May 25, 2017

200 Proof Gospel Episode 55 Beat Good People With A Stick

Maybe the "good people" need to be beat with a stick and the bad people need some grace!  
Do you know that you do bad things and that you can't do enough to please God?  Maybe the problem isn't that you need to try harder, but rather you need to receive more forgiveness.   

So you think that you're a good person and pleasing God with your behavior? You need to be beaten senseless with the law of God, you aren't measuring up!  

This is the paradox of the Christian faith, those who know that they need to be saved receive grace and those who think that they're fine on their own, need to be accused by the law.   Law and Gospel and understanding "The Simul" are the keys to the Christian Faith. 

Mark, Timothy and Craig take on this topic and Memorial Day in the church.   

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May 17, 2017

200 Proof Gospel #54 National Holidays in Church?

Is it ever appropriate to sing the National Anthem during worship?   What is and isn't good in the way of celebrating Mother's Day, Father's Day, Independence Day and the like?   

Pastors Sell, Roth and Donofrio take on the hard questions of Secular Holidays in the Christian Church.  

What is appropriate to do in the way of celebrating secular holidays in the Christian Church?  


May 11, 2017

200 Proof Gospel #53 The Good Shepherd of Vocation and Sanctification

The Good Shepherd usually walks in sheep dung.  
Mark and Craig talk about Jesus as the Good Shepherd and how He deals with all of our ugliness.  
As usual, like drunken goats, the Master Distillers wander off into other topics. They discuss vocation and sanctification.  It probably is a different approach than you have considered before.  
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May 2, 2017

200 Proof Gospel Episode 52 - 3rd Use of the Law? Live Streaming on Facebook, Why Are You A Lutheran?

A bold (or not so) experiment with Facebook Live Streaming and the Master Distillers Mark Sell and Craig Donofrio discuss why they are Lutheran Christians.  Have you been an adult convert to or from Lutheranism?  If so, what happened?   How did it happen?  Why Lutheran?  What other denominations did you try?  

With Pastor Mark Sell and Rev. Craig Donofrio 

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Apr 25, 2017

200 Proof Gospel Episode 51 -The one about Opera, Old School Coach, Katie Luther an why we’re Lutherans

The Master Distillers are in a particularly silly mood this week.  
Lori Lewis joins Craig and Mark as they talk about a new fitness app, the Santa Fe Opera and Katie Luther.  
All sorts of great stuff.  

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Apr 11, 2017

Why Holy Week?

Pastor Roth tells us why we observe this practice of Lent and Holy Week. It's all about the cross and empty tomb of Jesus.

Texts for this sermon are:


Isaiah 49:5-7

And now the Lord says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him—for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord, and my God has become my strength—he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation, the servant of rulers: “Kings shall see and arise; princes, and they shall prostrate themselves; because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”


 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.


John 19:16b-22, 28-30

So they took Jesus, 17 and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. 19 Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. 21 So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’ ” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.



Apr 11, 2017

200 Proof Gospel Episode 50! HOLY WEEEEEK!

Holy Week 
Hosts Pr. Timothy Roth and Rev. Craig Donofrio 

What is Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday all about?  

We follow the Holy week Passion narrative from the triumphal entry to the institution of the Lord's Supper to the betrayal of Christ in the garden, to the kangaroo court that convicted Jesus, to the cross, through 3 days of death and grave to the glorious resurrection.

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Apr 5, 2017

200 Proof Gospel #49 Confession and Absolution part 3 ALSO Facebook Like Skip.

Sage advice on how to Facebook like Skip.  
The permission to forgive sins?  
Who is that pastor to forgive me of my sins anyway?  
Should you confess sins that you really aren't very sorry about?  
Does God forgive sins that you aren't very sorry about?  
Private Confession, isn't that embarrassing?

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Mar 28, 2017

200 Proof Gospel #48 Office of the Keys and Confession and Absolution

That's a lot of "ands!"  

The Master Distillers Pr. Timothy Roth and Rev. Craig Donofrio continue with their discussion of the Office of the Keys (Pastoral Ministry), Excommunication, Confession, Absolution and a bunch of other stuff that may or may not be related.   


Mar 23, 2017

200 Proof Gospel #47 - Office of the Keys, What is it?

The Master Distillers, Pr. Timothy Roth and Rev. Craig Donofrio begin discussing the "Office of the Keys" from Luther's Small Catechism.  How does it relate to forgiveness?   By whose authority does a pastor forgive?  Who are you to forgive?  


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