All Talk…


What we say and what we do go together in the Bible. But what happens when we become so focused on what we say that we forget that the Kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power? Maybe we end up explaining the Bible away. Join us as we discuss the dangers of slogans and the promise of letting the Bible speak for itself.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 28

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The Second Great Awakening


Few movements have had a greater impact on American Christianity than the Second Great Awakening. Whether in the way it changed the established churches or brought entirely new movements into existence, it extends into nearly every sphere of American religious life. Join our discussion of the lessons and cautions of this movement as we look at its history, some of the most important figures in it, and how it continues to have enormous influence today.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Episode: 27

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Amos and the Justice of God


Amos, a shepherd called to speak against Israel even in the height of her power, speaks very vividly about the justice of God. What did injustice in Israel look like in Amos’ day? How does that compare to modern concerns about “social justice”? What does Amos teach us about the church’s and the individual Christian’s role in pursuing God’s justice? What do these prophecies of judgment teach us about the cross and the Last Day? Join us as we discuss Amos and how his message calls for us to prepare for the Day of the Lord.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. David Appold
Episode: 26

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Walther on the Lord’s Supper


God’s mandate matters. What did Jesus mean His Supper to be? How should His holy words and holy things be handled by pastors? All this and much else about the Supper C.F.W. Walther discusses in his Pastoral Theology. We dig into why Lutheranism is distinctive in its use of the Lord’s Supper, why that’s a good thing, and what makes the Sacrament what it is.

Books for further reading: Pastoral Theology, and Suelflow’s biography Servant of the Word.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 25

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The First Council of Nicaea


Few events in the history of the world have had so profound an impact than the relatively short ecumenical council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. Constantine the Great seeks to preserve the fragile unity of his empire even as the Church threatens to be torn apart over the question of how God the Father and God the Son relate to one another. The First Council of Nicaea is not a political maneuver by wily politicians, the caricature which crops up especially today, but a bold and concise confession of the truth in the face of overwhelming odds. Join us as we discuss the historical background of this council and why this historical event shows that God continues to work in history to preserve His Church.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Episode: 24

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Jonah the Prophet


In many people’s minds, the story of Jonah is about a man being swallowed by a whale, but this is only a part of the story. When and where did Jonah prophesy? Why do some people say the book is an allegory? What does it mean that the Lord relents of the disaster he was going to send on Nineveh? How does Jonah’s preaching inform our own? Join us as we discuss these and other questions about Jonah in our latest podcast.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. David Appold
Episode: 23

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Christian Apologetics


When your faith is under attack, how will you respond? Apologetics is not saying sorry for being a Christian, but giving an answer for the hope that is within you. Join us as we discuss the need of defending the faith, the major schools of thought within apologetics, and how Paul approaches this task in Acts 17.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Episode: 22

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Habakkuk the Prophet


What do the minor prophets, especially Habakkuk, have to say to us today? Understood in his historical context, Habakkuk speaks clearly to the Church today, especially when he asks the Lord about the nature of His justice. How does concern for the Lord’s justice differ from the way justice is discussed in our day? How can a Christian find comfort when undergoing the Lord’s discipline? The Lord answers him powerfully: the righteous shall live by faith.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. David Appold
Episode: 21

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Walther on Baptism


Pure water is clear and simple. In this episode we talk about how important clarity is for Christians and how simple and powerful Scripture’s teaching is on what baptism is, whom we should baptize, and how baptism should happen.

Books for further reading: Pastoral Theology, and Suelflow’s biography Servant of the Word.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 20

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Biblical Wisdom


Where shall wisdom be found? Despite outward similarities, Biblical wisdom stands as its own unique genre of literature. Join us as we talk about what makes the wisdom of God distinct from the world and within the Bible, why it seems neglected, and how it might be recovered in our own day.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. David Appold
Episode: 19

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