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As you grab your morning coffee (and pastry, let’s be honest), join hosts Andy Bates and Sarah Gulseth as they bring you stories of the intersection of Lutheran life and a secular world. Catch real-life stories of mercy work of the LCMS and partners, updates from missionaries across the ocean, and practical talk about how to live boldly Lutheran. The Coffee Hour is underwritten by Concordia University Wisconsin. Live Uncommon. Learn more at cuw.edu.
 
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.
 
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Chara Sype, preschool teacher in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Chelsea Irwin, who serves the Lord in the Czech Republic, join Sarah to talk about the Missions Unpacked for Kids program available this summer through the LCMS Office of International Mission, including what kids will learn about during this program, why it's important for kids to learn about…
 
Carla Elenz, Zone President of the LWML Land of Lakes Zone in Michigan, and who is cycling from Gaylord, Michigan to the LWML Convention in Lexington, Kentucky, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about her long history of cycling (including biking across America), preparations for a long cycling trip, what inspired her to make this 550-mile journey, and …
 
Rev. Mark Rabe, who serves the Lord in Ethiopia as a theological educator at Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the community at the seminary and in Addis Ababa, the seminary students and education available in Ethiopia, the struggles they have weathered over the last year, and how the Lord has provided for the…
 
Rev. Dr. Travis Scholl, managing editor of the Concordia Journal, joins Andy and Sarah to share his story as a writer, how creative writing really encompasses more than we may think, what the intersection of faith and writing means, and the format for this year's Faith & Writing Workshop at Concordia Seminary St. Louis. Learn more and register at c…
 
Rev. Edgar Keinath — Director of CrossLife Ministries, the counseling ministry of Ambassadors of Reconciliation, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about how the culture of our nation has impacted the life of the Church, how difficult things like the COVID-19 pandemic affect how we relate to our brothers and sisters in Christ, how the pandemic has affect…
 
Rev. Dr. Mark Wood, Director Witness and Outreach & Revitalization with the LCMS Office of National Mission, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about his book Connected to Christ: Witnessing in Everyday Life available from Concordia Publishing House, including defining the terms "evangelist" and "witness," who is called to be a witness, some misconceptio…
 
Rev. Eric Moffett, Associate Pastor of Foothills Lutheran Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Speaker for the Lutheran Church–Canada National Youth Gathering in 2022, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the theme "In not Of" from Philippians 3:20, how this Gathering serves the youth of the Lutheran Church–Canada, what the youth will be doing dur…
 
Rev. Kyle Castens, Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Festus, Missouri, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the history of Grace Day Jefferson County, how this event serves the surrounding community, the services that are provided, and how this event fits into how Immanuel and the churches in Jefferson County serve the community throughout the ye…
 
The Rev. Matthew Wood, serving the Lord in Indonesia with the Indonesian Christian Lutheran Church (GKLI), joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the community where he serves on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, how the GKLI serves the people of Indonesia, the challenges they've faced in the last year, and how the Lord has provided through trying ti…
 
Brett McCracken, senior editor for the Gospel Coalition and the author of Uncomfortable; Hipster Christianity; Gray Matters; and The Wisdom Pyramid, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about our current cultural state of information gluttony, what happens when we constant distraction and input in our lives, where true wisdom comes from, and how the Wisdom…
 
Dr. Beverly Yahnke, Executive Director for Spiritual Counsel with DOXOLOGY, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about developing a plan for self-care, including what we mean by self-care, why we need a plan, how we begin developing this plan, things that are important to consider, and how we ensure we make use of this plan. Learn more about DOXOLOGY, incl…
 
Rev. Roy Askins, Managing Editor of The Lutheran Witness, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the “Searching the Scriptures” feature in the June/July 2021 issue of the Lutheran Witness titled "He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty" about this phrase of the Second Article of the Apostles' Creed. Follow along an…
 
Peter Slayton, Social Media Manager for the LCMS, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about how context collapse affects how we interact with each other on social media, what scripture says about how we talk about hot topics (like abortion), and what it means to behave like a Christian online while still speaking the truth. This is a rebroadcast from May …
 
The Rev. Jerry Lawson, who serves the Lord in Russia as a theological educator, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the community where he serves in St. Petersburg, stories of learning cultural nuances, the focus of his service here, and how the Lord has provided for his service during his time there. Read his family's story and how to support their…
 
Rev. Peter Ill, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, Illinois, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about why we should do both devotions and attend corporate worship, what to look for in devotional material, and how to pick out if the devotional material is worthy of your time. Find the Treasury of Daily Prayer at cph.org/treasury or find the P…
 
Rev. Merritt Demski, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Illinois, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about a few hymns common during the "Green Season," or the season after Pentecost or Trinity. These hymns are: LSB 708 "Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart," LSB 722 "Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me," and LSB 729 "I Am Trusting Thee, Lord Jesu…
 
Deaconess Heidi Goehmann, LCSW, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the relationship between fear and mystery, distinctions to make between fear, anxiety, and worry, and how we can know to ask for help with our fear. Hear Mental Health Mondays each Monday at 9am CT! Find all episode with the tag "Mental Health Monday." View Deaconess Heidi's Mental …
 
Deaconess Heidi Goehmann, LCSW, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the ways we deal with emotions (both good and bad coping mechanisms), practical tips for faithfully dealing with emotions, and why this even matters in our relationships. Hear Mental Health Mondays each Monday at 9am CT! Find all episode with the tag "Mental Health Monday." View Dea…
 
Rev. Dr. Matthew Heise, Executive Director of Lutheran Heritage Foundation joins Andy and Pastor Cleland to share an update on the work of LHF and partners around the globe, including the state's case filed against Bishop-elect Juhana Pohjola of the Finnish Mission Diocese, Dr. Heise's book on the persecution of Lutherans in the USSR, a new transla…
 
The Rev. Dr. James Marriott, Director of Music Arts and Dean of Chapel, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis joins Andy to discuss the June 2021 Carillon Concert Series and the uniqueness of the carillon as a musical instrument. Learn more about the Carillon Concert Series at the CSL website: https://www.csl.edu/campus-life/music-arts/concordia-seminary-c…
 
Dr. Daniel Deen, Professor of Philosophy and Program Director of Crosswise, Concordia University Irvine and Dr. Joel Oesch, Director of Graduate Programs in Theology at Christ College and Executive Director of Crosswise, Concordia University Irvine join Andy to discuss the upcoming Crosswise Summer Weekend for high school students. Why is dialogue …
 
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Kloha, Chief Curatorial Officer for Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C, joins Andy to discuss the upcoming Magna Carta exhibit. Dr. Kloha shares the importance of this historical document for Western nations today and its relationship to the Bible and the English Church. Learn more about the exhibit at the Museum of the Bible b…
 
The Rev. Jeff Pflug of Faith Lutheran Church in Madison, Indiana, joins Andy to share a personal story about overcoming stigma and facing mental illness with dignity to find the healthiest outcome. Resources mentioned in this episode include community education from NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health First Aid.…
 
Dr. Danny Faulkner— Researcher, author, and speaker for Answers in Genesis and Hannah Klein, coordinator for the Gateway Creation Conference, join Andy to talk about topics to be covered at the upcoming Gateway Creation Conference. Topics include design astronomy, the light travel time problem, the Galileo affair, and flat Earth. Hear these present…
 
Rehema Kavugha, Synod Relations Manager for Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the upcoming "Growing in Christ" webinars offering support to church workers and volunteers who have labored exhaustively during the pandemic. You can request an invitation to the webinars online: lcef.org/webinars…
 
Rev. Dr. Wilhelm Weber, Managing Director of the International Lutheran Society of Wittenberg, joins Andy and Sarah to share an update on the the Old Latin School in Wittenberg, how the community of Wittenberg has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and opportunities to visit the Old Latin School. Learn more about the Old Latin School and how y…
 
Rev. Dr. Richard Marrs, Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Director of the M.Div. and Residential Alternate Route (RAR) Programs at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about what God says about emotions, why we have emotions, and what role emotions play in our well-being, decision making, and faith. Find his boo…
 
Brianne E. Gerzevske, Assistant Executive Director with LCMS Mission Advancement, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about what Mission Advancement does for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, how the work of the LCMS is funded, and the exciting dollar-for-dollar matching opportunities that are available to further our mission at nationally and internati…
 
Seth Hinz, Director of brand, marketing and creative at Pathfinder Church and St. John School in Ellisville, Missouri, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about why we use social media, how we navigate conversations and interactions even when they make us frustrated, what's important to consider when we want to share the Gospel on social media, and how to…
 
Rev. Sean Daenzer, LCMS Director of Worship and Chaplain for the LCMS International Center, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about why Jesus' ascension into heaven is historically important, what it means for us, and how the church has celebrated this feast through the ages. This is a rebroadcast from May 21, 2020.…
 
Stephanie DiDonato, marketing content specialist at Concordia Publishing House, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the CPH Reads Summer Reading Program, the benefits of a summer reading program, who can participate (hint: everyone!), what books are eligible, and how the program works, including points and prizes. Learn more and register at read.cph…
 
https://kfuo-od.streamguys1.com/recast/coffee-hour/20210511120026-CH_May_11_2021.mp3 Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Boyle, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and Grace Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about why we read the Church Fathers, how we regard their writings, and where we find our Lutheran theology in these writings from …
 
Megan Miessler, DCE, LCSW — Executive Director of Lutheran Counseling Services (LCSFL) in Winter Park, Florida — joins Andy to talk about how everyone has mental health, how we can acknowledge our need to care about our mental health, some common myths about mental health, and how we can help care for our neighbor's mental health as well as our own…
 
Rev. Roy Askins, Managing Editor of The Lutheran Witness, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the “Searching the Scriptures” feature in the May 2021 issue of the Lutheran Witness titled "He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead," about this phrase of the Second Article of the Apostles' Creed. Follow along and search the Scri…
 
Dr. Rebecca Schmidt, Director of LCMS School Ministry, joins Andy and Sarah during Teacher Appreciation Week to talk about how Lutheran schools have adapted and persisted through the challenges of the past year, some benefits that we may see from working through challenges, and how we can show appreciation for our teachers this year. Learn more abo…
 
Rev. Micah Glenn, Director of Recruitment at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about how pastoral and diaconal formation begins for many students, how high school years are a good time to explore the ideas of serving as a pastor or deaconess, and how Vocatio helps students discern their future vocations. Learn more a…
 
Dr. Joel Elowsky, professor of Historical Theology and coordinator of International Seminary Exchange Programs at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the life and legacy of St. Athanasius of Alexandria, including what we know of his early life, what has going on in church history at his time (294-373), his role in this…
 
Dr. Cameron MacKenzie, The Forest E. and Frances H. Ellis Professor of Historical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the life and legacy of Friedrich Wyneken — the second president of the LCMS, including what we know about his early years, how God used his abilities to be a missiona…
 
Deaconess Heidi Goehmann, LCSW, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about her new book "Finding Hope: From Brokenness to Restoration" available from Concordia Publishing House, including how we all experience brokenness, why it's helpful to identify types of brokenness, how brokenness affects our relationships, and where we find Jesus in the midst of our …
 
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