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Preaching Christ: C.F.W. Walther on How to Preach

The man who taught generations of preachers at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and who preached for decades week in and week out had a lot to say about preaching.  Join us to hear about what sermons should sound like, how Scripture should be applied, and why preaching matters so much to God and to His people.

Further reading:

Walther’s Law and Gospel

Walther’s Pastoral Theology

Host: Rev. Willie Grills

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 105

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The Election Controversy: Outbreak

Here is the heart of the Election Controversy in 19th century America, a conflict that divided brother from brother and caused C.F.W. Walther pain and grief near his life’s end.  Join us to understand better what was at stake in the conflict, what the sides were, and how conflict was handled for better or for worse.

Resources for further reading include:

Predestination by C.F.W. Walther

All Glory to God by C.F.W. Walther

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 94

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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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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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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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