The Sabbath Made for Man

Our Lord teaches clearly that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. What does this mean, and why is Sabbath rest essential for this world and for the life of the world to come?

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 54

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Loehe on Starting in the Office

After advising the student of theology, Loehe continues by giving insight into how a pastor should begin his work in a new parish, especially young pastors going into the parish for the first time.  Join us as we delve into the next chapter of Loehe’s book and tackle issues like not attempting to do too much too quickly, the pastor’s public and social life, and the need for self-control.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. David Appold
Episode: 53

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Christian Discipline

Strive to enter by the narrow gate.  Press onward toward the goal.  The Holy Spirit describes the Christian life in active, even violent, terms.  How should we pursue God?  What do our spiritual weapons look like?  How do we run in pursuit of the prize while remembering that we are saved by grace?  Join us as we discuss Christian discipline and what it looks like in our daily lives.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. Aaron Uphoff
Episode: 52

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The Forgotten Era of the Missouri Synod

How does the past come to be forgotten? Maybe there are parts of our own past that we’ve forgotten. Join us to remember the period of Missouri’s greatest growth in the time between the Civil War and the Great Depression and to hear how we can think about our fathers in the faith and imitate their zeal for Christ.

Historical works mentioned in the podcast include:

Ebenezer: Reviews of the Work of the Missouri Synod During Three Quarters of a Century

The Concordia Cyclopedia

Walther’s Works: Predestination

The Synodical Conference: Ecumenical Endeavor

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 51

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The Conclave

All hands on deck for this special episode of WFS!  The regulars are all here to tackle a wide range of user questions, including topics like fasting, deacons, and Semper Virgo.  Join us as we look back on the first 50 episodes and look forward to many more to come.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guests: Rev. David Appold, Rev. Adam Koontz, and Rev. Aaron Uphoff
Episode: 50

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The Later Life of Joseph Smith

The life of Joseph Smith is a mixture of remarkable success and heartbreaking failure.  Mormonism grows despite tremendous opposition, and Smith dies young at the hands of a mob.  Join us as we conclude the story of Joseph Smith from Ohio to Missouri to Illinois in this next installment of our series on Mormonism.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Episode: 49

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The Law of God is Good and Wise

It must be recognized that in any culture the source of law is the god of that society. Join us as we begin our discussion of the Law’s curbing effect in society. What is the place of God’s Law in the life of the Christian and in the state?  Does it only show us our sins, or does it show us a still more excellent way?

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Guest: Rev. Aaron Uphoff, Pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Randolph, NJ
Episode: 48

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Loehe on Preparation for the Holy Office

What makes a good pastor? For Wilhelm Loehe, the beginning was all. You’ll hear discussions about classical education, the focus of parish life, and the need for humility in this first episode in our series on Loehe’s “The Pastor.”

You can purchase a copy of “The Pastor” here.

You can also purchase a copy of “Seed Grains of Prayer,” another translated work of Loehe mentioned in the podcast, here.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 47

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Carolinian Herald of Liberty

Does how the church is run have anything to do with the gospel? David Henkel of the Tennessee Synod thought so. Check out this episode for discussion of his “Carolinian Herald of Liberty,” his manifesto for his synod’s polity and practice to ensure liberty in church and state.

The history of the Tennessee Synod, written by Socrates Henkel, can be found here.

The collected works of David Henkel, including the Carolinian Herald of Liberty, may be purchased here.

A free scan of an old copy of the Carolinian Herald may be found on the Internet Archive here.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 46

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The Early Life of Joseph Smith

The impact of Joseph Smith has only grown since his brief life ended. From humble beginnings to the leader of thousands in his time, Joseph Smith is one of the most influential figures in American religion. Today, the Latter Day Saint movement, or Mormonism, has grown to millions of members. Join us as we begin our study of the life of Joseph Smith and his cultural history.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Episode: 45

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