This is the audio from a debate hosted by First Evangelical Lutheran Church on God and the Problem of Evil. Houston Community College professors Evan Friske and Brian Deer square off on how the "Triple O God" (omniscient, omnibenevolent, and omnipotent) can exist while so much evil remains in the world. This is a formal debate that allows for equal time among the participants. About 200 were in attendance, including many college students, so it was a great night to introduce the next generation to the world of debate.
For some reason, my lapel mic did not pic up on the recording, so I am hard to hear at times. Apologies for the mishap!
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.