As Lutheran As It Gets

As Lutheran As It Gets

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68: Philip Melanchthon – The Power of the Law pt. 3
Jun 11 • 67 min
This week, pastors Gillespie and Riley wrap up their reading and discussion of Philip Melanchthon’s Loci Communes on the power of the law. How does God use his word of law to curb our sinful urges and cravings, drive us to Jesus for salvation, and…
67: Philip Melanchthon – The Power of the Law pt. 2
Jun 3 • 61 min
This week, pastors Gillespie and Riley dive back into Philip Melanchthon’s Loci Communes. More on the power the law, how God works through the law to reveal our sin, and distinguishing between afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted in…
66: Philip Melanchthon – The Power of the Law
May 25 • 59 min
Martin Luther referred to Philip’s Loci Communes as “one of the clearest statements of the Christian religion ever written.” With this in mind, pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Philip Melancthon’s Loci on the power of the law and the gospel.…
65: Hermann Sasse – Luther, Zwingli, and The Lord’s Supper
May 5 • 65 min
This week, pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Hermann Sasse’s “This Is My Body.” Sasse examines the events at the Marburg Colloquy and how it influenced Lutheran and Protestant sacramental theology for centuries. Text: This Is My Body: Luther’s…
64: Werner Elert – Eucharistic Fellowship in the First Four Centuries
Apr 29 • 65 min
This week, pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Werner Elert’s examination of the Lord’s Supper as the heart of the Church, the liturgy, and Christian life. Text: Werner Elert – Eucharistic Fellowship in the First Four Centuries Show Notes: *…
63: Martin Luther – A very Lentish commentary on Psalm 102
Apr 20 • 66 min
This week, pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss another one of Luther’s commentaries on the penitential psalms. Text: The Penitential Psalms: Luther’s Works, Volume 14 Show Notes: * Stargate * The Man Who Would Be King * William McRaven – Make…
62: Martin Luther’s 38 Special
Apr 15 • 64 min
This week, pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Martin Luther’s commentary on Psalm 38. A lot of conversation about sin, grace, and militant piety. Text: The Penitential Psalms: Luther’s Works, Volume 14 Show Notes: * Gates of Fire – Pressman *…
61: Martin Luther’s Lentiest Psalm Commentary
Apr 6 • 65 min
In this episode, pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Dr. Luther’s comments on Psalm 143. Text: The Penitential Psalms: Luther’s Works, Volume 14 — Questions? Comments? Show Ideas? Send them to us at http://higherthings.org/contact. Please rate…
60: Martin Luther Lents Psalm 6
Apr 2 • 68 min
In this episode, pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Martin Luther’s commentary on Psalm 6 – God’s two kinds of discipline Text: The Penitential Psalms: Psalm 6, Luther’s Works, Volume 14 Show Notes: * Hal Moore on Leadership: Winning when…
59: Psalm 32 – Still Getting Lent-ed with Martin Luther
Mar 23 • 64 min
In this episode, pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Martin Luther’s commentary on Psalm 32. This week, they talk about sins forgotten. blessedness, and the upside down, the backward reality of the comfort of confessing one’s sin to God. Text:…
58: Get Lent-y with Martin Luther
Mar 18 • 67 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Martin Luther’s commentary on Psalm 51. This episode is all about repentance, conscience, sin, and grace. Text: The Penitential Psalms: Psalm 51, Luther’s Works, Volume 14 — Questions? Comments? Show Ideas?…
57: Christoph Homburg – Christ, The Life of All The Living
Mar 9 • 61 min
In this episode, Pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Christoph Homburg’s “Christ, The Life of All The Living.” Affliction, church militant and triumphant, holding the “simul” tension in pastoral care. Show Notes: * Text * Author bio * Death, be…
56: Martin Franzmann – Preach You The Word
Mar 4 • 63 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley discuss Franzmann’s “Preach You the Word” – God’s Word, pastoral ministry, singing doctrine, and always repenting. Text: Preach You the Word, Martin Franzmann Show Notes: * Sanctus.org * Sword-In-Hat Website * Martin…
55: Nikolaus Selnecker – Lord Jesus Christ, with Us Abide
Feb 26 • 64 min
In this episode, pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Selnecker’s hymn of prayer, to be kept safe by and in God’s Word and Sacraments Text: Lord Jesus Christ, with Us Abide (LSB 585), Nicolaus Selnecker, 1532-92 Listen: Show Notes: * German Text *…
54: John Mason Neale – Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle
Feb 16 • 63 min
This week, Pastors Gillespie and Riley discuss Neale’s translation of Fortunatus’ hymn, prayer, the two kingdoms, right and left-handed power, and the importance of a “catholic” confession of the Christian faith. Text: “Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious…
53: Paul Speratus, Salvation Unto Us Has Come
Feb 9 • 54 min
In the fall of 1523 Paul Speratus penned his most famous hymn, Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, “Salvation Unto Us Has Come.” It was one of the hymns in the first Lutheran hymnal in 1524, commonly known as Achtliederbuch (literally “Eight Song Book,” thus…
52: Lazarus Spengler – All Mankind Fell In Adam’s Fall
Feb 2 • 39 min
For the next four episodes, Gillespie and Riley dig into Lutheran hymns that are “as Lutheran As It Gets.” Lazarus Spengler originally wrote “Durch Adams Fall ganz verderbt Menschlich Natur und Wesen” as a nine stanza text of eight lines. Matthias Loy…
51: The Last Galatians Lecture (for us) of Martin Luther
Jan 30 • 65 min
In this episode, Gillespie and Riley read Luther’s Galatians lectures on Christ and those who cut off from Christ by their works. Text: Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians (1535): Lecture Notes Transcribed by Students and…
50: The (Almost) Last Martin Luther Galatians Lectures
Jan 21 • 63 min
Gillespie and Riley begin to wrap up their reading in Luther’s Galatians lectures. This week, we discuss Christ becoming most Savior and most sinner for us. Text: Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians (1535): Lecture Notes…
49: Martin Luther’s Galatians Lectures – How to Measure a True Christian
Jan 14 • 64 min
In this episode, Gillespie and Riley go back to Luther’s Galatians lectures, to read and discuss how to measure the true Christian. Text: Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians (1535): Lecture Notes Transcribed by Students and…
48: The Law… Until Christ – Luther’s Galatians Lectures
Jan 4 • 78 min
Gillespie and Riley get back to their epic reading of Luther’s epically epic Galatians commentary. This week, the law’s relation to Christ and Christians. Text: Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians (1535): Lecture Notes…
47: Martin Luther’s Magnificat Meditation, Part 2
Dec 25, 2018 • 56 min
In the second part, Gillespie and Riley continue to read Martin Luther’s Magnificat, to discuss how God makes Mary a theologian of the cross. Text: Luther’s Works, Vol. 21: Sermon on the Mount and the Magnificat Show Notes: Restrepo (Documentary) —…
46: Martin Luther’s Magnificat Meditation, Part 1
Dec 24, 2018 • 43 min
In this episode, Gillespie and Riley read Martin Luther’s Magnificat, to discuss how God makes Mary a theologian of the cross. Text: Luther’s Works, Vol. 21: Sermon on the Mount and the Magnificat Show Notes: The Largely Catechized Life Mondays in the…
45: This Is The Catechism Prayerbook You’ve Been Looking for… part 2 with Pr. Mark Buetow
Dec 23, 2018 • 56 min
Gillespie and Riley continue their discussion about the Catechism Prayerbook, examining the Seventh Petition of the Lord’s Prayer: “But deliver us from evil.” Text: The Catechism Prayer Book, Lord’s Prayer, Seventh Petition Show Notes: The Catechism…
44: This Is The Catechism Prayerbook You’ve Been Looking for… part 1
Nov 24, 2018 • 54 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley discuss The Catechism Prayerbook and dig into Article Three of the Creed. Text: The Catechism Prayer Book, Third Article of the Creed, Part 1 Show Notes: The Catechism Prayer Book Werner Elert – Eucharistic Fellowship in the…
43: All the works-righteous dinosaurs feared the mighty Gospel T-Rex, part 2
Nov 17, 2018 • 42 min
Continuing from Part 1, Gillespie and Riley ride the wave of Luther’s introduction to Paul’s letter to the Galatians as he doubles and triples down on the language of promise, old man versus new man, and the proper relation of God’s Word of Law to…
42: All the works-righteous dinosaurs feared the mighty Gospel T-Rex, part 1
Nov 12, 2018 • 49 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley ride the wave of Luther’s introduction to Paul’s letter to the Galatians as he doubles and triples down on the language of promise, old man versus new man, and the proper relation of God’s Word of Law to Christians. Text:…
41: We could go through Luther’s Galatians commentary all day… The point is, it’s good!
Oct 12, 2018 • 60 min
In this episode, Gillespie and Riley read Luther’s opening lecture on Paul’s letter to the Galatians – mic drop moment after mic drop moment as Luther lays out his case for active versus passive righteousness. Text: Martin Luther’s Commentary on St.…
40: I know. We’re the same, you and I. Just a couple of sarcastic, Lutheran fools.
Oct 6, 2018 • 76 min
In this episode, Gillespie and Riley continue to read Luther’s commentary on Galatians (1535). This week, Luther goes full Luther, sarcasm, and Luther’s preface to his Galatians lectures. Text: Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the…
39: I cannot die. Not until I fulfill my destiny, and read Luther’s Galatians commentary.
Sep 29, 2018 • 61 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley begin an epic reading of Luther’s epic Commentary of Galatians (1535). This episode, Luther’s preface to his lectures on Galatians. Text: Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians (1535): Lecture…
38: Once more into the fray… breach… biography thingie… with Heiko Oberman
Sep 15, 2018 • 69 min
Another week, another episode reading Heiko Oberman’s biography of Martin Luther. In this episode, Luther as a Bible translator. Text: Luther: Man Between God and the Devil by Heiko A. Oberman, p. 308ff Show Notes: Clutch – Hot Bottom Feeder Jonathan Mann…
37: Hey, let’s have a big round of applause for all of today’s contenders… with Heiko Oberman
Sep 6, 2018 • 99 min
Here they go again… Pastors Gillespie and Riley continue with Heiko Oberman’s biography of Martin Luther. This week, they discuss the consequences, then and now, of Luther’s debate with Erasmus on the Bondage of the Will. Text: Luther: Man Between God and…
36: Hey, let’s debate “free will.” Come on, you love it…. with Heiko Oberman
Aug 28, 2018 • 114 min
In this episode, Pastors Gillespie and Riley continue with Heiko Oberman’s biography of Martin Luther. This week, Luther’s debate with Erasmus on the Bondage of the Will. Text: Luther: Man Between God and the Devil by Heiko A. Oberman, p. 211ff Show…
35: I’m sorry, but your theology is…. Christ-haunted… with Heiko Oberman
Aug 20, 2018 • 108 min
In this episode, Pastors Gillespie and Riley dive back into Heiko Oberman’s biography of Martin Luther. This week, Oberman explains how The Freedom of a Christian was Luther’s formulation of the Christian as “simul” in order to counter the theological…
34: Does This Look Reformationy to You? with Heiko Oberman
Aug 16, 2018 • 114 min
This week, Pastors Gillespie and Riley read Heiko Oberman’s remarkable biography of Martin Luther. In this episode, Oberman explains the force of exegesis in Luther’s earliest Psalms lectures. Text: Luther: Man Between God and the Devil by Heiko A.…
33: Get Nageled Again, part 3
Aug 6, 2018 • 70 min
This week, Riley and Gillespie go back one more time, into the sermons of Dr. Norman Nagel. In this episode, a lot of temptation talk. Text: Selected Sermons of Norman Nagel: From Valparaiso to St. Louis by Norman Nagel, p.178-9 Show Notes: Dr. Nagel…
32: Get Nageled Again, part 2
Jul 30, 2018 • 60 min
This week, Riley and Gillespie continue their adventure through the sermons of Dr. Norman Nagel. In this episode, fig tree Jesus. Text: Selected Sermons of Norman Nagel: From Valparaiso to St. Louis by Norman Nagel, p.175-176 Show Notes: Dr. Nagel reads…
31: Get Nageled Again, part 1
Jul 23, 2018 • 57 min
This week, Riley and Gillespie dive into the sermons of Dr. Norman Nagel. In this episode, Jesus’ yoke is easy, and His burden light. Text: Selected Sermons of Norman Nagel: From Valparaiso to St. Louis by Norman Nagel, p.173-174 Show Notes: Dr. Nagel…
30: I don’t know your religious game, but you cannot stop the Gospel! with Detlev Schultz
Jun 30, 2018 • 146 min
Pastors Gillespie and Riley dive into Klaus Detlev Schulz’s “Mission From The Cross,” to discuss the Christian faith and its mission in relation to other religions and ideologies. Text: Mission from the Cross by Klaus Detlev Schulz (2009) & Mission from…
29: Law, Gospel, and the Mission of God with Ingemar Oberg
Jun 16, 2018 • 124 min
Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie dive into a conversation about Luther, Law & Gospel, and how the church goes about its mission Text: Luther and World Mission: A Historical and Systematic Study With Special Reference To Luther’s Bible Exposition (2007) by…
28: Who Is For Us, With Us, and Feeds Us? with Albrecht Peters
Jun 10, 2018 • 123 min
Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie triple dip into Albrecht Peters’ commentary on Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, Baptism and Lord’s Supper. This week they discuss the Lord’s Supper, nostalgia, ego and old Adam, and real versus wished-for change. Text: Albrecht…
27: Water, Command, Promise with Albrecht Peters
May 26, 2018 • 133 min
Description: Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie double dip into Albrecht Peters’ commentary on Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, Baptism and Lord’s Supper. This week it’s all about Baptism! Text: Albrecht Peters, Commentary on Luther’s Catechisms: Baptism and the…
26: A Confrontation at The Lord’s Table
May 17, 2018 • 112 min
Text: Albrecht Peters, Commentary on Luther’s Catechisms: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, pg. 46-48 Description: Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie dive back into Albrecht Peters’ commentary on Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. This week, they read “Baptism and…
25: Forgive us our debts so we’re free to forgive others…
May 8, 2018 • 92 min
Text: Albrecht Peters, Commentary on Luther’s Catechism: Lord’s Prayer, p.165ff. Show Notes: Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie dive back into Albrecht Peters’ commentary on Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. This week, they read “Lord’s Prayer” and discuss how…
24: “Sanctification Based On Justification” with Albrecht Peters
Apr 28, 2018 • 153 min
Text: Albrecht Peters, Commentary on Luther’s Catechisms: Creed, p.248ff Show Notes: Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie return to the excellent series from Albrecht Peters, this time delving deep into the Third Article of the Creed and the perennially hot topic:…
23: “The One who alone is the selfless man…” with Albrecht Peters
Apr 15, 2018 • 139 min
Text: Albrecht Peters, Commentary on Luther’s Catechisms: Ten Commandments, p.83ff Show Notes: Stephen R Lawhead, Avalon: The Return of King Arthur The Evil Dead The Ten Commandments The History of the World: Part I 95 Theses The Heidelberg Disputations…
22: The Church by the Spirit and in the World with F. Edward Cranz
Apr 4, 2018 • 125 min
The church is invisible and visible, of the Spirit but in the world. The nuances of this distinction have many implications for how you understand the church. Join Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie for a free-wheeling journey through F. Edward Cranz’s essay.…
21: Luther’s Use of Satire with H.G. Haile
Mar 24, 2018 • 130 min
The Dangerous Duo dig deep into a brilliant biography of Luther, enjoying a tasty bit of sharp satire from Luther. Join in the conversation and hang on for the ride. Our text: Luther: An Experiment in Biography – H.G. Haile (1980) Show References: * A…
20: Hanging from the Gallows Pole with Thomas Tentler
Mar 13, 2018 • 136 min
Do Penance. Now. It’s Lent after all. Or maybe not? Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie dig deep into an exhaustive treatment of Luther’s Christology. Our Text: Sin and Confession on the Eve of the Reformation by Thomas N. Tentler Show Notes: Sam Harris I can now…
19: Christ and the Word with Marc Lienhard
Mar 1, 2018 • 141 min
Not every Lutheran writer worth reading is well known, especially a French Lutheran (no offense). Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie dig deep into an exhaustive treatment of Luther’s Christology. Our Text: Luther: Witness to Jesus Christ (Stages and Themes of…
18: Faith Lets God Do the “God Stuff” with Drs. Arand and Kolb
Feb 11, 2018 • 117 min
Listen to Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie riff off this excellent book from 2008. Our Text: The Genius of Luther’s Theology by Charles Arand and Robert Kolb More Show References: Jordan Peterson – The Marxist Idea of White Privilege Loving v. Virginia (1967)…
17: Worship is God’s Action in Christ with Ernest Koenker
Feb 5, 2018 • 138 min
Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie go for a deep dive into this obscure classic on worship from Concordia Publishing House. You never know what you’ll find on your church library shelves! Our Text: Worship in Word and Sacrament – 1959 by Ernest Benjamin Koenker…
16: We Are Not Masters of our Own Destiny (with Lennart Pinomaa)
Jan 25, 2018 • 97 min
2018 is the 500th Anniversary of the Heidelberg Disputations. Never heard of them? You’re not alone! Listen in to Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie as they discuss “free will” (airquotes intentional) and what Luther and Lutherans confess. Our text: Faith…
15: Luther the False Brethren with Mark U. Edwards
Jan 18, 2018 • 134 min
By way of introduction we consider why As Lutheran As It Gets exists and why podcasting is an appropriate platform for theological discussion. Or jump in at ~45m and join in on the conversation between Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie as they consider Luther…
14: The Hidden God with Dr. Robert Kolb
Jan 11, 2018 • 106 min
In another attempt to try your patience, Pr. Riley and Gillespie discuss the article before actually discussing the article. In our Upside Down, this makes complete sense. Some might call it inductive, others probably chaotic. If you’re so inclined, we’d…
13: Veith – Vocation, Vocation, Vocation
Jan 5, 2018 • 103 min
Our Text: Glory Versus the Cross by Gene Edward Veith Show Notes: Dr. Gene Keith is not Dr. John Kleinig. Pr. Riley flubbed it. By way of apology, we introduce you, faithful listener, to Dr. Veith himself. * You can read more from Dr. Veith at his blog:…
12: For You Christmas – Norman Nagel
Dec 28, 2017 • 108 min
Our Text: Selected Sermons of Norman Nagel, Sermon on Luke 2 Show Notes: It’s Christmas with Dr. Nagel. Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie riff off Dr. Nagel’s sermon for Christmas from Luke 2. Questions? Comments? Show Ideas? Send them to us at…
11: Kleinig – Luther’s handbook for evangelical piety
Dec 9, 2017
Piety doesn’t demand signs and wonders. It’s not about obedience or works. Biblical piety is grounded in the Small Catechism, God’s handbook for family devotions, His textbook for evangelical piety. Our text: Luther on the Practice of Piety – Dr. John…
10: Henrich Bornkamm – Luther and the Old Testament
Dec 1, 2017
Your hosts dig deep into heavy duty historian Heinrich Bornkamm’s exploraton of Luther and the Old Testament. * Heinrich Bornkamm – Luther and the Old Testament * Werner Herzog – Cave of Forgotten Dreams * WKRP – Thanksgiving Episode Questions? Comments?…
09: Kittleson – Luther the Pastor
Nov 29, 2017
Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie free range graze on James Kittleson’s “Luther the Reformer.” * James Kittleson – Luther the Reformer * Thucydides * Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness – Smashing Pumpkins * MacBeth – Ian McKellen Questions? Comments? Show…
08: CFW Walther – Thesis XXV
Nov 20, 2017 • 79 min
No one is more quintessentially Lutheran and the American Martin, C.F.W. Walther himself. Riley and Gillespie delve deep in the capstone thesis of Walther’s Magnum Opus. Show Notes: * Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther * Perry County Missouri * Law and…
07: Luther – Bondage of the Will
Nov 9, 2017
Is Luther’s “Bondage of the Will” the most Lutheran of all of Luther’s writings? Let’s see if Pr. Riley can convince you. Show Notes: * BONDAGE OF THE WILL – Packer Johnston * Heiko Obermann * Kittleson * Martin Luther: His Road to Reformation 1483-1521 *…
06: Bayer – Living by Faith
Oct 27, 2017
Riley and Gillespie dive deep into Oswald Bayer’s “Living by Faith: Justification and Sanctification” [ download ] Show Notes: * Oswald Bayer * Living by Faith: Justification and Sanctification * Raw Live Kombucha (Cola Flavor) * Kombucha * Probiotics *…
05: Hamann – On Being a Christian
Oct 22, 2017
Riley and Gillespie dive deep into Henry P. Hamann’s “On Being a Christian: A Personal Confession.” [ download ] Show Notes: Henry Hamann On Being a Christian: A Personal Confession John Pless “Cut to the chase” Madonna – Crazy for You Vision Quest (1985)…
04: Giertz – Sermon the Belief and False Belief
Oct 15, 2017
Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie listen to Bo Giertz preach in 1961 on the difference between belief and false belief. [ download ] Show Notes: Text for our Study: Bo Giertz, Sermon on Belief and False Belief, p.133. Bo Giertz – Wikipedia Hammer of God at…
03: Nagel – The Spirit’s Gifts in the Confessions
Oct 6, 2017
Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie listen to Norman Nagel on the distinctiveness of First, Second, and Third Article gifts. [ download ] Questions? Comments? Show Ideas? Send them to us at http://higherthings.org/contact. Please rate and review the show in Apple…
02: Sasse – Particularity of the Sacraments
Oct 1, 2017
In our second episode, Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie consider the Hermann Sasse on the uniqueness of each Sacrament. [ download ] Show Notes: * Hermann Sasse * We Confess the Sacraments (Anthology), section 4, p. 21, “Preaching and Lord’s Supper” *…
01: Martin Luther – Commentary on Psalm 118:17
Sep 21, 2017
As Lutheran As It Gets The first episode of the HT podcast from Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie: AS LUTHERAN AS IT GETS. In our inaugural episode, we delve deep into Luther’s letter/commentary on Psalm 118:17. [ download ] Show Notes: * On Spritual Fathers:…