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

Join our Facebook group Word Fitly Posting to discuss this episode or any other topic. Follow us on Twitter: @wordfitly. Send us a message: [email protected] Subscribe to the podcast: RSS Feed, iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite podcasting app.

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

Join our Facebook group Word Fitly Posting to discuss this episode or any other topic. Follow us on Twitter: @wordfitly. Send us a message: [email protected] Subscribe to the podcast: RSS Feed, iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite podcasting app.

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

Join our Facebook group Word Fitly Posting to discuss this episode or any other topic. Follow us on Twitter: @wordfitly. Send us a message: [email protected] Subscribe to the podcast: RSS Feed, iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite podcasting app.

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

Join our Facebook group Word Fitly Posting to discuss this episode or any other topic. Follow us on Twitter: @wordfitly. Send us a message: [email protected] Subscribe to the podcast: RSS Feed, iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite podcasting app.

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

Join our Facebook group Word Fitly Posting to discuss this episode or any other topic. Follow us on Twitter: @wordfitly. Send us a message: [email protected] Subscribe to the podcast: RSS Feed, iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite podcasting app.

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

Join our Facebook group Word Fitly Posting to discuss this episode or any other topic. Follow us on Twitter: @wordfitly. Send us a message: [email protected] Subscribe to the podcast: RSS Feed, iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite podcasting app.

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

Join our Facebook group Word Fitly Posting to discuss this episode or any other topic. Follow us on Twitter: @wordfitly. Send us a message: [email protected] Subscribe to the podcast: RSS Feed, iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite podcasting app.

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

Join our Facebook group Word Fitly Posting to discuss this episode or any other topic. Follow us on Twitter: @wordfitly. Send us a message: [email protected] Subscribe to the podcast: RSS Feed, iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite podcasting app.

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

Join our Facebook group Word Fitly Posting to discuss this episode or any other topic. Follow us on Twitter: @wordfitly. Send us a message: [email protected] Subscribe to the podcast: RSS Feed, iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite podcasting app.

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

Join our Facebook group Word Fitly Posting to discuss this episode or any other topic. Follow us on Twitter: @wordfitly. Send us a message: [email protected] Subscribe to the podcast: RSS Feed, iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite podcasting app.