The Lord tells us to avoid mediums and necromancers, but many throughout history until today turn to them. Is there a real danger, or is it simply fake and harmless? How should the Christian view fortune telling or other ways of trying to influence the future? Come along with us through the Bible, the weirdness of Renaissance magic, the surprising people involved in the Reformation, and even Houdini going to Congress, as we discuss divination in all its forms.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Episode: 113

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The new season begins with a late night comfy chat with Grills, Heide, and Koontz. Join us as we banter about preaching, the liturgy, and more. Stay tuned to the end for previews of upcoming episodes this season and new projects!

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 112

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The Conclave convenes again for our season 3 finale. Join us as we answer your questions, ranging from a quia subscription to L. Ron Hubbard.  Put in your earbuds, settle in, and enjoy the show.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guests: Rev. Adam Koontz, Rev. David Appold, and Rev. Aaron Uphoff

Episode: 111

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The Bible tells us to be subject to the governing authorities. Likewise, we must obey God rather than men. In this tension lives the Christian. Where do we draw the line between proper obedience and godly disobedience? Join us as we discuss this pressing issue.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Episode: 110

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“Take up your cross and follow me!” Are the words of our Lord a call to action or an encouragement to couch surfing?  Join us as we discuss the active Christian life in practical ways, what it means to walk in step with the Spirit, and how to avoid sloganeering and bumper sticker theology.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Guest: Rev. Benjamin Ulledalen

Episode: 109

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Behold the feet of those who bring the good news of God’s judgment! The prophet Nahum, speaking against ancient Assyria in the height of her power, proclaims a message of finding joy in the destruction of evil. Nahum also speaks to our own day, reminding us that injustice and sin will come to an end, because the Lord reigns over all the earth. Join us for a discussion of the book of Nahum and its meaning for the Christian today.

Host: Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. David Appold

Episode: 108

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Cancel culture is a symptom of our troubled times. Talking about political issues rapidly becomes an attempt to silence someone else. How should Christians respond? What does it mean to have a good reputation? How do we uphold someone else’s reputation? Join us for a lively discussion of these contemporary issues.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Episode: 107

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What would you never give up, even though you were burnt alive for it? Join us for an enlightening discussion about the early English Reformation and especially the English Lutheran martyr, Robert Barnes.

Links for further reading:

Thomas Cranmer by Diarmaid MacCulloch

Heretics and Believers: A History of the English Reformation by Peter Marshall

The English Reformation by A.G. Dickens

Luther and the English Reformation by E. George Pearce

The Early Success and Gradual Decline of Lutheranism in England by Basil Hall

Robert Barnes and Wittenberg by Neelak Tjernagel

Revisiting Robert Barnes on the Eucharist by Korey Maas

Host: Rev. Willie Grills

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 106

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The man who taught generations of preachers at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and who preached for decades week in and week out had a lot to say about preaching.  Join us to hear about what sermons should sound like, how Scripture should be applied, and why preaching matters so much to God and to His people.

Further reading:

Walther’s Law and Gospel

Walther’s Pastoral Theology

Host: Rev. Willie Grills

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 105

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Strange signs in the sky. Is it ancient Rome, 16th century Europe, or modern America? What do these things mean? Is it all a mere hoax, or is this something that the Christian should carefully discern? Join us as we open the X-Files and talk about the history of alien encounters and how the Christian must test the spirits to see whether they are from God.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 104

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