Preaching Christ: Walter A. Maier

In our new series Preaching Christ, we discuss how great preachers of the past proclaimed God’s Word in order to learn what preaching has been and can be.  In this first episode in the series, we look at the style, themes, delivery, and impact of Walter A. Maier, the first speaker of the Lutheran Hour.  What can we learn from him?  What can he say to our day?  Whether you preach regularly or listen to preaching, join us in our discussion of this great man.

To learn more about the life of WAM, be sure to listen to our previous episode:

WFS Episode 62: The Chrysostom of American Lutheranism: The Life and Impact of Walter A Maier

Audio Recordings of Walter A Maier

“Eleven Hundred Voices for our Redeemer’s Praise” (1948)

“Salvation Completed, It Is Finished!” (1937)

“Jesus Christ the Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever” (1937)

“Jesus Christ Is Our God”

“Resurrection Reality”

“Tell It to Jesus”

Further Reading

William F. Arndt – “Walter Arthur Maier, 1893-1950”

Lester Zeitler – An Investigation of the Factors of Persuasion in the Sermons of Dr Walter A Maier

David Gunderlach – A Comparison Measurement of Law and Gospel in Selected Sermons of Saint Augustine, Bernard of Clairvaux, Jonathan Edwards, Phillips Brooks, and Walter A. Maier

Richard J. Shuta – “Walter A. Maier as Evangelical Preacher”

Paul Maier – A Man Spoke, A World Listened: The Story of Walter A. Maier

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 102

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The Second Council of Constantinople

The possibility that Chalcedon had made a mistake in failing to explicitly condemn three men opposed to Cyril haunted the Church.  The Emperor Justinian, seeking to reunite a religiously fractured empire, sought to resolve the Three Chapters controversy first by edict and then by a new council.  Yet the most important part of the story was a showdown between pope and emperor which would have lasting consequences in the Church.  Join us as we talk about the Second Council of Constantinople in our continuing series on the early church.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Episode: 101

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Conclave 5: Special Edition

The WFS crew celebrates our 100th episode by answering listener questions.  From circuit riding to streaming services on the internet, we tackle a wide array of topics.  Here’s to the next 100!

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

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

Episode: 100

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The Gardening Episode

Since the sixth day of creation, man has been called to tend the earth.  Even despite the Fall, this call continues.  How does this apply to the Christian today?  Is it a sin to be prepared for the future?  Is it spiritually good to work in the dirt?  How can we better provide for and teach our families?  Join us as we dismantle the techno-industrial state and talk about God, family, and food.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Guest: Rev. Benjamin Ulledalen

Episode: 99

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Godliness

To be a Christian is to be like Christ, and to be like Christ is to be holy and godly like Him.  What does that look like?  How does that happen?  If we are called to be godly, what does it mean to be ungodly, especially in a culture hostile to God?  Rev. Benjamin Ulledalen joins us to discuss godliness in Scripture and what it means for us today.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Guest: Rev. Benjamin Ulledalen, Associate Pastor, Zion Lutheran Church, Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Episode: 98

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Between Chalcedon and Constantinople

Chalcedon forged the Definition in the heat of controversy, but the debate over the natures of Christ it hoped to resolve went on.  Conflict between the Monophysites and the Chalcedonians, sometimes breaking out into actual violence, demanded some kind of solution.  With new wars, internal strife, and the final fall of the Western Empire, how would the Roman emperors try to resolve this major controversy in the Church?  Join us as we continue our series on the ecumenical councils, talking about the events between the fourth and fifth councils and what we can learn from them today.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Episode: 97

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Crucifixion

The crucifixion of Christ looms large in our mind and our art, but how did it actually happen?  How did the Romans carry out their work?  Where did it come from?  Yet despite the historical details, the fact remains that the cross was the most fitting way for Christ to die, because God chose it from before the foundation of the world.  Join us for a discussion on the details, the stigma, and the glory of the cross of Christ.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. David Appold

Episode: 96

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Hard Times

“I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, who does all these things.”  The Lord sends prosperity and disaster alike, but never without reason.  Grab your water purifiers and huddle up next to the shortwave radio as we discuss pandemics, plagues, and the hand of God in them all.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Episode: 95

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The Election Controversy: Outbreak

Here is the heart of the Election Controversy in 19th century America, a conflict that divided brother from brother and caused C.F.W. Walther pain and grief near his life’s end.  Join us to understand better what was at stake in the conflict, what the sides were, and how conflict was handled for better or for worse.

Resources for further reading include:

Predestination by C.F.W. Walther

All Glory to God by C.F.W. Walther

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 94

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Spiritual Priesthood

Just as Christ is the great High Priest, the greater than Moses and Levi, so also are those who are in Christ part of a greater spiritual priesthood offering up a greater sacrifice to God.  Join us as we continue our discussion of the book of Hebrews, talking about the nature of the spiritual priesthood, the way in which we offer sacrifices to God, and the reasons why Christ’s bloody sacrifice can never be repeated.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. David Appold

Episode: 93

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