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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Fasting

“For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.”  As we enter Lent, Peter’s words teach us the importance of spiritual discipline, including fasting.  Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.  What else does the Bible have to say about fasting?  Why did the early church very quickly adopt fasting?  Why should we practice fasting today?

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Episode: 92

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Conclave 4: Of Cryptids and Synods

Join us for a comfy roundtable on the Apocrypha, outreach, zeal for the truth, and very small church bodies. This and more from your questions on the latest Conclave.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

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

Episode: 91

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The Election Controversy: Luther to the Age of Orthodoxy

Join us for the first in a multi-part series on the Election Controversy in American Lutheranism, a struggle that had its roots in Reformation-era disputes about free will, Scripture’s clarity, and God’s election of grace. We look at the basics of the doctrine of election or predestination, Luther’s dispute with Erasmus, and the developments during Lutheran Orthodoxy that brought so much contention to American Lutherans centuries later.

Resources for further reading include:

Bound Choice, Election, and Wittenberg Theological Method by Robert Kolb

On Creation and Predestination by Johann Gerhard

Predestination by C.F.W. Walther

The Election Controversy Among Lutherans in the Twentieth Century by John Brenner

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 90

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Psalms

O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!  The book of Psalms forms the cornerstone of the Church’s worship, and no other book informs the Christian life more.  From the depths of the darkest woe to the heights of the highest praise, the Psalms praise the mighty Lord who is always faithful to His promises.  Join us in our march toward Zion as we begin to discuss the Lord’s hymnal.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Episode: 89

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The First Great Awakening

The First Great Awakening was a monumental event in American and British history and ultimately in world history.  Men like George Whitefield, John Wesley, and Jonathan Edwards shook up the English-speaking world in powerful, but controversial ways.  What was the religious state of the American colonies at the time, and why did such men resonate with so many? Join us as we begin our discussion of this period and the implications it continues to have for today.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Episode: 88

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Esotericism

Freemasonry, Kabbalah, Hermeticism. What do they have in common? Are they legitimate or spiritually dangerous schools of thought? Why has the church always contended against it? Join us for a discussion of Western esotericism, its many forms, and its many implications, especially why Christians should be aware of it today.

Host: Rev. Willie Grills

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 87

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Biblical Worship

From The Lutheran Hymnal to the polka mass, worship is one of the most debated topics for Christians today.  What do we make of it?  Is there a Biblical definition of worship?  Does God want us to worship in a certain way?  Join us as we discuss Biblical worship as the Lord’s action, our reaction, and the basis for unity in the Church.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Episode: 86

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