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Friends For Life — LCMS Life Ministry

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We believe that God is the author and sustainer of all life. We also know it can be hard to speak about the intrinsic value of that life when it feels like the world is trying to drown us out. We’re right here beside you. In this podcast of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Life Ministry, we’re coming alongside one another as a community of Christ’s redeemed people, ones who are speaking up for and living out the sanctity of human life. Together we’ll explore life issues in a way that honors our heavenly Father’s value of human life, serves our neighbor, and connects us to others who are doing the same. Join us, so that together we can be friends for life. Learn about LCMS Life Ministry at lcms.org/life.

We believe that God is the author and sustainer of all life. We also know it can be hard to speak about the intrinsic value of that life when it feels like the world is trying to drown us out. We’re right here beside you. In this podcast of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Life Ministry, we’re coming alongside one another as a community of Christ’s redeemed people, ones who are speaking up for and living out the sanctity of human life. Together we’ll explore life issues in a way that honors our heavenly Father’s value of human life, serves our neighbor, and connects us to others who are doing the same. Join us, so that together we can be friends for life. Learn about LCMS Life Ministry at lcms.org/life.

Location:

United States

Description:

We believe that God is the author and sustainer of all life. We also know it can be hard to speak about the intrinsic value of that life when it feels like the world is trying to drown us out. We’re right here beside you. In this podcast of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Life Ministry, we’re coming alongside one another as a community of Christ’s redeemed people, ones who are speaking up for and living out the sanctity of human life. Together we’ll explore life issues in a way that honors our heavenly Father’s value of human life, serves our neighbor, and connects us to others who are doing the same. Join us, so that together we can be friends for life. Learn about LCMS Life Ministry at lcms.org/life.

Language:

English

Contact:

3149659000


Episodes

28. Living with Endometriosis | Lena Scamman

5/13/2022
How is our Lord present, even in suffering? Is His grace sufficient, even when pain occurs every day, year after year, for decades? Dear sister in Christ, Lena Scamman, joins Steph to answer these questions through the telling of her story of a life marked by the pain of endometriosis. Bio: Lena is from Greenwich, Connecticut where her husband pastors a dual parish - First Lutheran Church and St Paul Lutheran Church. She is the very proud mom of Katie who is in her senior year at Greenwich...

Duration:00:59:19

27. The Roles & Blessings of Baptism Sponsors | Dcs. Erin Bauer, Gwen Zagore, Dcs. Dr. Tiffany Manor

4/22/2022
If you’re baptized, if you have baptism sponsors, if you are a sponsor, then this episode is FOR YOU! Ever wonder what the difference is between a godparent and a baptism sponsor? Have you grown up confused by the role of baptism sponsors? Are you considering who to choose as a sponsor for your own children? What is the role of a sponsor and what does it mean to agree to that responsibility? All of these questions and more are answered in this episode! For Bibles and Hymnals and other...

Duration:00:52:29

26. Surely He Has Borne Our Griefs | Deaconess Pamela Boehle-Silva, R.N.

4/8/2022
Deaconess Pamela Boehle-Silva joins host Steph Neugebauer to share about mercy and love for an aging parent, as we follow the story of her mother’s health decline due to dementia. Pamela also offers a very raw and honest look at grief – from the perspective of grieving over a loved one while they are yet alive, and also from the perspective of experiencing grief after the death of a loved one. Pamela’s gift to listeners is to point to the One who bore our griefs and carried our sorrows. Bio:...

Duration:00:49:51

25. Friends in Real Life: Parenting Twins with Autism | Rev. Sam & Olivia Pitsch

3/25/2022
In this episode, Steph sits down with her friends in real life, Sam and Olivia Pitsch. Sam and Olivia have been blessed with three children, their eldest two being twins. Following the twin boys’ diagnosis of autism, Sam and Olivia have drawn strength from their church community and wisdom from the Scriptures to love and parent their children well. Listen to their story, even as it is still unfolding, and learn what it is to love their family and other families with similar stories. Bio:...

Duration:00:51:55

24. A Mothering Mindset | Dcs. Dr. Tiffany Manor & Mrs. Kris Freeman

3/11/2022
Have you come across articles in a magazine or social media that don’t always paint motherhood in a positive light? What about headlines that speak about children as a burden to begrudge, rather than a gift to care for and delight in? Host Steph Neugebauer reads some disturbing headlines to begin this episode and invites LCMS Life Ministry leaders Tiffany & Kris to discuss the dangers and harm of them, while also devoting quite a bit of time to encourage mothers in their vocations. Much of...

Duration:00:57:21

23. What Is a Friend? | Kyla Rodriguez

2/25/2022
With a show titled Friends for Life, we’d be remiss to complete our first season without addressing what it means to be a friend. Join Steph and friend Kyla Rodriguez as they chat about what it means to be a friend in the truest sense of the word, and how Christians must reclaim friendship as a worthy vocation and a means to live out the Gospel in ordinary, everyday life. Bio: Kyla lives in Northern Wisconsin with her husband and their three children. She graduated from Concordia University...

Duration:01:03:33

22. How the Gospel Impacts Health & Wellness | Rev. Todd Liefer

2/11/2022
Previously, we’ve done a deep dive into the theology of the body and how the Christian should view their physical bodies in light of how God views the body. In this latest episode, we sit down to talk with Pastor Todd Liefer, who discusses how our theology of the body impacts our care for the body. Todd gives listeners very practical tips on everything from overall health and wellness to the importance of physical activity, nutrition, rest, and mental and spiritual health. Todd also...

Duration:01:09:50

21. The National March for Life | Steph Neugebauer and The Lutheran Ladies' Lounge

1/21/2022
You’ve seen it in the news: January 21, 2021, is the 39th annual March for Life, held both in our nation’s capital and in cities and towns around the country. This afternoon, thousands upon thousands of people are marching nationwide to support the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. But what does it look, feel, and sound like to be physically present for the national March for Life in Washington, D.C.? In this “Adventures in Lutheranism” crossover special with The...

Duration:00:43:41

20. The Floor Is Yours: Abortion Restrictions | Dr. Donna Harrison

1/14/2022
Welcome to our newest series – The Floor Is Yours...where we hand over the show to our GUEST and let them lead us in discussion on a current life issue. These guests are experts in their fields, have a passion for life and the Gospel, and could essentially have their own show! For our first installment, we have a beloved friend, Dr. Donna Harrison, a highly-respected physician and long-standing CEO of AAPLOG (American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists). Dr. Harrison...

Duration:00:51:08

19. On Seeing Our Bodies As God Sees Them | Dr. John Kleinig

12/24/2021
What do Christians believe about the body? And how does the body relate to the soul, and ultimately, our identity as people? Surely there’s more to us than our physical bodies, but our bodies are also part of who we are as wonderfully made creations! In this episode, our guest Dr. John Kleinig calls us back to fundamentals, opening our eyes to see our bodies and our embodiment as God does. Many, if not all, approaches to life issues hinge on this very thing. You won’t want to miss out on...

Duration:01:11:19

18. Infant Loss & Miscarriage | Kristen Gregory

12/10/2021
What are Christ’s promises for children lost in the womb? For children lost in infancy? Where is God in the midst of our greatest grief? Whether you have lost a child to miscarriage, lost a child in infancy, or know someone who has...this episode will bring comfort to the grieving, give insight to those who care for them, and point all to Jesus, our Resurrection and Life. Special guest Kristen Gregory also shares very intimate and tender parts of her own story, all the while faithfully...

Duration:00:52:10

Special — Prayer Service for Life at the LCMS International Center

12/6/2021
LCMS Life Ministry offers a Prayer Service for Life at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis. Download the service folder for the Special Order of Vespers here. Scripture readings: Psalms, 10, 82, 139 Genesis 9:1-7 Luke 6:39-45 Hymns: O God, My Faithful God (Lutheran Service Book 696) In the Very Midst of Life (Lutheran Service Book 755) O Christ, Our Hope, Our Hearts Desire (Lutheran Service Book 553) The Rev. Robert Zagore is preaching. Watch the livestream of the service at...

Duration:00:57:54

17. Immigrants as Neighbors | Dr. Leo Sánchez

11/26/2021
Do you ever feel confused, concerned, overwhelmed by the immigration issue, whether locally or globally? Join Steph, her co-host Tiffany, and special guest, seminary professor Dr. Leo Sánchez, as they suggest a helpful Lutheran framework for discussing immigration and care for our immigrant neighbor. You guessed it – the word vocation comes up, along with the Creed, and the Commandments! Dr. Sánchez also introduces Luther’s concept of the Two Realms, which proves helpful for Christians as...

Duration:00:55:18

16. The Abortion Conversation through the Decades | Cathie Humbarger

11/12/2021
Since the ruling of Roe v. Wade, the abortion debate has changed in both everyday conversation and public argument. Guest Cathie Humbarger has dedicated her professional life to involvement and activism in the pro-life arena. In this episode, she shares how the abortion conversation has changed throughout the years and discusses how today's arguments and talking points must adapt to the changes in rhetoric on both sides of the debate. Bio: Cathie became active in the pro-life fight over 30...

Duration:00:55:38

15. The Vocation of Singleness | Deaconess Kim Bueltmann

10/22/2021
Are you single? Are you married? No matter your answer, it’s worth tuning in, as special guest Deaconess Kim Bueltmann joins us to talk about singleness. Is being single more than just a relationship status? If so, how does being single put one in a unique position to serve others in different ways? What are the struggles that singlehood may bring, and what are the blessings? How can married people serve single people? And then, how can single people honor marriage? DK (as host Steph...

Duration:00:52:50

14. Race Relations & the Gospel | Rev. Roosevelt Gray

10/8/2021
Racial division is a result of a sin-ridden world. Christ unites us once again under the cross and through the call of the Gospel. As a pro-life people of God, we are charged with the task of loving our neighbors, including and especially those with different skin colors, ethnic backgrounds, and cultural traditions. Director of LCMS Black Ministry, Pastor Roosevelt Gray, joins Steph in this episode to talk about race relations in light of the Gospel. Bio: Rev. Dr. Roosevelt Gray, Jr., is...

Duration:00:49:58

13. Grieving Suicide | Rev. Peter Preus

9/24/2021
September is National Suicide Awareness Month. Pastor Peter Preus understands both the gravity of grief and the deep feelings of disgrace attached to the death of a loved one by suicide. His own life has been touched by suicide in the death of his first wife Jean. How does one grieve in the wake of a suicide? Can Christians grieve suicide? Is there any Gospel comfort for those who have lost loved ones to suicide? Listen in as Pastor talks about grieving over the suicide of a fellow believer....

Duration:00:48:37

12. Empowered for Life | Anna Young

9/10/2021
How does the “average” person speak up for life and empower others to do the same? Listen in as our youngest guest yet, college freshman Anna Young, shares how she speaks up for life while juggling schoolwork and extracurriculars. You’ll find that she is everything but “average” as she empowers others to see themselves as an important instrument in the pro-life movement. More of Anna’s story can be found at...

Duration:00:44:39

11. FLAME on Vocation | FLAME

8/27/2021
What do Lutherans mean when they use the word “vocation?” How do our personal giftings, talents, and callings correspond to our vocations? And ultimately, how do we use our vocations to serve our neighbors? Listen in as Steph interviews Grammy® nominated artist FLAME about living life in the freedom of our Lutheran theology as it relates to vocation. Learn about LCMS Life Ministry at lcms.org/life and email us at friendsforlife@lcms.org. Not all the views expressed are necessarily those of...

Duration:00:46:37

LCMS Life Ministry: 10. Friends in Real Life: Living with Chronic Pain | Amy Bird

8/13/2021
Our special segment, Friends in Real Life, makes a comeback! This time, Steph sits down with guest and good friend Amy Bird as she shares her story of living with chronic migraines and intense bouts of suffering. Learn from her story, which is full of grace, wisdom, and depth. Listen for where she points to Jesus and tells of how she has learned to cry out through her pain. And receive insight and ideas of how the church can come along side people with chronic illness, pain, & suffering....

Duration:01:11:01