp3s, and everyone goes here and there searching for that magic ingredient that will make the Christian life really take off.

What if it's more simple than that?  What if it's as simple as joining a local Congregation?  Where else are you going to find the Christ if not with his people?  And finding him, don't you then believe that your Christian life will improve?  I'm not going to say this edition of Radical Grace radio will change your life, because we're not really trying to change your life.  We're merely pointing out the obvious here.

 

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234. How the Christ Re-Parents You
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Bill Marallo of Adoptions Services joins us to talk about "re-parenting", and we of course talk about in terms of God re-parenting us.  A lot of people think of "sanctification" in a lot of weird ways, but try listening to this program for a better perspective.

 

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235. "Where Did I Go Wrong With My Witness?"
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So the person you're witnessing to doesn't believe in God or Hell.  What do you do?  You could try to make him feel guilty under the law, but he doesn't believe in any of that.  Now what?  On Radical Grace Radio we talk about what you could do besides just give up.

 

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236. The Kingdom of God Gospel
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The most common way of evangelizing these days is to ask this question of people:  If you were to die tonight, where would spend eternity.  In this show we submit to you that this is categorically the wrong method of persuasion.  In fact, I personally think that the approach of asking "where will you spend eternity" does nothing but appeal to our narcisim.  But this is exactly the problem.  We've been trained by the world to think of things in terms of how it benefits us, how it impacts our lives, so much so that any other way of thinking is deemed as backwards and irrelevant.  But how do you begin to offer a corrective to this viewpoint?

How about proclaiming "the kingdom" like Jesus did? 

 

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237. He is Risen!
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Do those words bore you?  "He is Risen!"  I was reading an article that was Newsweek Magazine and in the Huffington Post where the Author (More about him next week) keeps referring to Jesus as though he's not around anymore.  "He was" and "If he were here"...  even though this guy swears he believes in Jesus' divinity and the Resurrection he keeps talking about Jesus as though he were dead. 

No.  HE...  IS...  Risen!  Three important words.  Let's talk about the Gospel.  Let's talk about Christ raised from the dead.  Yeah, let's do it.  I like this plan.



238. Jesus' Triumpal Entry!
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Jesus' Triumphal Entry.  Lots of good stuff and again stressing an emphasis this Easter season on Jesus and what he has done for all humanity.  Behold!  You King arrives! 

Also, a lot of churches are shifting emphasis on the traditional Palm Sunday from the triumphal entry to Jesus' Passion.  Good or bad?

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239. The Spirit of Adoption.
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Bill Marallo is an Adoption Recruiter for Intervention Services here in Central Florida, and he joins Pastor Gary and I to talk about Adoption from a human point of view, then he stay to have his mind blown about the Biblical Concept of Adoption.

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240. Caution! Divided Church Ahead!
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Jeffrey Dahmer died in Christ.  A good portion of the church does not believe this.  And that's sad.  But God's grace is that disturbing.  Really, truly disturbing.  God's grace is for the wicked.  You.  Me.  Jeffrey Dahmer.  And Pastor Roy Ratcliff, who heard Dahmer's confession and baptised him into Christ. 

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241. Comfort for the Living in the Face of Death
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Each and everyone one of us is guaranteed to experience the death of someone we love in our lifetimes.  You'd have to be a literal Scrooge who hated everyone to not be moved at the news of the death of a parent, a child, a friend...  In this edition of Radical Grace Radio we offer comfort from a surprising place in the Bible:  The Parable of the Wedding Banquet in Matthew's Gospel.

 

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242. Tornados, Discipleship and Bereavement Counseling
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On this edition of Radical Grace Radio we start off with, and never really get off of, the topic of the recent tornado touchdowns and the lives that have been touched by the devastation. What are Christians to think about all of this?  Is God angry at us and punishing us?  Again?

 

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243. Savior When in Dust to Thee
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On this edition of Radical Grace Radio we're joined by Dan Engle of both necessaryroughness.org and Lutherantimeout.org to talk about our recent online colaboration on a hymn for his Timeout Podcast.  The hymn is Savior when in Dust to Thee, and we had a blast doing it.  Also for a limited time, if you donate to either Lutherantimeout or Radical Grace Radio, you'll get a copy of the Master track (lossless studio version) of them hymn. 

Also Lent for beginners.  Yes, that's you.  Get your repent on!

 

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244. Your Religious Rights: Taken, not stirred?
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We're certain that by now all of you have heard about the HHS (Health and Human Services) mandate stating that religious employers have to provide insurance coverage for birth control and how that effects various Church Bodies.  On this edition of Radical Grace Radio, we talk about Religious Liberty, because to be honest with you, we don't think most of you are exercising your Religious Liberties in the first place. If we thought we could get away with it at radio station, we'd demonstrate religious freedom with a few brews on air.

Also, hear about two kinds of righteousness.  Righteousness before God, and Righteousness before men. Don't miss it.

 

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245. Justification and Propitiation
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This edition of Radical Grace Radio is the beginning of a re-release of four programs that began with an episode that goes into Justification and Propitiation. 

If I were to take a microphone with me right now out on the street and ask Christians how important the forgiveness of sins is to the Christian Faith, I’m certain that nearly all them would agree that it is most important.  But if I were to ask this same group of Christians how is it that God forgiving sins amounts to salvation, there would be all kinds of answers.  The problem with many of the answers is that too often what is said is that salvation comes from either us having cleaned up our act, or that we’ve quote “believed” unquote, and that these things are the conditions we must meet in order to stand before the Holy and Righteous God.  On the one hand there are people who teach that Salvation comes from obeying the law and that obedience is rewarded by God with Salvation, while on the other hand more Christians would teach that it’s by faith that we are saved and that only by believing in Jesus Christ can salvation come to the sinner. 

But both of these definitions amount to the same thing.  On the one hand people who teach Works, called Pelagians, are obviously teaching that we can manipulate God by obeying his law, as if we could ever hold our many works over God that he would have to owe us something in return.   But, all too often the opposite teaching, that we are saved by faith, is stated like this:  If you believe God and believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, that’s ALL you have to do to be saved, as if you can manipulate God by performing the ONE work that God will accept.  But scripture teaches us that no one will be justified by works before God.  So what gives?

The Bible talks about “salvation” in a different way, in terms of being “justified”.  Indeed, the Apostle Paul talks about how God “Justifies the wicked”.  But again, we have to be careful, because a lot people would say, “oh, I know what Justified means.  “Just as if I’d never sinned”.  Well, in this program, as always, we refuse to talk down to people, but rather would tell them the truth the way the truth really is.  To be Justified is something more than just forgiveness.  Wicked, constantly sinful people need more than forgiveness to make it to heaven, and that’s what we’re going to talk about on this edition of Radical Grace Radio.

 

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246. Finding a Christian Church Part 2
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In this second part of a two part edition of Radical Grace Radio, Pastor Gary Held and I continue a discussion on what is Church, what is truth, and something that only a True Christian church can do, and that is deliver God's forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ.  Guilt is a real problem that we face, not because we have a psychological problem of Guilt, but because we truly are guilty before God.  Wouldn't it be wonderful to find a Church that has the solution to that problem?

 

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247. Finding a Christian Church
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In this first part of a two part discussion on what is a church, Pastor Gary and I start with a problem that we discussed last week about people not knowing what church is, or even if it's Christian or not.  It's interesting that people would equate the word "church" with anything other than Christian, and it's even more interesting that people, rather than actually find out or ask what church is, make up a definition on the fly.  But what if one day you suddenly find that you need a church?  How would you recognize a church?  Is it where they sing songs?  And listen to a guy "preach" about living a so called Christian life by giving you pointers about morals and such?

What if it's not about that at all?  What about a place where God has promised to be for you? 

 

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248. How to Improve your Christian Hate Life Part 3
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We've had two other programs devoted to this topic already...  Now we feel compelled to offer a third one after Christians have attacked a young atheist for winning a court case to remove (of all things) a prayer banner.  The prayer itself asks for grace to be kind and be a good sport and be honorable...  too bad the Christians attacking this girl couldn't see that. 

http://jesusfetusfajitafishsticks.blogspot.com/2012/01/ahlquist-screenshots-if-by-christian.html

Also, we discovered something interesting about people these days.  The word "church" does not, in people's minds, automatically mean it's about Christian anything.  In the minds of many people, Church could be Muslim or Christian, or any given sect of any religion.  Strange, of course, since the word used to be exclusively Christian.

 

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249. Why I hate religion hate but love Jesus.
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250. Wearing God's Name With Honor.
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Ever have anyone tell you about "Using" God's name?  Using it with Authority?  You hear a lot about that, but have you ever heard someone talk about "Wearing" God's name with Honor?  When Aaron was told to how to bless Israel, it was so that God would put His Name on the people.  You have His Name on you via your baptism.  How do you wear His name?

 

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251. Jesus is Toast!
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Burnt Impressions...  Offers you a burnt offering of Jesus' face burnt onto your toast!  You can eat your toast while playing with your Jesus Bobble Head...  Here's the thing.  Most of you agree that Jesus' name shouldn't be used as a curse word.  But seriously, there are other ways to misuse his name.  Making a buck off Jesus' name is another way.

 


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252. Keeping Messiah in Christmas!
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Closed for Christmas?  Jesus never closes heaven to those who answer the call!  So why would churches be closed on Jesus' birthday? 

So let's talk Messiah then.  The annointed one, the Christ, was born to fulfill a promise made centuries before that.  A promise that extends to all the earth, a promise that all the earth would be blessed through the seed of Abraham.  And there he was, lying in a feed trough...  And while the world despised him, people like you and me know him as the Lord of hosts, the one who we sing "Joy to the world, the Lord has come".  In this special edition of Radical Grace Radio, we talk about "Messiah"...  What else would you do on December the 25th? 

 

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253. Immanuel Shall Come to You O Mary!
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What else would you talk about if you're going to talk about Religion and Christianity this time of year?  Come one, the Advent of our King is near!  Imagine for a second, the advent message given to Mary all those years ago:  The power of the Most High will overshadow you.  Imagine that!  One day, his power will overshadow us all!  That's good news!  This should be a season marked only by that news! 

 

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254. How to Attain and Throw Away God's Favor.
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In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, we talk about the Radical Favor of God...  And how that famous verse, "for God so loved the world" points to the antecedent favor of God, where in time past God freely chooses to love the world, and THEN send his only begotten son...  Mabye a lot of you hadn't thought of that. 

 

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255. How Small is Your Gospel?
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D. L. Moody once said "I can write the Gospel on a dime", and ever since then that's exactly what the Church at large seems to want to do.  But if you do that, you wind up leaving out a full, robust proclaimation of the Gospel, leaving people with some "spiritual laws" to keep or who knows what.  Whatever it is, it usually winds up leaving the believer in a quagmire of confusion.  So this episode is dedicated to a different way of seeing the Gospel and all it's parts, seeing them rather through the lense of Christ and the work of the Godhead in history rather than through lense of "getting people saved".

 

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256. The Gospel Snowball that Runs you over.
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Think of the Gospel as a snowball rolling down the hill.  As it rolls it picks up speed, and carries along with it anyone that gets in it's way.  To the unbelieving world, it looks like arms and legs sticking out as the snowball rolls along, but this is the picture of you bowled over by God's good news and carried along by the spirit of God. 

 

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257. When is a Parable not a Parable?
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The Parable of the sheep and the goats...  Is not a parable at all.  What?  How can we say that?  Well, it's simple, really, but you're going to have to listen to the show to find out why we would say that. 

 

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258. For the Love of Money
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In Luther's time is was the sale of Indulgences (Certificates of Merit).  In our time it's the sale of Success.  These days, if a church wants to make a lot of money, all they have to do is sell their congregation on Biblical Principles of Succes.  They sell everything from Victorious Christian Living to Supernatural Debt Relief, but when it comes to giving Christ to the people and all his benefits?   Doesn't sell. 

 

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259. End Times Burnout
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At Radical Grace Radio, we believe the time is coming where the majority of Christians are going to be burnt out on end times Prophesy.  There is so much talk of National Israel, allegoricalized imagery that is forced into us from birth by self proclaimed Bible prophets and being left behind that it's inevitable.  People will burn out.

But we know one way you can interpret the prophesies that wont burn you out, and that is if you look at those prophesies like we're supposed to, and that is they are future witness to the victory of Jesus Christ.  He was victorious in the past.  He IS victorious now, and he will be in the future.

 

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260. Will YOU recant?
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When humans get together, they create for themselves doctrines that enslave.  A way I might say that today would be that when humans come together they write metanarratives that lie about who we are.  The gospel blows devilish doctrines and false narratives out the window.  So in this Special edition of RGR for Reformation Day 2011, we compare the practice of selling induglences in Luther's day to the Tithing practices of today.

 

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261. The Prophet that cried "wolf"!
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With all the emphasis that is given to end times, especially after the Harold Camping fiasco, how long is it going to be before Christians are burnt out on end times?  After all, over and over again, Prophets have forcast the second coming of Christ and nothing has happened.  We're witnessing a generation that has rejected the Church because of it's shenanegans, and one place that needs clean up is our doctrine of End times.

That and for Deron, our new board op, we wen't over the passage covering the Rich young ruler.  Have you sold all that you have for the kingdom?



262. Do you pass the smell test of righteousness?
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Do you pass the smell test of Rightesness?  If you're honest, you'll say no.  Pay close attention as this is a running commentary on how people will take law and gospel, pound it into a gooey ball of unreconstituted muck, then eat it while saying themselves "tastes like chicken".  Smelly Chicken at that.



263. Many are Called. Few are Chosen
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On this edition of Radical Grace Radio, we talk Mit Romney, differences in faiths, but most importantly, a critical Question from the parable of the wedding banquet in Matthew 22...  You already asked the wrong question.  And you did it again.  You'll have to listen to the show, back half the of hour, to learn what the question is in the first place.

 

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264. Politics in the Pulpit? Narf!
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 In this edition of Radical Grace Radio we celebrate National Pulpit Freedom day by thouroughly trashing the concept.  Have you ever sat in your church and wished your pastor would just shut up about politics?  Give him a copy of this episode, maybe he'll get the point.

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265. Try Harder to Barter!
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Which brother are you?  Are you the brother who says he wont do what his father says to do but does it anyway?  Or are you the brother who says he's do what his Father's will is but never does it?  This episode of Radical Grace Radio ought to be titled "radical law radio", since we've decided to preach this text (Matthew 21:28) just like everyone always does...  Only with a Lutheran eye for the law, which is the same as a Biblical eye for the law. 

 

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266. Perfect Fear Drives out Love.
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Here's a terrifying prospect for you.  Does your fear drive out the Love of Jesus from your heart?  Cephas (Peter) when he was in Antioch, withdrew from the Gentiles because a delegation of Jews from Jerusalem showed up to spy on their freedom in Christ.  Think about how you feel each time the boss shows up unannounced at work.  Or if your denominational president showed up at your church. 

Actually, even an imperfect fear drives out love.  Too bad too many Christians miss that.  But where do you find a solution to the fears?

 

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267. Eternal Father strong to save: September 11th
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Pastor Mark Moreno of Hope Lutheran Church in Viera Florida joins us in the studio to talk about 911, and the impact this has had on everyone's lives. What happens when "never forget" becomes "never forgive"?

 

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268. Pound them with Matthew 18!
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 Most of the time when discussing church discipline, Matthew 18 comes to mind.  Pastor Gary, however, does not think that this is a good application of that text, and when it's all said and done, it's a good thing.  Mostly we rail against people using Matthew 18 to beat people up...  that's what they do with it you know, beat people up.  Wouldn't it be nice if there was a way to look at this through the Gospel?

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269. Jesus: the Stormy Bloomberg Peace
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Hurricane Irene has come and gone...  isn't it interesting how the storm was named "Irene", which in Greek means "peace".  Think Irenaus, the early church Father.  I like to look at hurricanes as another of God's works in nature that shows us His work.  The storm surrounding a peaceful center, like Jesus is the peace in the stormy sea of the Law's condemnation.

We also talk about the 9-11 memorial controversy where Mayor Bloomberg has banned any Clergy from participating in the service.  But more importantly, we talk about the parable of the talents and it's parallel passage in Luke to answer the question, "what do the 'talents' represent?

 

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270. Self Awareness Kills: The Gospel Saves
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Have you ever wonder about your faith?  Thinking about your faith might not sound like a bad idea, like thinking about how much faith you have, or if it's strong enough, that kind of thing.  There is a time for introspection, for examining, but when you want your faith to grow, thinking about getting your faith to grow doesn't make it grow.

What does?  Listen to this episode of Radical Grace Radio to find out.

 

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271. Powerless, Ungodly Sinners and the God who loves them.
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"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!  For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation"

We know most of you desperately want your salvation and all the blessings you recieve from God to have something to do with your righteousness.  We know you do.  But we refuse to leave you in that condition.  You did nothing to contribute to your salvation other than resist God and sin with impunity.  For the most part, that's what you do now.  Deny it and you're a liar, but confess it and you're forgiven.

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272. Standing on the 30 Foot Pole of Good works.
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The other day I heard on a Christian radio broadcast the folling statement.  "I has been said that when you don't pray to God, it's like you slapped him in the face".  Why it is that people think this is a helpful statement escapes me, but apparently "fundidgelicals" just love this sort of thing.  So now I not only have a problems with my prayer life, but I'm slapping God around each time I don't pray to him... 

So Pastor and I talk a bit about "the impassability of God", meaning that he doesn't need anything from us to get his work done.  And how the Christian life can be compared to standing on top of the 30 foot pole while worrying your going to fall off.

"God says of Jesus, "this is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased"... So if the Father is pleased with Jesus, and we're in Christ, doesn't that mean that the Father is pleased with us?"

 

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273. The Boogity Boogity Ministry of Death
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Boogity Boogity Boogity Amen!   Oh wait, we're not sure that's how a Christian Prayer is done, but it sure did get done at a NASCAR race...  It's funny, we often joke about how NASCAR competes for church time on Sundays.  A caller from Rockledge calls to suggest that it's a problem caused by churches practicing a "ministry of death" that leads to death outside of Christ... 

Also, we're going to talk about the feeding of the 5000 from Matthew's Gospel.  Now there's something to be thankful about.

 

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274. Unsolicited Anointed Prayer Rug
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 Thios week we Wrap up talking about Matthew 13 and the Kingdom Parables.  I think that Pastor has a slam dunk of a case when he says that Jesus is telling these parable as a way of reflecting on his ministry.  Also, in the mail, I recieved a prayer rug!  I had it with me during the show...  and you have to listen to see that we're not ridiculing this or the people behind, but it really does cast God as being Petty.

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275. The Kingdom of Heaven is like...
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A mustard Seed.  Jesus talks about the Kingdom being like the smallest of Seeds Planted.  On this edition of Radical Grace Radio we talk about how the Kingdom Grows, and how we often interpret these parables as things that we're supposed to do ourselves.  In fact, we often spend too much time inserting ourselves into the grand story of Christ and Redemption that he has won for us! 

 

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276. Preacher, where is thy fruit?
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 In this edition of Radical Grace we talk about the question "Preacher, where is thy fruit?" in context the parable of the sower and the seed.  it's a law and Gospel distinction you don't want to miss.

Also, the jurors weren't morons.  We talk a bit about the outcome of the Casey Anthony trial and the vitriol and death threats that have made against here and the rest of her family. 

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277. Another way for 3rd Use of the Law
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In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, we pick up the discussion of 3rd Use of the Law, and offer a law and Gospel take on Psalm 119. 

 

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278. Laying down the law on third use of the Law.
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In this edition of Radical Grace Radio;  since we noticed there's a bit of a dust up of confusion about what the uses of the law are (from some rather surprising places I might add) it seemed good also to us to lay down the law on third use of the Law. 

 

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279. Distinctly Jesus 3: The Sign of the Prophet Jonah.
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Ever wonder what Jesus means when he says, "This is a wicked generation. It asks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.  For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation."?  Today is the day to learn.  We go through the entire book of Jonah in a half an hour!  Ok, so it's a short one, but it's loaded with some really good stuff.

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280. Pentecost for Beginners.
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On this week's edtion of Radical Grace Radio, we talk about...  Of all things...  Pentecost.  But first we talk about 70 elders and prophesying, and other God's spirit stuff.  Why?  Because there's so much confusion out there about Pentecost, the Holy Spirit, and being filled with the Holy Spirit, that it has to be done.  It has to be.

 

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281. Distinctly Jesus Part 2: Hypocrites 'R' US
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This week on Radical Grace Radio we continue to teach on the topic "Distinctly Jesus".  Last week it was how Jesus handles forgiveness, how he talks about it, how dispenses it liberally.  This week it's about hypocrisy.  Yep, that dreaded H word.  But there's something cool to think about in this leg of study.  Jesus seems to talk about hypocrisy in a specific way.  And of course there's reboot central. 

Christianity has encountered a fatal error.  Help us Reboot!

 

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282. Distinctly Jesus Part 1
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Of all the people in the scriptures, both Old Testament and New, no one talks about forgiveness the way Jesus Christ, or Lord, does.  He goes around forgiving sins with impunity.  He forgives the sins of a paralytic before he heals him, allows a sinful woman to touch him, quite smartly prevent the stoning death of a woman caught in adultry, and like no one else he does this in such a one sided way.  The Lamb of God, going around forgiving, event though HE is to be the one put to death for the sins of each person he personally forgave face to face.

Is there an Important message in Jesus' way of doing things?  Listen to this week's Radical Grace Radio to find out.

 

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283. Countdown continues: Doomsday approaches
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 The apocolype is nigh!  Harold Camping tells us that this Saturday, May 21st, is Rapture day.  That's it.  Get this podcast now to find out what to do!!

Ok, so we don't believe it's coming.  But still, you need this podcast to help you through to the other side.  Also, we talk about the Non story in the Muslim world of the death of Bin Ladin, and what might be the death of Jihad.

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284. Countdown to Doomsday: The Rapture and the 21st of May.
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 On this Edition of Radical Grace Radio we talk about Harold Camping's prediction that the Rapture is going to happen on May 21st.  We also talk about others who have made such predictions, and about the book "the late great planet earth" by Hal Lindsey.  This and more...

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285. Boxing Gloves and Fantasy Faith.
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Second half of the hour, the Gloves come off concerning the Beatification of the Pope John Paul II.  AntiChristic language compared to what you get in Protestant circles.  Tridentine Catholicism compared with the Bible...  Good stuff, but in the first half, we steal back for you 1 Peter 1:3-8 from those who would steal it from you.

1Pe 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1Pe 1:4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you,
1Pe 1:5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
1Pe 1:6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
1Pe 1:7 These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
1Pe 1:8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
1Pe 1:9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 

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286. Evidence of the resurrection: Linen Wrappings
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Lots of cool stuff on this special "He is Risen" episode.  We're early with this edition because it's Easter and we're taking a break from live radio for the day.  He IS Risen!

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287. Standing up for your Rights?
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The significance of Holy Week, and is it ever right for a Christian to stand up for their rights if they are being mistreated?

An email from Matt in Colorado:

The question I've been pondering and wonder if you would take up is this: Is it ever appropriate for a Christian to make the claim for themselves that they are treated unjustly? Of course, we look out for those treated unjustly, but Christ didn't defend himself as being treated unjustly even though he was, and if we are serious about loving our enemies and trusting in God's justice, do we ever get to make the claim that we, personally, are being treated unjustly? What would be the basis for me to make that claim about myself if I believe in God's love, discipline and justice?

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288. The Consequences of Quick Tongue
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289. Burning the Koran is for Baal Worshipers
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In this Episode, Terry Jones burns a Koran, people die, and he's surprised?  Really?  He says he "regrets what happened", but also says "we have no regrets", and when asked if burning a Koran is a Godly or not he says, "It's certainly not normal". 

Also, an Email from a listener:

My question concerns the Lutheran doctrine of salvation with regard to whether or not one can be damned after having believed the Gospel and having been justified through faith alone. I read through Walther's Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel some months ago, and I loved the book. But I didn't understand how Walther could say that when one is in deliberate rebellion that one is not a child of God, one is, basically, damned.

This sounds like the conditional security espoused by Arminians, and seems to fly in the face of the sound teaching on justification by grace through faith alone as taught by the Formula of Concord, Smalcald Articles, etc.

Is there any way you could help me understand how Lutherans could simultaneously hold that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the Law, and yet say that if that man does not, so to speak, continue doing his part in persevering, he is lost, damned, reprobate, etc?

 

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290. Grace for the Thorn in Your Flesh
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Ever wonder what Paul Meant by "the thorn in my side"?  Many people interpret that to be any thing that besets you, and sometimes they go far as assuming that it's your cross from the famous statement of Jesus, "Pick up your cross and follow me".  Pastor Greg Lesieur Joins us to talk about what the text actually says about this "thorny" topic.

Also...  "comfort, comfort ye my people" is not a liberal anthem.  Get over it.

 

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291. Pastor Glenn Beck's Advice: Keep the Commandments!
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Yeah, since Pat Robertson's Magical Mystery Tour of craziness has been silent on the whole subject of Japan and the Earthquakes and Tsunami, Glenn Beck decided to chime in.  He thinks God did this to send us a message that we need to keep the 10 commandments.  Really Glenny?  Really?

Also, what are you going to do when the time comes for catastrophy to strike your life, and all you've got in your head is the remnants of a 100 sermons from all sorts of teachers as bad as Glenn Beck and Pat Robertson?  Imagine that something awful happens, and instead of being fed with a regular diet of God's word you have been listening to the latest "sermon" series on how to have a better sex life?  I'll tell you what it feels like.

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292. Don't Mess With Daniel!
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You'll never guess who get's kudos for getting Grace and Faith right...  Andrew Wommack.  I kid you know, he made a serious turn in an effort to rightly describe the relationship between Grace and Faith to the people at a conference in Boston, and it played on the radio this past week. 

Also, we get to think with the Mind of Christ on the great passage from Daniel, featuring an experience he had with some lions and some Satraps who hated him.

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293. Get Real!
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Ok, you've heard it before.  "In our church, we're going to be about being missional, and compassionate, and spread the testimony, and be all loving to all the people"...  So, that's nice, but...  Exactly HOW are you going to do all of that?  Pastor Gary said it best.  If you can't imagine what your life or the life of the your church would look like in the next year as you get things rolling, then it's likely not going to roll.

Epic Winning?  No, weak.

Also, some new ways and methods to learn how to read your Bible with better discernment.

 

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294. Anxiety and Change!
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Oh to be able to simply talk about important things...  without people getting into a lather about them!  While thinking with the mind of Christ we begin to realize that the Church cannot simply look at it's past and pine for the good ole' days.  We have a committment to truth and that truth cannot be ignored.  So again, we talk about what it would mean should the mind of Christ be adhered to and used by his disciples...  Change is hard folks, but so it repentence and faith.

 

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295. 3rd Use and Anti Rules
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We have a question:  If we're all so gung ho about getting people to shape up, why don't we just do it the way the early Puritans used to do it?  Make obedience to God's Law mandatory through civil law?  In fact, what we could do is make up a law like Muslims have (Sharia Law) and attach Penalties (extra tything, and what have you) for disobedience?

So we on Radical Grace Radio did exactly that...  except, we made them Anti Rules...  Rules you can do that aren't rules at all...  you'd have to listen, in fact.

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296. The Miracle of Speaking:The Mind of Christ
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Another show, another time when people are confused about the acts of the Holy Spirit.  When a filling of the Holy Spirit comes, it would seem that the Bible testifies that the first thing that happens is, someone speaks.  Someone says something so incredibly important that someone has to remember it and write it down at some point.  So where people are looking for evidence of the filling of the Holy Spirit in the gift of tongues, it would seem the first place to look is isn't with tongues, but with plain ole' speaking. 

However, it is a kind of speech that is with authority and power and confidence.  Don't you wish you had that?  Find out how on this week's Radical Grace Radio.

All this and more on Radical Grace Radio.

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297. The Mind of Christ and the Holy Spirit
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Is "having the mind of Christ" and "Being filled with the Holy Spirit" one and the same thing?

In this edition of Radical Grace Radio we reveal a couple of interesting things.  One is that references to being "filled with the Spirit" are found primarily in Luke's Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles.  The other is what the Biblical Evidence shows is the immediate effect of being "filled with the Spirit".  Can you guess what that might be?

All this and more on Radical Grace Radio.

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298. Thinking with the Mind of Christ Part 2
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Our opinions...  As much as we like 'em, sometimes they gotta go.  Still Ramping up on the topic "thinking with the Mind of Christ", we learn how devastating it is to our understanding when we can't admit that we are interpretting the scriptures by our "learned" responses and natural ways of thinking.



299. Breaking Old Habits and Making New Ones.
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In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, we talk about how we as believers have a bunch of old habits that need to be broken when it comes to approaching the topic of "the Mind of Christ".  The number one habit is this:  not knowing we have bad habits of thinking in the first place.  Habits like believing we have to contribute something to the finished work of Christ in order to recieve every blessing and benefit of Christ...  or insisting on maintaining a Medevial world view rather than holding onto a Biblical world view. 

Over the course of the next few weeks, we'll be talking about each of the habits that we have problems with, starting with this problem of upholding a Medevial world view without realizing what that means.  We can't keep doing this to ourselves and those who are young in Christ...

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300. Thinking with the Mind of Christ, Part 1
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In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, we begin the topic of the year, thinking with the mind of Christ, by first setting up some ground rules.  Number 1:  Remember you're law and gospel distinction.  Number 2:  Remember that Jesus isn't just a cardboard cutout that people bend and mangle to make him fit their image of him.  He's a real person, both man and God.  He has a mind, just like you do, and he thinks with that mind and brain using synapses and neural pathways just like you do. 

Radical Grace Radio:  It's not just academic anymore.

 

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301. Young and Angry with God
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Being Angry at God.  We've all had that experience, but so few Christians are willing to admit it.  The reason they don't want to admit something so basic to the Christian experience is simple.  They likely will be vilified by other Christians for even saying or thinking such a thing.  But in an article on CNN's Blog "The Chart", Christians responding to a survey conducted by secular researchers admitted freely that they often are angry with God.  In fact, it's more prevalent these days among young people than every before.

The article can be found here.

http://pagingdrgupta.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/01/anger-at-god-common-even-among-atheists/

We also talk more about "the Gospel of Mark" project.



302. New Years Resolutions
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It's a new year at Radical Grace Radio.  A lot of things have happened over the last few years, not the least of which is discovering what the Christian Landscape looks like.  But perhaps more important is what we discovered about ourselves. 

What we discovered was a couple of things in particular.  One is that doing Radio and Podcasting is not as easy as it sounds.  The other is that we discovered how we react to the situation.  We found that we have sort of strength that comes out between us that we didn't realize was there.  We both attribute this work of God, and the next question is this:  If God has worked this in the way that he has for everyone's benefit...  Where is he taking us?

That is what this episode of Radical Grace Radio is all about.



303. The Culture War Examined: Reflections on Christmas in the United States
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In this Boxing Day edition of Radical Grace Radio, we talk about the ongoing battles between Christians and the secular world regarding the terms "happy holiday", and whether there should be a better attempt by Christians abroad to show the world what a real Christmas celabration would like. 

This edition's bumps:  Blackmore's Night - Good King Wenceslas, Jose Feciliano - Feliz Navidad

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304. The Gift and The Defender
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On This edition of Radical Grace Radio, we Talk to Tyrel Bramwell about his new Book, the Gift and the Defender.  As a gift to our Listeners, Tyrel has set up a coupon for 50 percent off of any eBook version of the book, which would include text versions, the Kindel version, the Nook version...  pretty much any version you could imagine. 

We also read some of the responses we're getting about a question I posted on facebook and Christianity.com.  "What are the minimum conditions a person must meet in order to be saved?"  We also Talk about a former Military Man who has been arrested for stalking members of Westboro Baptist Church.  Ryan Newell lost his legs in Afghanistan to an IED, and members of Westboro Baptist now plan to picket the Elizabeth Edwards funeral, as well as the police station that Newell was set free from last week.



305. Elephants Among the Bruised Reeds
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Ok, you know me by now.  I often listen to the radio Sunday Mornings, and this time I was listening to Dr. (sic) David Jeremiah...  Who sent out advice about what to say to God at Judgement seat...  And the advice was so bad that I totally retasked the show to address this.  See, it's one thing to get the Gospel wrong and leave your congregation to wonder to themselves about what to do, but it's another thing entirely to give them what to say to God...  WHEN IT MOST COUNTS...  and get that SO wrong that you're sure to hear the Claxons go off and the price is Right "awww" must play just before the Angels chuck you into the Lake of fire.

"BZZZZZZZZZ"...  Wrong guess there dude.  No Consolation prize. 



306. Rocket Science for Bible Interpretation
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Could it be that, along with Law and Gospel, a plain sense reading of the text is absolutely crucial?

Pastor Gary explains to us that there is a devotional aspect to reading the Bible that is crucial, and we don't deny that way of interpreting the scriptures.  But it's possible to learn, just like a lot of musicians might also learn, only one way of looking at the scriptures.   We talk about a different way of reading the texts in this edition of Radical Grace Radio.

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307. Your Christian Hate Life II
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Last week we identified the problem of hate among Christians with regards to those who don't measure up.  This week, we're going to find out how Jesus handles hate, and how we should handle it from a law and gospel perspective.

Rod Rosenbladt has been working on the problem of "Christians broken by the church" for many years now, and we agree with his assessment.  The problem, however, runs deeper than we all realize.  We hate.  We really do.  In fact, we hate MORE than the people of this world...  Imagine, the people of the light, are some of the biggest haters on the planet.



308. How to improve your Christian Hate Life
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Hate.  We've heard this before.  For all the talk that Christians make concerning holiness and self help, it appears that even after 2000 years the church still hasn't come to terms with this most perplexing problem.  To this day, because the majority of Christians do not properly distinguish law and gospel, people are calling all the time at each other blindly to repent of this or that or there can be no unity...  But with the Gospel, there is unity in Faith, in Baptism, in one Lord...  How do we know this is too often driven by hate?

I present for your consideration, Westboro Baptist Church.  Fred Phelps and his little congregation sound just like a lot of churches and church leaders.  But ever since someone set of an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) outside his church, Fred Phelps has made it his single obsession to let the world know that his god would not let this aggregious act go unpunished.  In fact, if you didn't already know, they don't randomly pick which funerals they want to picket, no.  They always picket the funerals of soldiers who died from being killed by and IED.  Now, I want you to imagine for a second.  For all his theological bloviating, Fred Phelps' problem winds up being tit for tat.  You tried to blow up my church, my god will blow you up. 

Really?  Is that what the Christian message is?  You attack him, God will attack you back?



309. Be of Good Cheer, the Judge is Coming!
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It's getting close to Advent folks.  That time of year where we celebrate the first coming of Christ while looking forward to the first coming.  Today, we're going to turn the end times on it's ear again by showing how that "terrible last day" will be the most joyous day of all times and ages.

But first, more magical thinking, more annointing of doors and windows, and more sorcery in the name of God...  yeah, it's still going on after thousands of years of being told not to.  Oh, and be sure you don't think we're talking about the cults that do this stuff.  We mean you average, run of the mill church.  Could be yours if you're not careful.



310. I believe it's Magic!
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Today on Radical Grace Radio, we talked about what Christian Churches talked about last Sunday in lieu of Reformation day...  Magic and witchcraft.  More importanly, how Magic is incorporated by Christians when they get confused about what Magical thinking is and how dangerous it can be.  It's not about Bedknobs and Broomsticks.  It's about taking God's Holy Name and practicing magic and dark arts in his name... 

 



311. You're Tearing the World Apart!
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How does the Gospel appear to effect reality?  Most of the time, it looks like everything is being turned on it's ear.  In this reformation day special, we talk about the effects of the Gospel, and what there needs to be done for real reformation to occur...  He said, "what needs to be done"  Hu-hu-hu...

Rev 14:6 Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people.
Rev 14:7 He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

Ro 3:27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith.
Ro 3:28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.

Jn 8:31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

          Jn 8:33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

          Jn 8:34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

 

 



312. Humility! And How I achieved it!
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This edition of Radical Grace Radio is brought to you by the new book, Humility and how I achieved it by the High Reverend Gary Held.  Learn the finer points of achieving the most humble walk with God you will ever experience!

Luther did say, in all seriousness, "those who think they are humble know the least about true humility". 

We also talk about a simple subject...  one that is very difficult to master: Prayer



313. The Bleach Wins!
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A lepers, all the time, on Radical Grace Radio.  Ever wonder if we're getting it right when we read and interpret the passages where Jesus heals the lepers?  Whether it's the 1 leper in Mark's Gospel or 10 in Luke's Gospel, there's more there than meets the eye.



314. Washed up watered down Faith.
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I was mistaken when I said on the air that this episode of Radical Grace Radio is still on the feed.  This was back in 2008 when the Pew Forum Report told us that Americans (this included Christians) believe that all faith and faith traditions lead to God and salvation.  One term that was used by a respondent to the poll said that we have a "Pragmatic respect" for other religions.  What on earth does that mean?

An important show.  Expect this past Sundays show soon.

 



315. Why Lutherans Baptize and how Baptists aren't baptists at all
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First up, there's the pew forum report on General Knowledge of Religion in America.  Atheists, Agnostics, Jews and Mormons scored the highest, while Bible belt Christians scored the Lowest.

http://pewforum.org/Other-Beliefs-and-Practices/U-S-Religious-Knowledge-Survey.aspx

Then, when asked what's the difference between the way Baptists baptise and how Lutherans baptise, we decided to take that on...  no one called during the show, but someone did call imediately after the show...  It just goes to show, a lot of people not only lack knowledge, but know it and are afraid to call us sometimes for fear of embarrassment. 



316. Tell me sweet little lies
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Anne Frank wrote:  "It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart."


We have to tackle this issue, because ultimately it's the biggest lie the world tells itself.  "You good!  You just need to find a better system of government or laws that will make the difference!"  But if that were true, wouldn't we have found it by now?  After all, look at all the systems we've created over time.  We can do such great things, from sailing around the world, and flying around the world, to the moon and back.  Great achievements require great systems to accomplish them.

So what gives? 



317. Senseless Drama (What the Gospel is not)
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Here is a classic Radical Grace Radio, from the time when we were on WMEL, and topic flowed around the causes of some of the senseless Drama that goes on in our world.  How often are we tempted to grow angry, outraged, dispondent, at the events of our time and lives when we should be remembering God and His promises in Jesus Christ, our Lord?



318. I See People But They Look Like Trees Walking Around
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Ok, fair warning.  I sound like crap in this episode.  My voice was shot due to getting over some illness, and it frequently breaks apart.  I basically spoke in a monotone the whole time.  But still, we talked about the error of saying that 'Because Jesus is responsible for the whole world, and he's the one who created all of this, he takes responsibility for everything and takes the punishment"...  I know, it sounds weird, but that's exactly what you'll hear.  Remember, it's an error.  We don't believe this at all. 

Also, Pastor decided we couldn't let 9-11 go without talking about it...  See, there are people who say we're talking about Grace too much, so he decided to talk about sin and subjagating people...  Well, you asked for it.



319. God's will for my life: Today I'm sick
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We're all about God's will, but the truth is, His will is often hard, and it's not recognizable as good for me.  Like for instance, for this show, I was coming down with something, Pastor Greg was getting over something, and Pastor Gary was still suffereing from something.  In fact, as I type this, I'm getting worse, but be that as it may.

We also listen to some word/faithers teach us about Jesus being the first man to be born again, and how he suffered in hell in my place...  yup, it's weird.



320. Ex Christian: Broken by Spiritual Gifts?
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In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, we talk about how the Spiritual Gifts are misapplied in such a way that Christians wind up broken and sorrowful.

There was a woman at my old church, which was a Pentacostal Church, who was scheduled to recieve her "annointing" one night after many weeks of being taught about fruits of the spirit.  All the people who attended classes came up front to be prayed over and begin speaking in tongues...  but when it came to be her turn, she didn't start speaking in tongues.  She was inconsolable.  She thought that since she didn't speak in tongues that God had rejected her!  After all, if she learns what she needs to do, and does them faithfully, but she doesn't get the annointing to speak in tongues, what could that possibly mean?

That's why we do this program.  We have no choice but to offer a corrective for stuff like this.  People's souls are riding on it.



321. Unrighteous Sinners, Meet a Righteous Savior!
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In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, we decided to go back to some basics for the benefit of our new listeners.  It's not that we think they don't get it, but it's always good to go over the doctrine of Justification because this is the Gospel...

It's a message worth fighting for and one worth dying for.



322. Christ's resurrection: Not just blowin' in the wind
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This is the Lost episode, where I was in Houston Texas for the convention back in July, and Pastor Gary was flying solo on live radio for the first time.  He talked about the historicity of the Resurrection, that it wasn't just a matter a mass halucination.  I called in from Houston, and we talked about the effects of the Gospel in history.  



323. Religion: Check off Jedi Knight
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Our identity in Christ...  That sounds like it's the most important thing we could learn about ourselves, but we're all carrying around too much baggage to get it, unless we learn something really simple:  Power does not necessarily equal Good. 

Second thing is this:  The world religions are lying to you.  They have no power they can give you.  Nothing.  Only in Christ are you identified with power, and that power is Christ alone.



324. The Evil U-Boat Captain and How He's Pagan!
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There's an entire generation that grew up thinking like a pagan, due to shows like He-Man and the masters of the universe...  is there a lot of difference between "holding aloft your magic sword" and "hold aloft your Bible"?  Not a lot if you expecting power to be given you from on high if you say the right words.

 

 



325. A Wreckless Confidence in Christ Part 2
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In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, we first answer the error that says that Jesus is not God with Colosians 2:9, "for all the fullness of the Diety dwells in him in bodily form"...  Hmm...  Sounds like God to me.

But we have to pick up on this idea that we can have a "reckless confidence in Christ"...  Listen as Tyrel Bramwell of Reformation Underground calls in to join the discussion.



326. Some were foolish, some were wise.
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In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, Pastor Gary takes on a tour of the parable of the 10 virgins.  Pastor took the month of June off from teaching Bible study because he wanted to take some time to go over the scriptures himself and see if there was something he was missing...  and we think he found it.  You may not think so at first, but this is a law and gospel moment in the making.



327. Body Gospel and the Devil's Doorway.
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So this Lay Delegate walks into a hotel room...  and he's watching tv when suddenly an infomercial for "Body Gospel" comes on...  So, for 3 easy payments of 39.95, I can get the complete set of work out dvds where I can sweat and praise God to the latest and greatest worship songs, the body Gospel stretch bands, and I don't know what else I can get!  It's amazing if you ask me!

Yeah, right.  I may be about to start my own weightloss program, but I think I'll make mine totally faith free. 



328. Oprah Winfrey and the Goblet of Baal
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This edition of Radical Grace Radio was recorded in 2007, and hasn't been available online for over two years.  In fact, this show predates the cancelation of issues etc!  It was our first time on WWBC, we had just met Jerry, who is still our board op to this day, and pastor Gary and I sat down to practice some "necessary roughness" upon Oprah Winfrey and her psuedo gnostic flavors of Christianity. 

The program has been updated to the sound that we have today.  If you'd like a copy of the original, you can email me at Lutherandifference@gmail.com and I'll be glad to get you one.



329. When Rome Collides with Saddleback
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Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love John MacArchur. 

Notes about Rome and Prostestantism in the 21st century.

Rome:  Sins, Confession, Absolution, Penance

Protestantism:  Sins, confess before God, give Jesus  your heart, get right with God

 



330. Putting a patent on Good News?
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Does that sound weird?  You bet it does!  Almost as weird as the guys on Radical Grace Radio talking about Stem Cell Research and the dangers of Embryonic stem cell implantation...  Also we've offered yet another corrective for those who insist on Lordship Salvation. 

This program was recorded before I recorded the John MacArthur Sermon Review.



331. John MacArthur: Sermon Review
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You know how the old hymn goes.

My hope is built on nothing less than Me and my obedience
Cause John MacArthur told me so
I know the path that I must go
On works the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand

"Now to the one who does not work, but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness". The Letter the Romans, the fourth chapter.



332. Jesus is Lord of Some?
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In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, John MacArthur find his way into the "error and reboot" segment of the show with some strange comments he makes from a sermon where he asserts that people can understand and even believe the Gospel and still go to hell.  As a result of all this nonsense we have no choice but to talk about "lordship Salvation" and it's damaging effects on faith.

How many of you remember this line?  "If Jesus isn't Lord of all, he isn't really Lord at all"...  I grew up with that silliness.  Why not just take a Holy Ghost Machine Gun and blow my head off?  Wait, someone said that once...



333. Saved by grace through love? (repost)
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This program was deleted from the feed due to it being defective.  The file came out corrupted, but this one has been fixed.

An Emailer wants to know, "am I unregenerate because I don't love like I should?"  The answer to that question isn't as intuitive as you might think. 



334. God doesn't do anything by halves!
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Paul Washer makes his debut in the "Fatal Error" segment, and the thrust of his comments nearly slipped by at least one of the Pastors.  Unfortunately, Paul Washer is a Lordship Salvationist, who preaches that the Gospel is merely a trust and obey proposal, rather than in it's proper sense of the preaching Christ and him Crucified.

On the second half, we talk about a sign outside a Catholic Parish that says something utterly rediculous for Roman Catholics.  You'll have to listen to find out what it said.



335. The Law of Piety/Law of Love
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Oh the things the Word of Faithers will say to make their followers think so highly of themselves.  Pastor Fred Price provides this edition's "fatal error".

But on this edition of Radical Grace Radio we revisit the "Lukewarm Christian Test" and divide Law and Gospel this way:  which is more important?  The law of piety?  Or the law of love?

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336. The Lukewarm Christian Test
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Get ready to cry folks.  You don't know it yet, but by the time a true Christian gets done reading this test and taking it earnestly, they'll be on their knees begging for mercy. 

 

http://so4j.com/lukewarm-christian-test.php

10 Questions To See If You Are a Lukewarm Christian - LINKS

1 - Do Cares & Worries of This Life Dominate Most of Your Thoughts & Conversations?
2 - Do You Practice Sin on a Regular Basis?
3 - Do You "Love" The Things of This World More Than God's Word?
4 - Are You Too Busy for Jesus? What are Your Priorities?
5 - Do You Use God's Name In Vain? ('Oh My G-d?')
6 - Do You Fail to Pray Earnestly & Pray for the Lost Who Will Spend Eternity in Hell?
7 - Do You Fail to Preach the Gospel on a Regular Basis? OR Do You Hinder Others?
8 - Are You Indifferent About Your Sin? What is Your Attitude?
9 - Do You Seek After Worldly Wealth & Fame vs Seeking First The Kingdom of God?
10-Do You Fail to Obey Jesus, and God's Word Consistently?

Copyright © By Martha Mac / SO4J.com / SO4J-TV & Video Productions

I have a question though:  Why is this list copyrighted?  That's just weird.


In other developements, we have a new sponsor, and it's an excellent way to support the show.  You should check out http://www.audiblepodcast.com/rgradio. 



337. Judged By Our Works?
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On this edition of Radical Grace radio, we talk in the first half hour about a listener email that asks:

 

"At what point is my sin deliberate? I know I will commit tomorrow, the same sin(s)I committed today. I recite the Lord's prayer every night. I have guilt, but that doesn't matter. I know it's a sin, but yet I keep doing it. Is this not deliberately sinning against God, thus losing my salvation?"

Then on the second half of the hour we talk about Judgment day, and why it seems that scripture is of two minds with regards to how we are saved.



338. The Two Edged Sword of the Lord
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There are two edges to God's word.  One is the law, the other is the gospel.  Not hard to distinguish one from the other but...  When do you use them?  How do you apply law and gospel?  Listen to this episode to find out.



339. Overdosed on the law.
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Have you ever had an infection, then had a doctor mis-prescribe the wrong medicine for your infection?  This is exactly what it's like when preachers presribe too much law to you and no Gospel, or too much Gospel with no law.



340. Having a Reckless Confidence In Jesus
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Listen up people!  Do you have faith?  A strong faith?  How about a "reckless confidence" in Jesus as your Savior? 

Do we really need to test that?  I mean, seriously, most of us do wish we had a reckless confidence in Jesus, so here's the thing:  How many promises does God have to make to you before you trust him? 



341. The Big "If"
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In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, we talk about the Big if, or the words "if you" that get used way to often in a sermon these days.  Examples of "the big if"...

"If you just smile more and have a positive attitude, God will bless you mightyly"...

"God is prepared to save you by the shed blood of Jesus Christ, IF YOU repent and believe"...

I could go on and on, but I think I'll let the blog post stand.

http://lutherandifference.blogspot.com/2010/04/big-if.html



342. Dumbing Down the Law
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In this edition of Radical Grace;  what happens when people try to make the law something that's doable and the gospel is what help you do it?  You get a dumbed down law and the dumbed down gospel.

 

You know what you get when you read Psalm 119?  Some say law.  Pastor Gary doesn't think so.  Listen. 

 

 



343. iMonk: Thanks for everything Michael
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Internet Monk Michael Spencer died Monday, April 5th, after a long bout with Cancer.  In this espisode of Radical Grace Radio, we pay tribute not by talking about him, but by talking about the things HE talked about during his time as a Post Evangelical commentator.



344. He Is Risen to a World that's Apostate?
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In this edition for Easter 2010, we talk about Jesus being risen from the dead and the importance of his resurrection, and we talk about how Christians bash each other over the head with the word "apostate" to the point that no one listens to each other.



345. Live from Faith Viera:
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We were live at Faith Viera Lutheran Church in Viera, with an open mike taking questions.  The topic moved into "what should the Message of the Church be".  Some people think it should be a law message.  Some think it should be the Gospel (Yours truly thinks so). So we wound up talking about deception and how the law can't set those who are decieved free from lies and bondage. 



346. Christ Lutheran:Angels and Demons
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We were live at Christ Lutheran in Cape Canaveral, Pastor Greg LeSieur's Church, where Pastor Gary preached to services and we did the radio show in between.  A nice crowd turned out, and listened to us talk about Angels and Demons, which got good when we talked about the Angel of the Lord...  Jesus Christ! 



347. Sheep and Goats and Gospel! Oh My!!
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There are people who lose thier minds over our message of Radical Grace.  Here's one.

"Lots of unbiblical stuff & personally I think your missing the mark in regards to how God said He would write the law on our hearts vs them being written on tablets of stone OT vs NT."

Confused...  St. Paul says the law is written on the hearts of all men, not just believers.  Oh well.

So today, we decided to tackle a scripture that makes people crazy by itself.  The parable of the sheep and goats.  And then we talked about Ezekiel and being a watchman.  And we're going to keep going till we've tackled every confused notion regarding Law and Gospel.



348. Growing up in Liberal Churches
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Pastor Greg LeSieur serves as an interviewee for a segment on growing up in liberal protestant churches.  Pastor Greg has had an interesting life that took him from growing up in a liberal Episcopal church, three Seminaries and lots of heartache, and his experience in this regard is very important. ~Matthew



349. How do I know I'm reprobate?
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First up, we talked to Pastor Bruce Rudolf, who works with Food for the Poor, and got an update of how things are going for Haiti relief efforts.

Then we talked about a question that was asked me that morning, that tied into what we were going to talk about.  The question, "How do I know if I'm reprobate"?  Now, the only reason I can think of why someone would ask that question is if they are genuinely concerned that they themselves are reprobate. 

What does all of this have to do with Tall Ships?  Pastor Greg gives the low down on that, and Martin Jack from the UK brings us to think about people who have left churches who may also have been called Reprobate.  This and "Can you lose your salvation?", in this edition of Radical Grace Radio.

 

 



350. Raw Sewage and Christian Misery
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Have you ever considered False Doctrine to be like Raw Sewage?  Have you ever considered twisting your spouse's words to make them say what you want them to say?  Have you ever had a girl friend or boyfriend that you didn't know anything about?

Have you ever heard a radio show you didn't listen to?  Do you have a Savior who you haven't heard?  The implication is enormous when you consider how it is that Christians treat the faith once delivered to the saints.



351. The Good Works of Rescuing the Broken
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Imagine for a second...  A person hears the Gospel, and find themselves wanting to do something...  Like contact a radio ministry in Florida and offer to translate the messages and sermons they do into other languages for them.  No one asked them to do it.  We're they prompted by the Law to do this?  Or was it the Gospel working in them?



352. How Do Lutherans Preach Good Works?
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Pastor Gary Held flies solo for this special edition of Radical Grace, which is a response to the criticism that Lutherans discourage good works, and that sanctification and good works are "hot buttons" for us.



353. On Haiti and Good works with Matt Harrision
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On this week's show, Pastor Matt Harrision of LCMS World Relief joins us to talk about Haiti, from Haiti.  We also pick up on Christians broken by the church and talk about the parable of Pharisee and the Tax collector, and the implications of Jesus' teaching on Justification.



354. The Pope does good works!
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A caller asked us about Pope's comments concerning Muslims getting to heaven.  The Pope had said, "Whoever seeks peace and the good of the community with a pure conscience, and keeps alive the desire for the transcendent, will be saved even if he lacks biblical faith".  I know we're beating the horse on this, but imagine for a second a person who can't live up to this statement.  Do I have a pure conscience?  Do I always seek peace?  Do I seek the good of the community? 

Also, more Pat Robertson stuff.  We always thought that the defacto leaders of evangelicalism were the likes of Rick Warren and Franklin Grahm, but it appears we were mistaken.  Most people in this world believe that Pat Robertson Speaks for all of us Christians!  But then again, after some extensive googling, I find no big name evangelicals challenging brother Pat on his statements about Haiti. 

I wonder what that means?



355. Pat Robertson's Magical Mystery Tour!
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Description: Pat Robertson, wordsmith extraordinaire, purveyor of prognostication and prophet of the ages...  Hold on a second.  Don't play the ridicule game quite yet.  Each and every one of us has done something similar or said something stupid we wish we could take back.  We just don't have a nationally syndicated television program tied to Tivos around the world in which to pontificate on such things as why Haiti has such terrible things happen to it's population....

However, this is a lesson to be learned here.  Did you know God wants us to empathize with the Haitians, even if it were true that they deserved the suffering they are getting? 

No?  Maybe you'd better give a listen.


356. Fighting Panzer Tanks with a Butter Knife
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Description: Continuing the topic, "The ex-Christian:  Broken by the Church?", we talk about the new atheists, who unlike the previous generation of atheists aren't so much arguing for the non existence of Jesus or God, are instead making the argument that Christianity is an immoral religion. 
Christian Churches in Koala Lampur, Malaysia, firebombed for their use of the word "Allah" in their evangelistic literature
3000 year old pottery shows ancient Biblical inscription
Brit Hume suggests to Tiger Woods that he can find forgiveness in Jesus Christ

Be the first to tell us at what time code one of the hosts mentions the title of the show and receive a free copy of "The Everlasting Angel and the Mountain of Fire", by Pastor Peter Kurowski.


357. The Ex-Christian: Broken by the Church?
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Description: In "the Gospel for Those Broken By the Church", Dr. Rod Rosenbladt draws a good profile of those people we meet who have, for whatever reason, fallen out of belief in Jesus Christ as their sin bearing Savior.  In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, we dig into that profile with some testimony from me and how I used to fit that profile, and to the ex-Christian out there who is still either sad or angry about what happened to them in their Christian walk...

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358. The strange case of Simeon
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Description: We have a mystery! The Game is Afoot! How did Simeon know where to find the baby Jesus? Did he have a mystical experience? It appears that, unlike Zecharius and Mary, Simeon had no supernatural visits... How could he have known? We'll let Super-sleuth and Lutheran Pastor Gary Held lead us through the clues that reveal the truth behind Simeon's knowledge of the Messiah's whereabouts!

Ban on angels, stars on county Christmas trees

Pakistan Christians celebrate Christmas in fear, Past attack, threats leave minority group feeling especially vulnerable

Gazan Palestinians to celebrate Christmas in Israel


359. Putting Poison in the Mouths of Chrildren?
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Description: Poison. That's right. Poison poured into the mouths of Children... And children exposed to wild animals! Oh wait, what this means is Pastor Greg LeSeiur is back on the program and is on top of his game, and in rare form.

We also spend some time talking about "spiritual malpractice". Just let your mind grasp that for a bit and listen to the show!

Children made to sing "Allah is God" while the Christian part of the program is so vague as to leave out any reference to Jesus altogether

Mass. Father Defends Claim That Boy, 8, Was Sent Home From School for Jesus Drawing

Evangelist Oral Roberts dies in Calif. at age 91



360. Christians oppressed by Chinese
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Description: There's a group out there called Conservapedia, that thinks that the Bible we have today is too liberal.  So they want to change it.  Where have we heard this before?  Also, the Chinese government has had enough of Rogue Christians who refuse to worship in the state sanctioned churches, so much so that they attacked the only mega church in China, arrested the pastors and put the worshipers in the hospital.

So, we decided to talk about the parable of the unjust judge, which Pastor Gary believes is mistitled. 

Chinese mega church attacked
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,579979,00.html?test=latestnews

Conservative Bible translation...  these people think the bible is just too darned liberal.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34270487/ns/us_news-faith/

Church selling Tiffany Stained Glass window to help fund mission.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34291880/


361. Two Natures At War!
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Description: There are two natures at war in the members of your flesh.  One is the old Adam, who thinks he just fine and capable of doing good that will please God, and the new man who screams out "Put on the Brakes!  I am not worthy, capable, or even remotely performing like one who bears the Image of the Almighty God!"

This is Romans Chapter 7 Stuff.  It's also Sanctification stuff, and so against modern Evangelical ideals that it makes your head spin. 


362. How to fill your spiritual needs
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Description: On the way up to the station today, we we're delayed due to two accidents on I95, involving what looked like ten vehicles.  Praise God it looked like no one was seriously hurt in either accident, but it sparked a conversation that we had on the air...  About how God blesses us even when things don't go like we planned, and how our physical and spiritual needs are met.

We were going to have a conversation about online church, but all the show prep went out the window when we were delayed.  We'll have the conversation next week.


363. God says: "Trust ME"!
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Description: The difference between the definitions of the word "faith" that many churches and church bodies have adopted are extremely subtle.  On the one hand, many people take faith as "being optimistic", having a good attitude and such.  I remember years ago I had one of my first bosses tell me "attitude is everything", and he pretty much expected his employees to live and work by that advice.  Being young, in my very early twenties, I had no idea that life would come along and dash that advice to pieces.  Failure often comes even when we sincerely believe we'll succeed.

I recently looked at an article on Wikipedia on Fear, and there was some interesting information listed there.  The single most surprising thing I found was that teenagers these days fear, in order of most important, the following things:  terrorist attacks, spiders, death, being a failure...  being a failure?  They actually fear failure!  It's second only to death, and if we could examine the raw data I'm sure we would find that it's actually second on the list, since fear of terrorism would include fear of death, and perhaps spiders would fit that category as well.  The fear of failure is rampant in our culture, and it's likely that this fear drives nearly everything we do.  There are people who never try to succeed at anything because of fear of failure.  There are people who are overachievers because if they fail at one thing, it's not so bad because they are so successful at other things. 

And in this, we look for advice, life coaches, programs, self help books, anything that will help us with this drive to succeed and fear of failure.  But this simply isn't what our Christian faith is about.  In fact, our Christian faith tells us we are worse than failures.  We're sinners who have offended a just and holy God, who created us in His image, and because He freely chose to love us rather than destroy us, has accomplished in Jesus Christ everything we need.

Everything, people. 


364. 2012! And Jesus was a Meanie?
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Description: First up?  2012!

Well, that this notion of an ancient prophesy from Mayan Culture has any bearing on...  Anything.  But what does matter is that atheists are trying to use the Bible and human reason to undermine Christian faith.  Take for instance, how atheists use Mark chapter 7 verses 24 and following to "prove" that Jesus is a mean guy.  What we learned in this program is that ELCA professors and pastors also use this text to try and prove that Jesus was a sinner!  So today, with Law and Gospel as our guide, we look closely at this text to find out what Jesus was really up to.

Here's a request to our listeners.  Do you have particular texts you find difficult to understand?  Or texts that seem to say that Salvation is by works rather than by faith?  If you do, give us buzz at RadicalGraceRadio.com, email us at Lutherandifference@gmail.com, or call our listener comment line by going to the website and visiting our "contact us" page. 


365. O death, where is thy sting?
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Description: In the aftermath of the event at Fort Hood this past Thursday, November 5th, we're joined by Pastor Ron Meyer of Faith Viera Lutheran Church to discuss the kind of theology that gives great comfort in times of intense grief. 

When I saw the reports that afternoon concerning Fort Hood and the devastation wrought by a lone gunman, someone in the room with me asked "where was God in all of this?"  Indeed, where was He?  We answer that question, talk about just vs. unjust wars, and we talk about a grief stricken savior, weeping over the death of his dear friend, Lazarus. 


366. The Church is Triumphant because Jesus is Triumphant!
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Description: In this Episode, on All Saints Day, we talk about the Church Triumphant and the Gospel of Jesus Christ...  When don't we talk about the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

But in the first half we talk about the Roman Catholic Church making overtures to Anglican and Episcopal congregations allowing them to come into communion with Rome, the Anathemas of Trent, the Book of Concord, and the Thirty-nine Articles.  Can anyone be expected to compromise on the Gospel of Jesus just to be in Communion with Rome?

Rome Expects us to.  In fact, any congregation going this route is giving up more than they think they are.


367. Reformation Day Special 2009
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Description: Greetings everyone, and welcome to the 2009 Reformation Day Special.

Last week we spent a fair amount of time talking about Indulgences and the effect they had on the Medieval Church.  This week we talk about the Reformation in the first half hour, and in the second half hour we talk about the "radical Reformation" and how this has effect modern evangelicalism.


368. Evangelical Indulgences and a People in Bondage
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Description: Let's compare:  Indulgences were a special absolution given often times for money, for the purpose of releasing a soul from Purgatory.  In Evangelicalism, people are encouraged to tithe, send seed money, and do good works to get greater blessings from God.

Aren't we appalled that they think they can buy off God like that?  It's the worst form of bondage.  Listen to this week's show.  It's in preparation for next week's program on the Reformation.


369. Is Jesus the Messiah?
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Description: John Haggee wrote a book called "in Defense of Israel", where he says that Jesus didn't come to be the Messiah, that the Jewish people can't be blamed for rejecting what was never offered to them, and that the Jewish people are still saved under the old covenant. 

So we're making this program "in Defense of Jesus", because Jesus most emphatically is the Messiah.  Listen to this one, it's important stuff, as the Gospel always is important.

Questions asked:

Is Jesus the Messiah?  What happens to the Gospel when Jesus isn't the Messiah?  What's worse;  Killing 6 million Jews?  Or refusing to preach Christ and Him Crucified to them?


370. Special Edition: LCMS sells KFUO FM
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Description: On October 6th, 2009, LCMS inc. sold off KFUO FM, 99.1 in St. Louis.  The station is the counterpart to KFUO AM, that is the Christian Broadcasting side of the ministry.  We talk about the potential lost by this deal as well as the potential impact.

Click here to read the report in the St. Louis Dispatch

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/entertainment/stories.nsf/tvradio/story/7E33989A3E2B2A87862576470047C8E1?OpenDocument#tp_newCommentAnchor

http://www.kfuo.org/


371. Christian Zionism and Evangelizing Jews
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Description: What is it about Christians these days believing that the Jews are still saved under the old covenant while we are saved by Christ?  And what is it with Christians and this infatuation with Modern Israel as the fulfillment of prophecy.  I thought that Jesus was the fulfillment of all of this?

Maybe I'm wrong? 


372. The United States: A Masonic Nation?
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, we learn that the founding fathers all seemed to have shared a common religion:  Freemasonry.  Therefore, the United States must be a Masonic Nation.   Doesn't that logic follow?  It the same logic that many people use to show that the United States is a Christian Nation.


373. Preaching the Nation into Corruption?
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Description: Is it possible that bad preaching of the Law is what is actually causing the apparent increase in corruption in the United States?

Here is a brief list of topics we talked about today.

1.  Contradictory statements made in Christian circles.  One Preacher tells us on the radio that God has made peace with us in Jesus Christ and that we should rest in that peace, another wants to sell you a self help tape series that teaches you how to make peace with God.

2.  How did we get here?  With the ACORN scandal in the news, the age old question about 'the good ol' days' comes back to haunt us.

3.  Is the United States a Christian Nation?

4.  Were our founding fathers actually Christian?

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374. Your Prayer Life: Just like your Sex Life?
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Description: Pastor Gary drops a bomb...  Your prayer life is a lot like your sex life.  Yes, it really is.  Riddled with the same issues.  But how to you fix this kind of problem?  Can anyone tell me how!?

Ok, we had way too much fun on this episode.  Yes, it's a bit irreverent to talk about your Prayer life and your sex life, but there is a lot that both of these have in common.  The same problems that impede intimacy in a married couples relationship also impede us in prayer.  Give a listen.


375. Pray the bumpersticker to end abortion?
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Description: On the way up to the station, we saw a bumpersticker that said, "Pray the Rosery to end abortion".  You know we couldn't resist talking about that on the air.  We also talk about crossing your fingers when passing through an intersection on yellow. 


376. What Does God's Word Say?
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Description: After last week's show on the ELCA's decision to bless the ordination of homosexual clergy, we had one caller who strongly disagrees with our stance on the issue.  We'd like to think William for being the kind of caller who, even though he disagrees with us, was kind and considerate. 

Afterwards we talked about the difference between putting a burden on people (such as many believe we want to burden homosexuals unfairly by calling their lifestyles sinful) and what it means when Jesus tells us in Luke chapter 4 when he quotes from the scroll of Isaiah:

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
      because he has anointed me
      to preach good news to the poor.
   He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
      and recovery of sight for the blind,
   to release the oppressed,
    to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

It's one thing to try and do away with God's Law and do away with the condemnation of sin.  It's another thing entirely to be set free!


377. ELCA decides: Abandon God's Word
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Description: The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, the most liberal Lutheran Church Body in the United States, has voted to abandon the Word of God and support both Same Sex Marriage and Rostered Gay Clergy.  In this edition of Radical Grace Race, we talk about the ramifications of this move, about how the media has portrayed Lutherans during this point in history, and how an incident with a Tornado that struck the Convention Center where the ELCA were meeting to discuss these issues may have been a sign from God...


378. The Healing of Naaman
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Description: In this Edition of Radical Grace Radio, we talk about the Healing of Naaman and talk about how Baptism is understood through this healing.  This episode was taped last week before ELCA convention, and as soon as it's available a second special edition will be made available where we talk about the ramifications of the decisions made by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.


379. Marriage and Baptism
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Description: Did you know that married couples can learn something about how to live out their marriage by learning about Baptism and what it means?  I was surprised.  I never would have thought about this, ever!

Also, we listen to some clips from some of the very first podcasts of Radical Grace when it was known as "the Lutheran Difference". 


380. The Gift of Baptism and Faith
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace Radio we talk about how when people think of Baptism under the Law, they often count Baptism as a work.  However, Baptism is not a work, but rather a gift from God in which he gives us Christ and all his benefits. 


381. Can a Christian Really Fall Away?
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace Radio we talk about the doctrine of "Once Saved Always Saved", which is hard sometimes because it seems to some people that we are trying to take away the assurance of Salvation?  But we learned from one caller that taking this on can be beneficial and can bring even greater comfort when the believer is pointed to Christ and His Completed work.


382. Fighting the Good Fight
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Description:
In this Edition of Radical Grace Radio Pastor Greg Lesieur and I talk about what Paul might mean by "fighting the good fight".  Does Paul mean fighting the fight to Holiness?  Or does he mean something else?


383. Running out of time
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace Radio we talk about Pop Psychology and how the "Gospel" of Pop Psychology has worked it's way into the nearly every corner of the church at large.  This show was recorded over a year ago, but is still relevant for people in desperate need of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


384. Decision Theology
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Description: Have you ever wondered about the free will that man is supposed to have when it comes to choosing Christ as your personal Savior?  Have you ever wondered about your own will, which seems bent on rejecting Jesus?  This show is for you. 


385. Law and Gospel: So What?
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Description: Sometimes, when we talk about Law and Gospel to people, there comes a point where someone says "so what".  What that means is they aren't getting how the scriptures not only contain both Law passages and Gospel passages, but that often we have a tendency as sinful, fallen people to misread Gospel passages as Law, and often get these two distinct teachings mixed up.  In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, we talk about the "so what" of law and Gospel and how it drastically changes your Christian walk when you keep these two teachings distinct. 

In the second half of the hour Pastor Ron Meyr of Faith Lutheran Viera joins us.


386. Comfort Comfort All My People
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Description: The opening theme for Radical Grace Radio, in it's entirety.  No, this isn't necessarily what Sunday morning worship music should sound like.  I remember getting the idea to do an upbeat version of this old Advent Hymn when I heard the Choir at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis do it as though it were a march...  The impression I got was it's a song you sing as you're carrying the Good News to "Those who sit in Darkness".  We all decided this should be the theme for the show, since most other shows already use "A mighty Fortress" as their opening theme. 

Speaking of "A Mighty Fortress", listen carefully in the second verse for a re-iteration of this famous melody. 


387. Law is to Gospel as _________ is to Grace?
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, we're taking some time to talk about Law and Gospel, a bit of a primer on this distinction that the Formula of Concord calls "that special brilliant light that serves till the end of the age that God's Word may be rightly divided".  Pastor Gary also asked an interesting question:  Law is to Gospel as ________ is to Grace?  What would you put in the blank?

Listen to the show to get the answer.


388. Why is Worshiping in Church in Necessary?
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace we ask the question:  Why is Worshiping in the Church necessary?  From the many excuses that people make, whether they're too busy, or whether they don't like being around hypocrites, or whether they just think the church is "after my money", we still have to remind the people of Hebrews 10:25,"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

Also we do another edition of "You've heard it said", and this week we hear Pastor Adrian Rogers give us 5 things we should be doing while we wait for Jesus' return.  My little brother likes to call this kind of preaching, "3 points and a poem", which is what he's used to back home.


389. You have heard it said...
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, Pastor Gary Held talks about how the idea of Christians being at war is misused by some Christians, for instance, how the idea of us being Christian Soldiers fighting against the culture is bolstered by the misapplication of certain Scripture. 

We also begin what we hope will be a weekly segment, "You have heard it said", where we take some statements of popular teaching of Christian Teachers today, and do what Jesus did with them on the sermon on the mount.  This week it's Pastor Michael Youssef and what he believes is the Gospel, and how "if you believe with all your heart, God can do great things". 


390. There's a fight brewing at Radical Grace!
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Description: Actually, what's going on is we're fighting for the doctrine of the Trinity.  It's Trinity Sunday, and we have the Athanasian Creed in mind, and it's time to set the record straight again before the full blown Modalists get their chance to mess things up...  Happily, most Modalists don't celebrate Trinity Sunday.  Strange...


391. God doesn't love you in slices
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace Radio Pastor Greg does a mean Sean Connery impersonation as he makes a great point about the love of God, and we answer an emailer who wanted to know...

There's something which confuses me about Sola Fide.  If we're saved by grace alone through faith alone by Christ alone on the authority of scripture alone, why are sacraments necessary?  I'm not necessarily doubting the necessity of sacraments, I just don't understand that if access to salvation comes down to faith alone (sola), then how is it alone if a sacrament must be coupled with it?  Thank you in advance for your answer.
-Chris
Danville, Indiana




392. Jumpcut: One Befuddled Listener
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Description: Sandra, a listener in Melbourne Florida, called the show...  but she didn't realize exactly which show she was calling.  We're not making fun of her, it was just a funny situation.


393. Listener emails and Seminary experiences
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Description: In this Edition of Radical Grace Radio we go over some listener emails, and Pastor Greg LeSeiur Tells about his days at ELCA Seminary in Gettysburg...  Where apparently he learned the Jesus is reduced to being a condiment on the burger of World Religion.  Apparently other religions are just fine, but they are better if you add Jesus...  We know, it's bad.

Larry in KY Writes

Something Matt mentioned in the last was the first time I’d heard someone else really articulate it, someone who’d been there once and that is the spirit of antichrist wafting in the protestant church.  I use to tell my wife back during my struggles with “was Christ really for me”, that dark, dark, dark time, “I believe more deception and covering up of Christ occurs not so much overtly but under the guise of “nice” and smiles and from well meaning fellows and pastors.  Not the kind of guys you’d label, ‘that’s my enemy’.”  I’ve told her, “…I think we’ve been tainted by dispensationalism and Hollywood…we think antichrist and Pharisees are these ‘dark smoking back room hand wringing plotters’, or the church Lady on SNL a few years back. 

But I’m beginning to think that’s a fake or rouse to keep us from looking at the real antichristic spirit of our age, even in the protestant church.  For the real Christ and him crucified cover uppersare not at all like that.  In a sense that would be obvious and EASY to avoid…like a thief coming at you a mile away with his gun drawn.  No now days it’s sold to you under nice things and generally morals we all want.  Christ is covered up more there than anywhere so that either you end up overly proud of yourself that you are doing it OR you end up in despair thinking, ‘I’m lost for sure’.”  If you’ve been in that you know what that is like and its hard to uncover.  In a sense a Hollywood Pharisee would be refreshingly easy to refute!

You all have done a WONDERFUL job of reorienting what antichrist and all involved is.  It donned on me the other day listening that it makes sense – the deception even of dispensationalism.  If the devil can get the church laity to be looking for the boogy man in some political figure, he can then sneak in under the radar under morals and things whether from Rome or within the protestant church itself in general and REALLY cover up Christ.  Because we can unite with Rome around a moral issue but at the price of the Gospel itself.

Great, great, great work brothers…keep it up you have no idea how much you feed us!

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Josh writes...

I heard the "water valve" illustration and find it to be compelling.  However, I feel that illustration still places a burden on the PERSON and not on GOD because the person can close the valve.  In working with this illustration, we all close the valve all the time.  So, how does the valve stay open for some even when they try to close it and for some it closes.  If election is truly based solely on God, then he must choose whose valve opens and whose valve closes at the end of their life.  I don't see how you can get around the fact that God elects for salvation and selects some for condemnation.  If condemnation is based on something in us denying God's offer of salvation then, by default, salvation is also based on the lack of that same thing IN US.  I don't believe you can have election for salvation from God without selection for condemnation by God as well.

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Jason writes...

I am listening to the program on "The United States of the Beast".  Didn't Luther, Calvin, and all the Reformers point to the dynasty of the Popes as the beast of Revelation?  It seems to fit to me.  Maybe I am getting ahead of myself because I didn't get to the end yet.  Some Lutherans sound really anti-Calvinist.  Am I damned for being Calvinist?  If so let me know why before it's too late.  I love Lutherans no matter what they say.  Martin Luther rocks.  In Christ, (unless Calvinists are damned)

Jason
Just heard the end.  I agree with Luther.  Luther rocks!


394. The First Resurrection: Revelation 20:5
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace Radio, we talk about literalism applied to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, we look at how Jesus interprets his Revelation, and we get a chance to talk about the consequences of believing messed up versions of End Times Teachings and how it leads us to false Gospels.

Question of the week:  Can you get a right faith from wrong doctrines?  Email us at RadicalGrace@ live.com your take on this question.


395. Sowing Hatred by Teaching Doctrine?
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace we take time to clarify the historic position that Lutherans have confessed concerning who or what the Anti Christ is.  We talk about what our confessions say, and about how this same spirit of Anti Christ exists not just in Rome in the form of the Holy See, but also in Evangelicalism, obscuring the Gospel just as much as Rome does.

Also, a caller challenges us on this, stating that we shouldn't be sowing hatred in a time where religious hatred is rampant in the world. 


396. The United States of the Beast?
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Description: In this third part in a series about the End Times, we get specific about the Anti Christ, and Pastor Gary Held has a very interesting (and chilling) theory about who or what the Beast of Revelation 13 really is.  This is a must hear episode.


397. Re-release: Treasure hidden a field
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Description: In this re-release edition of Radical Grace Pastor Gary and I talk about the parable from Matthew 13:44, "The treasure hidden in a field".  In the discussion we talk about applying Law and Gospel to this to discover what Jesus was really telling about the kingdom.  If you've never heard of a law and Gospel interpretation before, don't miss this discussion.


398. The Doomsday Clock
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Description: This week on Radical Grace Pastor Greg LeSeiur joins us again to talk about end times.  This time we struggle to find Biblical reference to a 7 year tribulation...  Aaaaaand we think we found it.  Plus the doomsday clock!  Time is running out!


399. Wrong or Right on Left Behind
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Description: The beginning of a series on popular eschatology, Hal Lindsey, Left Behind, and Darby and his dispensationalistic end times dance. In this edition we talk about being left behind and how Jesus seems to think about this differently than popular teachers of today.


400. Making payments on a Free Gift
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Description: Why do people have such a tough time accepting a free gift? Very difficult question but we believe there is a simple answer.


401. Rick Warrens Folly
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Description: Once saved always saved. On the one people want to us to stop putting God in a box with all this talk of doctrine. But on the other hand they put God in a box by trying to hold some doctrine over God. As though God can be held accountable to a doctrine. Also Rick Warren and his own words about how Jesus makes up the difference between my good works and the perfection I need to stand before God and not be destroyed.


402. Turning a TULIP into a Tare
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Description: TULIP is a the acronym that embodies much of Calvinistic theology. In this edition of Radical Grace we talk about Calvinism and the inherent problems the believer faces when contemplating these doctrines.


403. Persecuted Christians
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Description: Believe or not sometimes Christians want to be persecuted. They do. Seriously. Also Pastor Gary tells us what he thinks is the real problem with the culture today.


404. Put on your Happy Faith!
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Description: In this Edition of Radical Grace we read some listener emails and we talk about that age old method Christians use to shut down talk of discernment. “Judge Not Lest Ye be Judged”. We will be getting to more of your emails in the future.


405. How can the Gospel Get things done
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Description: Considering how often it is that people misunderstand what “church” is when compared businesses and corporations. On this edition of Radical Grace we talk about clarifying doctrine, what a church is, and my favorite whipping boy. The idea of the Amazing Grace of God will somehow make Christians lazy and more sinful. John Newton, the author of the hymn “Amazing Grace”, understood Radical Grace.


406. May the Force of Faith be with you
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Description: This week on Radical Grace Pastor Greg LeSieur of Christ Lutheran in Cape Canaveral joins us as we talk about "the Force of Faith" as the Word of Faith preachers have called it. It is amazing to think that people will play so fast and loose with Holy Scripture that they can actively re write the particulars of our faith and create what amounts to a Folk Religion.


407. 5 steps to perfect repentance
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Description: We at Radical Grace Radio believe that the reason there are so many Christian self help books is because Christians know deep down inside themselves that they are failing in their Christian walk. In the spirit of helping people out in this time of economic uncertainty we have compiled the best and most perfect advice available on the subject of repentance and are now offering them free of charge to our listening audience. All we ask in return is that you commit to following these five steps daily. You must follow them perfectly. We mean it. We REALLY mean it.


408. What doest it mean to Repent
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Description: This Program originally aired in 2007 shortly before lent. Listen for special guest Anna Held (then age eleven) in the second half.


409. Dividing Law and Gospel
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace we talk about dividing Law and Gospel. We also talk about a question that was asked by one of our listeners. Did Jesus die for the sin of unbelief?


410. Playing Gotcha with the Law
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Description: There is a tendency of Christians today to use the law of God like a whip. Any time they catch someone in a quote sin unquote, they pull out that whip and begin lashing that someone relentlessly, beating down anyone who disagrees with them, using phrases like "you are religious" and "you are not saved" all the while. It is a game of Gotcha, the exact same game that the opponents of Christ played with him, constantly trying to entrap him in his own words and to prove that Jesus of Nazareth was a false prophet and a sorcerer rather than the living breathing Son of God.


411. Spiritually Crippled
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace we talk about being spiritually crippled and how God revealing that to us is just as much a radical move of grace as is His mercy and love.


412. How Not to take a stand
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace we talk about NOT taking a stand.


413. Sold Out to God
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace Radio we talk about a way that evangelicals talk about “selling out to God”. It’s rather strange because if you really can completely give yourself to God does that mean you now no longer need God’s mercy and grace? Or do you no longer need Jesus’ death and blood? The very first edition of Radical Grace Radio on our new affiliate, WMIE 91.5FM.


414. The Carnal Mind
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Description: Have you ever had the sinking sensation that there is something wrong Have you ever had the sinking sensation that there is something wrong with your Christian walk, but it doesn’t have anything to do with your carnal desires? There’s a way in which evangelicals talk about this subject that drives us all crazy, and in this edition of Radical Grace we talk about the Carnal Mind.


415. Jumpcut: Apologetics
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Description: Introducing Radical Grace Jumpcut. Periodically a part of conversation that was not very relevent to the overall topic has a wonderful point that stands out on its own. In this edition of Jumpcut, we talked about the focus of apologetics.


416. The Morality Wars
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Description: The Morality Wars Of all the movements in Christian History, none have compared with the rampant Moralism that has taken root in our churches today. Where the true central article of the faith was once Christ and Him Crucified, and even such statements as Christ alone is central to all of our faith and practice used to be the norm, there has been a slow shift towards making our deeds central to our faith rather than our creeds. Where once the confession was that we believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilot, was Crucified, Died, Buried, and risen on the third day, the church at large has all but abandoned this simple proclamation in favor of what is seen as “Good Christian Morals”. Indeed, this is the message that is too often proclaimed instead of the cross.


417. What Child is This
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Description: All of us at Radical Grace Radio wish you a Merry Christmas. To celebrate, this week we present the original Christmas edition of Radical Grace. Look for another edition later in the week.


418. Of Baptism, Wartburg Headquarters and Witness Protection
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace we talk about Baptism and Baptismal regeneration. What is the difference between the common view of Baptism in American Evangelicalism and the Biblical view of Baptism and why is it so important to understand the difference?


419. Of Advent, and the Spirit of Diotrophes
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Description: Because this is the season of Advent, Pastor decided he wanted to take the hymn Comfort Comfort These My People and talk about the meaning behind the words. As many of you know, our opening bump music features this hymn and this is the focus of our ministry. We wound up talking about the Radical Grace Ministry of speaking to those who sit in darkness and speak to all Jerusalem. We also wound up talking about a mid nineteenth century concept of The Spirit of Diotrophes, this idea that we shouldn’t be causing division over such doctrines as who Jesus is and the like. This is an important discussion because we believe that this speaks to the heart of the tendency of Christians today to not want to talk about important doctrines because they believe the cause division and strife. Sometimes sound doctrine does cause division, but better that than someone living in idolatry.


420. Eternal Life and Damnation
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Description: On this edition of Radical Grace we talk about the interview with Pastor Seth Florentino who, along with his District President and Synodical President, could face time in a Philippino prison for defying an order by a Methodist Judge to give Holy Communion to a rival group of Lutherans. Does all of that sound crazy? Well, it is a bit crazy, and you can hear more about it by listening to the interview. Before the show began Mort and absentee host Troy Curtis got into a discussion about Revelation chapter 20. The way he reads it, when people are thrown into the lake of fire they are instantly snuffed out and there is no eternal punishment. As the host of the show who is always on the lookout for the “live issues” of Christianity, I couldn’t resist making this the topic of the show. Does brother Mort believe in Annihilationism ? And can we set him straight? Can he be transformed by the renewing of his mind? If you haven’t listened an episode of Radical Grace yet, now is the time to start.


421. Interview with Reverend Seth Florentino
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Description: Greetings and Welcome to a Special Edition of Radical Grace. Today I have the Reverend Seth Florentino of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in the Philipines, Who has been in the middle of a controversy involving the courts in the Philipines, believe it or not, over Holy Communion. A judge wants Seth and his Synod to Practice open communion with a Rival Lutheran Group, and very likely the Judge will issue a contempt order to have Seth and two other pastors thrown in Jail. All because he stands by the word of God and the Lutheran Confessions.


422. Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit
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Description: Some Christians out there are still wondering what blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is and whether or not they have committed it. In this edition of Radical Grace we answer the question that seems to be a live issue for the church at large.


423. The Parable of the Ten Minas
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace we first have a brief discussion on the word Martyr, brother Mort shows us how NOT to talk about Jesus, and the parable of the Ten Minas from Luke 19:11. Listen in amazement as Pastor Held has one of the Pastor crushing head slapping moments.


424. For this Purpose I have raised you up
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Description: Barack Obama has won the presidentical campaign, and in this edition of Radical Grace we talk about those who have been chosen by God to lead his people.


425. One Gospel One Christ
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace we talk about something a lot of people have forgotten about. Who is Jesus? After all, he asked his own disciples the very same question, and then built his Church on the answer.


426. Reformation Sunday Special 2008
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace we talk about Reformation Day. And Elsie’s cabbage rolls and German beer. And about some guy named Martin Luther


427. Dr. Uwe Siemon-Netto on Radical Grace
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Description: On this edition of Radical Grace Uwe Seimon-Netto joins us to talk about racial divides in the church. We also talked about how the culture seems to have had a moral lobotomy and the role of journalist in the culture as well as the state of journalism today.


428. This Bread that We Break
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace Pastor Gary and I talk about the Eucharist. Ever since I heard a sermon by the pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Orlando on this subject I have wanted to take up this topic.


429. Of Radical Grace, Hypocrisy and the Church
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Description: Jerry is our board opp. Jerry asked a question. Jerry wanted to know what Radical Grace is. We told him. His spiritual life imploded. End of Story? We also talked about hypocrisy and how people use this as an excuse not to come to Church.


430. Seek the Lord while He may be found
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace we pick up on the topic from last week on Isaiah 55. Also, this broadcast had a few technical issues where parts of the program were lost. If you hear some crackling sounds it is not your iPod or your computer. It is the program itself.


431. Cheap Grace
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Description: Is there really a problem with Cheap Grace these days? Pastor Greg Leseur of Christ Lutheran Church in Cape Canaveral joins us again as we look at the idea of Cheap Grace and talk about how this might be possible for Christians… if it’s possible at all.


432. Fruits of the Gospel
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace we talk about Christian “to do” lists and about fruits of the spirit. Mort Walton makes a return appearance today to mark the 52nd episode of Radical Grace.


433. Trust God and Hang On Tight
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Description: On this edition of Radical Grace, in continuing our discussions on Sanctification we talked a bit about Luther’s Smalcald Articles, in particular the Part 3 Article 3 on repentance. Pastor also pointed out some important points from Acts Chapter 6 that give us some insight into what it means to be set apart for God’s work.


434. The Miracle of Suffering
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace Pastor Gary and I talk about the role of suffering in Sanctification. This prograam was recorded the day before Hurricane Gustoff made landfall near New Orleans on September 1st.


435. The Ten Virgins
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Description: A discussion on how much glory should we give God and the parable of the 10 Virgins.


436. The Lost Son
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Description: In this edition of Radical Grace, we spend some time with the parable of the Prodigal Son. This fascinating look at the parable is another exercise in dividing Law and Gospel and should not be missed.


437. The Good Samaritan
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Description: This week on Radical Grace we talk about "Power Verses" as Evangelicals call them and look at how all too often people choose law verses rather than gospel verses. Also we take a look at the parable of the good Samaritan from a Law and Gospel perspective.


438. The Rich Young Ruler
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Description: This week on Radical Grace Reverand Paul Espisito of First Baptist Church in Cocoa joins us to talk about the Church falling away from the faith and the narrative of the Rich Young Ruler