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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Fire in the Bones: The Call of the Prophets

How do the prophets become prophets?  What do pastors and prophets have in common?  How does God’s calling affect us today?  Join us to learn about how God sends the prophets in every age.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. David Appold
Episode: 44

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Fire From Heaven: The Evangelical Lutheran Tennessee Synod

You’ve probably never heard of the Tennessee Synod, but you definitely should know about these remarkable men of God. Listen to learn about this group that fought the good fight of faith and were the first to publish the entire Book of Concord in English.

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

The collected works of David Henkel, some of which we will discuss in future episodes on the Tennessee Synod, may be purchased here.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 43

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Extra: Sermon for the Installation of Rev. Willie Grills

WFS Preaching: Listen to the sermon preached by regular guest, Rev. David Appold, for the installation of Rev. Willie Grills at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Mattoon, IL. The sermon texts were Jeremiah 15:19-21, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, and John 20:19-23. Follow us on Twitter: @wordfitly Send us a message: [email protected] Subscribe to the podcast: RSS Feed, iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite podcasting app.

Mission in America


As we close the first season of WFS, we talk about something near and dear to our hearts.  Carrying out Christ’s mission in the United States is urgent for the American church.  We talk about what our mission field is, why America needs the gospel, and what part we have in Jesus’ harvest work.

As mentioned in the third part, visit badlandslutheran.org to learn more about mission work in western North Dakota.

Join us again soon for a new season of WFS!

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 42

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Hardening of the Conscience


This one’s packed, as we discuss conscience and hardness of heart. What is the human conscience? How does it work? And what does it have to do with hardening? What about Biblical examples like Pharaoh and King Saul? How does hardening of conscience work out in our day and age? We’re only just scratching the surface of some major topics this week on WFS.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. David Appold
Episode: 41

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Walther on Care for the Dying


Through Christ death has lost its sting, but how does a Christian face that final enemy? We discuss caring for the dying, funerals, cemeteries, and burials. As we bring the series on Walther’s pastoral theology to an end, it’s fitting to end with end things.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 40

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Eschatology


The End Times continue to fascinate Christians. Since the beginning of the Church, the faithful have awaited the return of the Savior. However, there are many different understandings of how this will come to pass. How can a Christian discern between so many different viewpoints? Join us as we discuss a few of these competing theories and talk about how one should understand eschatology.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Episode: 39

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Ulrik Vilhelm Koren


Ulrik Vilhem Koren listened to God’s call to serve the Norwegian immigrants settling on the American plains despite great personal cost.  Leaving behind a comfortable life, Koren led the fledgling Norwegian Synod through many difficulties and controversies, leaving behind a legacy that deserves to be remembered.  Prof. Mark DeGarmeaux talks about the history and background of Koren, Norwegian Lutheranism, and the challenges of the American scene.

Koren wrote “An Accounting (En Redegjoerelse)” during the Election Controversy as a way of explaining the issues at hand to the Norwegian Synod. You can find a translation of this important work here.

Photo courtesy of ELS Ottesen Museum.

Host: Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Guest:  Prof. Mark DeGarmeaux, Professor of Religious Studies, Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN
Episode: 38

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Walther on Pastoral Care


God’s Word is healing for every soul, and God’s men apply its healing power to congregations and to individual Christians in all kinds of situations. We discuss pastoral visits, sickness, legal difficulties, and demonic possession in an episode packed with everything you love about WFS.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 37

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