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Challenge your theological synapses with Rev. Tyrel Bramwell, Admission Counselor at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and author of the book Come in, We are Closed, as he talks about curious topics to excite the imagination, equip the mind, and comfort the soul with God’s ordering of the world in the Law and Gospel. Send him your questions on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @tyrelbramwell, or at tyrelbramwell.com. You can find his videos at youtube.com/c/tyrelbramwell.
 
Since 1980 Hope Lutheran has been one of over 6,000 congregations that make up the Lutheran-Church Missouri Synod. The word Synod means to walk together. With over 2.3 million Christians we walk together with our Lord Jesus Christ and each other. We encourage you to learn much more about our national church body by using the link below for its website. www.lcms.org Hope Lutheran has been served by Pastor Ben Meyer June of 2016. Pastor Meyer graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 2 ...
 
From September 12, 1884 through November 6, 1885, C.F.W. Walther delivered a series of 39 Friday evening lectures to his students at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Unlike his doctrinal lectures during the school day, these lectures were intimate and informal. By them he intended not only to educate but to form pastors into seesorgers (healers of the soul). These lectures were first published in 1895 and have become renoun for their depth, sensitivity and insightfulness into the h ...
 
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Pr. Bramwell is joined by Rev. David Sutton, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Marlette, Michigan, to discuss the resurrection of the body. Many people have their own ideas about life after death and what heaven will be like. Is it physical? What does Scripture say about the resurrection? Find out in today’s episode! Host Rev. Tyrel Bramwell,…
 
Today Pastor Kevin Thomson looks at the readings for All Saints' Day, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. In preparation for All Saints' Day, God's Word from Revelation, 1 John, and Matthew assure us of the hope and comfort we have in Christ. For all those who believe in Him, there is a blessed promise of an eternal resurrection together with al…
 
Is there a place for the Body of Christ in the public square? Join Pr. Bramwell and his guest, Rev. Christopher Thoma, pastor of Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartland, Michigan, as they discuss the church’s engagement with the state, whether fear mutes the faithful, and how pastors and congregations can get more involved in public disc…
 
Today Pastor Tanner Wade looks at the readings for Reformation Day (observed), Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. As we prepare to celebrate the Reformation this upcoming weekend, the selected pericopes for Reformation Sunday are highlighted for our study. Psalm 46 reminds us that God is our strength and our fortress, Romans 3 reminds us of our…
 
Cross Defense is all about exciting the imagination, but what is the imagination? Are we products of God's imagination? Do adults actually use the imagination or is this just for kids? Where do we find Jesus in this discussion? In this episode Rev. Bramwell speaks with guest, Rev. Sam Schuldheisz, pastor of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Milto…
 
Today Pastor Glen Thomas looks at the readings for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. In Isaiah 45:1-7, God promises a return and restoration of His people from their captivity in Babylon. In 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Paul cites the Christians in Thessalonica as a great example of Christian living for all the…
 
Rev. Gaven Mize, author of Beauty and Catechesis and pastor of Augustana Lutheran Church in Hickory, North Carolina, joins Pr. Bramwell to continue their conversation on the value and role of beauty in the ongoing instruction of Christians. Along the way they discuss the difference between objectivity and subjectivity, fleshing out the difference b…
 
Today Pastor Tanner Wade looks at the readings for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. As we look at the lectionary readings for the upcoming Sunday, we find a wealth of comfort in Paul’s words to the Philippians. A reminder in a difficult time that as Christians, as those who know the love of God, we can r…
 
Getting arrested for singing Psalms without a mask, the world’s distortion of God’s Word, and the beauty of theology. Join Pr. Bramwell as he talks with Rev. Gaven Mize about beauty and catechesis as well as a few thought-provoking current events. Host Rev. Tyrel Bramwell, Admission Counselor at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana…
 
Pr. Bramwell talks about religion with Rev. Dr. Adam Koontz, Assistant Professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. What is a religion? Are religions bad? How many religions are there? Find out the answer to these questions and more during this episode. Host Rev. Tyrel Bramwell, Admission Counselor at Concor…
 
Today Pastor Glen Thomas looks at the readings for September 27, the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. The Old Testament and Gospel lessons emphasize repentance, with God in Ezekiel 18 calling for His people to return to Him and Jesus in the Gospel lesson (Matt. 21) emphasizing the baptism and ministry of Jo…
 
Rev. Bramwell chats with his new boss, Rev. Matt Wietfeldt, the Director of Admissions at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. How does the seminary serve not only future pastors and deaconesses, but the entire church? The Lord calls us into various vocations, all of them serve others and are part of our cross-defense against our old e…
 
Today Pastor Tanner Wade looks at the readings for Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. In the upcoming lessons for the following week, we are given several important reminders in the assigned readings. Our Gospel lesson reminds us to be humble and not envious in the faith, rejoicing rather than being bitter when…
 
Rev. Sean Kilgo, pastor at the Northeast Kansas Lutheran Partnership, joins host Rev. Tyrel Bramwell to consider the curious and timely question of how the church can both use technology appropriately and avoid using it inappropriately. Being online can be a blessing for the church, but it presents a number of challenges that can have dangerous con…
 
Today Pastor Glen Thomas looks at the readings for Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. Forgiveness is the theme for this Sunday’s Old Testament lesson as Joseph forgives his brothers and also for the Gospel lesson as Jesus tells the parable of the unforgiving servant. In the Epistle lesson, Paul describes how Ch…
 
It's Cross Defense from the archives (from July 27, 2020) as Pastor Bramwell moves to his new call in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Pr. Bramwell fills in for Pr. Wolfmueller. We look at 1 Timothy to equip our minds against the ever-present temptation to chase after myths, speculations, and vain discussions, followed by a conversation about Christians and Co…
 
Pastor Bramwell introduces Concordia Publishing House’s “A Simple Explanation” series before discussing one of the newest pamphlets, "On the Fellowship of the Lord’s Supper." In the last two segments of the show he discusses an example of a bad closed Communion practice, drawing from an essay by Rev. Dr. Lawrence Rast on the Lord’s Supper and pieti…
 
Today Pastor Tanner Wade looks at the readings for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. Focusing on the Epistle Lesson from Romans 12, we look at the readings for the upcoming week of August 30th. In Romans Paul reminds us as Christians, that in view of God’s mercy we are called to live out the kindness and …
 
Rev. Sean Kilgo, pastor at the Northeast Kansas Lutheran Partnership, joins Rev. Bramwell to talk about how the Christian sees with his ears. The conversation is all about the eyes of faith. Do you see things as they actually are? Do you have eyes of faith? Host Rev. Tyrel Bramwell, Pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Ferndale, California, and au…
 
Today Pastor Glen Thomas looks at the readings for Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. In the assigned Scripture lessons for Aug. 23, Isaiah predicts a great rescue for God’s people, Paul encourages God’s people to offer their bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, and Peter confesses Jesus to b…
 
In the first part of the show, Rev. Tyrel Bramwell presents the deeper understanding of the liturgy. Who does the liturgy, the church or Jesus? Answer: yes. Guest, Rev. Nathan Neugebauer, joins the conversation to talk about the marvelous sign of God’s battle bow in the sky and the arrow of the cross before Bramwell asks for his thoughts on the tow…
 
Today Pastor Tanner Wade looks at the readings for Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. In the four lessons assigned for the following week, a consistent theme presents itself throughout the lessons. That God’s plan of Salvation for His people includes those “foreigners” (as Is. 56 says) being joined to those God …
 
What’s the most important thing in life? Food? Health? Those are good, but God’s Word is the one thing necessary. This is why Jesus sent out the apostles, and why God calls and sends pastors to us still today. But do we actually accept their authority and want to listen to the Word they speak? Host Rev. Tyrel Bramwell, Pastor of St. Mark Lutheran C…
 
Today Glen Thomas looks at the readings for August 9, the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. In Job 38, God contrasts His power and knowledge with the lack of power and knowledge possessed by Job and his friends. In Romans 10, Paul emphasizes how God creates saving faith through the Word of God, a faith that is bel…
 
Pr. Bramwell fills in for Pr. Wolfmueller. We look at 1 Timothy to equip our minds against the ever-present temptation to chase after myths, speculations, and vain discussions, followed by a conversation about Christians and Communists in China and whether Jesus cares about our physical needs. Host Rev. Tyrel Bramwell, Pastor of St. Mark Lutheran C…
 
Today Pastor Glen Thomas looks at the readings for Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. These assigned Scripture lessons include God’s gracious invitation to His heavenly banquet (Is. 55:1-5), Paul’s lament over his people’s rejection of Jesus as the Messiah (Rom. 9:1-13), and Jesus feeding 5,000 men with just five l…
 
The ultimate hope in 3 acts. Hear how hope catches us from behind, and how we have hope in Christ even amidst a global pandemic. Host Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller, Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Jesus Deaf Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas, and author of the book Has American Christianity Failed?, talks about curious topics to excite the imaginati…
 
Today Pastor Paul Sieveking looks at the readings for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. This week’s lessons all proclaim God’s grace, His undeserved love for His people. They assure us that our God has loved us from before time began, in the present, and into the future eternity. He has claimed us as His holy…
 
Who's in charge of the universe? Who sits on the throne? Where do we read about authority in Scripture, particularly Revelation? Where do we find comfort in the authority of Christ? Host Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller, Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Jesus Deaf Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas, and author of the book Has American Christianity Failed…
 
Today Pastor Glen Thomas looks at the readings for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. In the Old Testament lesson, God testifies that He is the only true God and that there is no other God. In the Epistle, we hear Paul look ahead to the glory that will accompany the Second Coming of Christ and how the sufferi…
 
It's a listener question day, with three questions: Could Jesus get sick and would he wear a mask? What is the Lutheran practice of adoring the sacraments? How do we deal with friends who think theology is not important? Host Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller, Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Jesus Deaf Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas, and author of th…
 
Today Pastor Thomson looks at the readings for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary.This week the Scripture readings especially direct us to the power of God’s Word giving life to those who hear and understand. Despite the many changes in this world, God’s Word is the source of our trust because it always accompli…
 
The resurrection is what matters. Contemplate practical aspects of the resurrection, how the resurrection affects our daily, and how we live away from death instead of toward it. Host Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller, Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Jesus Deaf Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas, and author of the book Has American Christianity Failed?, …
 
Today Pastor Tanner Wade looks at the readings for The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. We look at the lectionary readings for the weekend of July 4th and 5th, in it we find that though sinful we are a people of hope, a people that has received the gracious gift of a Savior in Christ Jesus. In particular, Zechari…
 
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