We look at the life and work of one of the twentieth century’s most influential and controversial Lutherans, Rev. Herman Otten. Pastor Otten served his congregation and his church for more than a half-century and was one of the staunchest opponents of liberalism in the Lutheran Church. Join us for a look at his words, his warnings, and how they apply to our day.

Host: Rev. Willie Grills

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 138

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5 replies
  1. Candace Kaspar says:

    Thank you for posting this! We didn’t know Herman Otten, or much about Christian News until 1994, when he came to our defense during the tragedy of our lives. He was very kind, pastoral to us, but also tenacious in his coverage of a travesty.

  2. Ruth Rethemeyer says:

    Thank you very much for doing this and helping preserve many of the facts of my father’s life and ministry. His mission in life, by the power of the Holy Spirit, was to try and preserve the Word of God in it’s truth and purity for all Christians, no matter what the odds were.
    Three points that I jotted down that you were spot on about him: Encouraging all to read broadly so you can engage with people at their level, it’s okay to to talk to people you disagree with and the church is not supposed to be secretive.
    I also greatly appreciate you ending your podcast with his obituary, another great summation of who Herman Otten really was.

  3. Walter Otten says:

    Thanks, you saw things others didn’t, and you said things others have not.
    Much to add, but only this. I missed any reference to Kurt Marquart.

    • Keith Rethemeyer says:

      My thought exactly Uncle Walter – my father-in-law, Pastor Herman Otten, always said, “Kurt Marquart was the brain, I was the mouth.”

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