The Next Step Podcast
Season 1: When from Death I’m Free
Episode 03: “Ride On, Ride On in Majesty”
Date: Palm Sunday, 2020
Guest: Conrad Gempf, London School of Theology
Also available on: iTunes
The Palm Sunday processional that kicks off Holy Week is a striking event. Conrad Gempf, author and New Testament scholar, unpacks Luke’s Palm Sunday account with Next Step Press founder, Justin Rossow. “Ride On, Ride On in Majesty” is the accompanying hymn in the When from Death I’m Free: A Hymn Journal for Holy Week.
You will hear an opening prayer from Justin and then Conrad will read the Luke text found on page 31 of the book. The two discuss the stark contrasts in the text as will as in the devotion on page 32. The text of the hymn, “Ride On, Ride On in Majesty” was written by a poetry professor at Oxford University in the 1820’s, and Conrad will read the hymn as a poem.
You’ll also hear a discussion of the difference between Pharisees and Sadducees at the time of Jesus, and why those differences might make us read at least part of the Palm Sunday account differently. Ultimately, Conrad and Justin will discuss what it means for us to follow and trust Jesus, even though we can get Him wrong, too. What verdict have you made about Jesus or about sinners that God is working to overturn in your life? What’s your next step?
You can find Conrad’s book Jesus Asked on Amazon, or better yet, listen to the author read the entire book on his web page. Conrad’s engaging style and wonderful voice make Jesus Asked a wonderful follow up to the When from Death I’m Free Podcast.
We follow Jesus better when we follow Him together, so we invite you to join the Facebook Pop Up Group sharing this hymn journal experience here: When From Death I’m Free Pop Up Group.
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