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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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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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Join us for a comfy roundtable on the Apocrypha, outreach, zeal for the truth, and very small church bodies. This and more from your questions on the latest Conclave.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guests: Rev. Adam Koontz, Rev. David Appold, and Rev. Aaron Uphoff

Episode: 91

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The stories we tell about ourselves not only define our past, but also define our future.  We return to the Forgotten Era of the Missouri Synod to show that it was not a time of easy missions to ethnic enclaves, but a time of hard work and dedication despite serious obstacles.  Men like William Dallmann forged the future of the Missouri Synod through tireless work in a rapidly changing environment.  When we see the work it took to forge the Missouri Synod after the days of Walther, we will be driven to imitate their example and do the same in our current context.

Host: Rev. Willie Grills

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 84

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Few men have made such an impact on American Christianity as Dr. Walter A. Maier.  From academics to radio to preaching, WAM’s influence reached far and wide.  WAM stands tall in the history of the LC-MS.  Join us as we discuss the life and techniques of the man Time magazine called “The Chrysostom of American Lutheranism.”

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Episode: 62

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The Synodical Conference not only broke over issues of fellowship, but also over a different understanding of the Word, which would lead to further problems in the Missouri Synod leading up to the walkout in 1974.  Dr. Braun joins us to talk about issues of Scripture, the breakup itself, and where the Wisconsin Synod has gone since the 1960s.

Dr. Braun’s book, A Tale of Two Synods, may be purchased here.

Host: Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Guest: Rev. Dr. Mark Braun, Professor of Theology, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI

Episode: 55

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When it began in 1872, C.F.W. Walther dreamed that the Synodical Conference might lead to organic unity among confessional Lutherans. When it ended in 1967, its demise drove a wedge between confessional Lutherans that persists to this day.  The Wisconsin Synod and the Missouri Synod were formerly in full fellowship with one another, but no longer.  Rev. Dr. Mark Braun joins us to discuss the tensions between the two synods which led to the final break.

Dr. Braun’s book, A Tale of Two Synods, may be purchased here.

Host: Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Guest: Rev. Dr. Mark Braun, Professor of Theology, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI
Episode: 55

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How does the past come to be forgotten? Maybe there are parts of our own past that we’ve forgotten. Join us to remember the period of Missouri’s greatest growth in the time between the Civil War and the Great Depression and to hear how we can think about our fathers in the faith and imitate their zeal for Christ.

Historical works mentioned in the podcast include:

Ebenezer: Reviews of the Work of the Missouri Synod During Three Quarters of a Century

The Concordia Cyclopedia

Walther’s Works: Predestination

The Synodical Conference: Ecumenical Endeavor

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 51

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Does how the church is run have anything to do with the gospel? David Henkel of the Tennessee Synod thought so. Check out this episode for discussion of his “Carolinian Herald of Liberty,” his manifesto for his synod’s polity and practice to ensure liberty in church and state.

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

The collected works of David Henkel, including the Carolinian Herald of Liberty, may be purchased here.

A free scan of an old copy of the Carolinian Herald may be found on the Internet Archive here.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide
Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz
Episode: 46

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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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