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The Coffee Hour from KFUO Radio

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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.

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United States

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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.

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English

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314-965-9000


Episodes
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Sharathon 2024: Planned Giving with LCMS Mission Advancement

4/19/2024
How is gift planning beneficial for KFUO Radio and its donors? Mike Fischer, Senior Gift Planning Advocate with LCMS Mission Advancement, joins Andy and Sarah during Sharathon 2024 to talk about his work with Mission Advancement, what Mission Advancement's guiding theme of "Blessed to be a Blessing" means for KFUO Radio listeners, and how Mission Advancement can help KFUO listeners with planned giving. For more information, contact Mary Schmidt at (314) 996-1518. Learn more about Sharathon 2024 and give now at kfuo.org/sharathon.

Duration:00:07:06

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Sharathon 2024: Using Radio in Prison Ministry

4/19/2024
How is KFUO Radio an essential part of prison ministry? Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Nehrt, pastor of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Greenville, IL, and Prison Ministry Coordinator for the LCMS Southern Illinois District, joins Andy and Sarah during Sharathon 2024 to share the success of the recent Prison Ministry Conference and how KFUO Radio has been helpful to him and those he serves. Learn more about Sharathon 2024 and give now at kfuo.org/sharathon.

Duration:00:06:35

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Set Apart To Serve: Sharing the Church's Story

4/19/2024
Why is it important to tell the church’s story of how she raises up faithful church workers? Rev. Dr. James Baneck, LCMS Executive Director of Pastoral Education and Executive Director of Set Apart to Serve, joins Andy and Sarah for our Set Apart to Serve Series during Sharathon 2024 to talk about the Set Apart to Serve stories we've shared over the last two years, who these stories have shaped his view of church work, some of his favorite stories, why it's important to share these stories, and what's next for the Set Apart to Serve Initiative. Learn more about the Set Apart to Serve Initiative at lcms.org/setaparttoserve. Learn more about Sharathon 2024 and give now at kfuo.org/sharathon. Christ’s church will continue until He returns, and that church will continue to need church workers. Set Apart to Serve (SAS) is an initiative of the LCMS to recruit church workers. Together, we pray for workers for the Kingdom of God and encourage children to consider church work vocations. Here are three easy ways you can participate in SAS: 1. Pray with your children for God to provide church workers. 2. Talk to your children about becoming church workers. 3. Thank God for the people who work in your congregation. To learn more about Set Apart to Serve, visit lcms.org/set-apart-to-serve.

Duration:00:26:48

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Sharathon 2024: History with Dr. MacKenzie

4/18/2024
Why is it important to remember and teach the church’s history today? Rev. Dr. Cameron A. MacKenzie, Professor of Historical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, joins Andy and Sarah during Sharathon 2024 to talk about why learning history is so important for Christians, why it's important for laity as much as pastors and church leaders, his favorite era in church history to teach, and what we can look forward to in the next series in church history. Learn more about Sharathon 2024 and give now at kfuo.org/sharathon.

Duration:00:14:45

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Sharathon 2024: LCMS President Harrison

4/18/2024
Why is it important to hear God’s Word daily? Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, joins Sarah during Sharathon 2024 to talk about the treasure of God's Word, what he would say to the team of founders of KFUO as they were considering this new medium of AM Radio 100 year ago, and how important our listeners and donors are as we continue this radio ministry for another 100 years. Learn more about Sharathon 2024 and give now at kfuo.org/sharathon.

Duration:00:10:04

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Sharathon 2024: LWML's Eden Keefe

4/18/2024
How does the LWML share God's Word, and how does KFUO partner with LWML? Eden Keefe, President of LWML - Lutheran Women in Mission, joins Andy and Sarah for Sharathon 2024 to talk about how LWML partners with other organizations and ministries to proclaim the Good News of Jesus, what is beautiful and good about these partnerships, how the tiny little mite boxes make a big difference for these opportunities to support Gospel work around the globe, what's on deck for LWML this year and next year, and how KFUO has been a blessing for the LWML. Learn more about Sharathon 2024 and give now at kfuo.org/sharathon.

Duration:00:22:54

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The Psalter: Five Books, One Messiah

4/17/2024
What do we learn about Christ in the Five Books of the Psalms? Does the order of Psalms actually matter? Rev. Dr. Adam Hensley, associate professor of exegetical theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the order of the Psalms and why that matters, the pictures of Christ in the Psalms, what we learn about Christ through these pictures, and how the Psalms shape his own teaching and devotional life. Dr. Hensley is a Keynote Speaker at the upcoming LCMS Institute On Liturgy, Preaching and Church Music, happening July 9-12 at Concordia University Nebraska in Seward, Nebraska. Learn more and register at lcms.org/worshipinstitute.

Duration:00:26:07

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Sharathon 2024: April 18-20

4/16/2024
KFUO Radio's Annual Sharathon is happening April 18-20, and we need your support to continue sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. Mary Schmidt — KFUO Radio Director of Development, and Rev. Doug Griebenaw KFUO Radio Mission Advocate, join Andy and Sarah to talk about what we mean when we say we are listener-supported, what happens during Sharathon each year, how KFUO programming supports Lutherans in their daily lives, how necessary your contributions really are (hint: very necessary!), and our thank-you gifts this year. Learn more and give at kfuo.org/sharathon.

Duration:00:29:21

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Mental Health Monday: The Emotion of Calm

4/15/2024
What is the emotion of calm, and how do we experience it? Deaconess Heidi Goehmann, LCSW, MSW, joins Andy and Sarah in our mini-series on Emotions to talk about what "calm" actually is and how it's different from "peace," why we seek calm, how calm is related to anxiety, the relationship between brokenness and calm, and how we recognize or find calm. Find your copy of Emotions and the Gospel: Created for Connection at books.cph.org/emotions-and-the-gospel. Listen to all episodes in this series at kfuo.org/tag/emotions-and-the-gospel. Hear Mental Health Mondays each Monday at 9am CT, or listen to all episodes at kfuo.org/tag/mental-health-monday. View Deaconess Heidi's Mental Health Playlist on Youtube, listen to the Life in Relationship Podcast, and find all of her writings and resources at heidigoehmann.com.

Duration:00:26:16

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Set Apart To Serve: Lutheran Schools Raising Up Church Workers

4/12/2024
How do Lutheran Schools elevate church work vocations and raise up the next generation of church workers? Alicia Levitt — Director of Academic Excellence and Interim Executive Director of The Lutheran Schools Partnership in Northeast Indiana, and Jacob Pennekamp — Head of School for Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, join Andy and Sarah for our Set Apart to Serve Series to talk about how they serve in Lutheran Schools, their journeys into church work, the role each of them plays in forming and recruiting youth to consider full-time church work, the dual-credit program Concordia Lutheran High School offers students “for teaching preparation from the Lutheran Christian perspective,” and the “Champions for Church Workers” program in the Partnership. Learn more about The Lutheran Schools Partnership at thelutheranschools.org and Concordia Lutheran High School at clhscadets.com. Learn more about the Set Apart to Serve Initiative at lcms.org/setaparttoserve. Christ’s church will continue until He returns, and that church will continue to need church workers. Set Apart to Serve (SAS) is an initiative of the LCMS to recruit church workers. Together, we pray for workers for the Kingdom of God and encourage children to consider church work vocations. Here are three easy ways you can participate in SAS: 1. Pray with your children for God to provide church workers. 2. Talk to your children about becoming church workers. 3. Thank God for the people who work in your congregation. To learn more about Set Apart to Serve, visit lcms.org/set-apart-to-serve.

Duration:00:25:31

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Principles of Biblical Interpretation for Everyone

4/11/2024
What do we mean when we say “principles of biblical interpretation”? Dr. James W. Voelz, Dr. Jack Dean Kingsbury Professor of New Testament Theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about his book Principles of Biblical Interpretation for Everyone, including who this book is for, what "biblical interpretation" means, why it's important to have a common or shared set of principles of interpretation, why we can't just leave the Bible literally, and a key foundation to establishing principles for biblical interpretation. Find Dr. Voelz's book at store.csl.edu/product-category/publications, and find his Fall Online Greek course at concordiasem.regfox.com/online-greek-part-1-fall-2024.

Duration:00:28:51

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The Psalms: The Words of Christ and His Church

4/10/2024
How do the Psalms form us in our daily lives and the rhythm of worship? Dr. Geoffrey Boyle, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the posture of worship, how the Lord speaks to us in the Psalms, what the Psalms reveal about our Lord, how the Psalms shape our worship, and how the Psalms form us as children of God. Dr. Boyle is a Keynote Speaker at the upcoming LCMS Institute On Liturgy, Preaching and Church Music, happening July 9-12 at Concordia University Nebraska in Seward, Nebraska. Learn more and register at lcms.org/worshipinstitute.

Duration:00:26:17

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Serving on a Short-Term Mission Team in the Czech Republic

4/9/2024
What's it like to serve on a short-term mission team with the LCMS? Rev. Richard Woelmer — Pastor of University Lutheran Church at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, Lewis Ostermeyer — Member of University Lutheran Church at IU and short-term mission participant, and Anne Gonzalez — manager of Short-term Mission Training and Engagement with the LCMS Office of International Mission, join Andy and Sarah to share about the team from University Lutheran Church who served in the Czech Republic, how they were able to serve, what they learned while they were there, and how you can serve in a similar way. To inquire about service opportunities, reach out to mission.teams@lcms.org and visit servenow.lcms.org.

Duration:00:25:48

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Mental Health Monday: The Emotion of Wonder

4/8/2024
What is the emotion of wonder, and how do we experience it? Deaconess Heidi Goehmann, LCSW, MSW, joins Andy and Sarah in our mini-series on Emotions to talk about how wonder is connected to curiosity and surprise, the place of wonder in the midst of brokenness and the ugliness we experience in the world, the sensory and cognitive components of wonder, how wonder is a spiritual emotion, and how we practice wonder. Find your copy of Emotions and the Gospel: Created for Connection at books.cph.org/emotions-and-the-gospel. Listen to all episodes in this series at kfuo.org/tag/emotions-and-the-gospel. Hear Mental Health Mondays each Monday at 9am CT, or listen to all episodes at kfuo.org/tag/mental-health-monday. View Deaconess Heidi's Mental Health Playlist on Youtube, listen to the Life in Relationship Podcast, and find all of her writings and resources at heidigoehmann.com.

Duration:00:26:59

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Set Apart To Serve: Journey To and Through Seminary Formation

4/5/2024
What does a young man's path to seminary look like, and how is he formed during seminary for the pastoral vocation? Jason Kohm, 4th-year seminarian at Concordia Seminary in St Louis, and Zachary Staehr, 4th-year seminarian at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, join Andy and Sarah for our Set Apart to Serve Series to talk about how they decided to study for the pastoral ministry, their path to and through seminary, who was most influential in their journeys, their vicarage experience and how that formed them for ministry, and how they feel looking forward to Call Day. Learn more about the Set Apart to Serve Initiative at lcms.org/setaparttoserve. Christ’s church will continue until He returns, and that church will continue to need church workers. Set Apart to Serve (SAS) is an initiative of the LCMS to recruit church workers. Together, we pray for workers for the Kingdom of God and encourage children to consider church work vocations. Here are three easy ways you can participate in SAS: 1. Pray with your children for God to provide church workers. 2. Talk to your children about becoming church workers. 3. Thank God for the people who work in your congregation. To learn more about Set Apart to Serve, visit lcms.org/set-apart-to-serve.

Duration:00:27:05

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"A Chosen Community" LW Searching Scripture, April 2024: 1 Peter 2:4–10

4/4/2024
When Jesus first saw Peter, He said to him, “‘You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas’ (which means Peter)” (John 1:42). God the Father chose Peter to make the great confession of Jesus, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Then Jesus made a play on words with Peter’s name, “You are Peter (Petros), and on this rock (petra) I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). This rock was not Peter himself but rather his confession of Jesus as the Christ. Later, in the epistle that bears his name, Peter further confessed Jesus as a living stone, chosen and precious to God, and the cornerstone of God’s spiritual house of chosen children. Rev. Carl Roth, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Elgin, TX, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the “Searching Scripture” feature in the April 2024 issue of the Lutheran Witness titled "A Chosen Community" on 1 Peter 2:4–10. This year, "Searching Scripture" is themed "Elect Exiles" and will walk through the First Epistle of St. Peter. Follow along every month and search Scripture with us! Find online exclusives of the Lutheran Witness at witness.lcms.org and subscribe to the Lutheran Witness at cph.org/witness. 1 Peter 2:4–10 4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” 7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,”[a] 8 and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Read full chapter Footnotes 1 Peter 2:7 Greek the head of the corner English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. esv.org

Duration:00:27:53

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United in the Songs of Deliverance: Singing the Psalms

4/3/2024
How significant is singing the psalms in the life of the congregation? Dr. Charles Brown, professor of music and chair of the arts division at Concordia University Chicago, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about how the Psalms are accessible for congregational singing, what is unique about singing the Psalms, how singing Psalms encourages congregational song in general, what is unifying about singing the Psalms, and how singing the Psalms can be both technical and expressive. Dr. Brown is a Keynote Speaker at the upcoming LCMS Institute On Liturgy, Preaching and Church Music, happening July 9-12 at Concordia University Nebraska in Seward, Nebraska. Learn more and register at lcms.org/worshipinstitute.

Duration:00:26:07

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Serving as a Volunteer Coordinator on the Mission Field

4/2/2024
What does a volunteer coordinator do on the mission field, and how can you serve in a role like this? Erin MacKenzie — Volunteer Coordinator for the Latin America and Caribbean Region with the LCMS Office of International Mission, and Ariana Gomez — Manager of Missionary Recruitment with the LCMS Office of International Mission, join Sarah to share Erin's story about being a Volunteer Coordinator, including how she came to serve in this role, her day-to-day responsibilities, what she loves about this position, and some necessary skills for serving in a role like this. More opportunities to serve in roles like this are open now! To learn more and apply for a long-term (2+ year) missionary position, visit servenow.lcms.org and lcms.org/careers. Chat directly with Ariana about potential openings at ariana.gomez@lcms.org.

Duration:00:26:47

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Death Is Swallowed Up By Death: Bach's "Christ lag in Todesbanden"

4/1/2024
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Sing a beautiful Easter Cantata with us today. Rev. Brian Hamer, US Navy Chaplain, joins Sarah and Andy to talk about J.S. Bach's BWV 4, "Christ lag in Todesbanden" (Christ Lay in Death's Strong Bands), including the texts for this cantata, unique features that set it apart from Bach's other sacred works, the familiar melody that unites each movement, and beautiful highlights from each of the movements. Find the familiar hymn, Lutheran Service Book 458, at hymnary.org/hymn/LSB2006/458, and read Chaplain Hamer's column on this cantata and hymn at whatdoesthismean.org/lifted-voice--brian-hamer/cantatas-over-coffee-christ-jesus-lay-in-deaths-strong-bands.

Duration:00:26:08

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Hymns for Maundy Thursday

3/28/2024
What can we learn from Maundy Thursday hymns? Benjamin Kolodziej, Church Organist and Musicologist, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about Maundy Thursday Hymns, their history, theology, and author. Hear this discussion on Lutheran Service Book 445 "When You Woke That Thursday Morning," Lutheran Service Book 446 "Jesus, Greatest at the Table," and Lutheran Service Book 617 "O Lord, We Praise Thee."

Duration:00:26:37