Prophets, Signs, and Obedience


The prophets of old were mouthpieces of the Lord. Besides their words, their lives were also caught up in that calling, even when the Lord commanded them to do some unusual things. What would compel a man to marry a prostitute, to walk about naked for 3 years, to wear stocks around his own neck, and to eat bread baked over dung? What do any of these things have to do with the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ? And do these rather odd examples apply to the life of the Church? Join us for all this and more on this week’s episode.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. David Appold
Episode: 36

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Unity in the Church


The unity of the Church:  easy to affirm, but difficult to see.  How are Christians united with each other?  What is the difference between an imaginary unity and a real one?  Join us as we discuss the doctrine of the Church’s unity, focusing on its Biblical basis, the role of the Lutheran confessions, and the nature of adiaphora.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Episode: 35

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Hearing the Word


Faith comes by hearing.  Because preaching is the chief means of grace, not only is what we hear important, but also how we hear it.  How can we best prepare to hear Gods Word when it is preached?  What should our expectations be?  How does that influence how we hear a sermon?  How can we better hear the written Word?  What about Bible class?  Join us as we discuss hearing the Word in practical ways.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. David Appold
Episode: 34

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Walther on Confirmation


What is confirmation, and why do so many people care so much about it? We look at what Walther said about confirmation, youth ministry, and the wisdom of providing clear instruction for faith and life to young Christians.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 33

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The First Council of Constantinople


The first ecumenical council answered the challenges of Arianism, but failed to make it go away. With Arians gaining strength in every level of society, even with Arian emperors, how would the Church respond? Join us as we discuss the history of the second ecumenical council at Constantinople, the relationship between the church and the state, and why religious toleration isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Episode: 32

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The Practice of Prayer


Just as breathing is necessary for life, prayer is essential to a living and active faith. How do the logistics of prayer— time, posture, and words—aid or detract from a prayer life? What is presumed when we pray? How can a pastor especially pray for his congregation? Join us as we discuss piety and its cultivation in the habit of prayer.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. David Appold
Episode: 31

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Walther on Marriage


Marriage is a perpetual source of joy and frustration in and outside the church. Today we look at how C.F.W. Walther discussed what makes a marriage and what unmakes a marriage, who should marry whom, and who shouldn’t be married at all. We delve into the relationship between marriage and the public good, especially how a minister’s marriage affects everything else in his life and his church.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 30

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The Wauwatosa Theology


As heirs of the Reformation, do we follow them because they speak the truth or because they are the Reformers? The Wauwatosa theologians called on the church of their day and also on our own to examine ourselves critically, to hold fast to the pattern of sound words, and to search the Scriptures. Rev. Peter M. Prange joins us to define the Wauwatosa theology and to discuss its historical background.

Rev. Prange has written extensively on the Wauwatosa Theology. Some of his essays include “The Wauwatosa Gospel and the Synodical Conference: A Generation of Pelting Rain” and “The Wauwatosa Spring.” You can also find many essays at the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Essay Files.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Guest: Rev. Peter M. Prange, Associate Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, Kenosha, WI
Episode: 29

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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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