Freely Given
In the vicious cycle of self-help, self-righteousness, and self-loathing, we become a slave to the pursuit of perfection. Through Christ’s own perfection, he has set us free. This is a podcast about the freedom that comes through dependence in Christ, and understanding the depth of his love.
  1. In our series about prescriptive vs descriptive, we walk through the story of Esther. Though this book does not mention God, it refers to the promises of God to redeem.
  2. We are excited to discuss David Zahl's book "Low Anthropology." Gretchen Ronnevik and Katie Koplin heard him speak last fall.
  3. As we work through some prescriptive vs descriptive passages of the Bible, especially in regard to women, we start with Tamar, and how she falls in line to Jesus' genealogy.
  4. We are preparing for summer, and sharing our summer book club picks, and then talking about the conference on Galatians that 1517 just had in Arkansas. We talk a bit about the circumcision debate, our tendency toward legalism, and how we even often prefer using softer language than the Bible.
  5. Have you ever heard the illustration about the janitor in heaven? In this episode Gretchen Ronnevik and Katie Koplin what it means to "store up your treasures in heaven."
  6. This is our monthly book club episode, where we discuss "Giants in the Earth" by O.E. Rölvaag. This novel was originally written in Norwegian, and translated to English in the 1920s.
  7. Gretchen and Katie are back together to talk about how the resurrection impacts daily life. While apologetics are important, to analyze "if" the resurrection happened, this episode is the step beyond that, and asks how the resurrection changes our outlook and our daily interactions.
  8. Joy isn't getting what you want when you want it. We can't produce joy, but we can produce pleasure, but we often get those two things confused.
  9. What is the difference of being a theology of the cross, and the theology of glory?
  10. Oftentimes we interpret our prayers through the lens of our emotions, or our passion behind the prayers we pray. When those prayers aren't answered the way we want, we examine the level of passion, or our method of prayer, to see what needs to be fixed.