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Freely Given

Dec 2, 2021

In a world where sermons can be downloaded from any church at the touch of a button, it's easy to follow "celebrity pastors" pastors who are outside your denomination, pastors who don't even know you. There are books and journals dedicated to theories of what makes a good sermon. What makes a sermon difference than...


Nov 16, 2021

As we are continuing our "verses taken out of context" episodes, we are honored to have Rev. Bob Hiller, author of "Christ in the Straw" to help us understand James 2:26. 

This was a fun conversation, full of laughter, and giving a "rat's patoot" about our neighbor. Is faith without works dead? Who are our works for? If...


Nov 11, 2021

We are discussing "I can do all things through Christ" in context of the rest of the passage, and then we discuss the story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac (rather... not sacrificing him) and whether or not Christians are called to sacrifice. Is that what this passage is talking about? 

Both these passages talk about...


Nov 4, 2021

Gretchen and Katie start to tackle out of context verses. These verses are commonly quoted, whether they are from signs, devotionals, motivational talks, or conversation, but without the context that makes sense of them.

This episode includes Psalm 46:10 (Be still and know that I am God) as well as Revelation 3:16 (So,...


Oct 29, 2021

There has been a lot of calls to fear lately in our world. As alarming things happen in every news cycle, and fear feels like the responsible thing to do, Katie and Gretchen talk about how the opposite of fear isn't apathy, it's hope. 

They talk about how the world often uses fear as a common motivator, and yet fear can...