A Word Fitly Spoken Podcast

A Word Fitly Spoken Podcast

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62: The Chrysostom of American Lutheranism: The Life and Impact of Walter A. Maier
May 23 • 66 min
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…
61: Canon, Time, and the Messiah
May 16 • 80 min
WFS goes on the road to sit down with Dr. Andrew Steinmann to discuss a number of topics. How do we determine the Old Testament canon? Why is Esther and the Song of Songs in the Bible? Why is time important in the Bible? What unifies the book of Genesis?…
60: The Idols of Canaan
May 9 • 62 min
While idolatry remains a continual threat to God’s people, Israel faced a strong temptation because of the surrounding Canaanites and their religious practices. One such example that occurs frequently in the Old Testament is the worship of the Canaanite…
59: A Pastor’s Private Life
May 2 • 65 min
Loehe describes a pastor as leading a private and a public life. Yet as important as his public life is, it begins first in private. How should a pastor study? What does it mean to reflect on God’s Word? Does piety make you a Pietist? Join us for our…
58: The Storm Breaks: The Breakup of the Synodical Conference
Apr 25 • 67 min
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…
57: Let My People Go
Apr 18 • 60 min
Our Lord stretches out His hand to strike Egypt with His wonders. Come with us as we study Moses, Pharaoh, and God’s deliverance of His people from Egypt. Learn about Egyptian religion in conflict with the one true faith. Hear of the historic miracles and…
56: The Council of Ephesus
Apr 11 • 63 min
Theodosius II convoked the Third Ecumenical Council at Ephesus to settle a controversy between Nestorius of Constantinople and Cyril of Alexandria. The debate began over the term theotokos, the Mother of God, but it soon became clear that nothing less…
55: The Gathering Storm: The Breakup of the Synodical Conference
Apr 4 • 68 min
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…
54: The Sabbath Made for Man
Mar 28 • 58 min
Our Lord teaches clearly that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. What does this mean, and why is Sabbath rest essential for this world and for the life of the world to come? Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn HeideRegular Guest:…
53: Loehe on Starting in the Office
Mar 21 • 57 min
After advising the student of theology, Loehe continues by giving insight into how a pastor should begin his work in a new parish, especially young pastors going into the parish for the first time. Join us as we delve into the next chapter of Loehe’s book…
52: Christian Discipline
Mar 14 • 57 min
Strive to enter by the narrow gate. Press onward toward the goal. The Holy Spirit describes the Christian life in active, even violent, terms. How should we pursue God? What do our spiritual weapons look like? How do we run in pursuit of the prize while…
51: The Forgotten Era of the Missouri Synod
Mar 7 • 62 min
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…
50: The Conclave
Feb 28 • 62 min
All hands on deck for this special episode of WFS! The regulars are all here to tackle a wide range of user questions, including topics like fasting, deacons, and Semper Virgo. Join us as we look back on the first 50 episodes and look forward to many more…
49: The Later Life of Joseph Smith
Feb 21 • 57 min
The life of Joseph Smith is a mixture of remarkable success and heartbreaking failure. Mormonism grows despite tremendous opposition, and Smith dies young at the hands of a mob. Join us as we conclude the story of Joseph Smith from Ohio to Missouri to…
48: The Law of God is Good and Wise
Feb 14 • 60 min
It must be recognized that in any culture the source of law is the god of that society. Join us as we begin our discussion of the Law’s curbing effect in society. What is the place of God’s Law in the life of the Christian and in the state? Does it only…
47: Loehe on Preparation for the Holy Office
Feb 7 • 57 min
What makes a good pastor? For Wilhelm Loehe, the beginning was all. You’ll hear discussions about classical education, the focus of parish life, and the need for humility in this first episode in our series on Loehe’s “The Pastor.” A link to “The Pastor”…
46: Carolinian Herald of Liberty
Jan 31 • 63 min
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…
45: The Early Life of Joseph Smith
Jan 24 • 71 min
The impact of Joseph Smith has only grown since his brief life ended. From humble beginnings to the leader of thousands in his time, Joseph Smith is one of the most influential figures in American religion. Today, the Latter Day Saint movement, or…
44: Fire in the Bones: The Call of the Prophets
Jan 17 • 62 min
How do the prophets become prophets? What do pastors and prophets have in common? How does God’s calling affect us today? Join us to learn about how God sends the prophets in every age. Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn HeideRegular Guest: Rev.…
43: Fire From Heaven: The Evangelical Lutheran Tennessee Synod
Jan 10 • 68 min
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.…
Extra: Sermon for the Installation of Rev. Willie Grills
Dec 13, 2018 • 14 min
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. Find…
42: Mission in America
Nov 22, 2018 • 62 min
As we close the first season of WFS, we talk about something near and dear to our hearts. Carrying out Christ’s mission in the United States is urgent for the American church. We talk about what our mission field is, why America needs the gospel, and what…
41: Hardening of the Conscience
Nov 15, 2018 • 69 min
This one’s packed, as we discuss conscience and hardness of heart. What is the human conscience? How does it work? And what does it have to do with hardening? What about Biblical examples like Pharaoh and King Saul? How does hardening of conscience work…
40: Walther on Care for the Dying
Nov 8, 2018 • 60 min
Through Christ death has lost its sting, but how does a Christian face that final enemy? We discuss caring for the dying, funerals, cemeteries, and burials. As we bring the series on Walther’s pastoral theology to an end, it’s fitting to end with end…
39: Eschatology
Nov 1, 2018 • 64 min
The End Times continue to fascinate Christians. Since the beginning of the Church, the faithful have awaited the return of the Savior. However, there are many different understandings of how this will come to pass. How can a Christian discern between so…
38: Ulrik Vilhelm Koren
Oct 25, 2018 • 61 min
Ulrik Vilhem Koren listened to God’s call to serve the Norwegian immigrants settling on the American plains despite great personal cost. Leaving behind a comfortable life, Koren led the fledgling Norwegian Synod through many difficulties and…
37: Walther on Pastoral Care
Oct 18, 2018 • 65 min
God’s Word is healing for every soul, and God’s men apply its healing power to congregations and to individual Christians in all kinds of situations. We discuss pastoral visits, sickness, legal difficulties, and demonic possession in an episode packed…
36: Prophets, Signs, and Obedience
Oct 11, 2018 • 62 min
The prophets of old were mouthpieces of the Lord. Besides their words, their lives were also caught up in that calling, even when the Lord commanded them to do some unusual things. What would compel a man to marry a prostitute, to walk about naked for 3…
35: Unity in the Church
Oct 4, 2018 • 62 min
The unity of the Church: easy to affirm, but difficult to see. How are Christians united with each other? What is the difference between an imaginary unity and a real one? Join us as we discuss the doctrine of the Church’s unity, focusing on its Biblical…
34: Hearing the Word
Sep 27, 2018 • 64 min
Faith comes by hearing. Because preaching is the chief means of grace, not only is what we hear important, but also how we hear it. How can we best prepare to hear Gods Word when it is preached? What should our expectations be? How does that influence how…
33: Walther on Confirmation
Sep 20, 2018 • 65 min
What is confirmation, and why do so many people care so much about it? We look at what Walther said about confirmation, youth ministry, and the wisdom of providing clear instruction for faith and life to young Christians. Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and…
32: The First Council of Constantinople
Sep 13, 2018 • 70 min
The first ecumenical council answered the challenges of Arianism, but failed to make it go away. With Arians gaining strength in every level of society, even with Arian emperors, how would the Church respond? Join us as we discuss the history of the…
31: The Practice of Prayer
Sep 6, 2018 • 60 min
Just as breathing is necessary for life, prayer is essential to a living and active faith. How do the logistics of prayer— time, posture, and words—aid or detract from a prayer life? What is presumed when we pray? How can a pastor especially pray for his…
30: Walther on Marriage
Aug 30, 2018 • 63 min
Marriage is a perpetual source of joy and frustration in and outside the church. Today we look at how C.F.W. Walther discussed what makes a marriage and what unmakes a marriage, who should marry whom, and who shouldn’t be married at all. We delve into the…
29: The Wauwatosa Theology
Aug 23, 2018 • 82 min
As heirs of the Reformation, do we follow them because they speak the truth or because they are the Reformers? The Wauwatosa theologians called on the church of their day and also on our own to examine ourselves critically, to hold fast to the pattern of…
28: All Talk…
Aug 16, 2018 • 60 min
What we say and what we do go together in the Bible. But what happens when we become so focused on what we say that we forget that the Kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power? Maybe we end up explaining the Bible away. Join us as we discuss…
27: The Second Great Awakening
Aug 9, 2018 • 65 min
Few movements have had a greater impact on American Christianity than the Second Great Awakening. Whether in the way it changed the established churches or brought entirely new movements into existence, it extends into nearly every sphere of American…
26: Amos and the Justice of God
Aug 2, 2018 • 59 min
Amos, a shepherd called to speak against Israel even in the height of her power, speaks very vividly about the justice of God. What did injustice in Israel look like in Amos’ day? How does that compare to modern concerns about “social justice”? What does…
25: Walther on the Lord’s Supper
Jul 26, 2018 • 62 min
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…
24: The First Council of Nicaea
Jul 19, 2018 • 59 min
Few events in the history of the world have had so profound an impact than the relatively short ecumenical council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. Constantine the Great seeks to preserve the fragile unity of his empire even as the Church threatens to be torn apart…
23: Jonah the Prophet
Jul 12, 2018 • 59 min
In many people’s minds, the story of Jonah is about a man being swallowed by a whale, but this is only a part of the story. When and where did Jonah prophesy? Why do some people say the book is an allegory? What does it mean that the Lord relents of the…
22: Christian Apologetics
Jul 5, 2018 • 63 min
When your faith is under attack, how will you respond? Apologetics is not saying sorry for being a Christian, but giving an answer for the hope that is within you. Join us as we discuss the need of defending the faith, the major schools of thought within…
21: Habakkuk the Prophet
Jun 28, 2018 • 54 min
What do the minor prophets, especially Habakkuk, have to say to us today? Understood in his historical context, Habakkuk speaks clearly to the Church today, especially when he asks the Lord about the nature of His justice. How does concern for the Lord’s…
20: Walther on Baptism
Jun 21, 2018 • 63 min
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:…
19: Biblical Wisdom
Jun 14, 2018 • 62 min
Where shall wisdom be found? Despite outward similarities, Biblical wisdom stands as its own unique genre of literature. Join us as we talk about what makes the wisdom of God distinct from the world and within the Bible, why it seems neglected, and how it…
18: The Relevance of Acts
Jun 7, 2018 • 65 min
What did St. Luke intend when writing The Acts of the Apostles? What is the testimony of the early Church? Does Acts speak to the Church today? In an overview of Acts 1-10, we talk about some of the most famous events in church history and discuss why…
17: Walther on Preaching
May 31, 2018 • 59 min
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…
16: Providence
May 24, 2018 • 57 min
Does God’s Providence govern all things? Does the Lord simply know all possibilities or does the Lord’s hand extend to all of creation? Should these concepts frighten or comfort the Christian? A true understanding of the doctrine of Divine Providence does…
15: Man in Glory
May 17, 2018 • 59 min
What is the hope towards which we press? How do we describe what no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mortal mind has comprehended? Listen as we finish our series on the four-fold distinction of human nature with a discussion of man in the state of…
14: Walther the Pastor: Theology and the Call
May 10, 2018 • 59 min
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…
13: Paul the Pastor
May 3, 2018 • 67 min
Was Paul serious when he said that pastors should be ‘above reproach’? What does it mean to lead God’s people, and if the church is a family, does household have a head as the family does? Listen to find out how the Christian pastor is a steward of God’s…
12: The New Man
Apr 26, 2018 • 61 min
On this episode we discuss the third of the four states of man: man in Christ. This condition is common to every Christian as we strive to put off the old man and put on the new. Join us to listen to how Christ manifests the true image of the Father and…
11: Witnessing to Christ
Apr 19, 2018 • 60 min
Jesus says that the fields are ripe for the harvest. How should we work in his harvest fields as good laborers? Join us as we discuss some difficulties in evangelism and how to overcome them in order to extend God’s reign. Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and…
10: The Work of an Evangelist
Apr 12, 2018 • 59 min
Is evangelism an optional activity for Christians, or is it at the heart of serving Christ? We discuss why the gospel is urgent and how to spread this life-changing message. Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn HeideGuest: Rev. Adam KoontzEpisode: 10…
9: The Pastor’s Work
Apr 5, 2018 • 66 min
What does a pastor do? What should he leave undone? Listen to learn about preaching, visiting, and all the other work of a man of God. Hosts: Rev. Willie Grills and Rev. Zelwyn HeideGuest: Rev. Adam KoontzEpisode: 9 Find articles and other podcast…
8: The Fall
Mar 29, 2018 • 61 min
Though the Lord created Adam as righteous and innocent, Adam did not remain in that state, but fell into sin. Rev. David Appold joins Rev. Grills and Rev. Heide to talk about the fallen state of man, discussing original sin, Adam as head of all mankind,…
7: The Lutheran Pastor
Mar 22, 2018 • 63 min
The Lutheran Pastor, the most important work of George Henry Gerberding, speaks to pastors laboring in the American context, giving important insights into bearing an effective proclamation even today. Rev. Adam Koontz joins Rev. Grills and Rev. Heide to…
6: The Fourfold State of Man
Mar 15, 2018 • 67 min
The fourfold state of man distinguishes between the four different ways men relate to God: prior to the fall in innocency, after the fall in sin, regenerated by faith, and perfected in glory. Rev. David Appold joins Rev. Grills and Rev. Heide to talk…
5: Jude, Part 2
Mar 8, 2018 • 68 min
Jude warns the Church to beware false teachers, men whose judgment is from old and will not delay. Rev. Grills and Rev. Heide conclude their discussion of this important book, talking about the nature of false teachers, non-Biblical quotations in the…
4: Jude, Part 1
Mar 1, 2018 • 74 min
Jude is a small book with an important message for Christians. Rev. Grills and Rev. Heide begin a close study of the book of Jude, discussing the meaning of doctrines like the Lord’s providence, the danger of false teaching, and the importance of avoiding…
3: Mission in Matthew 28
Feb 22, 2018 • 62 min
What is the mission of the Church? What does it mean to be sent to proclaim the Gospel? Rev. Grills and Rev. Heide, both domestic missionaries, discuss the mission of the Church by looking at Matthew 28:16-20. While there is a difference between being a…
2: Nehemiah
Feb 15, 2018 • 72 min
Rev. David Appold joins Rev. Grills and Rev. Heide to discuss the major themes and background of the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah, in his zeal for rebuilding Jerusalem, seeks to build up two walls: the physical walls of the city and the wall of the Law.…
1: The Sufficiency of Scripture
Feb 6, 2018 • 52 min
In this, the first episode of the Word Fitly Spoken podcast, host Rev. Willie Grills and co-host Rev. Zelwyn Heide discuss one of the cornerstones of the website: the sufficiency of Holy Scripture. They define this important doctrine by looking at…