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Boxing Gloves and Fantasy Faith

Make Believe Faith vs. True Faith.

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.


Boxing Gloves and Fantasy Faith

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Thinking with the Mind of Christ, Part 1

Which way forward Lord?

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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Thinking with the mind of Christ part 1

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New Years Resolutions

Which way forward Lord?


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.

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New Years Resolutions

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The Culture War Examined: Reflections on “Happy Holidays”

Happy Feast of Saint Stephen!

In this Boxing Day edition of Radical Grace Radio, we talk about the ongoing battles between Christians and the secular world regarding the phrase “happy holidays”, and whether there should be a better attempt by Christians abroad to show the world what a real Christmas celabration would be like.

This edition’s bumps:  Blackmore’s Night – Good King Wenceslas, Jose Feciliano – Feliz Navidad

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The Culture War Examined

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The Gift and the Defender on Radical Grace Radio

Tyrel Bramwell’s New Tome

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.


The Gift and the Defender on Radical Grace Radio

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How to improve your Christian Hate Life.

Making your list of things you hate.

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?


How to improve your Christian Hate Life

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You’re Tearing the World Apart

Reformation Day Special 2010

This Reformation Day… We took the Gloves off. Yeah, I went off a bit. The reason? Because it’s becoming apparent to me that, as much as I would like to say in unison with everyone else in the LCMS, I don’t think we’re offering the right corrective to the kind of Christianity that is going on out there these days. It’s almost as if we’re trying to relive the first reformation and force everyone else to relive it with us.

Martin Luther had no idea that a “reformation” was on it’s way. He merely wanted to call a disputation on indulgences. That’s it. Nothing out of this world. But it got out of control for him. Called to revoke his teachings, to recant under pain of death, what cause the reformation wasn’t a group of people getting together to write a mission statement, assess assets and crunch numbers. And before any of you in the LCMS think to yourselves, “yup, we get that”, think again. We’re so caught up in our own stupid fads that we’re nearly useless.

Kyrie Eleison.

You’re Tearing the World Apart!

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God’s will for my life: Today, I’m sick.

Selling God’s grace at a deep discount.

That’s how it goes. We all were coming down with something. Pastor Greg said he was getting over a cold. Pastor Gary had one already. I was coming down with one. But wait just a second. This isn’t supposed to happen to a Christian, is it?

Well, in this edition of Radical Grace Radio, we had no choice but to talk about finding God’s will for your life, since literally billions of dollars have been spent on self helps books and seminars, prayer beads and trips to faraway places. It seems like people everywhere are seeking God’s will for their lives.

Well, there’s a couple of things that come to mind here. One, is this: If you’re a believer in Christ, and you’re in him, how much in God’s will can you be? Think about this. Joel Osteen’s Your Best Life Now had sold over 2.5 million copies as of May 23rd, 2005. It’s 2010 now, and he’s written another book, Become a Better You, which sold out it’s first printing of 4 million copies in 2007… That’s a lot of money spent on self help, just on these two books alone.

I know how Christians are thinking. They worry, day by day, that they are NOT making the cut. It’s no wonder, since the world trains us to think this way. You have to work, and you have to do well at what your vocation is if you want to keep working. That’s how the world works, and that’s how we’re trained to think. So of course we think this way with regards to God and all He does.

But Here I’m not going to take the usual take on this *. I’m going to, instead, suggest that what’s going on here is unbelief. See, for the average believer (like all of us), we look around and it’s very hard to see what God is doing in our everyday lives. With eyes of faith we believe that God is doing things in our lives, but it’s very difficult to stay in that sort of mindset. So, we either make the move to help God along by learning to be more cooperative with Him, or we secretly harbor the notion that God isn’t as interested in what’s going on in our lives as we’d like.

Take Abraham, for instance. He had the sure promise that he was going to have a son as his heir. God said it would happen, but Abraham (then Abram) eventually agreed to sleep with his maidservant, Hagar. Now, I’m not suggesting that Abraham became an unbeliever, because St. Paul tells us that Abraham didn’t waver in his belief in the Promise… Yet, he did still sleep with Hagar, didn’t he?

I think this shows just how desperate we fallen sinners really are. Even when we can remain in faith, we have a severe problem with remaining faithful. Paul tells us that Abraham didn’t waver in his faith, yet he did fail to remain faithful.

Just goes to show you. We’re such smart alecks, and so smug. But what do we do, nearly every day? We sell God’s grace at a deep discount. We have to learn to unlearn this way of thinking quickly. God is always involved in our lives.

“I am with you always even till the end of the age”.

God’s will for my Life: Today I’m sick

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