Concord Matters from KFUO Radio

Concord Matters from KFUO Radio

Study the Lutheran Confession of Faith found in the Book of Concord with lively discussions led by host Rev. Sean Smith and guest LCMS pastors. Join us as these Christ-confessing Concordians read through and discuss the Book of Concord and Confessional topics in order to gain a deeper understanding of our Lutheran faith and daily application in our vocations.

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May 21, 2022 55 min
How do we to understand the Biblical teaching on the future and Jesus' return for Judgment? Learn about how we we confess this teaching in our Christian life by the way that we pray, our liturgy, our hymns, and even how we view our everyday lives in this world. Also hear about what the final judgment hold  for believers and unbelievers, how that influences how people react to the Last Day, and in what ways people hold false opi...
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Is civil government a blessing — a gift of God, to be participated in, supported and sustained? Or is government evil and a tool of the devil? Is the world itself — our family, job, and communities — evil to be avoided? Or are the things of the world for Christians too, to be used in god-pleasing ways? Hear about the purpose of government and the Christian's relationship to it, the attitude of the Reformers toward service in ci...
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As Lutherans we love our hymnody, but what makes hymns particularly Lutheran? How do hymns point us even more to Scripture, and  how can we use them devotionally? And, on the creative side, how does a Lutheran hymnwriter create a hymn that is both beautiful poetry and also doctrinally rich? Rev. Stephen Starke, Lutheran Hymn Writer of over 200 hymns (including 32 in the Lutheran Service book) and retired LCMS pastor, joins host ...
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We sing hymns every Sunday, and hopefully throughout our daily lives. But, what actually is a hymn? Is it just a fancy word for song? Hear this delightful conversation about the purpose of hymnody, where we find scriptural basis for singing hymns in worship services, how we use hymns in the life of the congregation, how music and text work together in hymnody, and what makes our Lutheran hymnody so unique and wonderful. Rev. Dr....
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What are human ceremonies in the Church? What good is there in practicing human ceremonies in the Church if they are not commanded by God? When the Augsburg Confession says "ceremonies ought to be observed that may be observed without sin", learn what that would include and exclude, how we best confess Christ and His Gospel by our ceremony in the Church, and why it may be even more necessary today or keep or recover traditi...
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Article XIV of the Augsburg Confession is very short, and yet remains a point of contention. What is the benefit of having a properly Called pastor in the Church, and how do we understand the role of pastors in the Church? How has the church formed, Called, and Ordained pastors throughout the centuries? Rev. Kyle Mietzner, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Anchorage, Alaska, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss order in the Chu...
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In Article XIII, the Lutheran confessors are concerned about the Roman Catholic understanding that the Sacraments are beneficial just by doing them. So, how do Lutherans speak of the proper use of the the Sacraments? What do the Lutheran confessors mean when they say that the Sacraments were instituted to awaken and confirm faith in those who use them? Is the improper use of the Sacraments harmful? How does our confession of this a...
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What is “true repentance”? Learn about what follows repentance, what it means to be sorrowful over sin, and why this article speaks of good works as “the fruit of repentance”. Also, hear about the (false) teachings that once you’re baptized you cannot sin anymore (“once saved always saved”) and if you sin after baptism you cannot be forgiven, and why these teachings are so destructive to the Gospel teaching of repentance. Lastly, l...
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We turn to Article XI on Confession. The Lutheran confessors condemn what the Roman Catholic practice of confession had become, yet why do the confessors urge the private confession and absolution should be retained in the churches? Also hear discussion on the reactions most people have when urged to go to confession, misconceptions about the practice, and why it's important for God's people. What benefits of private confes...
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As Lutherans, we seem to have a lot to say about the Lord's Supper, but Article X in the Augsburg Confession is relatively short. What is our Lutheran focus in this doctrine, and why is "real presence" so important to us? Are Lutherans closer in agreement to the Roman Catholics or the other groups coming out of the Reformation? What are the various ways that Sacramentarians deny what we — and thus Scripture and the hist...
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What is the Lutheran confession of Baptism? Learn about what the confessors mean by "baptism is necessary for salvation," why the confessors don't just reject but rather "condemn" the Anabaptist's teaching on Baptism, why we baptize infants, and where we see contemporary situations that show how our Lutheran confession of the great treasure of Baptism is still relevant and important today. Rev. Matthew Zi...
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What makes the Church? Learn about the unity of the Church, including what is necessary and not necessary for unity, and how the Lutheran doctrine of the Church Gospel-centered. Also hear about how the Holy Spirit works even through evil and faithless people, why this is a good thing to know when we talk about the work of the Church, and why the Roman Catholics rejected the Lutheran doctrine confessed about the Church and what the ...
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What is faith, and what is the relationship of faith and good works? Learn what "new" means in regards to obedience, whether good works are necessary for the Christian, and what we mean when we say that good works are "bound to happen". Also, hear about how true worship is a good work, why it's wrong to "rely on good works," and how you might tell the difference between relying on works and just doing th...
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We move on to Article V of the Augsburg Confession, on The Ministry. What is ministry, and how is it properly defined and understood? Also hear discussion on whether we sometimes have poor practices in the Church because of a poor understanding of what "the ministry" is, what God gives and produces through the ministry, and the relationship between the means of grace and the office of the ministry. Rev. Jacob Hercamp, pa...
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We come to Article VI of the Augsburg Confession on Justification, the article by which the church stands or falls. Why is this article so critical? Also, learn the differences between the Lutheran and Roman Catholic concepts of "the grace of God" and the doctrine of justification, what we believe about justification and who does the work, and the implications of this article on justification for how we will read the rest o...
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We move on to Article III of the Augsburg Confession on the Son of God. Why do we have an article on “The Son of God” before we get to the big article of controversy on justification? Also, learn why it's important to focus on the person of Christ as well as the work of Christ, the significance of the inclusion of the verbs "rose" and "return" with regards to the work of Christ, and how spending time considering...
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We turn to Article II of the Augsburg Confession on Original Sin. Hear discussion on the cause of sin, why Article II places more emphasis on original sin than actual sin, what concupiscence is, whether babies are responsible for sin and stand condemned for it, why Roman Catholics couldn't accept all of Article II on original sin, and the relationship of original sin and justification. Rev. Dustin Beck, pastor of Holy Cross ...
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January 22, 2022 58 min
We begin studying the rich text of the Augsburg Confession with Article I: God. Learn why the confessors begin their confession of faith with a statement on God and the significance of our Lutheran identity that affirms the same faith that the Council of Nicaea confessed. Also, take a deep dive into the doctrine of the Trinity, including where in the Scriptures we find this doctrine of the Trinity, how we explain the Three Persons ...
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It's time for a deep dive into the history surrounding the Augsburg Confession! In this episode, hear answers to questions like: Why did Emperor Charles V calling for a general assembly at Augsburg in 1530? How much of the significance of the Augsburg Confession in its day was political and how much was religious or theological? Why didn't Luther write the Augsburg Confession? What are the various articles that are in...
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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. This is a rebroadcast from September 15, 2020.
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