What makes for an orthodox Lutheran pastor? What makes a congregation an orthodox Lutheran congregation? CFW Walther, founding father of the Missouri Synod, answered these questions and many more in his Pastoral Theology. Tune in for our first episode on Walther’s great work, as we discuss what makes a theologian, what a divine call is, and what agreement a congregation and its pastor need to be fruitful in the Lord’s work.

You can find a copy of the book here. You can also find a copy of Suelflow’s unfinished biography of Walther here.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 14

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Was Paul serious when he said that pastors should be ‘above reproach’? What does it mean to lead God’s people, and if the church is a family, does household have a head as the family does? Listen to find out how the Christian pastor is a steward of God’s mysteries, the overseer of God’s household, and a good father to his people.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 13

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On this episode we discuss the third of the four states of man: man in Christ. This condition is common to every Christian as we strive to put off the old man and put on the new. Join us to listen to how Christ manifests the true image of the Father and how we are conformed to His image.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Guest: Rev. David Appold
Episode: 12

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Jesus says that the fields are ripe for the harvest. How should we work in his harvest fields as good laborers? Join us as we discuss some difficulties in evangelism and how to overcome them in order to extend God’s reign.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 11

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Is evangelism an optional activity for Christians, or is it at the heart of serving Christ? We discuss why the gospel is urgent and how to spread this life-changing message.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 10

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Continuing our discussion of Gerberding’s The Lutheran Pastor, the crew tackles a number of questions. What does a pastor do? What should he leave undone? Listen to learn about preaching, visiting, and all the other work of a man of God.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 9

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Though the Lord created Adam as righteous and innocent, Adam did not remain in that state, but fell into sin. Rev. David Appold joins Rev. Grills and Rev. Heide to talk about the fallen state of man, discussing original sin, Adam as head of all mankind, how the judgment of God affects the spheres of man and woman, and the significance of returning to dust.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Guest: Rev. David Appold
Episode: 8

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The Lutheran Pastor, the most important work of George Henry Gerberding, speaks to pastors laboring in the American context, giving important insights into bearing an effective proclamation even today. Rev. Adam Koontz joins Rev. Grills and Rev. Heide to discuss Gerberding and his book, discussing what sort of men God calls to be pastors and what sort of men pastors should be.

Download a copy of The Lutheran Pastor by George Henry Gerberding.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 7

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The fourfold state of man distinguishes between the four different ways men relate to God: prior to the fall in innocency, after the fall in sin, regenerated by faith, and perfected in glory. Rev. David Appold joins Rev. Grills and Rev. Heide to talk about this distinction, focusing on why it’s important to talk about anthropology, the will of man, and Adam before the fall.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Guest: Rev. David Appold
Episode: 6

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Jude warns the Church to beware false teachers, men whose judgment is from old and will not delay. Rev. Grills and Rev. Heide conclude their discussion of this important book, talking about the nature of false teachers, non-Biblical quotations in the Bible, the colorful metaphors of Jude, worldliness, and praying in the Holy Spirit.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Episode: 5

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