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The Concordia Publishing House Podcast

Welcome to the Concordia Publishing House Podcast where we consider everything in the light of Jesus Christ who is the same today, yesterday, and forever. Hosted by Elizabeth Pittman.

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Healthy Ways to Process Emotions | Part 3 | Heidi Goehmann
In this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast, author Heidi Goehmann rejoins host Elizabeth Pittman for the third episode in her three-part series on understanding emotions. In the final episode, Heidi talks about practical ways God gives to us to process all our emotions. Order Heidi’s newest book, Emotions & the Gospel: Created for Connection by visiting cph.org. Show Notes:God’s Word is filled with emotion and contains practical examples from Our Savior as he perfectly managed his own emotions in healthy ways. Heidi Goehmann discusses practical pieces to understanding and dealing with our emotions and offers a few strategies for doing so, found in her recent book Emotions & the Gospel. She also covers what we can learn from others about processing emotions, especially children. Listen to all three of Heidi’s recent episodes for more of her insight into understanding emotions on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or YouTube. Heidi’s website: heidigoehmann.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heidigoehmannwrites Instagram: @heidigoehmann YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/HeidiGoehmannWrites                        Questions Covered·        What have you learned from kids about emotions?·        What are a few of the tools we can use to process our emotions? What does the Bible have to teach us about these?·        What are common defense mechanisms we might throw up to avoid processing our emotions?About the GuestHeidi Goehmann is a licensed clinical social worker and mental health provider, deaconess, writer, speaker, wife, mom, and advocate. She can always be found at heidigoehmann.com advocating and providing resources for mental health and genuine relationship. Heidi loves her family, sticky notes, Jesus, adventure, Star Wars, Star Trek, and new ideas.... not necessarily in that order. Besides Emotions & the Gospel, Heidi has also published Altogether Beautiful: A Study of the Songs of Songs and Finding Hope: From Brokenness to Restoration with Concordia Publishing House. 
28:25 09/17/2022
Misconceptions about Emotions | Part 2 | Heidi Goehmann
Misconceptions about Emotions | Part 2 | Heidi Goehmann In this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast, author Heidi Goehmann rejoins host Elizabeth Pittman to continue discussing the complexities of our emotions and how our Creator helps us to experience them. Order her book Emotions & the Gospel: Created for Connection by visiting cph.org.  Show Notes:While we experience imperfect emotions every day, Jesus perfectly experienced emotions.Heidi speaks about common misconceptions, or partial truths, many believers have when considering their emotions. She explains why experiencing emotions matter, and how they are a gift from God not to be turned away from or scorned. Heidi also stresses the importance of staying in God’s Word when going through partial truths and reflecting on God being our Savior from our imperfect emotional experiences, rather than just a manager. Keep up with Heidi’s episodes for more insight found newest her book, Emotions & the Gospel.  Heidi’s website: heidigoehmann.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heidigoehmannwrites Instagram: @heidigoehmann YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/HeidiGoehmannWrites                      Questions Covered·         What are common misconceptions about emotions?·         What are the benefits to removing judgement from our view of emotions?·         What happens when we try to control our emotions?About the GuestHeidi Goehmann is a licensed clinical social worker and mental health provider, deaconess, writer, speaker, wife, mom, and advocate. She can always be found at heidigoehmann.com advocating and providing resources for mental health and genuine relationship. Heidi loves her family, sticky notes, Jesus, adventure, Star Wars, Star Trek, and new ideas.... not necessarily in that order. Besides Emotions & the Gospel, Heidi has also published Altogether Beautiful: A Study of the Songs of Songs and Finding Hope: From Brokenness to Restoration with Concordia Publishing House. 
19:05 09/10/2022
Seven Practices of Healthy Youth Ministry | Rev. Mark Kiessling & Julianna Shults
This episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast features guests Rev. Mark Kiessling and Julianna Shults from LCMS Youth Ministry as they walk through seven practices for creating a healthy youth ministry. Read all of the practices that Mark and Julianna cover in a recent edition of Lutheran Life Magazine by visiting discover.cph.org/lutheran-life/practices-of-healthy-youth-ministry. Show Notes:      Mark and Julianna join host Elizabeth Pittman in this episode to define what healthy youth ministry looks like. Youth and their roles in the church are highly valued by God, and God calls churches to nurture and serve the youth in their congregations. As Mark and Julianna go through the seven practices that come out of this idea, the pair explains key areas churches should examine in their youth life. They reflect on the importance of developing youth ministry practices based on what Scripture says and how we are called to serve as disciples of Jesus.  About the GuestRev. Mark Kiessling is the director of LCMS Youth Ministry. Julianna Shults is the program manager for LCMS Youth Ministry. Learn more at lcms.org/how-we-serve/national/youth-ministry.  
44:58 08/27/2022
Confessing Jesus | Molly Lackey
In this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast, author Molly Lackey discusses what it means to confess Jesus and explains how we find our identity in our Creator.Molly's book, Confessing Jesus: The Heart of Being a Lutheran, will be available to pre-order soon at cph.org. Show Notes:      Molly Lackey offers a unique perspective on what it means to be a Lutheran. She reminds listeners that their true identity is found only in Christ Jesus. This brings us great joy as our Creator has control over our lives and calls us His own. Molly's book dives into five big questions: Who is Jesus? What did Jesus do? Where is Jesus now? When is Jesus coming back? And why did Jesus do all of this? This podcast episode touches on a few of these as well as the blessings that come from Jesus in the Sacraments.  Questions CoveredBefore we can know ourselves, we need to know Jesus. Who is Jesus?What can we find out about God from nature, reason, and the world around us? What can we find out only from the Bible?What did Jesus do? What is that important?Let’s talk about the Ascension. What does it tell us?How does Jesus’ presence in the Sacraments affect us?What does Jesus’ return tell us about our identity?What joy comes from putting our identity in Jesus rather than anything else?What are some of the things that can distract us from Confessing Jesus? How can we take our re-found identity in Jesus, along with the full trust in Him, and proclaim this good news to people who may not be totally open to Christianity/Lutheranism? What does confessing Jesus look like in day-to-day life?In Chapter 4, in the section "Jesus Cares for You When You Die," Molly writes that "The dead do not appear to send us messages -- we don't even really know if the dead are aware of what is going on in our lives back here on earth. While their bodies slumber in the ground below, their souls are carried by the angels up to Christ, where they rest and are comforted..." My question is what is the Lutheran response to explaining people who claim to have received or experienced receiving a message from a deceased loved ones and hauntings with ghost sightings?When we struggle to remember the blessings of Jesus, what are some things that we can do to remind ourselves of all that He does for us?Why did Jesus do all of this? Why does that matter? About the GuestMolly Lackey is a wife, author, and church historian. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama with a triple major in History, German, and Latin and a Master of Arts in Early Modern European History, with an emphasis on the Reformation in Germany, from Saint Louis University. Molly has contributed to Words of Strength and Promise: Devotions for Youth (CPH, 2021), has written for Higher Things Magazine, and has appeared on KFUO. She enjoys reading and talking theology with other laypeople, creating art, and drinking tea with her husband. You can read her online at her blog abovetowne.com. 
35:33 08/24/2022
Emotions & the Gospel | Part 1 | Heidi Goehmann
In this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast, author Heidi Goehmann discusses the complexities of our emotions and how they connect us to our Creator. Pre-order her upcoming book Emotions & the Gospel: Created for Connection by visiting cph.org. Download a preview by visiting books.cph.org/emotions-and-the-gospel.  Show Notes:God is emotional – but we don’t always think of Him that way.   To begin this first part of a three-part miniseries, Heidi Goehmann explains how hard it can be to discuss and analyze our emotions from a Christian perspective. Heidi also looks into how God leans into us and our emotions, and how we are filled with His grace through all different emotions. In these episodes Heidi will talk listeners through what God says about our emotions. Keep up with Heidi’s episodes to find out all of these lessons and more found in Heidi’s upcoming book. Heidi’s website: heidigoehmann.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heidigoehmannwrites Instagram: @heidigoehmann YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/HeidiGoehmannWrites                       Questions CoveredWhat are some of the questions you hear from people about emotions and faith and our relationship with God? Why is it important to understand the ‘emotions foundation’ you mention in your book and know what we are resting on? Is it helpful for us to consider emotions apart from how we are experiencing them day to day? Should we consider our emotions as a gift from God? How can our emotions connect us to our Creator? Your describe a process-oriented approach to our emotions. What does that mean in a nutshell? About the GuestHeidi Goehmann is a licensed clinical social worker and mental health provider, deaconess, writer, speaker, wife, mom, and advocate. She can always be found at heidigoehmann.com advocating and providing resources for mental health and genuine relationship. Heidi loves her family, sticky notes, Jesus, adventure, Star Wars, Star Trek, and new ideas.... not necessarily in that order. Besides Emotions & the Gospel, Heidi has also published Altogether Beautiful: A Study of the Songs of Songs and Finding Hope: From Brokenness to Restoration with Concordia Publishing House. 
23:41 08/20/2022
Generosity | Rev. Philip Krupski, LCMS Foundation
Show NotesRev. Philip Krupski, Senior Vice President of Gift Planning Services for the LCMS Foundation, discusses what it looks like for Christians to be faithful and thoughtful stewards of God’s gifts. He also shares a fresh perspective on generosity and its implications on our daily life, as well as some ideas about vocation in terms of being god stewards with both our physical and spiritual gifts. Questions Covered:Tell us about the work of the LCMS Foundation.Define generosity. How can the term “generosity” be misleading?What does it look like for Christian to be faithful stewards of God’s gifts? Can you share an example or two of this?How does the Foundation equip people to be faithful stewards?If someone wants to learn more about creating a gift plan, where should they start? About the Guest:Rev. Philip Krupski serves as Senior Vice President of Gift Planning Services for the LCMS Foundation. In this capacity, he is responsible for leading the deployed gift planning team across the Synod in assisting God’s faithful stewards in planning their gifts to show love to family and to support ministry. He also looks to create and support relationships with ministries across the Synod, assisting them in discovering opportunity to plan for solid, future, ministry support through gift planning.Phil has served the Church his whole life. Being raised in a pastor’s family, he attended Concordia University, Ann Arbor, and Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne. For more than 26 years he served three congregations as pastor; he served at First Lutheran in Kingsley, Iowa, St. John’s in Peru, Indiana and St. John in Indianapolis, Indiana. Twenty-four of those years of ministry were in parishes with Lutheran Schools. Before accepting his current role at the Foundation, Phil served as a gift planning counselor in the Indiana District.Phil and his wife Maridee have three daughters: Bethany Krupski (Milwaukee, WI), Rebekah Krupski (Cleveland, OH) and Katherine Krupski (Indianapolis, IN).
30:10 08/17/2022
A Closer Look at Baptism Hymns | Peter Reske
Peter Reske returns to the Podcast to take in an in-depth look at themes found in Baptismal hymns.Learn more about the Lutheran Service Book and the Lutheran Service Book Companion to the Hymns.Abut the GuestPeter C. Reske, senior editor of music/worship at Concordia Publishing House, holds degrees in English literature and historical musicology from Marquette University and The Pennsylvania State University. He was the editor of Lutheran Service Book and its attendant resources.
59:49 08/13/2022
Deliver Us | Rev. Dr. Reed Lessing
In this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast, host Elizabeth Pittman sits down with Rev. Dr. Reed Lessing to discuss his upcoming book, Deliver Us: God’s Rescue Story in Exodus.Reed talks about the greatest parts of the book of Exodus, how we can relate it to our lives, and what the freedom described in Exodus means for us today. Find out more about Reed’s work and pre-order his book by visiting books.cph.org/deliver-us.   Show Notes:Rev. Dr. Reed Lessing and host Elizabeth Pittman sit down to discuss Reed’s upcoming book, Deliver Us: God’s Rescue Story in Exodus, during this episode. Our host asks Reed about his insight into the rescue story and what it means for Christians today. He also explains his insight into different aspects of teachings found in the book of Exodus, such as what the books says about shame and worry. Reed also wraps up by speaking about how the story in Exodus ends with asking readers to look forward and what it gives us to strive for in our own lives. Reed’s Bio: https://www.cph.org/m-137-r-reed-lessing.aspx          Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lessingr   Instagram: @lessingr                                      Questions Covered·        What are some lessons you’ve learned from students?·        What’s your favorite part of teaching?·        Tell us about Christ present, predicted, and patterned in Exodus.·        You describe Exodus as one of the greatest books ever written. Why?·        How is the exodus story our story?·        Describe the historical context of Exodus.·        What does Exodus have to say to us about shame and worry?·        Tell us about “miraculous manna”.·        What does “freedom” mean in Exodus?·        When faced with our idolatry, what can we do?·        Exodus ends by looking forward. Why should we stive for “todays” rather than somedays? About the GuestRev. Dr. R. Reed Lessing serves as Professor of Theology and Ministry at Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota. Previously he was Senior Pastor at Saint Michael Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and before that, Professor of Exegetical Theology and Director of the Graduate School at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. He was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and received the B.A. in pre-seminary studies from St. John’s College, Winfield, Kansas, in 1981. He earned his M.Div. (1985), S.T.M. (1989), and Ph.D. (2001) degrees from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. He was ordained into the office of the holy ministry on June 29, 1986. From 1986 to 1999, he served pastorates in West Monroe, Louisiana, and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
40:44 08/10/2022
Measured by Grace | Sharla Fritz
Measured by Grace | Sharla FritzAuthor Sharla Fritz joins host Elizabeth Pittman during this episode of the Concordia Publishing House Podcast to discuss the ideas behind her upcoming Bible study, Measured by Grace: How God Defines Success. When we feel lost or like we are failing, Sharla encourages Christians to remember how God values us as His children. Find out more about Measured by Grace and pre-order your own copy by visiting https://books.cph.org/measured-by-grace.           Show Notes:Failure doesn’t mean God will permanently withdraw His love from us. Success doesn’t depend on us – it’s all about Jesus’ love and grace. In Sharla Fritz’s upcoming book Measured by Grace: How God Defines Success, she shows us that  when our failures make us feel worthless, God’s Word tells us He loves us even when we mess up. Sharla Fritz’s writing shows us that God's measuring stick is nothing at all like the world’s idea of success.Sharla’s Website: https://www.sharlafritz.com/   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharlafritzauthor Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sharlafritz/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQmWAAfpLzkKM8OrVYy5zlA                            Questions Covered·        What drew you to the topic of perfection?·        How does God’s measuring stick differ from the worlds? Why should this matter to us?·        When we catch ourselves judging and tearing down ourselves, how can we refocus to Christ?·        What helps you the most when you feel like a failure?·        Tell us about the Greatest Success Story?·        God uses broken and people who are “failures” over and over to do His will. How does this give us hope?·        How can we train ourselves to stay away from the comparison game?·        In your book, you use the examples of many Biblical figures and their failures. From Joseph to Rahab, and even Peter, how are these people just like us?·        You call David the “Supersize Sinner.” What are the takeaways from his story?·        The Samaritan Woman provides such an amazing image of the grace of God. What do we learn from her story?·        You have written several books and studies. How does the process look the same yet different for each book?·        What inspired you to start writing? About the GuestSharla Fritz loves to speak with women’s groups and to share about her own struggles, victories, and failures, speaking about how God is miraculously present through them all. In doing so, she hopes to share a few laughs and meet new sisters in Christ. Sharla is a Lutheran author, musician and speaker. She has published multiple books through Concordia Publishing House, including most recently Measured by Grace: How God Defines Success and God’s Relentless Love: A Study of Hosea. 
35:25 07/09/2022
Grace Under Pressure | Rev. Dr. Chris Kennedy
During this episode of the Concordia Publishing House Podcast, Rev. Dr. Chris Kennedy discusses his upcoming book, Grace Under Pressure: Responding Faithfully to Stress, with host Elizabeth Pittman. Chris talks about releasing his second book with CPH and shares what led him to write about the grace Jesus showed on the cross. Find out more about Chris on his website at pastorchriskennedy.com. Show Notes:Rev. Dr. Chris Kennedy speaks about how he used Christ’s experience on the cross as an example to guide how Christians talk about grace and dealing with stress in his upcoming book, Grace Under Pressure: Responding Faithfully to Stress. Chris also speaks of grace as an undeserved gift and how stress is becoming a national epidemic. So, how should all Christians approach stress? Chris provides his insight on this and more in this episode of the CPH podcast. Pre-order Grace Under Pressure by visiting https://books.cph.org/grace.          Chris’s Website: pastorchriskennedy.com/Facebook: facebook.com/chris.kennedy.16940599  Instagram: @pastorchriskennedy      Questions Covered: Pressure is such a large part of today’s society. Pressure to measure up and be enough. How do you approach this from a Christ-centered perspective?  Lutherans often talk about grace as an undeserved gift. Can you explain this further?  In your book you describe four types of grace: common, saving, sanctifying, and sustaining. Can you define these for us?  How do we live with the grace of Christ while we constantly fail because of our sinful nature?  In your first chapter you describe a performer who remains cool under pressure: Nik Wallenda (tightrope walker). What do you hope readers take away from this example?  Stress is a real thing. Your second chapter opens with a story of a speaker talking about how stress is increasing. You called it a “national epidemic.” However the word stress is never spoken in the Bible. How do we approach stress as Christians?  How have you learned to deal with stress in a healthy way?  Stress is not necessarily sinful, its how we choose to deal with it and react to it. How can we follow Jesus’ example?  How can we train ourselves to give ourselves grace when we feel immense pressure? About the Guest:Christopher M. Kennedy is a blogger, podcaster, and pastor, serving a large congregation in  San Antonio, Texas. He is also the author of Equipped: The Armor of God for Everyday Struggles. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication, a master’s of theology, and a doctorate in ministry. Kennedy and his wife are parents of four children.
25:11 06/18/2022
Continue Part 2 | Tanner Olson of Written to Speak
During this episode of the Concordia Publishing House Podcast, listen as Tanner Olson returns and speaks with host Elizabeth Pittman about his new book, Continue: Poems & Prayers of Hope. Olson exclusively shares several of his poems from his book and digs into the themes surrounding his work. Tanner is the voice behind writtentospeak.com and @writtentospeak on Instagram. Show Notes:Tanner Olson returns after appearing on the CPH Podcast in April 2022. Listeners are given a special sneak peek into Continue as Olson does a live reading of some of his poems found in the book. He also shares what it’s been like publishing his third book and what he hopes readers can take away from this piece during their everyday faith lives. Tanner’s Website: https://www.writtentospeak.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/writtentospeakTwitter: https://twitter.com/tannerJolsonInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/writtentospeak/ Written to Speak on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6VSXq2yYD3n5MFZ5ahIUDZ?si=Mpg3E66ZQcq_wmikYy8ktQ   Questions Covered: Poems used in this podcast are found in Continue on pages 92, 90, 22, and 79About the Guest:Tanner Olson is an author, poet, and speaker living in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Sarah, and dog, Pancake. For the last decade, Tanner has been writing and speaking about hope, faith, and love to audiences online and across the US. When he isn’t writing, Tanner spends most of his time watching NBA basketball, drinking coffee, being outside, and catching up with friends. For more from Tanner, visit writtentospeak.com or @writtentospeak on Instagram. 
29:03 06/14/2022
Promised Rest | Michelle Diercks
During this episode of the Concordia Publishing House Podcast, listen as Michelle Diercks reflects on different names of the Lord and the peace His names give to believers with host Elizabeth Pittman. Author Michelle Diercks introduces her new study, Promised Rest: Finding Peace in God’s Presence, and digs into the relief that is found from God’s unique characteristics during times of hardship. Find out more about Michelle by visiting https://michellediercks.com/ and listen to her podcast Peace in His Presence on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/show/3vsvyS7ofPL5b5V96pz1eS. Show Notes:In this episode, Elizabeth and Michelle discuss her new women’s Bible study, Promised Rest: Finding Peace in God’s Presence. Michelle gives a preview of eight of the names of God covered in her book and speaks about her own experience of learning how to find peace in who God is rather than her own strength. She also touches on God’s continual presence in our lives and how she set out to remind readers who they are as His children: cared for and loved. Learn more about Michelle and her Peace in His Presence podcast at https://michellediercks.com/.  Michelle’s Website: https://michellediercks.com/        Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/diercksmichelle          Twitter: https://twitter.com/michellediercks    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michelle_diercks/    Peace in His Presence on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3vsvyS7ofPL5b5V96pz1eS  Peace in His Presence on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/peace-in-his-presence/id1443248237          Questions Covered: > What drew you to the names of God as a topic for study? > Let’s talk about the 5 R’s…what are they and how can they help us? > As you talk to women, what questions/topics do you hear the most about their lack of/need for peace? > Let’s pick a couple names of God to talk about…Elohim and Immanuel > What are some ways that we can be intentional about spending time in His presence? > What surprised you about writing a bible study? > How can listeners connect with you? About the Guest: Michelle Diercks received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. Her majors were in the director of Christian education program and elementary education, with minors in youth and family ministry. She served The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod as a director of Christian education for nine years, and as a professional and a volunteer, she has taught God's Word for 32 years. She is also the podcast host of Peace in His Presence.
31:13 06/08/2022
Deuteronomy | Rev. Adie Harstad
On this episode, Rev. Adie Harstad joins us to discuss themes found in the Book of Deuteronomy.Rev. Harstad is the author of Deuteronomy: Concordia Commentary.Questions covered:Harstad recaps the journey from Egypt to the Promised Land and tells us where the Book of Deuteronomy falls in that journey.Deuteronomy seems to repeat a lot of themes found in Exodus and Leviticus. What is the significance of this?Deuteronomy begins with Moses repeating the journey from Mount Sinai to the Promised Land. Moses sent 12 spies to investigate the Promised Land. When they returned, 10 of these spies gave a bad report about the land, that the people living there were too powerful for the Israelites to conquer. The Israelites did not trust God's promise to fight for them and refused to go up and enter the land. How does Moses strengthen the next generation of Israelites against those same fears?Deuteronomy 6 is referenced a lot in regards to God's plan for teaching the faith in households. Harstad explains the significance of the first part of Deuteronomy 6 for households today. What are some key passages in Deuteronomy that predict Christ's coming? ("a Prophet like me" (18:15) and "a man who is hanged on a tree is cursed" (21:22-23))What does the "A choice between life and death" in Deuteronomy 30 mean? How should we properly interpret this as Lutherans today? Why are the defeats of two kings, Sihon and Og in chapters 2 and 3 so significant? They are often mentioned in the psalms.Why didn't God let Moses lead Israel into the Promised Land? Didn't He forgive him?Does Joshua being appointed leader in Moses' place point to Jesus?What does Deuteronomy say to Christians today?About the guest:Adolph L. Harstad is Professor of Exegetical Theology, Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, Mankato, Minnesota. He studied at Northwestern College, Watertown, Wisconsin (B.A.), Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (M.Div.), and the University of Wisconsin—Madison (M.A., Hebrew and Semitic Studies). He has also served as a parish pastor and missionary in Zambia, Africa.
34:22 05/21/2022
Continue | Tanner Olson of Written to Speak
During this episode of the Concordia Publishing House Podcast, listen as Tanner Olson explains his outlook on poetry, prayer, and just being happy to be here.Tanner is the voice behind writtentospeak.com or @writtentospeak on Instagram. He is also the author of Continue: Poems and Prayers of Hope.Show Notes:To Tanner Olson of Written to Speak, poetry is somewhere in between a song and a sermon. In all of his poetry, Tanner hopes that you get the sense that these are words that you’d say to a friend or in a prayer to God. In this episode, Elizabeth and Tanner discuss poetry, prayer, and how they connect in his newest book. Learn how to start reading and digesting poetry, and how to begin using your own voice. Listen to poems from Continue: Poems and Prayers of Hope including: Forget, Like the Sheep, and Consider the Wildflowers. Tanner’s Website: https://www.writtentospeak.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/writtentospeakTwitter: https://twitter.com/tannerJolsonInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/writtentospeak/ Written to Speak on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6VSXq2yYD3n5MFZ5ahIUDZ?si=Mpg3E66ZQcq_wmikYy8ktQ  Questions Covered:How does Tanner’s saying “just happy to be here” help open up conversations about mental health?How does his new book, Continue, work towards healthy lamenting but also knowing what it means to keep going?What does it mean that Tanner’s work is accessible?How do writing prompts help when creating poems?What is the significance of the poem and phrase “In All Things”?How has Christian poetry been able to reach different demographics inside and outside the church?Which experiences on the road have been impactful?How do we approach reading poetry?What should aspiring writers/poets do to begin their journey? About the Guest:Tanner Olson is an author, poet, and speaker living in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Sarah, and dog, Pancake. For the last decade, Tanner has been writing and speaking about hope, faith, and love to audiences online and across the US. When he isn’t writing, Tanner spends most of his time watching NBA basketball, drinking coffee, being outside, and catching up with friends. For more from Tanner, visit writtentospeak.com or @writtentospeak on Instagram.
32:09 04/20/2022
Crash Course in Church History | Molly Lackey
Church History is important because God works through history. In this episode, Molly Lackey gives an overview of the church from Pentecost to our modern church.  Church History is important because God works through history. In this episode, Molly Lackey gives an overview of the church from Pentecost to our modern church. Molly is the author of A Simple Explanation of Church History and Confessing Jesus: The Heart of Being a Lutheran  (coming  October 2022), and a contributor to Words of Strength and Promise: Devotions for Youth.To learn more about the intersection of sexuality and church history read Sexual Morality in a Christless World by Matthew Rueger. Show Notes:Studying Church History can help us to understand how the church has thought through issues throughout time. It can give us insight on how to deal with the issues that arise in our own time. It also is important to understand how we got to where we are today. In this episode, Molly Lackey, the author of A Simple Explanation of Church History, gives an overview of what the church has experienced throughout time. This brief, but thorough, overview will walk through the church at Pentecost, the Roman Empire, the Middle Ages, Reformation, and to our very own Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. Questions Covered:Why is it important that we understand church history?What does the history of the early church look like?Why did Rome lump Christians in with other “new religions”?How did Christianity move forward in a time of persecution?In the middle ages, how did Christianity provide stability and grow?What is the history behind indulgences?What is the meaning behind the “age of Orthodoxy”?What defines the “age of revival”?Why is this period significant to LCMS Lutherans?How did the World Wars impact our modern church?-Should we be excited for the end of history?About the Guest:Molly Lackey is a wife, author, and church historian. She earned her Bachelor of Arts, with a triple major in History, German, and Latin, from the University of Alabama. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Early Modern European History, with an emphasis on the Reformation in Germany, from Saint Louis University. Molly is the author of A Simple Explanation of Church History and has contributed her voice to Words of Strength and Promise: Devotions for Youth. She enjoys reading and talking theology with other laypeople, creating art, and drinking tea with her husband. To read more from her, head to abovetowne.com.
41:45 04/09/2022
Serving our Armed Forces Spiritually | Ministry to the Armed Forces | Rev. Craig Muehler
LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces is vitally important to supporting chaplains in the United States military. In this episode Rev. Craig Muehler, director of the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces, discusses the importance of this ministry, current projects, and what you can do to support military chaplains and their families.The Ministry to the Armed Forces is the mission arm of the LCMS to support and serve military chaplains — active and reserve — their families and the veteran population. Learn more at: https://www.lcms.org/ministry-to-the-armed-forces Show Notes:Have you heard of an army chaplain? Do you know the importance of having LCMS pastors be chaplains in the US military. During this episode hear from the director of the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces, Rev. Muehler, as he discusses this important ministry. Discover how the ministry was started and learn what route military chaplians take. Rev. Muehler knows first-hand how chaplains serve the armed forces and why this specific ministry needs to be supported. Be encouraged to prayerfully support this ministry. Questions Covered:How did Rev Muehler end up in this position with the Ministry to the Armed Forces?Why do we need chaplains?How was the Ministry to the Armed Forces started?Why is the office of the two kingdoms important to this ministry and does this interact with freedom to exercise religion?What does chaplaincy to military “nones” look like?How are the chaplains spiritually fed?How do chaplains become chaplains?What impact may the war in Ukraine have on our chaplains?Who can we contact to start the process to enter chaplaincy?Are there any services for veterans?What tools do congregations have to support our military-connected populations?What can we do to support this ministry? About the Guest:Chaplain Craig Muehler, a retired U.S. Navy captain, serves as the director of the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces. After retiring as deputy chaplain of the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served from 2011-14, Rev Muehler stepped into this position.. He received his bachelor’s degree from Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., and his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He also has earned his Master of Theology in Pastoral Counseling from Trinity International University. Muehler and his wife, Kristen, have four children; Seth, Jesse, Faith and Hope.
40:45 04/06/2022
Themes in Lenten Hymns | Peter Reske
In this episode, Peter Reske discusses the history and significance of three Lenten hymns.Peter Reske is Senior Editor of Music/Worship at Concordia Publishing House.Learn more about the Lutheran Service Book and the Lutheran Service Book Companion to the Hymns.Show Notes:Lent doesn’t have to be Holy Week… yet. The season of Lent is more than just the build up to Holy Week. The season of Lent has us focusing for 40 days on preparing for Christ’s passion in repentance and reminds us of our identities as baptized children of God. Catechesis through Lenten Hymns can point us to the Word and Sacraments.  During this episode Peter Reske teaches us how three Lenten hymns impact our walk with Christ during this season. Learn the history behind the text and tune and insider information on how the hymnal is organized and compiled. Remember our role in God’s salvation plan and Jesus’ story through Lenten hymns LSB 430, 425, 449-450. Questions Covered:What themes are already present in the Lenten season?How does confession and absolution feed into this time in the Church Year?Historically, how does the hymn of the day subvert our expectations for Lent?What is the history behind the LSB 430?Which poem is LSB 430 similar to?How are we not any different from the “characters” in the hymn?What does friend mean in this context?How does the tune fit into the text?What have the changes to LSB 425 been and what does the hymn writer have to do with it?What Bible verse is LSB 425 likely based upon?How do the stanzas work to teach us about Christ?Why two tunes for LSB 425?What is interesting about the tunes of LSB 449-450?How did the LSB Hymnody Committee order the tunes?Who is this hymn attributed to and what language was it written in?How do we use the seven wounds of Christ to understand this hymn?Where is the Gospel?How does the language referring to Jesus change throughout LSB 449-450? About the Guest:Peter C. Reske, senior editor of music/worship at Concordia Publishing House, holds degrees in English literature and historical musicology from Marquette University and The Pennsylvania State University. He was the editor of Lutheran Service Book and its attendant resources.
59:52 04/02/2022
Spiritual Wellness in Remote Canada | LAMP Ministry | Rev. Dr. Steve Schave
LAMP Ministries have been promoting spiritual wellness and has been nurturing faith in Jesus Christ to those in remote northern Canada since 1970. In this episode, listen to the executive director of LAMP Ministry, Rev. Dr. Steve Schave, as he informs us about the challenges and opportunities of sharing the Gospel of Christ in this setting.LAMP’s volunteers and staff from Canada and the United States share the love of Jesus to Indigenous people in communities in remote northern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia through Christ-centered Bible studies and other outreach projects. To learn more about their outreach programs and other events visit: https://www.lampministry.org Show Notes:LAMP Ministry has been sharing the Gospel in remote northern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia since 1970. LAMP is able to provide Jesus-focused materials to help these communities learn about our Savior. During this episode hear from the executive director Rev. Schave as he discusses his passion for spreading the Good News in this area of the world. Making disciples of all nations includes these hard-to-reach communities. LAMP has been able to create long-lasting relationships between volunteers, staff, and the communities so that short-term efforts stretch into lifelong faith. Understand how life differs for those in these small remote communities and what hope LAMP is able to offer them.  Questions Covered:·         What is the story of LAMP Ministries?·         How is God expanding the ministries there?·         How do you bring supplies to these communities?·         Why is LAMP critical to these remote communities?·         What is the process like for volunteers and their churches?·         How does VBS play a role in the ministry?·         What stories are there about the impact on children or volunteers?·         How does LAMP impact adults in these communities?·         What impact has the COVID-19 pandemic had on this ministry’s ability to serve?·         Currently, how are needs (both physical and spiritual) being met?·         How can listeners get involved?About the Guest:Rev. Dr. Steve Schave is the executive director of LAMP Ministry. Dr. Schave received his Doctor of Ministry at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne with a dissertation that focused on church planting resources based on a ‘witness, mercy, life together’ framework for doing missions. His past ministry work includes an extensive focus on outreach through human care, as well as church revitalization with a focus on neighborhood renewal in the inner city. Rev. Schave and his wife Kim live in Alberta, Canada. 
26:34 02/26/2022
Jesus' Redemption Quest | Rev. Eric Eichinger
We love watching superheroes defeat villains in our media, but there is only one true hero for our world. Jesus Christ. In this episode, unpack what it means to be a part of Jesus’ redemption story with the author of Lord of Legends: Jesus’ Redemption Quest, Eric Eichinger.  To order Lord of Legends visit https://www.cph.org/p-34643-lord-of-legends-jesus-redemption-quest.aspx  Show Notes:Heroes we find in comics, movies, and books are often a source of inspiration and hope for us and the fictional worlds they inhabit. The Hero’s Journey is a literary term used to describe how a character transforms through their quest. These thrilling stories are often repeated, dissected, and shared throughout our culture and history. But as Christians, we know about a real superhero. One that isn’t just a tall tale or only exists on screen. Jesus Christ was born to be the hero of the world, to conquer all of our villains and He did. Listen and join the conversation as we discuss how the concept of the hero's journey can help us to understand the magnitude of the history the Bible tells of the real hero, our prince of peace, our conqueror– Jesus. With the author of Lord of Legends: Jesus’ Redemption Quest, Eric Eichinger as our guest, unpack Jesus’ quest to redeem the whole of creation.Eric Eichinger is senior pastor of Bethel Lutheran in Clearwater, Florida. He earned a B.A. in Theatre from Michigan State University and ran on the varsity track and field team. Eichinger served for two years in New York as a youth worker, and two years in mainland China as an English teacher where he met his wife, Kara. He was ordained into the office of the holy ministry in 2006 and currently serves as pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church in Clearwater, FL. Eric resides in the Tampa Bay area with his wife, their three children, and a feisty dachshund, Doppelbock.
37:31 01/27/2022
Sanctity of Life | Deaconess Tiffany Manor
In this episode, Deaconess Tiffany Manor joins us to discuss the sanctity of life and what the LCMS’ Life Ministry is currently working on.Start teaching, from a young age, about the value of all life with Alive Before You Were Born.Learn more about how to witness in today's world with  Every One His Witness.The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Life Ministry is devoted to upholding the sanctity of human life, both in our church body and the culture at large. You can contact them with questions at lifeministry@lcms.org.Show Notes:We believe that all life is valuable. This can be considered a countercultural idea in our day and age– especially when it comes to the unborn. Join us in this episode as Deaconess Tiffany Manor discusses how her faith led her to uphold the sanctity of life and how the LCMS Life Ministry advocates for and upholds the sanctity of human life. Listen to understand the three areas Life Ministry covers: advocating for life, caring for life, and teaching about life. Life that holds the Imago Deo. Life that Jesus came to serve, suffer with, die for, and ultimately give the gift of eternal life to.  Questions Covered:What is Life Ministry?What areas of living does Life Ministry cover?How does Life Ministry involve the kingdom of the right and the kingdom of the left?How is the sanctity of life embedded in Lutheran Theology?Do local/national events play into our advocacy?How can we not let events be the end of our advocacy?What age is a good age to introduce the concept of the value of life?How can we practice using life-affirming language?What is the importance of the Church’s Life Sundays?How can we prepare for these uncomfortable conversations with our peers?What is coming up with Life Ministry?How can congregations start mercy care projects?How do we stay encouraged with these sanctity of life issues?About the Guest:Deaconess Tiffany Manor is the Director of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Life Ministry. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Master of Arts in Deaconess Studies from Concordia Theological Seminary. Manor also has served the LCMS New England District in the areas of church worker wellness, human care and school ministry. Tiffany is married to the Rev. Jonathan Manor, pastor of Lutheran Church of the Savior in Bedford, MA, and they have four children. She enjoys walking, crafts, swimming, kayaking and “all things water.” 
30:54 01/22/2022
How Faith and Films Intersect | Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Skopak
Let’s go to the movies! In today’s episode of the podcast, learn how films can reflect biblical narratives, characters, and themes.Rev. Dr. Jeffery Skopak is currently the senior pastor of Grace Lutheran Church and School in Florida. Learn about his new book, Christ, Culture, and Cinema: How Faith and Films Intersect. You can find his own podcast at Christ, Culture, and Cinema.Show Notes:Movies are a large part of our collective American culture. When we explore the themes, narratives, and characters of films, biblical concepts and ultimately our hope found in Jesus emerge. As we watch the stories play out across the screen, what is your faith in Christ causing you to hear or see differently than a person who may not have the same faith? In this episode of the Concordia Publishing House podcast learn to ask questions as a viewer of films that help you to analyze the media and examine your own faith. Why do we watch what we watch and what lenses are we watching these movies through? Listen as Rev. Dr. Jeffery Skopak unpacks these questions and how relating movies to your Christian faith can impact your walk with Jesus. Questions Covered: -What got Pastor Skopak into movies?-What did we miss about going to see movies during the 2020 stay-at-home orders?-What was it like starting to look at films through the lens of faith, doctrine, and Lutheran identity? -What was the power of music in Joker (2019)?-What does it look like when Christ, the culture, and cinema converge?-How does our experience of faith impact our interpretation of movies?-Where do we see themes of love in The Princess Bride?-How does The Princess Bride show us that optimistic friendship and community we desire?-What are the challenges in letting a movie instruct us as we think about what it presents?-How does our faith change the way we view blockbusters?-Why is it important to allow ourselves space to process movies? About the Guest:Jeffrey Skopak was born and raised in New Jersey. He has served as a pastor all over the United States, from small urban ministries to large churches and schools. He is currently the senior pastor of Grace Lutheran Church and School in Florida, where he lives with his wife, Amy, and their rescue dog, Reggie. About the Host:Elizabeth Pittman is the manager of public relations and CGO at Concordia Publishing House. She received degrees from Valparaiso University and the University of Missouri School of Law. It should come as no surprise that Elizabeth is passionate about sharing the love of Jesus. Her life is very busy raising three active sons with her husband. 
46:25 01/05/2022
Focusing Our Schedules on What Matters | Kayse Pratt
In this episode, meet the founder of Anchored Women, Kayse Pratt, as she introduces us to a philosophy to help us use our schedules and to-do lists by refocusing on biblical truth.  Kayse is a wife, a mom, and the founder of anchored-women.com. Show Notes:We often can feel overwhelmed or scatterbrained when looking at all the things we want and need to do. Oftentimes, time spent with Jesus is pushed to the side or ignored with a simple “I’ll get to it later.” In order to best serve our homes, we need to be anchored in Christ. Join us in this episode as Kayse Pratt, the founder of Anchored Women, walks us through our schedules and to-do lists and helps us refocus on what really matters, living lives that are anchored in God’s Word. As we approach the new year, Kayse guides us to understand that we can bring our faith into everyday tasks so that our time with Jesus isn’t just marking a box. Kayse Pratt is a wife, a mom of 2, and no stranger to that feeling of constant overwhelm, always feeling like there’s never enough time in the day. She is the founder of anchored-women.com. She shows us a new approach to home and faith that includes biblical encouragement, partnered with practical, step-by-step help for managing our day-to-day lives. It is a philosophy that anchors us in God’s Word AND helps us manage our busy lives with a little less stress + a lot more joy!
43:27 12/29/2021
Ministry as a Military Chaplain | Rev. Travis Ferguson
Ministry happens in a multitude of locations, close to home and around the world. On this episode,  Chaplain Travis Ferguson joins us to share his experience serving as an Air Force Chaplain in the Middle East. Chaplain Ferguson is a Captain in the United States Air Force. Learn about the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod's Ministry to the Armed Forces.
33:36 12/18/2021
BONUS | O Come, O Come Emmanuel | Peter Reske
Rejoice! Rejoice! LSB 357, O Come, O Come Emmanuel is one of the most recognizable Advent hymns in our hymnody. Learn from Peter Reske as he walks us through the history and meaning behind the text, tune, and themes of this beloved hymn. Peter Reske is Senior Editor of Music/Worship at Concordia Publishing House. Learn more about the Lutheran Service Book and the Lutheran Service Book Companion to the Hymns.Episode Webpage
38:13 12/17/2021
BONUS | Savior of the Nations, Come | Peter Reske
LSB 332, Savior of the Nations, Come is a favorite hymn during the season of Advent. Learn the story behind the tune, text, and translation of this beloved hymn. Peter Reske is Senior Editor of Music/Worship at Concordia Publishing House.Learn more about the Lutheran Service Book and the Lutheran Service Book Companion to the Hymns.Episode webpage
31:22 12/08/2021
Understanding and Engaging Muslims | Dr. Abjar Bahkou
Witnessing in a loving way to the Muslim community can seem overwhelming. In this episode, Dr. Abjar Bahkou gives an overview of the Islamic faith and a guide to compassionately evangelize to our Muslim neighbors.Dr. Bahkou is an associate professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He has written numerous books and articles and has done extensive translation work from English into Arabic, all with the goal of improving Christian Muslim communication.Learn more practical steps to engage with Muslims
52:57 12/01/2021
Advent Hymns | Peter Reske
Advent marks the beginning of a new church year and season with a focus of reflecting on how the Israelites waited for their Savior mirrors how we wait for His return. During the season of Advent, there are many hymns that Lutherans love. The stories behind the hymns are just as compelling as the reasons people love them. This episode doesn’t touch on favorites such as O Come, O Come Emmanuel or Savior of the Nations Come (listeners can look forward to two separate episodes solely focusing on these two important Advent hymns), but other important advent hymns.During this episode Peter Reske tells us the history behind Advent hymns and the themes that connect them all together. Experience the wonder, joy, waiting, and awe of Advent hymns LSB 334, 335, 339, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 350,Learn more about the Lutheran Service Book and the Lutheran Service Book Companion to the Hymns .Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
44:27 11/02/2021
The Book of James | Rev. Dr. Curtis Giese
The New Testament Book of James presents a profound message of what it means to live a sanctified life. Rev. Dr. Curtis Giese, author of James—Concordia Commentary, introduces us to the depth and richness of James in this episode.Dr. Giese is a professor in the Theology Division of Concordia University Texas (in Austin), where he has taught Greek and New Testament since 2004. Learn more about James—Concordia Commentary.
38:00 10/27/2021
Heidi Floyd | Breast Cancer Advocacy
Diagnosed with breast cancer when she was pregnant with her fourth child, Heidi Floyd presents a message of faith in God’s promises in all circumstances. Heidi shares her powerful story with us in this episode. Heidi Floyd is a sought after influencer with over 10 years of experience in healthcare advocacy and breast cancer activism. She's a powerful communicator, international public speaker, and the author of in a word: quiet little thoughts about God. Heidi has served as the voice of the patient for a wide variety of organizations, including the U. S. Department of Defense, the American Cancer Society, and Susan G. Komen. Her experience has helped us establish and strengthen relationships with patient advocacy organizations that support patients and their families and educate corporations and other entities on compassionate outreach to the worldwide cancer community.Connect with Heidi on LinkedInFollow Heidi on Twitter
50:21 10/23/2021
Encore Episode: Hymns of the Reformation | Peter Reske
This episode originally aired on October 17, 2020 The Reformation had a profound impact on the hymnody of the Lutheran Church. Today, we'll be talking about the musical shifts that occurred during the Reformation era with our guest, Peter Reske. Peter is the senior editor of music and worship resources here at Concordia Publishing House.Find out more at:cph.org/companion
41:03 10/20/2021