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Join Pastor Ken Nelson and Director of Faith Formation Kyle Jones from Calvary Lutheran Church in Brookfield, WI as they take a look at Bible studies, theological topics, and lectionary texts to see how they relate to our life in Christ.

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Join Pastor Ken Nelson and Director of Faith Formation Kyle Jones from Calvary Lutheran Church in Brookfield, WI as they take a look at Bible studies, theological topics, and lectionary texts to see how they relate to our life in Christ.

    A Study in Christian Apologetics - Unit 1: What is Apologetics?

    A Study in Christian Apologetics - Unit 1: What is Apologetics?

    In this episode, Pastor Ken and Kyle begin a new four-part series on apologetics following Steven Hein's booklet titled You Can Give An Answer: A Study in Christian Apologetics.

    In unit one, they explore the questions "What is apologetics?" "Can we have absolute objective certainty?" and "What is the relationship between evidence and faith?" Throughout the episode, they look at the classic Biblical texts related to apologetics and faith including 1 Peter 3:14-15, 1 Corinthians 15, and more.

    You purchase Steve Hein's booklet from 1517 Publishing HERE. But it is not needed to follow along.

    Scripture passages in this episode:
    1 Peter 3:14-151 Corinthians 15:3-8, 13-20Acts 1:1-3; 2:22, 29-36Hebrews 2:3-4

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Spiritual Realms Bible Study - Session 9: Off-Center: Purgatory, Limbo, & Popular Culture

    The Spiritual Realms Bible Study - Session 9: Off-Center: Purgatory, Limbo, & Popular Culture

    In this episode, Pastor Ken and Kyle wrap up The Spiritual Realms Bible Study series by looking at ideas of the afterlife found in literature, movies, and pop culture at large. These have little to no basis in the Bible but usually come about from trying to answer well-intentioned questions for which we have little to no answer.

    The Spiritual Realms: A Bible Study on Heaven and Hell and Places Beyond This World is produced by Sola Publishing. A participant guide is available for purchase HERE, though not needed to listen along.

    A Note to Our Listeners:
    We're shifting the focus of the podcast. We originally started the podcast by looking at the lectionary readings for the upcoming Sunday. We've decided to move away from that and focus more on issues of the Bible, theology, catechesis, defending the Christian faith, and more. We hope this shift will better help you, our listeners as you learn and grow in faith.

    • 48 min
    The Spiritual Realms Bible Study - Session 8: New Jerusalem

    The Spiritual Realms Bible Study - Session 8: New Jerusalem

    In this penultimate episode of The Spiritual Realms Bible Study series, Pastor Ken and Kyle look at what the Bible has to say about life after "life after death." What will the new heaven and new earth look like? And what does it mean that a new Jerusalem will "come down" to us?

    The Spiritual Realms: A Bible Study on Heaven and Hell and Places Beyond This World is produced by Sola Publishing. A participant guide is available for purchase HERE, though not needed to listen along.

    • 48 min
    The Spiritual Realms Bible Study - Session 7: Gehenna (Hell)

    The Spiritual Realms Bible Study - Session 7: Gehenna (Hell)

    In session 7 of The Spiritual Realms: A Bible Study of Heaven and Hell and Places Beyond This World, Pastor Ken and Kyle look at the word most commonly translated as "hell" in the Bible. What does Jesus mean when he uses this word to describe a spiritual realm which had a real-world parallel in Vally of Himmnon?

    The Spiritual Realms: A Bible Study on Heaven and Hell and Places Beyond This World is produced by Sola Publishing. A participant guide is available for purchase HERE, though not needed to listen along.

    • 47 min
    The Spiritual Realms Bible Study - Session 6: Tartarus

    The Spiritual Realms Bible Study - Session 6: Tartarus

    In session 6 of The Spiritual Realms: A Bible Study of Heaven and Hell and Places Beyond This World, Pastor Ken and Kyle look at a word used only once in the New Testament (in 2 Peter 2:4, 9). Tartarus, another Greek word often translated as "hell" in English, was used to refer to the mythological prison of the underworld that held the wicked. They look once again at the parable of the rich man and Lazarus as well as look further into one of the things we confess of Jesus in the Apostles' Creed, that he descended into hell or hades.

    The Spiritual Realms: A Bible Study on Heaven and Hell and Places Beyond This World is produced by Sola Publishing. A participant guide is available for purchase HERE, though not needed to listen along.

    • 37 min
    The Spiritual Realms Bible Study - Session 5: Paradise

    The Spiritual Realms Bible Study - Session 5: Paradise

    Jesus once told a parable about a rich man and a poor man who died and went to what appears to be opposite ends of the same place and could see and even communicate to one another. He also told one of the thieves who was crucified with him, "Today, you will be with me in paradise." Yet, we know and confess that Jesus did not go straight to heaven when he died. So what is Jesus trying to teach about life after death? Listen along as Pastor Ken and Kyle tackle all this in session five of the Spiritual Realms Bible Study.

    The Spiritual Realms: A Bible Study on Heaven and Hell and Places Beyond This World is produced by Sola Publishing. A participant guide is available for purchase HERE, though not needed to listen along.

    • 45 min

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