Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio

Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio

Join Rev. Jonathan Fisk and a guest pastor to test your mettle on "What does this mean?" and learn to spar with the best of them. Each episode covers the Daily Lectionary New Testament text.... Show More

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Rev. Stephen Preus, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton, Iowa, studies Genesis 39:1-23 on today’s episode. Rev. Preus talks about how Joseph’s humiliation leads to his exaltation, how the Lord was with Joseph for the entirety of his time with Potiphar and in prison, Joseph’s example of consistently resisting temptation and his constant faithfulness, and Potiphar’s reaction to his wife’s actions. “In the Beginning was the T... Read more

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Rev. Sean Daenzer, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend & Peace Lutheran Church in Barney, North Dakota, studies Genesis 38:1-30 on today’s episode. Rev. Daenzer talks about how the actions in this story are all sinful and not given as an example of good behavior, law and the value of promises regarding Tamar’s actions, and where we find Christ in these passages. “In the Beginning was the Truth” is a mini-series on Shar... Read more

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Rev. Samuel Wirgau, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ossian, Indiana, studies Genesis 37:12-36 on today’s episode. Rev. Wirgau talks about what leads to the evils carried out by Joseph’s brothers, why this planned premeditated murder is especially heinous, why God allows this to happen, how we see Jesus in this text, and how this story fits into the salvation story. “In the Beginning was the Truth” is a mini-series on Sharpe... Read more

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Rev. Gaven Mize, pastor of Augustana Lutheran Church in Hickory, North Carolina, studies Genesis 37:2b-11 on today’s episode. Rev. Mize talks about the chiastic structure of these verses, whether God uses dreams to speak, how Joseph’s narrative is a capstone to Genesis, how Joseph is the most “Christ-like” patriarch, and symbols in revelations and apocalypses. “In the Beginning was the Truth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron featu... Read more

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Rev. Jeremiah Johnson, pastor of Glory of Christ Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Minnesota, studies Genesis 35:16-37:2a on today’s episode. Rev. Johnson talks about the messianic prophecy in Micah and its relation to this text, the lust for power, the death of Isaac and hardships of Jacob, why these Biblical genealogies are important to the bigger story, and the inheritance promised to Abraham. “In the Beginning was the Truth” is a m... Read more

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Rev. Luke Zimmerman, pastor of Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, studies Genesis 35:1-15 on today’s episode. Rev. Zimmerman talks about the importance of relationships and vows within the Lord’s religion, how the idea of reconsecrating oneself to the Lord includes removing that with is foreign to the Lord and His ways, and the Lord’s care for Jacob (and us Christians in our Baptisms). “In the Begi... Read more

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Rev. Brian Flamme, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Roswell, New Mexico, studies Genesis 34:1-30 on today’s episode. Rev. Flamme talks about the grief and wickedness of this chapter, Shechem’s lack of remorse and Hamor’s brazenness, what happens with un-confessed sin, and whether Jacob’s sons were justified in their anger and actions. “In the Beginning was the Truth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron featuring a step-by-step w... Read more

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Rev. Andrew Preus, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Guttenberg & St. Paul Lutheran Church in McGregor, Iowa, studies Genesis 33:1-20 on today’s episode. Rev. Preus talks about Esau’s civil righteousness and his pity of Jacob, Jacob’s gifts to Esau as an offering to the Lord, and Jacob’s faith and boldness in God and His promises. “In the Beginning was the Truth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron featuring a step-by-step walk th... Read more

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Rev. Matthew Wietfeldt, Director of Admission and Director of Christ Academy at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne, studies Genesis 32:22-33:4 on today’s episode. Rev. Wietfeldt talks about how Jacob is living in total fear, God’s discipline of Jacob as He wrestles with him, and how Jacob and Esau are reunited and restored. “In the Beginning was the Truth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron featuring a step-by-step walk throu... Read more

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Rev. Dustin Beck, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Corpus Christi, Texas, studies Genesis 32:1-21 on today’s episode. Rev. Beck talks about how Jacob is again met with angels, the “saints and archangels” that will inhabit the new creation, trusting in God’s promises, Jacob’s gifts for Esau, and what Jacob thinks is happening next versus what God has in store for him. “In the Beginning was the Truth” is a mini-series on Sharper... Read more

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Rev. Timothy Appel, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Smithville, Texas, studies Genesis 31:25-55 on today’s episode. Rev. Appel talks about the beginning of the end of Jacob’s story, Laban’s genuine/hypocritical accusations against Jacob, mockery of idolatry, boiling over of tensions between Laban and Jacob, and how the LORD protects and even enriches His people in the midst of oppression. “In the Beginning was the Truth” is a m... Read more

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Rev. Harrison Goodman, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Winside, Nebraska, studies Genesis 31:1-24 on today’s episode. Rev. Goodman talks about leaning into God’s gifts, how covetousness affects our daily bread, the 4th commandment and vocation to others, how Jacob is a type of Christ, and how to see Jesus in this text. “In the Beginning was the Truth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron featuring a step-by-step walk through th... Read more

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Rev. Dr. Adam Filipek, pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church & Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lidgerwood, North Dakota, studies Genesis 30:24-43 on today’s episode. Dr. Filipek talks about how this chapter fits into the larger Genesis narrative, what’s with the Divination, why Jacob’s prosperity matters for us, and why the sheep produce spotted and speckled progeny (and why that matters). “In the Beginning was the Truth” is a mini-se... Read more

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Rev. Chris Hull, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Tomball, Texas, studies Genesis 29:31-30:23 on today’s episode. Rev. Hull talks about prayer, our view of children, envy, and in this meditation a teaching on the blessed exchange. “In the Beginning was the Truth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron featuring a step-by-step walk through the book of Genesis, focusing on the truth of Jesus, the story of salvation found throughout the b... Read more

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Rev. Sean Kilgo, pastor of the Northeast Kansas Partnership, studies Genesis 29:1-30 on today's episode. Rev. Kilgo talks about marriage, adultery, polygamy, the "bride-price", and chastity. “In the Beginning was the Truth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron featuring a step-by-step walk through the book of Genesis, focusing on the truth of Jesus, the story of salvation found throughout the book, and how we view our lives through th... Read more

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Rev. Adam Filipek, pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Lidgerwood, North Dakota, studies 2 Corinthians 3:14 on today's episode: "But [the Israelites] minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away." Rev. Filipek talks about the separation of God and Man, Moses and the Tent of Meeting, man's hardness of heart, and Christ as remo... Read more

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Rev. Matthew Wietfeldt, Director of Admission and Director of Christ Academy at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne, studies Genesis 28:10-22 on today's episode. Rev. Wietfeldt talks about the not-so-pretty life and times of the patriarchs and how still the Lord blesses them and uses them as a blessing to others. “In the Beginning was the Truth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron featuring a step-by-step walk through the book ... Read more

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Rev. Shawn Linnell, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Blair, Nebraska, studies Genesis 27:41-28:9 on today’s episode. Rev. Linnell talks about false repentance, how the 4th and 5th Commandments are related, what it means to tempt God, 8th Commandment charity, how God provides through His promises, a blessing versus a wish, and the importance of virtuous marriage. “In the Beginning was the Truth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron... Read more

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Rev. Greg Truwe, pastor of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cole Camp, Missouri, studies Genesis 27:22-40 on today’s episode. Rev. Truwe talks about how blessings given and sworn cannot be revoked, whether Jacob and Esau know the promise, the different parts of the blessing, how curses are part of the blessing, and Esau’s hatred of Jacob. “In the Beginning was the Truth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron featuring a step-by-s... Read more

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Rev. Zelwyn Heide, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Grassy Butte, North Dakota, studies Genesis 26:34-27:25 on today’s episode. Rev. Heide talks about the two kinds of Hittites, mixed marriages, the different ways everyone sins in this section of Genesis, God’s providence, and how God’s Will cannot be thwarted. “In the Beginning was the Truth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron featuring a step-by-step walk through the book of ... Read more

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