Tubal-Cain’s Forge

Technology has the power to shape our lives, though often in ways we do not expect.  We may seek to control things which do not belong to us.  We may exalt technology as a mysterious and mystifying power over our lives.  We may even look to technology as security for an uncertain tomorrow.  But one thing is clear:  the same forge which brings forth the plow shapes the sword.  Technology is both a blessing and a curse.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Episode: 74

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Loehe on Catechesis

Catechesis literally means echoing back and forth, a question and answer of the basic truths of the faith.  Loehe continues his discussion of the work of a pastor by discussing the method, form, and content of catechesis, as well as how it relates to the life of the church.

Host: Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. David Appold

Episode: 73

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The Mormon Succession Crisis

Following the death of Joseph Smith, Mormonism faced a serious crisis.  Who would be the next leader?  To make matters worse, several contenders stepped forward to claim the spot.  However, Brigham Young would take the lead and begin the next important chapter in Mormon history.  Join us as we discuss the various splinter groups that resulted from this crisis and an overview of the life of Young.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Episode: 72

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The Evangelical Heritage Version

There is no greater treasure than to hear the Word of God communicated clearly in your own language.  The Evangelical Heritage Version aims to translate the Bible into clear English style while maintaining a faithful translation.  Professor John Brug, the head of the Wartburg Project, joins us to discuss the EHV, what makes it unique, and why it was undertaken in the first place.

Listeners interested in learning more about this translation should go to the Wartburg Project website. Resources include commonly asked questions, samples, lectionary outlines, and the ability to order a copy.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Guest: Prof. John Brug, Professor Emeritus of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, and General Editor of Project Wartburg

Episode: 71

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Loehe the Preacher

Preaching is the chief work of the ministry, yet it happens on more than Sunday morning.  A man must be apt to teach, though he can and should increase this God-given gift in his work.  Loehe also describes the form of a sermon and offers some surprising suggestions regarding this important task.

Host: Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. David Appold

Episode: 70

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Repentance

Repent, for the kingdom of God is near!  What does repentance look like?  What keeps us from repentance?  How do we bear fruit in keeping with repentance?  Join us as we discuss a doctrine so important that Jesus Himself began His preaching ministry with the call to repent.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Episode: 69

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Technological Society and Its Future

Technology is the means by which we obtain certain goals, and using technology is part of being human.  Yet in an age when technology increasingly dominates our lives, what does the Word of God have to say about it?  Join us as we discuss why technology isn’t a neutral issue, some of what the Lord says about it, and why bringing up the Amish is a red herring.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 68

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Bible Histories and Catechesis

One of the goals of catechesis is Biblical literacy, and one of the best ways to obtain it is through the use of Bible histories. Whether the setting is in confirmation, homeschooling, the home, or even just in personal improvement, these somewhat lost treasures provide an easy method for pastors, teachers, and parents alike.

Some of the resources mentioned include the Advanced Bible History by A.C. Stellhorn and the updated version Concordia’s Bible History.

Host: Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. Aaron Uphoff

Episode: 67

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The Conclave Regroups

The regulars reassemble to take your questions.  In this second conclave, we tackle many topics, ranging from the liturgy to Prohibition to vengeance.  Join us as we dive in with you.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guests: Rev. Adam Koontz and Rev. David Appold

Episode: 66

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The Pastor’s Marriage

The marriage of a pastor, like any man, shapes him and impacts his work.  In this episode, we discuss Loehe’s reflections on the pastor’s marriage.  Is celibacy a higher calling?  How does the biblical qualification of “husband of one wife” relate to a widower or a divorced man?  Is the calling of the pastor’s wife different from other wives?  Join us as we continue our discussion of Loehe’s book “The Pastor.”

Host: Rev. Willie Grills

Regular Guests: Rev. Adam Koontz and Rev. David Appold

Episode: 65

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