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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Conclave 3: With a Vengeance

The Conclave convenes once again to answer listener questions and discuss other matters of varying degrees of consequence. Come along with us through some technical glitches and lively conversation as we tackle issues from Vatican II to the Rapture.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guests: Rev. Adam Koontz and Rev. Aaron Uphoff

Episode: 85

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Return to the Forgotten Era

The stories we tell about ourselves not only define our past, but also define our future.  We return to the Forgotten Era of the Missouri Synod to show that it was not a time of easy missions to ethnic enclaves, but a time of hard work and dedication despite serious obstacles.  Men like William Dallmann forged the future of the Missouri Synod through tireless work in a rapidly changing environment.  When we see the work it took to forge the Missouri Synod after the days of Walther, we will be driven to imitate their example and do the same in our current context.

Host: Rev. Willie Grills

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 84

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Christ our Great High Priest

The work of the high priest in the Old Testament was imperfect, since it had to be repeated every year.  The work of our High Priest Jesus Christ is superior and perfect, the fulfillment of everything the Old Testament set forth, since it was done once for all.  Join us as we continue our discussion of the book of Hebrews with a focus on the priesthood of Christ, His perfect sacrifice, His ongoing intercession, and what that means for us today.

Host: Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. David Appold

Episode: 83

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The Council of Chalcedon

In the twenty years since the previous council, a war-torn empire faces another challenge within the Church.  The fourth ecumenical council, convened at Chalcedon, dealt with the theological issues and the political intrigue while at the same time setting forth a world-changing definition.  Jesus Christ, the council confessed, has two distinct natures in one person unconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably.  Join us for the history of this important council and for a discussion of its theology, especially in its relevance for today.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Episode: 82

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Thanksgiving

O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever! Join us as we discuss the Biblical understanding of thankfulness, while also ruminating on the national day of thanksgiving.

Host: Rev. Willie Grills

Regular Guest: Rev. David Appold

Episode: 81

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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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