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.

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May 8, 2021 55 min
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 Re...
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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. J...
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This entire show is about the Lutheran Confessions, and we encourage you to study and learn them. Today we ask, why and how? Why are these Lutheran Confessions so important to us? How can we incorporate them into our daily lives, and what are the benefits of taking these Confessions to heart? Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod; Rev. Mark Bestul, Pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in Elgin, ...
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The role of a pastor in a congregation is of utmost importance: forgiving sins in the stead and by the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. Where do we find this function of a pastor in our confessions, and how do our confessions give us certainty in this forgiveness? And, what about the priesthood of all believers? Why does concord matter for the function of the pastoral office, that authorized forgiveness of sins? Rev. Dr. David Ma...
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We talk about the resurrection of Christ all the time, and we celebrate this every Sunday. But on Easter Sunday, we pull out all the stops and celebrate this critical event in our salvation story. What do we really confess when we talk about Christ's resurrection, and where do we find these beliefs in our Lutheran Confessions? Why is this resurrection so important for us? Find the print by artist Ed Riojas at edriojasartist.com...
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April 3, 2021 57 min
It's not just hard to understand that Jesus Christ is, at the same time, God and man.  Jesus is both perfect God and perfect man, and it's difficult for sinners to understand a perfect man - but that's exactly who Jesus Christ is, and He's perfect God as well!  Our reason and logic can't contain God, but we read the Scriptures to say as much as Scripture reveals about God as we can. Rev. David Oberdieck, pastor...
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You probably don't have the Athanasian Creed memorized.  It's long and very, very specific, saying certain things about God but being careful not to go beyond what God says to us in Scripture.  Our faith is this: that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity as we repeat the truths that God has shown us about His Triune being. Rev. Dr. Geoff Boyle of Grace and Trinity Lutheran Churches in Wichita, Kansas joins gu...
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"God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, of the same substance as the Father."  Those big words mean something very specific about our Lord Jesus, the Son of God.  But they aren't just big words to impress.  Those words confess that it is God Himself who saves us.  Our salvation and our forgiveness isn't the work of a mere man, but God in the flesh.  The Holy Spirit, also God, delivers this good news to cr...
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In the first several hundred years after the death and resurrection of Jesus, Christians were being challenged for their faith and were even being put to death for believing in Jesus Christ and not in any other gods or saying that the Roman Caesar was divine.  Centuries later, this creed still matters, confessing our Triune God and our Lord Jesus Christ, who entered time in His incarnation and left bloody smudges on a cross for the...
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What do we mean when we talk about Catechesis, and what does the Bible say about it? Is the Bible "just enough" to teach the faith? What role do our Confessions play in teaching the faith honestly and in line with the historic church? Why do Lutherans care so much about Catechesis? Rev. Dr. Phil Booe, Pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne, Minnesota joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss how our Lutheran Confessions...
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February 23, 2021 56 min
Does a deep love of our Lutheran confessions help or hinder our love for our neighbors? How does engaging with the Book of Concord help us better engage with our neighbor? What do our Confessions teach us about who our neighbors are and how we can love them in Christ? Rev. David Wiist, pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Evansville, Indiana, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss why concord matters for loving our neighbors.
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February 16, 2021 54 min
What does it mean to live a baptized life? We know this doctrine very well as Lutherans, but what does it look like to live this daily? How does someone use the Catechism in daily life? Rev. Mark Bestul, pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in Elgin, Illinois, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss how concord matters for our baptismal lives.
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Why should children be involved in the church, and how can parents and church workers help children understand what's going on in the Divine Service? Where do we learn about training up children in the Divine Service in our Lutheran Confessions? Find the resources talked about in this episode at lcms.org/worship/kids-in-the-divine-service. Rev. Christopher Thoma, Senior Pastor at Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartl...
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February 2, 2021 52 min
How does Lutheran education serve as an extension of catechesis and a faithful Christian home? Where do our Lutheran confessions speak to education and the role parents play in this education? What did formal education look like during Luther's time, and how is it similar and different to how Christian education looks today in our American context? Rev. Robert Paul, Associate Pastor and Headmaster at Memorial Lutheran Church a...
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January 26, 2021 54 min
What do we mean when we talk about Catechesis, and what does the Bible say about it? Is the Bible "just enough" to teach the faith? What role do our Confessions play in teaching the faith honestly and in line with the historic church? Why do Lutherans care so much about Catechesis? Rev. Dr. Phil Booe, Pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne, Minnesota joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss how our Lutheran Confessions...
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What does Scripture and our Confessions say about marriage, family, and the household estate? What does it mean to be a "confessional family," and what is the purpose of a Lutheran Christian family in the world? Rev. John Hill, President of the LCMS Wyoming District, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss how we understand the family in Scripture and our Lutheran Confessions.
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January 12, 2021 51 min
What is the role of chaplains in the military, and what is the path to military chaplaincy? How do our Lutheran confessions play a role in how LCMS chaplains function in this role? How do chaplains handle following both military policy and theological doctrine as they fulfill their vocations? Rev. David Otten, Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Eldorado and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Golconda, Illinois, and Retired Captain Na...
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What is important to for us to know about the incarnation of Christ? What connection is there between Christ's incarnation and other parts of our doctrine? Where do we learn about the two natures of Christ in Scripture and Lutheran Confessions? Rev. Dr. Karl Fabrizius, pastor of Our Father's Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss the incarnation of Christ.
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December 15, 2020 56 min
Where do we learn about the Advent of Christ in our Lutheran Confessions? What does the Advent of Christ mean for us in these gray and latter days? How do we participate in these parts of the church year in our Christian vocations? Rev. Dr. D. Richard Stuckwisch, Jr., Pastor of Emmaus Lutheran Church in South Bend, Indiana, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss the Advent of Christ.
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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...
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