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During this episode of the Concordia Publishing House Podcast, listen as Tanner Olson explains his outlook on poetry, prayer, and just being happy to be here.Tanner is the voice behind or @writtentospeak on Instagram. He is also the author of Continue: Poems and Prayers of Hope.Show Notes:To Tanner Olson of Written to Speak, poetry is somewhere in between a song and a sermon. In all of his poetry, Tanner hopes that you get the sense that these are words that you’d say to a friend or in a prayer to God. In this episode, Elizabeth and Tanner discuss poetry, prayer, and how they connect in his newest book. Learn how to start reading and digesting poetry, and how to begin using your own voice. Listen to poems from Continue: Poems and Prayers of Hope including: Forget, Like the Sheep, and Consider the Wildflowers. Tanner’s Website: Written to Speak on Spotify:  Questions Covered:How does Tanner’s saying “just happy to be here” help open up conversations about mental health?How does his new book, Continue, work towards healthy lamenting but also knowing what it means to keep going?What does it mean that Tanner’s work is accessible?How do writing prompts help when creating poems?What is the significance of the poem and phrase “In All Things”?How has Christian poetry been able to reach different demographics inside and outside the church?Which experiences on the road have been impactful?How do we approach reading poetry?What should aspiring writers/poets do to begin their journey? About the Guest:Tanner Olson is an author, poet, and speaker living in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Sarah, and dog, Pancake. For the last decade, Tanner has been writing and speaking about hope, faith, and love to audiences online and across the US. When he isn’t writing, Tanner spends most of his time watching NBA basketball, drinking coffee, being outside, and catching up with friends. For more from Tanner, visit or @writtentospeak on Instagram.
LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces is vitally important to supporting chaplains in the United States military. In this episode Rev. Craig Muehler, director of the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces, discusses the importance of this ministry, current projects, and what you can do to support military chaplains and their families.The Ministry to the Armed Forces is the mission arm of the LCMS to support and serve military chaplains — active and reserve — their families and the veteran population. Learn more at: Show Notes:Have you heard of an army chaplain? Do you know the importance of having LCMS pastors be chaplains in the US military. During this episode hear from the director of the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces, Rev. Muehler, as he discusses this important ministry. Discover how the ministry was started and learn what route military chaplians take. Rev. Muehler knows first-hand how chaplains serve the armed forces and why this specific ministry needs to be supported. Be encouraged to prayerfully support this ministry. Questions Covered:How did Rev Muehler end up in this position with the Ministry to the Armed Forces?Why do we need chaplains?How was the Ministry to the Armed Forces started?Why is the office of the two kingdoms important to this ministry and does this interact with freedom to exercise religion?What does chaplaincy to military “nones” look like?How are the chaplains spiritually fed?How do chaplains become chaplains?What impact may the war in Ukraine have on our chaplains?Who can we contact to start the process to enter chaplaincy?Are there any services for veterans?What tools do congregations have to support our military-connected populations?What can we do to support this ministry? About the Guest:Chaplain Craig Muehler, a retired U.S. Navy captain, serves as the director of the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces. After retiring as deputy chaplain of the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served from 2011-14, Rev Muehler stepped into this position.. He received his bachelor’s degree from Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., and his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He also has earned his Master of Theology in Pastoral Counseling from Trinity International University. Muehler and his wife, Kristen, have four children; Seth, Jesse, Faith and Hope.
In this episode, Peter Reske discusses the history and significance of three Lenten hymns.Peter Reske is Senior Editor of Music/Worship at Concordia Publishing House.Learn more about the Lutheran Service Book and the Lutheran Service Book Companion to the Hymns.Show Notes:Lent doesn’t have to be Holy Week… yet. The season of Lent is more than just the build up to Holy Week. The season of Lent has us focusing for 40 days on preparing for Christ’s passion in repentance and reminds us of our identities as baptized children of God. Catechesis through Lenten Hymns can point us to the Word and Sacraments.  During this episode Peter Reske teaches us how three Lenten hymns impact our walk with Christ during this season. Learn the history behind the text and tune and insider information on how the hymnal is organized and compiled. Remember our role in God’s salvation plan and Jesus’ story through Lenten hymns LSB 430, 425, 449-450. Questions Covered:What themes are already present in the Lenten season?How does confession and absolution feed into this time in the Church Year?Historically, how does the hymn of the day subvert our expectations for Lent?What is the history behind the LSB 430?Which poem is LSB 430 similar to?How are we not any different from the “characters” in the hymn?What does friend mean in this context?How does the tune fit into the text?What have the changes to LSB 425 been and what does the hymn writer have to do with it?What Bible verse is LSB 425 likely based upon?How do the stanzas work to teach us about Christ?Why two tunes for LSB 425?What is interesting about the tunes of LSB 449-450?How did the LSB Hymnody Committee order the tunes?Who is this hymn attributed to and what language was it written in?How do we use the seven wounds of Christ to understand this hymn?Where is the Gospel?How does the language referring to Jesus change throughout LSB 449-450? About the Guest:Peter C. Reske, senior editor of music/worship at Concordia Publishing House, holds degrees in English literature and historical musicology from Marquette University and The Pennsylvania State University. He was the editor of Lutheran Service Book and its attendant resources.
LAMP Ministries have been promoting spiritual wellness and has been nurturing faith in Jesus Christ to those in remote northern Canada since 1970. In this episode, listen to the executive director of LAMP Ministry, Rev. Dr. Steve Schave, as he informs us about the challenges and opportunities of sharing the Gospel of Christ in this setting.LAMP’s volunteers and staff from Canada and the United States share the love of Jesus to Indigenous people in communities in remote northern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia through Christ-centered Bible studies and other outreach projects. To learn more about their outreach programs and other events visit: Show Notes:LAMP Ministry has been sharing the Gospel in remote northern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia since 1970. LAMP is able to provide Jesus-focused materials to help these communities learn about our Savior. During this episode hear from the executive director Rev. Schave as he discusses his passion for spreading the Good News in this area of the world. Making disciples of all nations includes these hard-to-reach communities. LAMP has been able to create long-lasting relationships between volunteers, staff, and the communities so that short-term efforts stretch into lifelong faith. Understand how life differs for those in these small remote communities and what hope LAMP is able to offer them.  Questions Covered:·         What is the story of LAMP Ministries?·         How is God expanding the ministries there?·         How do you bring supplies to these communities?·         Why is LAMP critical to these remote communities?·         What is the process like for volunteers and their churches?·         How does VBS play a role in the ministry?·         What stories are there about the impact on children or volunteers?·         How does LAMP impact adults in these communities?·         What impact has the COVID-19 pandemic had on this ministry’s ability to serve?·         Currently, how are needs (both physical and spiritual) being met?·         How can listeners get involved?About the Guest:Rev. Dr. Steve Schave is the executive director of LAMP Ministry. Dr. Schave received his Doctor of Ministry at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne with a dissertation that focused on church planting resources based on a ‘witness, mercy, life together’ framework for doing missions. His past ministry work includes an extensive focus on outreach through human care, as well as church revitalization with a focus on neighborhood renewal in the inner city. Rev. Schave and his wife Kim live in Alberta, Canada. 
We love watching superheroes defeat villains in our media, but there is only one true hero for our world. Jesus Christ. In this episode, unpack what it means to be a part of Jesus’ redemption story with the author of Lord of Legends: Jesus’ Redemption Quest, Eric Eichinger.  To order Lord of Legends visit  Show Notes:Heroes we find in comics, movies, and books are often a source of inspiration and hope for us and the fictional worlds they inhabit. The Hero’s Journey is a literary term used to describe how a character transforms through their quest. These thrilling stories are often repeated, dissected, and shared throughout our culture and history. But as Christians, we know about a real superhero. One that isn’t just a tall tale or only exists on screen. Jesus Christ was born to be the hero of the world, to conquer all of our villains and He did. Listen and join the conversation as we discuss how the concept of the hero's journey can help us to understand the magnitude of the history the Bible tells of the real hero, our prince of peace, our conqueror– Jesus. With the author of Lord of Legends: Jesus’ Redemption Quest, Eric Eichinger as our guest, unpack Jesus’ quest to redeem the whole of creation.Eric Eichinger is senior pastor of Bethel Lutheran in Clearwater, Florida. He earned a B.A. in Theatre from Michigan State University and ran on the varsity track and field team. Eichinger served for two years in New York as a youth worker, and two years in mainland China as an English teacher where he met his wife, Kara. He was ordained into the office of the holy ministry in 2006 and currently serves as pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church in Clearwater, FL. Eric resides in the Tampa Bay area with his wife, their three children, and a feisty dachshund, Doppelbock.
In this episode, Deaconess Tiffany Manor joins us to discuss the sanctity of life and what the LCMS’ Life Ministry is currently working on.Start teaching, from a young age, about the value of all life with Alive Before You Were Born.Learn more about how to witness in today's world with  Every One His Witness.The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Life Ministry is devoted to upholding the sanctity of human life, both in our church body and the culture at large. You can contact them with questions at Notes:We believe that all life is valuable. This can be considered a countercultural idea in our day and age– especially when it comes to the unborn. Join us in this episode as Deaconess Tiffany Manor discusses how her faith led her to uphold the sanctity of life and how the LCMS Life Ministry advocates for and upholds the sanctity of human life. Listen to understand the three areas Life Ministry covers: advocating for life, caring for life, and teaching about life. Life that holds the Imago Deo. Life that Jesus came to serve, suffer with, die for, and ultimately give the gift of eternal life to.  Questions Covered:What is Life Ministry?What areas of living does Life Ministry cover?How does Life Ministry involve the kingdom of the right and the kingdom of the left?How is the sanctity of life embedded in Lutheran Theology?Do local/national events play into our advocacy?How can we not let events be the end of our advocacy?What age is a good age to introduce the concept of the value of life?How can we practice using life-affirming language?What is the importance of the Church’s Life Sundays?How can we prepare for these uncomfortable conversations with our peers?What is coming up with Life Ministry?How can congregations start mercy care projects?How do we stay encouraged with these sanctity of life issues?About the Guest:Deaconess Tiffany Manor is the Director of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Life Ministry. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Master of Arts in Deaconess Studies from Concordia Theological Seminary. Manor also has served the LCMS New England District in the areas of church worker wellness, human care and school ministry. Tiffany is married to the Rev. Jonathan Manor, pastor of Lutheran Church of the Savior in Bedford, MA, and they have four children. She enjoys walking, crafts, swimming, kayaking and “all things water.” 
In this episode, meet the founder of Anchored Women, Kayse Pratt, as she introduces us to a philosophy to help us use our schedules and to-do lists by refocusing on biblical truth.  Kayse is a wife, a mom, and the founder of Show Notes:We often can feel overwhelmed or scatterbrained when looking at all the things we want and need to do. Oftentimes, time spent with Jesus is pushed to the side or ignored with a simple “I’ll get to it later.” In order to best serve our homes, we need to be anchored in Christ. Join us in this episode as Kayse Pratt, the founder of Anchored Women, walks us through our schedules and to-do lists and helps us refocus on what really matters, living lives that are anchored in God’s Word. As we approach the new year, Kayse guides us to understand that we can bring our faith into everyday tasks so that our time with Jesus isn’t just marking a box. Kayse Pratt is a wife, a mom of 2, and no stranger to that feeling of constant overwhelm, always feeling like there’s never enough time in the day. She is the founder of She shows us a new approach to home and faith that includes biblical encouragement, partnered with practical, step-by-step help for managing our day-to-day lives. It is a philosophy that anchors us in God’s Word AND helps us manage our busy lives with a little less stress + a lot more joy!
Ministry happens in a multitude of locations, close to home and around the world. On this episode,  Chaplain Travis Ferguson joins us to share his experience serving as an Air Force Chaplain in the Middle East. Chaplain Ferguson is a Captain in the United States Air Force. Learn about the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod's Ministry to the Armed Forces.
Rejoice! Rejoice! LSB 357, O Come, O Come Emmanuel is one of the most recognizable Advent hymns in our hymnody. Learn from Peter Reske as he walks us through the history and meaning behind the text, tune, and themes of this beloved hymn. Peter Reske is Senior Editor of Music/Worship at Concordia Publishing House. Learn more about the Lutheran Service Book and the Lutheran Service Book Companion to the Hymns.Episode Webpage
LSB 332, Savior of the Nations, Come is a favorite hymn during the season of Advent. Learn the story behind the tune, text, and translation of this beloved hymn. Peter Reske is Senior Editor of Music/Worship at Concordia Publishing House.Learn more about the Lutheran Service Book and the Lutheran Service Book Companion to the Hymns.Episode webpage
Advent marks the beginning of a new church year and season with a focus of reflecting on how the Israelites waited for their Savior mirrors how we wait for His return. During the season of Advent, there are many hymns that Lutherans love. The stories behind the hymns are just as compelling as the reasons people love them. This episode doesn’t touch on favorites such as O Come, O Come Emmanuel or Savior of the Nations Come (listeners can look forward to two separate episodes solely focusing on these two important Advent hymns), but other important advent hymns.During this episode Peter Reske tells us the history behind Advent hymns and the themes that connect them all together. Experience the wonder, joy, waiting, and awe of Advent hymns LSB 334, 335, 339, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 350,Learn more about the Lutheran Service Book and the Lutheran Service Book Companion to the Hymns .Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
The New Testament Book of James presents a profound message of what it means to live a sanctified life. Rev. Dr. Curtis Giese, author of James—Concordia Commentary, introduces us to the depth and richness of James in this episode.Dr. Giese is a professor in the Theology Division of Concordia University Texas (in Austin), where he has taught Greek and New Testament since 2004. Learn more about James—Concordia Commentary.
Diagnosed with breast cancer when she was pregnant with her fourth child, Heidi Floyd presents a message of faith in God’s promises in all circumstances. Heidi shares her powerful story with us in this episode. Heidi Floyd is a sought after influencer with over 10 years of experience in healthcare advocacy and breast cancer activism. She's a powerful communicator, international public speaker, and the author of in a word: quiet little thoughts about God. Heidi has served as the voice of the patient for a wide variety of organizations, including the U. S. Department of Defense, the American Cancer Society, and Susan G. Komen. Her experience has helped us establish and strengthen relationships with patient advocacy organizations that support patients and their families and educate corporations and other entities on compassionate outreach to the worldwide cancer community.Connect with Heidi on LinkedInFollow Heidi on Twitter
This episode originally aired on October 17, 2020 The Reformation had a profound impact on the hymnody of the Lutheran Church. Today, we'll be talking about the musical shifts that occurred during the Reformation era with our guest, Peter Reske. Peter is the senior editor of music and worship resources here at Concordia Publishing House.Find out more
Pastor Jeff Leininger talks with us about campus ministry and shares ideas on how your congregation can stay connected with students while they are away at college. Rev. Jeff Leininger is the campus pastor at Concordia University Chicago and the author of Callings for Life: God's Plan, Your Purpose.
Have you ever stopped to consider how the technology that you use is affecting you? Pastor-psychiatrist duo Rev. A. Trevor Sutton and Dr. Brian Smith have teamed up to help you evaluate your technology use through a Christian perspective in their new book,  Redeeming Technology: a Christian Approach to Healthy Digital Habits.  
What do teens wish that adults knew about them? Teens participating in the 2021 YouthLead program answered this question thoughtfully and honestly. Julianna Shults joins us to share their answers.  Julianna is a Director of Christian Education serving at LCMS Youth Ministry.Read the article What Teen Leaders Want Adult Leaders to Know  on youthESource.Get your copy of Relationships Count: Engaging & Retaining Millennials free on Amazon Kindle.Learn about the work of LCMS Youth Ministry.
On this episode, Kurth Brashear, Vice-President for Institutional Advancement at Concordia University Nebraska joins us for a conversation about the challenges, opportunities, and joys of philanthropy in the church. Learn more about Concordia University, Nebraska or connect with Kurth Brashear.Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
Redeemed | Dan Hoppen

Redeemed | Dan Hoppen


We've all had our fair share of blunders, mishaps, and failures.  Even the greatest heroes of the Bible stumbled. In this episode we're joined by Dan Hoppen. Dan is the author of Redeemed: Our Lives as Sinners and Saints. Dan will help us explore some of the common shortcomings we all encounter.Learn more about Redeemed: Our Lives at Sinners and Saints.Connect with Dan Hoppen
Jacob Weber, the associate editor of music and worship at Concordia Publishing House joins us today to discuss the importance of introducing children, to the beauty of hymnody early their lives and how that can support them as they grow in their faith. Check out One and All RejoiceListen to the One and All Rejoice playlist
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