Foretaste of the Feast

Foretaste of the Feast

Join Pastor Ken Nelson and Director of Faith Formation Kyle Jones from Calvary Lutheran Church in Brookfield, WI as they take a look at the lectionary readings for the upcoming Sunday to see how they relate to one another and our life in Christ.

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November 24, 2021 48 min

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.

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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?

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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?

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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 f...

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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 ...

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In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word Sheol is used 66 times to talk about the place of the dead. But what exactly is Sheol? Is it like purgatory or limbo? Is it just a little higher up than hell, but not quite heaven? Pastor Ken and Kyle talk about this and more in Session 4.

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In this session (session 3) of The Spiritual Realms: A Bible Study on Heaven and Hell and Places Beyond This World, Pastor Ken and Kyle talk about earth. Is it a spiritual realm? Who rules it? What role do we play in it?

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.

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Pastor Ken and Kyle continue walking through a study called The Spiritual Realms: A Bible Study on Heaven and Hell and Places Beyond This World produced by Sola Publishing. In session 2, they talk about heaven, who's there, and where it is.

A participant guide is available for purchase HERE, though not needed to listen along.

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Pastor Ken and Kyle are still on a break from looking at the texts for Sundays. Instead, in this and the next several episodes, they'll walk through a study called The Spiritual Realms: A Bible Study on Heaven and Hell and Places Beyond This World produced by Sola Publishing.

A participant guide is available for purchase HERE, though not needed to listen along.

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We're currently taking a break from our regular recording schedule until mid-October. In the meantime, listen to this sermon preached by Pastor Ken Nelson at Calvary Lutheran Church on August 15th, 2021, the third and final part of a sermon series on Holy Communion.

You can read Pastor Ken's sermon manuscript HERE

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We're currently taking a break from our regular recording schedule until mid-October. In the meantime, listen to this sermon preached by Pastor Mark Knappe at Calvary Lutheran Church on August 8th, 2021, the second in a three-part sermon series on Holy Communion.

Part 3 will follow next week.

You can read Pastor Mark's sermon manuscript HERE

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We're currently taking a break from our regular recording schedule until mid-October. In the meantime, listen to this sermon preached by Pastor Ken Nelson at Calvary Lutheran Church on August 1st, 2021, the first in a three-part sermon series on Holy Communion.

Parts 2 and 3 will follow in the coming weeks.

You can read Pastor Ken's sermon manuscript HERE

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In this episode, Pastor Ken and Kyle talk about the characteristics of the apocalyptic style of literature in the book of Revelation and how understanding that literary style helps us read Revelation not as a timeline for Jesus' return, but a message of hope in the midst of sufferings of our lives now.

Recommended Resources

  • Come, Lord Jesus: A Study of Revelation - New Edition by Mark Braaten 
  • Revelation and the End of All Things ...
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    August 4, 2021 33 min

    In this episode, Kyle talks with poet and author, Tanner Olson, about the place poetry can have in our lives, the difference between reading poetry and listening to it, and how that relates to Scripture.

    Find Tanner's poetry, books, videos, and albums at http://writtentospeak.com

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    In this episode, Pastor Ken and Kyle tackle more listener questions. Are Christians still judged even though they are saved? What does it mean to be lukewarm as described in Revelation 3:14, and what do Lutherans say about predestination/election?

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    In this Q and A episode, Pastor Ken and Kyle tackle some big questions in a short period of time. They talk about what prayer is and what to do with seemingly unanswered prayer. What a creed is and the three creeds to which the church historically subscribes. Finally, the talk about the subject of the creeds, the Trinity.

    Recommendations in this episode:

  • Prayer - O. Hallesby
  • Prayer: Does It Make a Difference - Philip Yancy
  • Grace Upon G...
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    In this episode, Pastor Ken and Kyle continue their special topic summer series by discussing what a denomination is, some differences between them, and what differences there are between different Lutheran church bodies.

    For a history of Christianity in America check out the 1517 Academy course referenced in this episode by clicking HERE.

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    June 30, 2021 36 min

    What is worship? In this episode, Nicole joins Pastor Ken and Kyle again to try to answer this very large question as they discuss what does it has to do with the mission of the church, what makes a song appropriate for it, what's its overall purpose, and what does it try to teach us through its repetition. 

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    June 16, 2021 44 min

    As we continue our special topic summer series, Pastor Ken and Kyle are joined by Calvary's Director of Music Ministry, Nicole Moritz to talk about singing Psalms in the Bible, throughout history, and today.

    Psalms “versified” by Isaac Watts
    https://www.ccel.org/ccel/watts/psalmshymns.toc.html

    Excellent article on the Genevan Psalter
    https://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/a-reformed-approach-to-psalmody-the-legacy-of...

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    June 9, 2021 39 min

    In this episode, Kyle is joined by his wife Lauren to talk about what they like to call Sassy Jesus. Those moments in Jesus' ministry where he displays raw human emotion or attitude. Looking at one sassy moment from each of the Gospels, they discuss how Jesus' actions and words confront our assumptions about who he is.

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