Practical Godliness

“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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Nahum

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

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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Lutheranism in English: Early English Reformation

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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Preaching Christ: C.F.W. Walther on How to Preach

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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UFOs

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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Iconoclasm

The visual arts have been a source of controversy in church history.  Are there limits to what can be depicted?  Does the Bible prohibit the use of images?  Join us as we discuss the sometimes violent history of iconoclasm and the place of the visual arts in the Church.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Episode: 103

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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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