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Preaching more than once a week may seem daunting, but it is a beneficial part of a pastor’s calling. Join us as we talk about preaching through whole books, preaching on the lectionary, and the challenges and joys of midweek services.

Host: Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Guest: Rev. David Buchs

Episode: 168

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Although the time period before the legalization of Christianity has not left us much, what remains to this day helps us learn something about the preaching task. Join us as we discuss the use of manuscripts, the place of rhetoric, and the challenge of allegory in sermons.

Host: Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Guest: Rev. David Appold

Episode: 149

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John Chrysostom’s late 4th century sermons on wealth and poverty are a series entirely on the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. Join us to hear about how Chyrsostom preached Scripture, pictured earthly misery and eternal misery vividly over and over again, and how exasperated he became when he knew people weren’t taking his preaching to heart.

You can find the book we discuss in the episode here.

Host: Rev. Willie Grills

Guests: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 125

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Preaching on marriage is something we all hear and something some of us do. What should it sound like, and how clear and sharp should the church be about the roles, duties, joys, and crosses in family life? How should a Christian man choose a wife? Join us as we talk about marriage and the preaching of John Chrysostom, whose epithet means “Golden Mouth.”

The Popular Patristics Series book of Chrysostom’s sermons on marriage and family can be found here.

Host: Rev. Willie Grills

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 119

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Join us for a discussion of Luther’s Church Postils, a gathering of his preaching on the entire Christian year. We discuss what he said, how he said it, and why it sounds so different from so much modern preaching. Whether you preach regularly or listen to preaching regularly, listen to this episode.

Luther’s Church Postils have been translated in volumes 75-79 of the American Edition.

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 114

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The new season begins with a late night comfy chat with Grills, Heide, and Koontz. Join us as we banter about preaching, the liturgy, and more. Stay tuned to the end for previews of upcoming episodes this season and new projects!

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 112

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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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In our new series Preaching Christ, we discuss how great preachers of the past proclaimed God’s Word in order to learn what preaching has been and can be.  In this first episode in the series, we look at the style, themes, delivery, and impact of Walter A. Maier, the first speaker of the Lutheran Hour.  What can we learn from him?  What can he say to our day?  Whether you preach regularly or listen to preaching, join us in our discussion of this great man.

To learn more about the life of WAM, be sure to listen to our previous episode:

WFS Episode 62: The Chrysostom of American Lutheranism: The Life and Impact of Walter A Maier

Audio Recordings of Walter A Maier

“Eleven Hundred Voices for our Redeemer’s Praise” (1948)

“Salvation Completed, It Is Finished!” (1937)

“Jesus Christ the Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever” (1937)

“Jesus Christ Is Our God”

“Resurrection Reality”

“Tell It to Jesus”

Further Reading

William F. Arndt – “Walter Arthur Maier, 1893-1950”

Lester Zeitler – An Investigation of the Factors of Persuasion in the Sermons of Dr Walter A Maier

David Gunderlach – A Comparison Measurement of Law and Gospel in Selected Sermons of Saint Augustine, Bernard of Clairvaux, Jonathan Edwards, Phillips Brooks, and Walter A. Maier

Richard J. Shuta – “Walter A. Maier as Evangelical Preacher”

Paul Maier – A Man Spoke, A World Listened: The Story of Walter A. Maier

Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. Adam Koontz

Episode: 102

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Preaching is the chief work of the ministry, yet it happens on more than Sunday morning.  A man must be apt to teach, though he can and should increase this God-given gift in his work.  Loehe also describes the form of a sermon and offers some surprising suggestions regarding this important task.

Host: Rev. Zelwyn Heide

Regular Guest: Rev. David Appold

Episode: 70

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WFS Preaching: Listen to the sermon preached by regular guest, Rev. David Appold, for the installation of Rev. Willie Grills at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Mattoon, IL. The sermon texts were Jeremiah 15:19-21, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, and John 20:19-23. Follow us on Twitter: @wordfitly Send us a message: [email protected] Subscribe to the podcast: RSS Feed, iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite podcasting app.