Rejoicing in the Lord

Join us for an introduction to Saint Paul’s letters to Rome and Philippi and a look at how the Gospel spread in the earliest church.  This episode is dedicated, with thanks to God, to the faithful proclaimer of Paul’s message of grace, the late Dr. Walter A. Maier II.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 80

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Hebrews

Hebrews is one of the most important and often quoted epistles, laying an important foundation for our understanding of the relationship between the Old Testament and the New.  Join us as we discuss the authorship, dating, and themes of this inspired book.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. David Appold

Episode: 79

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The Paranormal

Few things intrigue and fascinate people like the paranormal.  Things beyond our ability to explain frequently lead people astray.  Popular culture, with its assumptions and explanations for paranormal phenomena, influences even Christians, coloring their perception of what God’s Word has to say.  Join us for a discussion on what the Bible has to say and why Christians should take this subject seriously.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 78

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Pentecostalism

From obscure beginnings in the United States to a worldwide movement, the spread of Pentecostalism can be neither ignored nor underestimated.  Join us as we look at the complicated origins of this movement and what it means for the Church today.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Episode: 77

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Receptionism

WFS opens a new season with a listener question.  What is Receptionism?  How does it compare with the Lutheran Confessions?  How should we treat the issue of the Lord’s Supper?  Join us as we delve into the history behind this position and how it came to be in our circles today.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Episode: 76

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Loehe on the Liturgy

The rhythms of the liturgy sanctify our time, our space, and our thought, so that we may redeem the time.  Loehe argues for retaining and renewing the liturgy even in his day when much of it had been lost or neglected.  His insights continue to inform our own time, especially in an age which sees many of the same struggles.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 75

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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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