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Welcome to the Concordia Publishing House Podcast where we consider everything in the light of Jesus Christ who is the same today, yesterday, and forever. Hosted by Elizabeth Pittman.
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In this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast, Rev. Dr. Paul Raabe joins host Elizabeth Pittman to discuss his work on the newest volume in the Concordia Commentary series, Isaiah 13 – 27 - Concordia Commentary. The next volume in the series will be available on November 30 and is available for pre-order now. Get your copy at Plus, subscribe to the Concordia Commentary series on CPH’s website by visiting  Show NotesChapters 13 to 27 of the book of Isaiah are often overlooked, yet they are invaluable. These chapters play an integral part in our understanding of God's plan for all of his people.Listen to this episode as author Dr. Paul Raabe explores his time writing the newest edition in the Concordia Commentary series that covers Isaiah chapters 13 to 27. Dr. Raabe will provide insight into the message found in this text, the impact of studying Isaiah on his own faith, and encouragement for lay people who may be interested in diving into this Old Testament book of the Bible. Questions-        What was it like spending so much of your professional life studying Isaiah?-        When you’re translating from Hebrew to English, how difficult is it to capture the nuance of the poetry found in Isaiah?-        Tell us about the message of the book of Isaiah as a whole. -        Are the judgments found in these chapters of Isaiah only meant for unbelievers or do they also apply to Christians? How do we look at that today?-        Tell us about the Gospel message found in Isaiah. Do we see that message come through in these prophecies?-        Have you found studying Isaiah over the years has had an impact on your personal faith?-        You’ve taught about Isaiah in a variety of contexts. How have you approached teaching Isaiah in all these contexts?-        What ways have you found to be effective to encourage your students to spend time in the Word?-        For those of us who are not trained in Hebrew, what is your encouragement for the average lay people who may pick up this volume of Concordia Commentary? About the Guest Dr. Paul Raabe is a professor emeritus at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, retiring in 2018 after 35 years as professor of Exegetical Theology. Dr. Raabe’s areas of interest and expertise include the Hebrew Prophets and poetry, Old Testament theology, and biblical theology. He has also served on The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Commission on Theology and has co-edited a previous piece for Concordia Publishing House, The Press of the Text, a Festschrift in honor of Concordia Seminary Professor Dr. James W. Voelz. Dr. Raabe received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University, Nebraska, a Master of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
In this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast, host Elizabeth Pittman is joined by Rev. Dr. Alfonso Espinosa to talk about his next book, Faith That Shines in the Culture. In his upcoming book, Al shows readers how we can reflect the light of Christ to the world around us. Pre-order Al’s newest book on CPH’s website by visiting Show NotesBeing part of society as a Christian means living out your faith in the church, the government, and the family. At the same time, every individual is called by God to do something in the world, known as your vocation. Both your vocation and living in The Three Estates are beautiful and rich parts of being a Lutheran. In his upcoming book, Al Espinosa examines both of these theological concepts to help you see how to take up God's greatest call: showcasing God's light through you and into the world. During the episode, Al talks about how Christians can learn how to express Christ's light in each portion of their life as they go about their daily routine. He also discusses how this new book fits in with his two previous Faith That… books with CPH and what listeners should expect from the work.   QuestionsHow does your new book fit into your previous writing?What is vocation? What does vocation look like?What are the Three Estates?What advice do you have for church members to help underscore how important it is for every member of the local congregation to be active and involved?About the GuestRev. Dr. Alfonso Espinosa is a graduate of Concordia University Irvine (BA) and Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana (MDiv). He received an MA in Christian apologetics from Biola University and a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Birmingham (England) in 2009. Dr. Espinosa is the senior pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Irvine, California, and a member of the Board for National Mission of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. In addition to writing the faith-and-culture trilogy, he has served as an author for The Lutheran Difference, a study notes team member for The Lutheran Study Bible, and a contributor to the Biblical Response series. 
Lutheran Women in Mission (LWML) President Eden Keefe joins host Elizabeth Pittman on this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast to discuss being a woman in mission and a woman who serves Christ.Find out more about LWML at NotesIn this episode, Eden sits down to discuss her new role as president, what she is looking forward to for the upcoming biennium, and how listeners can get involved in LWML as a young woman looking to serve Christ and the church. Eden also shares some of her favorite memories of LWML after having served and been involved in the organization for many years. She provides advice for those looking to get involved in ministry and gives her insight into how LWML continues to faithfully serve the LCMS.     Questions Covered·        What is LWML Sunday? How can it be celebrated in the congregation? ·        Tell us about this year’s theme.·        What were some of the highlights from this summer’s convention for you?·        What excites you about the coming biennium? How can people support the LWML mission grants?·        How can listeners support their local LWML? If they don’t have an active chapter, how can they get connected?·        What tools have you found helpful for your personal devotions?·        How did you get involved with Visual Faith Ministry?·        What is the best encouragement you've received in your service in the Church?·        Who is your favorite woman in the Bible?·        What would you tell very young girls about what it means to be a woman in mission?·        How can our listeners pray for you and the LWML? About the GuestEden Keefe is president of LWML and was elected to this position at the LWML National Convention in 2023. She has also served as LWML Vice President of Christian Life from 2013-2017, as Leader Development Committee Chairman, and as a member of the Christian Resources Editors. Eden worked on the LWML Official Publications Staff as Christian Living Editor and has served LWML at the district level in the Kansas district as well as the LWML Carolinas District Recording Secretary.
On this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast, Pastor Mike Fieberkorn speaks with host Elizabeth Pittman about his new book, Battle of the Soul: Luther Reforms Vice and Virtue. Battle of the Soul will be available on October 31, 2023. Pre-order your copy by visiting Notes Envy, greed, gluttony, lust, anger, sloth, and pride are all vices and manifestations of our unbelief. Pastor Fieberkorn joins Elizabeth Pittman to explain how our daily living of the Ten Commandments helps kill our unbelief.Listen as Pastor Fieberkorn reflects on how he came to write about the ideas of vice and virtue, what he defines as believers’ daily battle, how Martin Luther reformed thinking about these everyday struggles, and more.     Questions Covered·         What is the battle of the soul?·         How did you first notice the ideas of vice and virtue in Luther? Were you surprised to see how often Luther used these ideas?·         How does repeated engagement in sinful thinking turn into a habitual vice that becomes our way of looking at the world? How might it affect our neighbors?·         How can naming our vices help us diagnose something that might be becoming an idol in our lives?·         What does Christian virtue look like according to Luther?·         Luther matches up vices and virtues with the 10 Commandments. Give a couple examples of this.·         Why must we actively work to kill our vices/slay the old man?·         Why is it’s so important to remember our Baptism each day and the comfort that gives?·         At the back of the book, there are prayers for the reader to use in their daily lives. Can you talk about how readers might use those and why they’re helpful? How do these types of prayers help us grow in our prayer life and strengthen us for battle? About the GuestRev. Dr. Michael Todd Fieberkornhas served as a Lutheran pastor at Zion in St. Charles, Missouri, since 2019. He is a second-career pastor who served active duty in the Air Force for six years and currently serves in the Air Force Reserves. Pastor Fieberkorn and his wife, Angela, have three children.
Rev. Dan Paavola joins host Elizabeth Pittman on this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast. The duo discusses the upcoming 2023 Advent and Christmas daily devotions authored by Dan, Peace Came to Earth. Dan will talk about the different ways that Jesus brings us peace from God and remind us of the true reason of the Christmas season. Get a copy of the devotions on at Show Notes:  In today’s world, Christmastime is often busy, hectic, and stressful but that’s not what Christmas is about. Christmas is about a manger and hay, stables and shepherds, and a swaddled baby called the Prince of Peace. In this episode Dan provides insight into his new daily devotions Peace Came to Earth, where readers will take a step back and celebrate the peace and simplicity of Christmas. He talks about the metaphor of the star used in the Advent series, other imagery used to paint the story of Jesus, how we find lasting peace, and how God shows us the lasting peace only He can provide. About the Guest Rev. Daniel E. Paavola is a professor and pastor with the gifts of storytelling, motorcycle riding, and Model T restoring. He is a professor of theology at Concordia University Wisconsin and served twelve years as pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Butternut, Wisconsin.
Dr. Steve Saunders joins Elizabeth Pittman on this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast to talk about his new book Martin Luther on Mental Health: Practical Advice for Christians Today. Show Notes:                        Mental health issues are widely discussed today, but these issues aren't new. 500 years ago, Martin Luther was sharing advice to people who were wrestling with similar mental health challenges that many of us face today. In this episode, Dr. Saunders explains how he came across the teachings on mental health from Martin Luther and what inspired him to put this into his new book. Listen to the full episode to hear what Dr. Saunders has to say about what Martin Luther taught 500 years ago and how it applies to our lives today, how we should interpret what the Bible says about mental health, why it’s important for Christians to understand mental health issues, and more.  Questions CoveredWhy is this book important for Lutherans today?How did writing this book come about?How would you define mental health problems? How are they different from more serious mental illnesses? Why is it important to know the difference? Why is it so hard for people to talk about mental health issues? Why is it important for Christians to know how to have conversations with people experiencing mental health problems?After writing this book, what is the biggest piece of advice you would give to Christians dealing with friends and family with mental health problems?About the GuestDr. Stephen Saunders is a clinical psychologist and psychology professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and his research interests include mental health services and mental health treatment. Dr. Saunders lives with his wife, Ruth, and has three children.
On this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast, Elizabeth Pittman is joined by coauthors R. Reed Lessing and Andrew E. Steinmann to discuss their new book The Messianic Message: Predictions, Patterns, and the Presence of Jesus in the Old Testament.Get a copy of Reed’s and Andrew’s book – released in August 2023 – on  Show Notes: People typically associate Jesus and look for Him in the New Testament. However, we do see instances of Jesus throughout the Old Testament. In The Messianic Message R. Reed Lessing and Andrew E. Steinmann go through each book of the Old Testament and explain each prediction, pattern, and presence of Jesus.Listen to this podcast episode as Reed and Andrew discuss the process of collaborating on a book, studying the Old Testament for signs of Our Savior, and developing the book together. They provide a preview of how their writing shows readers where they can find Jesus throughout the Old Testament. Readers will learn to study the Old Testament through a Christ-centered lens in The Messianic Message. About the GuestsRev. Dr. R. Reed Lessing serves as professor of theology and ministry at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also the university’s director for the Center of Biblical Studies. Reed has authored books in the Concordia Commentary series, including Isaiah 40–55, Isaiah 56–66, Amos, Jonah, and Zechariah. He is also the author of Overcoming Life’s Sorrows: Learning from Jeremiah and Deliver Us: God’s Rescue Story in Exodus. Dr. Andrew Steinmann is retired from teaching as the distinguished professor of theology and Hebrew at Concordia University Chicago. Steinmann has authored books in the Concordia Commentary series, including 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, Ezra and Nehemiah, Proverbs, and Daniel. He is also the author of From Abraham to Paul: A Biblical Chronology and Is God Listening?
Dr. Dave Rueter, author of Teaching the Faith at Home: What Does This Mean? How Is This Done?, joins host Elizabeth Pittman for this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast to talk about the importance of teaching the faith to children. Learn more about his work and get a copy of Dave’s book by visiting Show Notes: What does teaching the faith at home really mean – and how is it done?Author Dave Rueter answers these questions – and more – as he sits down with Elizabeth to discuss the purpose of taking faith education outside the classroom as churches and schools prepare for a new school year. Dave digs into the meaning of catechesis, why it’s vital for parents to be involved in their children’s faith journeys, the challenges of teaching the faith in blended and single parent families, and some strategies for lifelong catechesis. Questions:·         What is catechesis anyway? ·         Why is it important to put energy into building a catechesis culture in our congregations?·         Why does the church struggle with confirmation?·         Why is it essential that parents are involved in teaching the faith to their children?·         Why is a relationship with the family, not just the student, so important in catechesis? ·         What challenges are present when teaching the faith in blended or single parent homes? How can the church help?·         What tips/advice can you share about how to increase biblical literacy in students, especially as they undergo confirmation classes?·         What are some common misconceptions people have about confirmation?·         What are some strategies for lifespan catechesis?·         Why does Martin Luther’s Small Catechism hold up so well today, even though it was written in the 1500s?About the GuestDr. David Rueter is the Director of Ministry Engagement at Our Savior Lutheran Ministries working to provide a cohesive approach to ministry across the church, school, and preschool. Dr. Rueter is a commissioned DCE, who has served for more than 25 years in congregations, on faculty at Concordia University Irvine, and on staff at the Pacific Southwest District. He is married to Andrea and the proud father of James and Wesley. For more from Dr. Rueter, visit
The Baptismal River | Rev. Dr. Richard Davenport Rev. Dr. Richard Davenport joins host Elizabeth Pittman on this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast to discuss his upcoming Bible study, The Baptismal River: Studying The Sacrament Throughout Scripture. His new Bible study will be available on in August. Learn more and download a sample session at Notes:  In Baptism, you become the human God created you to be.   Throughout the episode, Pastor Davenport shares his experience writing about the Sacrament of Baptism and studying for his doctoral work at Concordia Seminary St. Louis. He and Elizabeth also discuss what a great gift Baptism is, the relationship between the flood and Baptism, the unique qualities of a Baptism, what God accomplishes through our Baptisms, and more. Listen to the full episode now to learn about God’s deeper purpose for Baptism and how Pastor Davenport will challenge readers to ask, “Do we really need Baptism? What makes it special?” About the GuestRev. Dr. Richard Davenport lives in Fort Smith, Arkansas, with his wife and son. He currently serves as pastor at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. He received his MDiv from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 2009 and his PhD in doctrinal theology, also from Concordia Seminary, in 2013, focusing on a Lutheran theology of hope. You can read more of his writing at
Rev. Dr. Jamison Hardy joins Elizabeth Pittman in this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast to discuss his new book, Pastoral Leadership: Shepherding and Caring for God’s People, which was officially released on June 20, 2023. You can download a free sample of Pastoral Leadership by visiting     Show Notes:  Pastoral care and pastoral leadership are not separate functions but are in fact one and the same thing. In this episode Dr. Hardy dives into how pastoral care and pastoral leadership are not in competition with each other but are actually intertwined and must work together in order for a pastor to be a present leader and active participant in his congregation. Dr. Hardy also speaks about pastors and time management, his favorite biblical leader, advice he offers to new pastors, staying motivated, and the financial responsibility of church leaders. Listen to the full episode now to hear from Dr. Hardy and to get an inside look at his new book, Pastoral Leadership: Shepherding and Caring for God’s People. Questions Covered·         What do you hope church workers take away from your book?­·         Why should the laity read this book, and what do you want them to take away from it?·         In your introduction, you write that time management is a top struggle for many pastors. You write the proper order for prioritizing a pastor’s time is God, family, and church – in this order. Why in this order and why is time management so challenging for pastors in particular?·         In the first chapter, you write about several leadership styles from several different biblical figures. Who is your favorite biblical leader and why?·         What is the one piece of advice that you wish you had received when you first started as a pastor?·         What is the one piece of advice that you think most seasoned pastors need to hear?·         Let’s talk about leadership. You write that motivation and purpose are key traits of effective pastoral leaders. Are there any other traits that effective pastoral leaders should have? What advice or encouragement do you have for pastors who are struggling to stay motivated?·         You write that the financial situation of congregations and nonprofit ministries don’t get enough attention in leadership. Why is this?About the GuestRev. Dr. Jamison J. Hardy is president of the English District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. He has a master of public administration in leadership and management, as well as a doctorate of business administration in leadership and finance. His pastoral leadership has been molded by numerous experiences, including service as an elected member of his local school board, assisting in the merger of two congregations, and serving on the board of directors as secretary for Lutheran Federal Credit Union.
In this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast, Trevor Sutton joins Elizabeth Pittman to discuss the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and the implications it poses for Christians today. Trevor recently wrote about this topic in Christianity Today, and  is the co-author of the 2021 book Redeeming Technology: A Christian Approach to Healthy Digital Habits.  Show Notes: Many of us may use AI without even knowing it. It’s been around longer than many of us realize. Trevor dives into these topics regarding AI and the impact it can have on modern Christians in this episode of the podcast. Trevor also goes into the merits, benefits, and positives for church workers to consider when thinking about using AI in practical ways. He warns of pitfalls that pastors should also be aware of and watch for when actively integrating AI into life at church. Listen to the full episode to hear Trevor and Elizabeth discuss the rise of AI, the ethics involved in using AI at church and school, and how AI impacts our Christian worldview. Questions Covered· While it seems like AI has exploded onto the scene in the last 8-10 months, in reality it has been around and in use for much longer. What are some of the ways we’ve seen AI used?· What are some of the potential benefits for church and school leaders when using AI? What kinds of AI do you see as effective for supporting ministries?· Is there some merit to using AI as a research aid?· What are the potential pitfalls of using AI for conducting Bible research?·  What is some ways AI could help a pastor or commissioned minister be more productive?· What are some dangers or possibly unforeseen pitfalls to watch out for for pastors and commissioned ministers?· What kinds of AI do you see as dangerous for our ministries?·  How can a church use AI - what areas specifically could AI improve? What kinds of AI do you see as effective for supporting ministries?· In regard to language model AI, how do you recommend churches and school balance the potential efficiencies for both planning assistance and content creation?·   Recent innovations in artificial intelligence (AI) are raising new questions about how copyright law principles such as authorship, infringement, and fair use will apply to content created or used by AI.·  Can he speak to the ethics from a church perspective on using AI? I know a lot of artists and writers who have expressed concern about their work being stolen.· How will AI impact ethics in student work? How will teachers be able to check against AI-generated content?·  What unique role does congregational life play in a society that's growing more and more digitized/pre-generated/artificial?· How does AI impact our perceptions of humanity, identity, and creativity? And/or how does our Christian worldview help us speak to these concerns as AI topics continue to grow?About the GuestRev. A. Trevor Sutton is senior pastor at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Haslett, Michigan. Sutton has a BA from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and an MDiv from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He has published multiple sermons, Bible studies, and devotional books with various Christian publishers. He previously served as managing editor of Relief Journal: A Christian Literary Expression. He speaks at academic conferences, retreats, and congregations. Sutton lives in Lansing, Michigan, with his wife, Elizabeth, and daughter, Grace. 
President Debbie Larson of Lutheran Women in Mission (LWML) joins this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast with host Elizabeth Pittman to give a preview of the upcoming LWML 40th Biennial Convention in June.  Learn more about Lutheran Women in Mission by visiting Show Notes: In this episode, listen as Debbie Larson, current president of Lutheran Women in Mission, gives an inside look at the upcoming convention in June and discusses what attendees should expect to experience.   Debbie also talks about life in the office of president of LWML, the impact of some of the missions during her time serving in the organization, and encouragement for young women who are looking to get involved. Questions Covered-Tell us a bit about LWML and why you love to do what you do.-Are there a few missions that have stuck out to you in your memory as unique or extra impactful?-How did you first get involved with LWML?-What have been some of the highlights of your time as president?-What does a typical day in the life of a Lutheran Women in Mission president look like?-If you're talking to young women or women who have not typically been involved in Lutheran Women in Mission, what would you say to them to encourage them to get involved?-What are your hopes and prayers for LWML as it moves into the future?-What closing thoughts do you want to leave with our listeners as they think about Lutheran Women in Mission and serving the church and being involved?About the GuestDebbie Larson has served as the president of Lutheran Women in Mission since 2019. She will complete her presidential term at the 2023 40th Biennial Convention and will see a new president elected to serve in the next term.  
Extra Nos | FLAME

Extra Nos | FLAME


Award-winning Christian rapper and hip-hop artist FLAME joins this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast to discuss his upcoming book, Extra Nos: Discovering Grace outside Myself. FLAME talks about writing his first book with CPH and what it was like writing personal stories of his faith journey down on paper. Download a sample of the book by visiting Notes: Listen to this episode to hear FLAME preview the inspirational story of his life and how God brought him to Lutheranism. FLAME discusses his spiritual journey as God brought him through various trials testing his faith, pushing him to further his theological background and find the truth of "extra nos." Host Elizabeth Pittman also discusses the meaning of “extra nos” with FLAME and what it means. He goes into detail about exploring his faith, learning more about Lutheran theology, and his advice for others defending their faith.  Questions CoveredCan you talk a little about the intersection of theology and music? Listening to your songs is like taking a crash course in theology – what comes first, the lyrics, or the melody? How does this process work? Lutheran theology needs to rule the day. Why?You share your very personal faith journey in your book. Can you talk about what parts of the book were the most challenging for you to write?Your book is titles Extra Nos: Discovering Grace outside Myself. What does this mean?In your book, you mentioned that you journaled daily and documented how you were feeling and what you were learning as you explored your faith. Do you still journal? Would you recommend journaling to others, and if so, why?In your book, you wrote about your experiences with Calvinism. It sounds like this denomination emphasizes the work that an individual needs to do to be right with God, rather than the Lutheran view that our salvation is a gift from God that we can’t earn on our merits – Jesus earned it for us on the cross. Is this an accurate summary of these key differences? Do you have any tips for Lutherans who have the opportunity to witness (or just speak with) Calvinists?It’s been said that misunderstanding or ignoring the two kinds of righteousness will only lead to one of two outcomes: a person will either be filled with pride or despair.What was the reaction to people who thought you apostate after becoming Lutheran?What advice or encouragement do you have for those who are grappling with some aspect of their faith? Examples – not feeling like God is listening to their prayers; not sure if they’re in the “correct” denomination; unsure of their life direction.What is your favorite Bible verse (or passage), and why?not sure about this one but including it for consideration We couldn’t help but notice how active you are on social media, including some civil but pointed posts and comments challenging people on issues like baptism and that it’s not just a symbolic act. What advice can you share for defending/advocating for faith on social media?What do you hope readers take away from your book?About the GuestFLAME IS A GRAMMY®-nominated and Stellar Award–winning hip-hop artist. He is a well-versed leader in the Christian hip-hop scene with a growing list of accolades, including a GRAMMY nomination, multiple Billboard chart-toppers, and several Dove and Stellar award nominations. He was born and raised in the inner city of St. Louis, Missouri. FLAME’s latest releases include four EPs, including Extra Nos (2020), which was his first project as a Lutheran.
On this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast host Elizabeth Pittman is joined by Rev. Dr. Adam Filipek, author of upcoming book Life in Christ: Rooted, Woven, and Grafted into God’s Story. Pastor Filipek discusses reading the Bible, and understanding what the stories in Scripture have to do with our everyday lives. Read a sample of Life in Christ by visiting Available on in June. Show Notes: Reading the Bible can feel like a disjointed narrative where the pieces don’t always fit together at first. With his upcoming book, Life in Christ, Pastor Filipek pieces the stories in the Bible together to allow readers to see how our lives are grafted into Christ’s story. He also provides context to the historical aspects of the Bible, addresses and alleviates the challenges of understanding the Bible story, and explains how his writing frames readers’ thoughts to discover why the faith isn’t about us. Plus, Pastor Filipek gives an inside look at where his inspiration for the idea of the book came from and what encouraged him to put pen to paper. Listen to the full episode for the inside scoop.Questions Covered ·  What prompted you to write this book?·  You begin by talking about the Great Disconnect. What is this? Why is it important that we rediscover that the faith isn’t about us?·   Why aren’t the books of the Bible arranged chronologically?·  What is the story of the whole Bible in a nutshell?·  What makes reading and understanding the overarching story of the Bible so challenging, and how does your book help alleviate this?·  You write about the dangers of questioning the need to read Scripture, especially the trap of “isn’t this all I need to know?” Why do we need to read Scripture? Do we need to read the whole Bible?· The Gospels are about Jesus coming to fulfill the law. Why then do we need to read the law books – Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy in particular?·  Where do we fit into God’s story of salvation for all people in Christ?·  What does it look like to live in Christ?·   What is your favorite Bible verse or passage, and why?·   What tips do you have for people to increase their Bible literacy?About the GuestRev. Dr. Adam T. Filipek has been pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lidgerwood, North Dakota, since October 2016. He serves as an online adjunct professor at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Pastor Filipek earned a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Minot State University in North Dakota, a master of divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, and a doctor of ministry from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His doctoral dissertation, which served as a foundation for his book Life in Christ, was centered around teaching and preaching the unified biblical narrative. Pastor Filipek has been married to Becky since 2006. They have four children: David, Miriam, Jacob, and Bethany.
Author Lindsay Hausch joins in on the most recent episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast as she previews her newest book, God’s Provision in a Wilderness World, with host Elizabeth Pittman. In her new women’s Bible study, Lindsay pushes readers to focus on the promises and presence of Jesus in God’s Word. Manna reminds us mercies are new every morning as God refreshes and feeds our souls. Download a sample of Lindsay’s most recent Bible study by visiting The title will release on in May 2023. Show Notes: We face a wilderness where our worldly effort to satisfy leaves our hearts empty and aching. In her newest book, Lindsay Hausch invites readers to look closely at the experiences that the Israelites had during their 40 years in the wilderness. As we do this, she encourages us to see how the creator is blessing us today with his gifts in our everyday struggles. Listen to the full episode as Lindsay reflects on writing her second book with CPH, recognizing our own wilderness, and seeing the manna that God gives us each and every day.                                                   Questions Covered· What inspired you to write this Bible study?· Are there any similarities between this book and your last book, Take Heart: God’s Comfort for Anxious Thoughts?· The humble sticky note makes a cameo in the book. Tell us about that. How can we use sticky notes to encourage others?· How does the story of the Israelites’ wandering the wilderness for 40 years relate to us today?· What are some aspects of the story of the Israelite’s wilderness wandering that stand out to you?·  As you talked with your community about wilderness seasons in their lives, what did you learn? · What are some signs we are entering our own wilderness? What encouragement or advice do you have for those who are walking through a wilderness season?·  “Sitting atop a question mark” – what does that mean?· You write about God refreshing us with manna. What does the word “manna” mean? ·  What is the manna God is giving us today?·  It can be hard to settle down and focus on clearing a mental space for a Bible study with all the demands on our time. What tips can you share to help us “clear the decks” so we can grow closer to God?·   What is God’s provision in our lives?·  I understand you’re a coffee fan. Do you have a preferred brew? Way of preparing it? Special mug or time of day for enjoying coffee?About the GuestLindsay Hausch is an author, speaker, and pastor’s wife. She co-leads a mental health support prayer group at her church and enjoys speaking to women and other church groups about seeking God’s heart in the midst of a fast-paced life. Lindsay is passionate about hope in life's everyday struggles, overcoming anxious thoughts, depression, and difficult emotions. She most enjoys serving alongside her husband, discipling her three children, and getting quiet with God whenever she can. Learn more about Lindsay by visiting her website at
In thisepisode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast, Pastor Lee Hopf joins Elizabeth Pittman to discuss the importance of confirmation and how we can help our students to be confident in their identities as children of God. He also gives a preview of his upcoming confirmation journal, Guided by Truth, that he has written and explains why he was inspired to create this resource that encourages students to not only learn what they believe but also know why they believe it.  Guided by Truth: Enduring Faith® Confirmation Journal will be available to order in May. You can download a sample by visiting  Show Notes:  It can often be complex to know if students are really understanding the Six Chief Parts of the Christian Doctrine when they go through confirmation. Some students know what all the “right” answers are, but, digging deeper, they aren’t sure how to apply those answers to their lives. Other students may be quietly confused.Pastor Lee Hopf wrote his new confirmation journal with those students in mind. In this episode, Pastor Hopf talks about how Guided by Truth helps students better understand how Lutheran theology answers their questions about the Bible, Jesus, the Sacraments, and more. He also discusses how culture has impacted how teens see their identities, and why confirmation is important to understanding our purpose.  Questions Covered·         Why do we make confirmation a priority?·         What are the important questions students will consider in Guided by Truth?·         Culture is challenging how teens view their identity. Talk about our purpose and identity as children of God. Why is holding onto this identity essential and how can confirmation help?·         When we know who we are and who God is, how does that impact how we live our daily lives?·         Tell us about how the confirmation journal came to be? How have your students and families responded to it?·         How do you see this being used in classes with a high number of students vs. those with only a handful of students?·         How do you respond to someone who thinks that this is giving the pastor a shortcut to teaching confirmation?·         What advice do you have for parents if their kids resist going to confirmation class?·         How can parents explain why confirmation is so important to non-Lutherans?·         What tips do you have for adults who are well past their confirmation classes to stay engaged/reminded of what they learned in confirmation?  About the GuestBorn and raised in Georgia, Pastor Lee Hopf earned his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary St. Louis in 2016. Knowing he wanted to be a pastor since the age of 14, Pastor Hopf has spent most of the last seven years working in youth ministry. He currently serves as Next Gen Pastor at Trinity Klein Lutheran Church in Texas. 
Pastor and author Christopher Esget joins Elizabeth Pittman on this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast to discuss his new book (Dis)Ordered: Lies about Human Nature and the Truth That Sets Us Free. Listen as Pastor Esget reflects on writing his book about our identity in Christ and the encouragement we have in Christ during our struggles with sin.Order Pastor Esget’s new book by visiting Show Notes: Western culture shows us that human nature has become disordered. God’s Word says something different about us and our purpose, though.In this episode, Pastor Esget talks about what the Bible says about mankind’s purpose and how our disconnection from the created order causes such great harm in society. He addresses important topics for the Church in his book, the concerning shift away from God’s truth in today’s society, and advice he has for reflecting on these issues in our own ministries.  Questions Covered·        Why is this book important for the church today?·        What do you anticipate will be the greatest challenges and opportunities to the Church as society's views of human nature continue to shift farther and farther from God's truth?·        What does the quest for authenticity look like today?·        The world seems to be going crazy –why is that? How has culture today redefined original sin.·        In a nutshell, what is disordered and what is our role in helping to restore that order?·        How can Christians encounter the Scriptures as fully authoritative and inviolable, yet as a living Word that speaks to us today?·        In chapter one, you talk about how our society is replacing the truth with feelings and how prioritizing our feelings over thought is destabilizing institutions like marriage. The enemy can influence our feelings but sometimes feelings are also a gift from God. How can we discern where our feelings are coming from and if they are harmful or helpful?·        How does being “curved in on yourself” harm our neighbors?·        Define postmodernism. What happens when man is disconnected from an external law?·        How has modern technology/social media become a vehicle for disordered desires?·        In your book, you mention fasting as a spiritual tool. Can you talk about what circumstances would be appropriate for a layperson to fast and how one would go about fasting? Is it a 24-hour fast? How do you set the duration? How do we know if we are called to fast?·        How have you seen the issues you address in the book play out in your own ministry, as a pastor and as a Vice President of the LCMS?·        What advice would you give to Christian parents trying to navigate the changing culture with their households?·        What advice would you give to Christian leaders trying to navigate the changing culture?·        What is your greatest hope for your readers?About the GuestRev. Christopher Esget is senior pastor of Immanuel Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Virginia, where he has served since 2001. He previously served Bethel Lutheran Church in Du Quoin, Illinois. He and his wife, Kassie, have one son. Esget is the Fifth Vice President of the LCMS (representing the East-Southeast Region). He holds a bachelor's degree in music from Berklee Col
Author Deb Burma is back as a guest on this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast to talk about her newest Bible study, Leaning on Jesus. In her upcoming book, Deb encourages readers to see our continuous need for Jesus.Find out more about Deb’s new Bible study by visiting Show Notes:  Our culture tells us that we have all we need to make it all work, that we can smash our goals and own our own lives. But what happens when we can’t or simply don’t? In Deb Burma's latest women's Bible study, readers will see their continuous need for Jesus and will learn to lean on Him. During this episode Deb explains why Christians need each other and how we were created to be in community. She will also provide some of her tips found in her book about finding a Godly mentor, having a “Jesus and me” space, and actively leaning on Jesus.                                                  Questions Covered·         Why do we need to lean on Jesus?·         When will we know we're leaning on Jesus? Can you share some tips/helpful reminders to actively lean on Jesus?·         You mentioned finding a Godly mentor and how helpful that can be. What tips do have to find a mentor and what qualities should the mentor have?·         You wrote about having a Jesus and me space. Can you talk more about this - what is this - physical space, mental/spiritual space? What do we do in this space and why do we need it?·         Leaning and leading – what does that mean? About the GuestDeb Burma is a sought-after speaker for women’s conferences, retreats, and ministry events. She is the author of several books, Bible studies, and devotionals, including Be Still and Know: A Study of Rest and Refuge, Joy: A Study of Philippians, Stepping Out, Living a Chocolate Life, and Beautiful Feet. Deb is a follower of Jesus, a pastor’s wife, and a mom. She’s a blogger, a women’s ministry leader, and a self-proclaimed coffee/chocolate connoisseur. Above all, Deb is a grace-filled child of God. To learn more, visit her author page.
In this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast, author Christa Petzold joins Elizabeth Pittman to discuss her book coming out this May, Gathered by Christ: The Overlooked Gift of Church. During their discussion, Christa helps listeners see the church through the eyes of Christ. Find out more about Christa’s upcoming book by visiting Show Notes:  Through our fallen world of sin, humans—including those within the Church—can hurt others and push people out the door rather than inviting them in. Christa Petzold empathizes and understands how Christians in the Church have hurt others, but she brings light and emphasis to the ways that Jesus sees the Church as His community of believers, founded securely on Him and His Word.During the episode Christa dives into why many have felt rejected by the modern Church and why it’s important to remember who created the Church – God Himself.           Listen to this episode to hear Christa explain why the Church is a blessing, what regular church attendance looks like, how Jesus sees the Church, and more.                  Questions Covered· What are the benefits of studying the history of those who came before us in the faith?·You remind us that the church is created by God and not by man. How can remembering this inform the way we view and participate in our own congregations?·Why is the Church referred to as she/female? What’s with the Church/bride analogy?· What role does the pastor fill in the life of the Church?· What are some ways that we can honor the office of pastor and support our pastors in our churches? What do you think are some of the challenges pastors and their families face in ministry?·  Lex orandi, lex credenda. Why do our practices in our local congregation matter so much?·  For those who don’t know, can you define what church hopping is and why it’s not a good approach to church attendance?· Your book explains why the Church is both necessary and a blessing in the lives of Christians. Do you have suggestions about how we can lovingly and kindly broach the necessity of Church with people in our lives who have fallen away from attending the Church?· Speaking of Church attendance, a recent study from Lifeway Research found that most Protestant pastors and churchgoers  define regular church attendance as twice a month or more - wondering what your thoughts are on this. (Article about the survey:· In a nutshell, how does Jesus see the Church?· What is your favorite part of Church and why?About the Guest Christa Petzold is a pastor’s wife and stay-at-home mother of four. She holds a master’s degree in theology from Concordia University Irvine and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and Lutheran secondary education from Concordia University Wisconsin. She lives with her family in Bartlett, Illinois, and spends her time homeschooling, teaching theology, writing, reading, and studying Church history. She and her husband, Jonathan, are the authors of Male and Female: Embracing Your Role in God’s Design.
In this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast, host Elizabeth Pittman welcomes Donna Snow back as a guest to discuss her newest book, Meant for Good: A Study of Joseph, and the magnificent story of Joseph as he faithfully waited for God’s plans to come together. Find out more about Donna’s new Bible study by visiting Show Notes: Joseph’s life and its portrayal in Genesis is an epic journey through Scripture. In this episode, Donna talks about what listeners and readers can expect to learn from her upcoming Bible study that focuses on the life of Joseph – a phenomenal character laid out in Scripture. Donna also shares her love of pulling history and culture together to help a Bible story make sense in today’s world. Listen to the full episode to hear Donna’s reflections on what she found fascinating in Joseph’s story, how she describes “spiritual dehydration”,  and more.                                                   Questions Covered·   What can readers of your previous studies expect from your newest study?·  Your latest study is set in ancient Egypt. Your introduction does a great job setting the reader up with historical and Biblical context for both Joseph and Egypt. Ancient Egypt in Joseph’s time sounds fascinating – what were some of the most interesting tidbits about ancient Egypt or Joseph’s life that you uncovered as you prepared to write this study?·   You wrote in your introduction about Joseph being one of the most Christlike figures in Scripture. Can you elaborate on this point?·  Joseph found himself in a dark spot when he was sent to Egypt. Even when we’re in the midst of dark circumstances, there can be benefits. What are some of the benefits these situations can teach us? How did that play out for Joseph?·  You write about experiencing spiritual dehydration (in the context of experiencing seasons of famine that Joseph’s dreams foretold). Can you define what you mean by this? You share concrete warning signs of spiritual hydration – course talk, fatigue, anger, the presence of sin, and poor decision-making; are there any other warning signs to watch out for? And what guidance can you share for those who are experiencing spiritual dehydration?·  What are some lessons about forgiveness we can take away from Joseph’s story?·   How do we know if we’re actually forgiven someone? You share four litmus tests for this in (Week 4, Day 2) that are very helpful. Can you talk about these tests a little more? (As a recap, those 4 tests are: general thoughts test, failure test, revenge test, and opportunity to help test.)  About the GuestA soul-stirring, engaging speaker, author, Bible teacher, and worship leader, Donna Pyle has a passion for studying and teaching God’s Word. Her clear, down-to-earth style encourages women of all ages to wholeheartedly love, serve, and live for Jesus Christ. Since launching Artesian Ministries in 2007, Donna has scratched out over 20 Bible studies and enjoys the incredible privilege of traveling throughout the U.S. and internationally to speak and teach where the Lord opens doors. Donna writes regularly on her blog, Hydrated Living, as she seeks to find beauty in the quiet and sacred in the chaos, treasuring that this path is a holy experience planned by God before the beginning of time. A native, life-long Texan, Donna fuels her incredible journey with the Word, coffee, chocolate, family, friends and worship.
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