Concord Matters from KFUO Radio

Concord Matters from KFUO Radio

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.... Show More

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August 4, 2020 51 min
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,...
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July 28, 2020 51 min
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 E...
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July 21, 2020 53 min
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 h...
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July 14, 2020 55 min
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 and Election (Negative Statements).
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July 7, 2020 54 min
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 and Election (Affirmative Statements).
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June 30, 2020 52 min
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...
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June 23, 2020 53 min
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 (Ne...
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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).
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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: Chur...
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June 2, 2020 51 min
What do we believe about Christ's descent to hell? What happened when He descended there? What does Martin Luther teach about this part of our doctrine? Rev. Dr. Jayson Galler, pastor of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Kilgore, Texas, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss The Epitome of the Formula of Concord, Article IX: The Descent of Christ to Hell. Download the sermon by Martin Luther, referenced in this episode, here. This se...
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What do we actually believe about the person of Christ (good Christology)? What is the opposite of that, those teachings that make up bad Christology? How do we explain what we believe about Christ as comes from Scripture? Rev. Nate Hill, pastor of Saint Michael's Lutheran Church in Winchester, Texas, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss The Epitome of the Formula of Concord, Article VIII: The Person of Christ, Negative State...
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May 19, 2020 51 min
Why did Christ have to take on flesh, even though He does not have a beginning or an end? How do we confess the truths of Christ's two natures? Is it possible to separate the two natures of Christ? Rev. Peter Ill, senior pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, Illinois, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss The Epitome of the Formula of Concord, Article VIII: The Person of Christ, Affirmative Statements (paragraphs 4-1...
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Who is Christ and what do we say about Him? Are both natures present in the Supper? Who was arguing over this at the time of the Reformation, and why does this matter to us now? Rev. Dr. Kirk Clayton, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Mascoutah, Illinois, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss the Epitome of the Formula of Concord, Article VIII: The Person of Christ, Status of the Controversy.
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May 5, 2020 52 min
Continue the conversation about what Lutherans *don't* believe about the Lord's Supper. Are we able to earn the Supper? Why does closed communion matter? Is there a loving way to tell someone they can't receive the sacrament? Rev. Tyrel Bramwell, pastor of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Ferndale, California, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss the Epitome of the Formula of Concord, Article VII: The Holy Supper of ...
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What do we *not* believe about the Lord's Supper? What is the importance of the actual celebration of the Mass? Does it matter how we practice and receive the Lord's Supper? Rev. Tyrel Bramwell, pastor of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Ferndale, California, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss the Epitome of the Formula of Concord, Article VII: The Holy Supper of Christ, Negative Statements (paragraphs 21-36).
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What do we believe, teach, and confess about the Lord’s Supper? How to we explain the real presence of Christ in the sacrament? How does what we believe about Christ inform what we believe about the sacrament? Rev. Dr. Christian Preus, pastor of Mount Hope Lutheran Church in Casper, Wyoming, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss the Epitome of the Formula of Concord, Article VII: The Holy Supper of Christ, Affirmative Statements (...
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How do we clearly confess what we believe about the Lord’s Supper? What was happening during the time of the Reformation that caused the need to clarify what Lutherans believe? And, what is Crypto-Calvinism and how does it play into our view of the Sacrament? Rev. Mark Bestul, pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in Elgin, Illinois, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss the Epitome of the Formula of Concord, Article VII: The Holy Sup...
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How is the constraint of the Law a comfort? Why do we need to hear both Law and Gospel? How do these concepts flow into our understanding of educating our children? Rev. Dr. Scott Murray, senior pastor of Memorial Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas and Third Vice-President of the LCMS (West-Southwest Region), joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss the Epitome of the Formula of Concord, Article VI: The Third Use of God’s Law, Affirma...
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What is the Third Use of the Law? Where does it fit in with the other two uses, and how do they all apply to us? Where do we find this use of the Law in scripture? Rev. Dr. Scott Murray, senior pastor of Memorial Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas and Third Vice-President of the LCMS (West-Southwest Region), joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss the Epitome of the Formula of Concord, Article VI: The Third Use of God’s Law. Dr. Murr...
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How do Lutheran beliefs about Law and Gospel differ from other denominations? What is the measure of what is right, and when is it appropriate to reject something? Rev. David Wiist, pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Evansville, Indiana, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss the Epitome of the Formula of Concord, Article V: The Law and the Gospel: Negative Statements.
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