This solo episode looks at a handful of issues. We begin with an article by Herman Mehta who accuses a Christian author of calling all Atheists immoral. Are they? Or do they have no standard by which they can ground the morality they want to affirm? (I should have said, but didn't on the show that a denial of God is in itself an immoral act, but at the time I'll confess I was thinking of civic life, not the spiritual life. But yes, atheism is always immoral and atheists are always spiritually immoral so long as they deny God. But they can be civically moral by secular legal standards.) We also look at if religion is keeping abortion legal by ghettoizing the cause and a Super Bowl of Bible Stories.
Why the name “Sin Boldly”? Martin Luther wrote to his friend Philip Melanchthon in 1521: “If you are a preacher of mercy, do not preach an imaginary but the true mercy. If the mercy is true, you must therefore bear the true, not an imaginary sin. God does not save those who are only imaginary sinners. Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong [sin boldly], but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world.” To sin boldly, therefore, is not to seek unholy living, but to follow the course we believe the Bible demands even if the world is against us. And if and when we sin, trust in an even greater savior.
First Lutheran also publishes a daily podcast called The Scarlet Thread (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-scarlet-thread/id1110938468?mt=2). This podcast is a reading of the appointed texts for the Two-Year Daily Lectionary. After two years, listeners will have heard most of the Old Testament once and most of the New Testament twice. If you are liturgically-minded and want a little more Bible in your life, this is a great podcast for you.