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Pull out your Book of Concord and join a lively discussion of the Lutheran Confessions. Each week, host Rev. Sean Smith and guest pastors take an in-depth look at passages from parts of the Book of Concord so you can have a deeper understanding of your Lutheran faith.

Pull out your Book of Concord and join a lively discussion of the Lutheran Confessions. Each week, host Rev. Sean Smith and guest pastors take an in-depth look at passages from parts of the Book of Concord so you can have a deeper understanding of your Lutheran faith.

Location:

Saint Louis, MO

Description:

Pull out your Book of Concord and join a lively discussion of the Lutheran Confessions. Each week, host Rev. Sean Smith and guest pastors take an in-depth look at passages from parts of the Book of Concord so you can have a deeper understanding of your Lutheran faith.

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@kfuoradio

Language:

English

Contact:

314-965-9000


Episodes

Concord Matters for the Details of How We Worship

10/20/2020
How do the Lutheran Confessions translate into the details of our Lutheran Worship? What did Lutheran worship look like for the Lutheran confessors of the 16th century? Rev. Sean Daenzer, Director of Worship for the LCMS and Chaplain for the LCMS International Center, joins host Rev. Sean Smith for this discussion.

Duration:00:55:13

Concord Matters for Adiaphora in Worship

10/13/2020
Is there room for disagreement in worship practices? How do we consider and work through the differences in worship? How do we seek unity in our confession of faith by our worship practices? Rev. Sean Daenzer— Director of Worship for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and Chaplain at the LCMS International Center, and Rev. Larry Beane— pastor of Salem Lutheran Church in Gretna, Louisiana, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss adiaphora in worship.

Duration:00:52:16

Concord Matters for Reverence in Worship

10/6/2020
What does it mean to be reverent, and how do we have reverent worship? How do the "things" of our worship relate to reverence? What is the real reverence of worship? What constitutes irreverence in worship? Chaplain Sean Daenzer, Director of Worship for the LCMS and Chaplain at the International Center joins host Rev. Sean Smith for this study.

Duration:00:55:20

Concord Matters for Worship

9/29/2020
What do we LCMS Lutherans mean when we talk about worship? How does our language, including use of metonymy and synecdoche, shape how we talk about worship? Where do we learn about Lutheran worship and divine service in our Lutheran confessions, and what do those passages teach us about right worship? Chaplain Sean Daenzer, Director of Worship for the LCMS and Chaplain at the International Center joins host Rev. Sean Smith for this study.

Duration:00:55:20

Concord Matters for Concord

9/22/2020
What is the foundation for discussion of Concord within the Christian Church? What does unity look like in the Christian Church? How is such unity preserved? How do we handle disunity, heterodoxy, and heresy in the Church? Where would be a good “first-step” place to go in the Book of Concord to help us handle these matters? Rev. David Wiist, pastor of Concordia Lutheran in Evansville, Indiana, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss how our Lutheran confessions matter for us to live peaceably...

Duration:00:53:27

Concord Matters for the Care of Souls

9/15/2020
What is a soul? What does it mean to care for souls, and why is that important? Is it different from mental health therapy? How does right understanding of the care of souls affect how pastors care for their flock? Rev. Brady Finnern, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Sartell, Minnesota, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss Concord Matters for the care of souls.

Duration:00:49:06

Saxon Lutherans: A History of Doctrinal Application

9/8/2020
The historical context of the Book of Concord is quite intricate. Cultural and political influences abounded in the 1500-1600s and caused tricky situations for the young Lutheran church in Saxony and across German territories. The Saxon Visitation Articles from 1592 brought standards to Lutheran practice across Saxony and were brought to America by Saxon Lutherans. This small part, not officially part of the Book of Concord, holds great historical and doctrinal value for our Lutheran...

Duration:00:50:55

Faith of our Fathers

9/1/2020
What is the Catalog of Testimonies included in the Appendix of the Reader's Edition of the Book of Concord? (Did you even know that was there?) Why does it matter a great deal that our church fathers wrote and spoke in accordance with the Word of God? Why should we study what our church fathers believed and taught? Rev. Anthony Dodgers, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charlotte, Iowa, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss the Catalog of Testimonies in the Appendix of the Reader's...

Duration:00:50:29

Confession is Balm to Weary Souls

8/25/2020
What do we believe about confession and why should we want to go to confession? What are the two kinds of confession? How is confession and absolution balm to weary souls? Rev. Mark Barz, pastor of Crown of Life Lutheran Church in San Antonio, Texas, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss Martin Luther's "A Brief Exhortation to Go to Confession."

Duration:00:56:04

Birth of The Formula of Concord (Rebroadcast)

8/18/2020
The old saying goes, "if we do not learn from history we will have to repeat history's mistakes." On this episode we will dig in to the history and background of the Formula of Concord, including how it came into being and succeeded in healing the young strife-torn Lutheran Church. We learn wisdom from it that, God-willing, creates the setting for us to approach controversies that threaten our unity in the Church today. Rev. Jaime Nava, pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Maplewood,...

Duration:00:55:42

If You Get Jesus Wrong, You Get the Gospel Wrong

8/11/2020
Who are the Schwenkfeldians and how are they related to the Reformation? What is the proper understanding of Christ's incarnation? How do our beliefs about the sacraments differ from those opposed to our Lutheran Confessions? How does everything boil down to the proper distinction between Law and Gospel? Rev. Paul Cain, senior pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School in Sheridan, Wyoming, and Secretary and Webmaster on the board for the Consortium for...

Duration:00:54:27

The Three Estates for Good Order: Government, Church, Family

8/4/2020
What are the three estates that Christians are a part of? How are government, church, and family different vocational spheres, and how do our beliefs about these estates shape our daily lives as Christians? How do we partake in each of these estates as faithful Christians? Rev. Matt Richard, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Minot, North Dakota, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss The Epitome of the Formula of Concord, Article XII: Other Factions ‹Heresies› and Sects that Never...

Duration:00:51:58

Confessing What We Reject

7/28/2020
Why is it important to also confess what we reject? What are the teachings that we do reject? How are these teachings connected to ancient heresies, and how does our Lutheran doctrine teach against these things? Rev. Matt Richard, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Minot, North Dakota, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss The Epitome of the Formula of Concord, Article XII: Other Factions ‹Heresies› and Sects that Never Embrace the Augsburg Confession (Erroneous Articles of the...

Duration:00:51:37

Right Prayer, Praise and Teaching

7/21/2020
What do "heresy," "orthodox," and "heterodox" mean, especially in the context of our Lutheran confessions? How does the history of our Lutheran confessions compare to other denominations? How do we use our confessions to compare what we believe to what others believe? How is Christ in the center of our Lutheran confessions? Rev. Jaime Nava, pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Maplewood, Missouri, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss The Epitome of the Formula of Concord, Article XII:...

Duration:00:53:43

You are Chosen

7/14/2020
How is Election a comforting thing? How does discussion on Election always come back to Jesus? What are some false views of predestination that Lutherans do not agree with? Rev. Brady Finnern, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Sartell, Minnesota, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss The Epitome of the Formula of Concord, Article XI: God's Eternal Foreknowledge

Duration:00:55:32

God Is Not the Bad Guy

7/7/2020
Why are some saved and not others? If we cannot climb into the mind of God, how can we be assured of our election? How is predestination all about the comfort of the Gospel? Rev. Dr. Phil Booe, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Amston, CT, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss the Epitome of the Formula of Concord, Article XI: God’s Eternal Foreknowledge

Duration:00:53:59

Predestination, Election, and Logic

6/30/2020
How do we understand the doctrine of predestination and election, or God's eternal foreknowledge? How does human understanding and reason cloud how we understand this doctrine? What is the divine logic in this doctrine? Where do we read about this doctrine in Scripture? Find the free (public domain) audio Book of Concord at bookofconcord.org/audio.php, archive.org/details/LibrivoxBookOfConcord, and librivox.org/group/376. Rev. Jonathan Lange, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kemmerer...

Duration:00:52:32

Church Practice Flows From Theology

6/23/2020
What is the historical context behind this article on Church Practices? What are some examples of how Lutheran Church Practices differ from other denominations? What do these practices or ceremonies communicate or teach about our faith? Rev. Charles Henrickson, pastor of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bonne Terre, Missouri, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss The Epitome of the Formula of Concord, Article X: Church Practices (Negative Statements para. 8-12).

Duration:00:53:30

Indifferent Doesn’t Mean Unimportant

6/16/2020
Does adiaphora mean things don't matter? How do we distinguish things that are adiaphora in our church practices? How do we handle and consider changes to worship practice? Rev. Kurt Cockran, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Tucson, Arizona, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss The Epitome of the Formula of Concord, Article X: Church Practices (Affirmative Statements para. 3-7).

Duration:00:56:29

Adiaphora, or Matters of Indifference

6/9/2020
Hear this history behind the term "adiaphora," the Smalcald wars, and how we apply this word to our church practices. Do certain things really matter?Are we just agreeing to disagree or is there more to it? What do we as Lutherans consider adiaphora? Rev. Jacob Hercamp, pastor of Saint Peter Lutheran Church in La Grange, Missouri, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss The Epitome of the Formula of Concord, Article X: Church Practices (Status of the Controversy paragraphs 1 &2).

Duration:00:49:28