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Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen. Sharper Iron is underwritten by Lutheran Church Extension Fund, where your investments help support the work of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Visit lcef.org.

Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen. Sharper Iron is underwritten by Lutheran Church Extension Fund, where your investments help support the work of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Visit lcef.org.

Location:

Saint Louis, MO

Description:

Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen. Sharper Iron is underwritten by Lutheran Church Extension Fund, where your investments help support the work of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Visit lcef.org.

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@kfuoradio

Language:

English

Contact:

314-965-9000


Episodes

For Us Fights the Valiant One

1/21/2022
Rev. David Appold, pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Paducah, KY, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Luke 4:1-13. Freshly baptized and full of the Holy Spirit, Jesus is led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Jesus takes the offensive; He has come to set sinners free from Satan’s grip. Therefore, Jesus must be the stronger Man who binds the strong tempter. This is precisely what Jesus does. Where Adam failed, Jesus succeeds. The devil’s temptations against...

Duration:00:55:15

Son of God and Son of Man

1/20/2022
Rev. Andrew Preus, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Haven, MO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Luke 3:21-38. In Jesus’ Baptism, the love of the Father for the Son is on full display. The fulfillment of the enthronement of the Son from Psalm 2 happens in a remarkably lowly way. The sinless Son of God stands in the Jordan River, baptized alongside sinners. In this way, the love of the Triune God for sinners is made manifest, the same love that is given to sinners in our Baptism...

Duration:00:54:52

John, the Preacher of Good News

1/19/2022
Rev. Rick Jones, chaplain and director of spiritual life at the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch in Minot, ND, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Luke 3:1-20. Jumping forward almost twenty years, St. Luke once again sets the historical context. A different emperor reigns in Rome, but the same God who spoke His Word though the prophets of the Old Testament reading now speaks His Word through John, the forerunner of the Christ. John’s preaching in the wilderness fulfills the Word of the Lord...

Duration:00:55:55

Within the Father’s House About the Father’s Work

1/18/2022
Rev. Dr. Scott Murray, pastor at Memorial Lutheran Church in Houston, TX, and 3rd Vice President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Luke 2:41-52. The Lord returns to His temple as a twelve-year-old boy. He goes there according to the custom of His family in order to celebrate the Passover. In this, Jesus shows Himself to be our Savior as the fulfillment of the Passover lamb, and Jesus also shows Himself to be our example by His attentiveness to the...

Duration:00:58:33

In His Temple Now Behold Him

1/17/2022
Rev. Jacob Dandy, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church and School in Terra Bella, CA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Luke 2:21-40. Already as an eight day old infant, Jesus fulfills the Law in the place of sinners and begins to shed His blood for their redemption. His name tells who He is: the Savior. About a month later, when Jesus is forty days old, He goes to His Temple with Mary and Joseph. There Jesus is presented as the firstborn and sacrifices are offered for Mary’s purification, in...

Duration:00:53:44

A Savior Is Born unto You Today

1/14/2022
Rev. Jeremiah Johnson, pastor at Glory of Christ Lutheran Church in Plymouth, MN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Luke 2:1-20. St. Luke sets the account of Christ’s birth in the context of Caesar Augustus, a reminder that he is not telling a fable, but recounting real works of God in history for the salvation of sinners. At first glance, the account of Joseph and Mary traveling to Bethlehem where she gives birth to her firstborn son seems ordinary and quite humble. Yet the mention of...

Duration:00:55:19

The Birth of John and the Benedictus

1/13/2022
Rev. Dustin Beck, pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warda, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Luke 1:57-80. When the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, she gave birth to a son, to the great joy of all her family and neighbors. They wanted to name the child Zechariah, which normally would have been a fitting name given the family and circumstances. Yet the Word of God through Gabriel had already given the child a name, which Zechariah faithfully wrote on his tablet: “His...

Duration:00:56:31

The Contagious Joy of the Lord

1/12/2022
Rev. Mark Barz, pastor at Crown of Life Lutheran Church in San Antonio, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Luke 1:39-56. Mary has believed the Word of God, and so she goes to visit her relative Elizabeth, who is six months along with John. Upon hearing the greeting of Mary, John leaps for joy in the womb of Elizabeth, who is herself filled with the Holy Spirit to exclaim blessing upon Mary. Elizabeth recognizes the great blessing she is being given that the mother of the Lord has...

Duration:00:55:26

The Annunciation of Our Lord

1/11/2022
Rev. AJ Espinosa, pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Irvine, CA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Luke 1:26-38. Although the first chapter of Luke largely records events surrounding the birth of John, the Evangelist provides notice that the narrative is really about Jesus, the Child who comes after John. When Gabriel makes a second visit, he is sent to announce the birth of a son, not to a barren woman, but to a virgin woman. The fact that the virgin, whose name is Mary, comes...

Duration:00:51:07

The Annunciation of John

1/10/2022
Rev. James Preus, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ottumwa, IA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Luke 1:5-25. St. Luke begins his narrative with John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Christ. Not only in his preaching, but also in his life, prepares the way for the Lord. This begins with the announcement of his birth to Zechariah. The aged priest and his wife were both righteous through faith, but they had no child, for Elizabeth was barren. Yet precisely to this couple, the Lord...

Duration:00:55:22

An Orderly Account for the Certainty of Faith

1/7/2022
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Oschwald, professor of exegetical theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Luke 1:1-4. St. Luke the Evangelist, the beloved physician and companion of St. Paul, writes his Gospel account to the most excellent Theophilus in order to give him certainty concerning the things that he has been taught concerning Jesus. Writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, St. Luke undertook this task, one that others before him had done,...

Duration:00:56:15

NEW SERIES: The Beloved Physician’s Orderly Account

1/7/2022
“The Beloved Physician’s Orderly Account” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the Gospel according to St. Luke. The Evangelist wrote his well-researched account of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection so that Theophilus would have certainty concerning the things he had been taught. As we still read the Word of God recorded by St. Luke, our gracious Lord gives us that same certainty that Jesus is our Savior. Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy...

Duration:00:02:57

God Has Spoken to Us by His Son

12/23/2021
Rev. Ryan Ogrodowicz, associate pastor and headmaster at Grace Lutheran Church and School in Brenham, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Hebrews 1:1-12. Through the incarnation and birth of the Son of God, the Lord has spoken His Word of love to sinful humanity. Though He spoke in a variety of ways through the prophets of the Old Testament, He has now spoken to us through His Son, whose voice we still hear in Holy Scripture. As the radiance of God’s glory and the imprint of His...

Duration:00:55:42

Grace Alone

12/22/2021
Rev. Dr. Dean Wenthe, professor of exegetical theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Titus 3:4-7. The epistle for Christmas Dawn extols the grace of God for us sinners. Although we were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, and slaves to our passions, we are the ones whom God has loved. In that love, He has caused His goodness and kindness to appear in Jesus Christ for our salvation. No works of ours, no matter how righteous they...

Duration:00:54:24

God’s Grace Has Appeared for You

12/21/2021
Rev. David Vandercook, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Little Rock, AR and Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church in Maumelle, AR, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Titus 2:11-14. The foundation of the Christian life is the appearance of God’s grace in Jesus Christ. By the coming of the Son of God in our flesh, salvation has been brought to all people. God saves us from ungodliness and worldly passions, and He saves us for self-controlled, upright, and godly lives even in the...

Duration:00:55:01

God Has Manifested His Love in Jesus

12/20/2021
Rev. Chris Hull, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Tomball, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study 1 John 4:7-16. Love begins with God, because He is love. He has manifested His love among us by sending His only Son into the world to give us life by being the propitiation for our sins. From the love that God has given us in His Son, our love for each other flows forth. This love is not a generic feeling; rather, this love is a commitment to another person that is grounded in the truth of...

Duration:00:55:17

Hug the Body, Not the Shadow

12/17/2021
Rev. Sean Daenzer, director of worship for the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod and chaplain for the International Center, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Hebrews 10:5-10. The text for this section of the sermon that is the letter of Hebrews is Psalm 40. The author of Hebrews, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, teaches us to understand this section as a conversation between Jesus and the Father. Jesus speaks in obedience to His Father’s will, acknowledging that the purpose of...

Duration:00:55:46

All Glory Be to God Alone

12/16/2021
Rev. Zelwyn Heide, pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hannover, ND and Zion Lutheran Church in New Salem, ND, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Romans 16:25-27. St. Paul concludes his epistle to the Romans with a glorious doxology of praise to God. He ties together his themes from the entire epistle, centering them all in the Gospel. He glorifies God as the One who strengthens the people He has called to Himself by the Gospel, the good news of what He has done in Christ that is...

Duration:00:54:32

The Gospel of God in Christ Jesus

12/15/2021
Rev. Shawn Linnell, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blair, NE, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Romans 1:1-7. As St. Paul begins his epistle to the Romans, he defines his calling and theirs. St. Paul has been called as a slave and apostle of Christ Jesus; the Lord is his master who has sent him to proclaim the Gospel. The Romans have been called to belong to Jesus Christ as saints who have been declared holy by what He has done for them. St. Paul has God’s authority to write, and...

Duration:00:54:48

Faithful Stewards of God’s Mysteries

12/14/2021
Rev. Dr. Jeff Dukeman, pastor at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Gulfport, MS, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study 1 Corinthians 4:1-5. The city of Corinth was well-known for its problems, and the same could be said for the church in Corinth. Yet St. Paul writes to them as Christians. As he addresses their divisions over which teacher they follow, he clearly elevates Christ as primary. He and Apollos are servants of the one Lord, Christ; they are stewards of what He has given them. He...

Duration:00:55:17