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Did Christ Really Descend into Hell? Really?

Over the years, especially every Good Friday, people ask me the question: “Where in the Bible does it say that Christ descended into hell?“ If you grew up in a good Catholic or Lutheran church, chances are you were forced to memorize the Apostles Creed, which says: “[Christ] was crucified, died and was buried,” followed by the…
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Evangelism, the Easy Way

Sharing your faith can be super easy!  At our Dec. 6th 1st Wednesday Service, I mentioned all the things we’re doing to help make this easy (like sharing our new Christmas Sitcom trailer) which you download [here]. But when it comes to “Personal Evangelism,” over the years I’ve created a series of questions that help…
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What were the Urim and Thummim? Lessons on “Inquiring of the Lord”

Throughout the Old Testament, there’s a constant theme about “inquiring of the Lord.” We read that Joshua “did not inquire of the Lord” with the Gibeonites (Josh.9:14) which resulted in disaster. And yet, David was constantly “inquiring” (see 1 Sam 23:4; 9, 30:8; 2 Sam.2:1; 5:23; 6:14) And why? Because God continually gave him specific…
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The Truth about Tithes and First-fruits – the Jewish Practice of Tzedakah

Over the years, a lot of people get confused about the Bible’s teachings on tithes and first-fruits. Part of this is because, there are actually three different types of tithes – which is distinct and separate from the idea of first-fruits. With over 2300 verses on giving, it’s easy to get confused. But to simply…
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Did Christ Really Descend into Hell?

Over the years, especially every Good Friday, people ask me the question: “Where in the Bible does it say that Christ descended into hell?“ If you grew up in a good Catholic or Lutheran church, chances are you were forced to memorize the Apostles Creed, which says: “[Christ] was crucified, died and was buried,” followed by the…
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What is your view on Women in Ministry?

“Peter, what are your thoughts on women in ministry?”  Or, How do you interpret complicated passages like 1 Corinthians 14:33? 1 Timothy 2:11-15  & Ephesians 5:22-25. Believe it or not, I actually get this question quite often. Or, I get the same question framed as a Bible question: “How do you sort out 1st Corinthians 14:34?” or…
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How Reliable is the Bible?  Infallible, Inerrant, or Neither?

             The Bible is the single most read book in all of human history. So it’s not a surprise that it might have a few critics.             Over the years, I’ve read thousands of essays attacking the Bible as being “unreliable.” Authors like Dan Brown (and his best-selling pseudo-history book The Davinci Code) love to perpetuate these…
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Was Christ Really Born on Christmas Day?

After close to a dozen Christmas services, I’m definitely tired! But my heart is full. We had so many cool opportunities to share the life of Christ with people. And if you missed it (or wanted to see our full sitcom) we can finally post in online! Go to Youtube and share it! But I’m equally…
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Exciting News for Substance’s West Twin Cities Campus – Now in Maple Grove!

We are less two weeks away from our official Sunday morning launch of our West Twin Cities Campus! Over a quarter million people will hear about Substance in the next couple weeks. And here’s how you can be a part of this! A little over a year ago, we sent out 400 Substance hardcores to…
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Got Questions about the End Times?

Welcome to the landing page for my sermon & blog series: “Be Right Back: Tough Questions about the Second Coming of Christ.”  Everyone has questions about the end of the world. And so, the goal here is to give you additional resources to help you navigate this exciting topic! In the first section, you’ll see…
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