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A Pastor’s Public Life

The social and cultural expectations for pastors change from time to time and place to place, but there is something unchanging about the source of a pastor’s life in Christ.  Listen to find out more about how the hidden life with God nourishes a pastor’s public conduct and why distraction plagues pastors in Loehe’s time and our own.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 63

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A Pastor’s Private Life

Loehe describes a pastor as leading a private and a public life.  Yet as important as his public life is, it begins first in private.  How should a pastor study?  What does it mean to reflect on God’s Word?  Does piety make you a Pietist?  Join us for our continuing discussion of Loehe’s book “The Pastor.”

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. David Appold

Episode: 53

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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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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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Walther on Preaching


How should God’s Word be preached? CFW Walther covers that question with characteristic clarity and force in his Pastoral Theology. Listen to learn what ought to be in a good sermon, what’s important in a sermon, and why sanctification must be proclaimed clearly from the pulpit.

Books for further reading: Pastoral Theology, Gospel Sermons Vol. 1, Gospel Sermons Vol. 2, and Suelflow’s biography Servant of the Word.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 17

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Walther the Pastor: Theology and the Call


What makes for an orthodox Lutheran pastor? What makes a congregation an orthodox Lutheran congregation? CFW Walther, founding father of the Missouri Synod, answered these questions and many more in his Pastoral Theology. Tune in for our first episode on Walther’s great work, as we discuss what makes a theologian, what a divine call is, and what agreement a congregation and its pastor need to be fruitful in the Lord’s work.

You can find a copy of the book here. You can also find a copy of Suelflow’s unfinished biography of Walther here.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 14

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