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Let the Bird Fly!

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A podcast about living freely in a world given back to us

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A podcast about living freely in a world given back to us

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Pastor Tom Wilsmann

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This podcast has has become an indispensable and very enjoyable part of my professional growth.

Great Content-Light Hearted Atmosphere

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It's just like a good theological conversaton in your local pub with free PBR for everyone.

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154 Ratings
Average Ratings
142
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Pastor Tom Wilsmann

By pastortlw - Feb 15 2019
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This podcast has has become an indispensable and very enjoyable part of my professional growth.

Great Content-Light Hearted Atmosphere

By Maestlin - Feb 08 2019
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It's just like a good theological conversaton in your local pub with free PBR for everyone.
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Let the Bird Fly!

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Rank #1: Episode 45: The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis

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00:00 - Introduction
03:13 - Scripture Narrative (1 John 4:7-12)
12:05 - Free-for-All (Terms and Phrases That Drive You Crazy)
24:41 - Main Topic (The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis)

On episode FORTY-FIVE of Let the Bird Fly! the guys (sans Ben) get together to discuss C.S. Lewis’ book The Four Loves. Wade uses this book in at least one of his classes and Mike has started to use it as well, so they thought it might be an easy episode. Despite their lazy approach to the podcast, we think the conversation proves to be interesting (probably because they let Peter on to talk as well). Of course if you’re looking for really interesting conversation on C.S. Lewis, you should make sure to check out the episode that the guys over at the The Thinking Fellows podcast recently put out. (They have some great C.S. Lewis links up on the show notes for that episode as well, so make sure to check those out while you're there.)
Before getting to The Four Loves, Wade discusses 1 John 4:7-12 between trying to knock Oliva’s book out of her hands and they all discuss terms and phrases that drive them crazy. (CliffsNotes version: Mike really...um...doesn’t have much to say, Wade is fascinated by existential postmodern thought, Oliva is like….um...not real sure, and Peter doesn’t have much to say, per se.) Eventually they do what they promise, though, and get to C.S. Lewis’ wonderful work The Four Loves. If you don’t have a copy, you can easily find a used copy, or there’s a PDF available here.
And as always, if you are enjoying the show, please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or TuneIn Radio. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. And, of course, share us with a friend or two!
If you’d like to contact us we can be reached at podcast@LetTheBirdFly.com, or visit our website at www.LetTheBirdFly.com.

Thanks for listening!

Attributions for Music and Images used in this Episode:

“The Last One” by Jahzzar is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 International License.
“Horses to Water” by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena
“Gib laut” by Dirk Becker is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0 International License.
“Whistling Down the Road” by Silent Partner
“Not Drunk” by The Joy Drops is licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International License.
Image: "Love What Is It?" by Friedrich Böhringer  is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.
Image: "Love Liebe 2" by Friedrich Böhringer  is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.

Feb 06 2018

1hr 24mins

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Rank #2: The Eleven Nations of the United States

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00:00 - Introduction
05:55 - Free-for-All (Predications: Politics 2020)
16:42 - Main Topic (The Eleven Nations of the United States)

In episode ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-TWO Wade and Mike sit down with Rev. Dr. Paul Lehninger of Wisconsin Lutheran College to discuss the work of author Colin Woodard. Woodard believes that there are eleven distinct nations which comprise the United States (and Canada and Northern Mexico). These rival nations have remained consistently cohesive throughout U.S. history. Woodard offers presidential election results to prove his claim. If this is true, it provides a more nuanced look into politics and culture than the usually blue state/red state divide. We hope you will enjoy the discussion.
And a big thanks to Dr. Lehninger for joining us once again!
Links to two of the Woodard books mentioned in this episode:
American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good
As always, we're grateful to the 1517 podcasting network. If you haven't done so yet, make sure to go check out all of the great podcasts they have to offer, as well as the other wonderful content at 1517.org.
If you're interested in the Apologetics course Mike and friend of the show Dr. Kerry Kuehn will be holding once again this summer, you can find all the information at www.BlackEarthApologitics.com. And if you know of anyone else who might be interested, make sure to share the site with them as well!
If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe, rate, and review us on the following sites and apps:
iTunes
Stitcher
Google Play
TuneIn Radio
iHeartRadio
You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. You can also follow our Telegram Channel, where we post our new episodes as well as other content that we think you might enjoy. And, of course, share us with a friend or two!
If you’d like to contact us we can be reached at podcast@LetTheBirdFly.com, or visit our website at www.LetTheBirdFly.com.
Thanks for listening!
Attributions for Music used in this Episode:
“The Last One” by Jahzzar is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 International License.
“Gib laut” by Dirk Becker is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0 International License.
“Whistling Down the Road” by Silent Partner.
“Not Drunk” by The Joy Drops is licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International License.

Feb 20 2020

1hr 11mins

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Rank #3: Episode 135: Your Life Has Meaning

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00:00 - Introduction
06:25 - Main Topic (Your Life Has Meaning)

In episode ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-FIVE Mike visits with Rev. Luke Thompson of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the campus ministry group Illuminé both of Ottawa, Ontario. Mike and Luke discuss Luke’s new book Your Life Has Meaning: Discovering Your Role In An Epic Story. Rev. Thompson opens up the book of Ecclesiastes in a unique and powerful way in this accessible book. They also talk about Luke’s upcoming week-long class “In the Postmodern Wilderness” in June 2020 on the campus of Wisconsin Lutheran College. Both topics deal with our current cultural situation and how the gospel has a unique answer to our contemporary problems.

As always, we're grateful to the 1517 podcasting network. If you haven't done so yet, make sure to go check out all of the great podcasts they have to offer, as well as the other wonderful content at 1517.org.
If you're interested in the Apologetics course Mike and friend of the show Dr. Kerry Kuehn will be holding once again this summer, you can find all the information at www.BlackEarthApologitics.com. And if you know of anyone else who might be interested, make sure to share the site with them as well!
If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe, rate, and review us on the following sites and apps:
iTunes
Stitcher
Google Play
TuneIn Radio
iHeartRadio
You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. You can also follow our Telegram Channel, where we post our new episodes as well as other content that we think you might enjoy. And, of course, share us with a friend or two!
If you’d like to contact us we can be reached at podcast@LetTheBirdFly.com, or visit our website at www.LetTheBirdFly.com.
Thanks for listening!
Attributions for Music and Image used in this Episode:
“The Last One” by Jahzzar is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 International License.
“Whistling Down the Road” by Silent Partner.
“Not Drunk” by The Joy Drops is licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International License.

Apr 16 2020

1hr 6mins

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Rank #4: THE 228 OT Prophets – Audio 001: Profiting from the Prophets

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Mark Braun joins Mike and Wade to talk about the Old Testament prophets and the value of studying them.

Mar 22 2020

39mins

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Rank #5: Episode 56: The Divine Call

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00:00 - Introduction
09:46 - Scripture Narrative (Romans 10:13-17)
11:14 - Free-for-All (Best and Worst Ad Campaigns)
24:22 - Main Topic (The Divine Call)

On episode FIFTY-SIX of Let the Bird Fly! the guys have a full house, with all four of them present, plus three guests. Fortunately, Wade invented them over to Rev. John Bortulin’s house (one of their guests) to record.
Before getting going on this episode, Wade discusses the exciting news that Let the Bird Fly! has joined the 1517 Podcast Network. This has been announced on Facebook previously, but this is the first time on the podcast. If you’re not familiar with 1517., head on over to their website and check them out. And while you’re there, make sure to take a look at the other 7 podcasts in their network; you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy! A huge thank you to the 1517 Podcast Network for bringing us on-board and for the support they’ve already given us. We’re excited to be able to bring our conversation to an even broader audience.
So, after a somewhat protracted introduction, Mike reads a few verses from Romans 10, which serve as a bit of a primer for our Main Topic: The Divine Call. Since we had 5 pastors (and two guys who flunked out of “pastor school”), we thought it would be good to discuss the calling process and how each of these pastors have managed it. We are thankful to Pastor Ben Zak (currently serving at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Milwaukee), Pastor Brian Doebler (currently teaching at Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee), and Pastor John Bortulin (current serving  at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mukwonago, WI) for joining us on this episode. And an extra thanks to Rev. Bortulin for opening his home to us to record, we won't forget it (what time next week, John?).
And as always, if you are enjoying the show, please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or TuneIn Radio. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. And, of course, share us with a friend or two!
If you’d like to contact us we can be reached at podcast@LetTheBirdFly.com, or visit our website at www.LetTheBirdFly.com.
Thanks for listening!

Attributions for Music and Image used in this Episode:
“The Last One” by Jahzzar is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 International License.
“Horses to Water” by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena
“Gib laut” by Dirk Becker is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0 International License.
“Whistling Down the Road” by Silent Partner
“Not Drunk” by The Joy Drops is licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International License.
Image: "Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles" from Maestà by Duccio di Buoninsegna is in the Public Domain.

Apr 25 2018

1hr 23mins

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Rank #6: PHI 201 Ethics – Audio 011: The Grand Inquisitor

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Mike and Wade discuss "The Grand Inquisitor" from Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov.

Apr 25 2020

30mins

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Rank #7: Episode 81: Law and Gospel (Another Pass)

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00:00 - Introduction
07:18 - Scripture Narrative (We apologize for Wade)
08:42 - Free-for-All (Life without Books or Computers?)
21:09 - Main Topic (Law and Gospel - Another Pass)

On episode EIGHTY-ONE of Let the Bird Fly! the guys welcome Rev. Kent Schaaf, who is currently serving at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI, to discuss those two chief teachings of Scripture: Law and Gospel. If you're a longtime listener you'll remember we discuss Law and Gospel way back on Episode 11, and of course it's a topic that we've touched on many times through the past year and a half. We are grateful to Rev. Schaaf for joining us to continue the discussion. Wade and Mike frame the conversation around August Piepers writing on the Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel, which can be found in the second volume of The Wauwatosa Theology. Before getting to the Main Topic, Wade realizes that he's not Mormon, and the guys discuss life without either books or computers (spoiler: Peter's the only sane one in the room). A great big Thank You! , once again, to Pastor Schaaf for taking some time to join us. 
Let the Bird Fly! is supported by the 1517 Podcast Network, which is part of 1517.org. The 2018 calendar year has been one of tremendous growth for 1517 and plans for 2019 and beyond are well underway. In order to continue to grow and spread the message of that the death of Christ saves, 1517 has set a goal of raising $250,000 by December 31st. If you are able to help support all the great content being produced by 1517, please consider doing so with a regular monthly donation, or a one time donate. You can find more about 1517 on their website and you can DONATE RIGHT HERE. Thank you for your support!
And as always, if you are enjoying the show, please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or TuneIn Radio. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also follow our Telegram Channel, where we post our new episodes as well as other content that we think you might enjoy. And, of course, share us with a friend or two!
If you’d like to contact us we can be reached at podcast@LetTheBirdFly.com, or visit our website at www.LetTheBirdFly.com.
Thanks for listening!

Attributions for Music used in this Episode:
“The Last One” by Jahzzar is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 International License.
“Horses to Water” by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena
“Gib laut” by Dirk Becker is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0 International License.
“Whistling Down the Road” by Silent Partner
“Not Drunk” by The Joy Drops is licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International License.

Dec 11 2018

1hr 24mins

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Rank #8: THE 105 Intro to Scripture – Audio 010: Hebrews and Christology

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Mike and Wade discuss the Letter to the Hebrews and Christology Mike's THE 105 course.

Mar 25 2020

28mins

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Rank #9: THE 442 History of the Reformations – Audio 004: Elizabethan Settlement and the Book of Common Prayer

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Mike and Wade discuss the Elizabethan Settlement and the importance of the Book of Common Prayer in the light of chapter 17 of Duffy's The Stripping of the Altars.

Apr 05 2020

30mins

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Rank #10: THE 110 Intro to Theology – Audio 003: Third Article (Large Catechism)

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Mike and Wade discuss the third article of the Apostles' Creed in the light of Luther's Large Catechism.

Mar 19 2020

39mins

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Rank #11: Episode 16: We’re All Gonna Die: Ars moriendi

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00:00 - Introduction
03:42 - Scripture Narrative (Hymns: Abide with Me and For All the Saints)
10:24 - Free-for-all (Review of the MLB season, with a focus on the Tigers and Brewers)
27:17 - Main Topic (We’re All Gonna Die: Ars moriendi)
On episode SIXTEEN of Let the Bird Fly! we welcome back Rev. John Bortulin, who first joined us on episode three (which you can find here, if you missed it). This time we asked Rev. Bortulin to join us for a discussion of death and dying and what it means (and doesn’t mean) for the Christian. Before getting to our discussion, however, Wade cheats with the Scripture Narrative (but in a very “Lutheran” way) by talking about two hymns that he associates with funeral: For All the Saints  and Abide with Me. Next we move into a discussion of the first half of the 2017 MLB season, with a special focus on the Tigers and the Brewers. (If you want to know what we thought at the beginning of the season you can go back and listen to the first few episodes.) Somehow that discussion devolves into a “debate” over the relative merits (or lack thereof) of the State of Illinois. In fact, the discussion keeps popping up so much that we considered titling this episode “Death and (Illinois) Taxes.” Rev. Bortulin becomes oddly quiet during this discussion, bet he does manages to throw some shade on the Chicago White Sox. As must be the case, though, we do eventually manage to get to the main topic: death and dying. Death is always an uneasy topic, but it is nonetheless an inescapable reality for humanity, and a reminder of our fallen state. As Christians, however, we also have the confidence that comes through that one perfect death. This paradox is what allows Rev. Bortulin and Wade discuss the joy and privilege of a pastor to be present at the deathbeds of the faithful. Wade reads a section from Johann Gerhard’s Sacred Meditations, in which Gerhard reminds us that Christ in his death turns death from curse into gift.
A huge thanks once again to Rev. Bortulin for joining us. If you’d like more information on the church he is currently serving, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mukwonago, WI, you can find it at www.stjohnslutheran-muk.org.
If you enjoy the show, please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or TuneIn Radio. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. And, of course, share us with a friend or two!
If you’d like to contact us we can be reached at podcast@LetTheBirdFly.com, or visit our website at www.LetTheBirdFly.com.

Thanks for listening!

Attributions for Music Used in this Episode:

“The Last One” by Jahzzar is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 International License.
“Horses to Water” by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena
“Gib laut” by Dirk Becker is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0 International License.
“Whistling Down the Road” by Silent Partner
“Not Drunk” by The Joy Drops is licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International License.

Jul 12 2017

1hr 7mins

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Rank #12: Episode 48: On Being a District President (or Bishop)

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00:00 - Introduction
02:21 - Scripture Narrative (1 Timothy 3:1-7)
15:33 - Free-for-All (Best decade for a Sport)
29:44 - Main Topic (The Season of Lent)

On episode FORTY-EIGHT of Let the Bird Fly! all four of the guys are back in the studio and joined by Professor Earle Treptow from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI. Rev. Treptow was gracious enough to join us to talk about being a district president (or Bishop, depending on the nomenclature of your church body). Before joining the seminary faculty, Rev. Treptow served as the president of the Nebraska District of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.
Before getting to the main topic, however, Wade walks us through what Paul has to say in 1 Timothy 3 about being an overseer in the church and the guys discuss the best decades for some of their favorite sports (or sporting events, I suppose, if you’re willing to allow Peter his first choice...which Ben is not). But as always seems to eventually happen, they finally make it to the main topic, where Prof. Treptow provides some wonderful insight into a role in the church that might often go overlooked. We are extremely grateful to Prof. Treptow for joining us on this episode. We hope to coax him back in the future to discuss some of the areas he teaches at the seminary.
And as always, if you are enjoying the show, please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or TuneIn Radio. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. And, of course, share us with a friend or two!
If you’d like to contact us we can be reached at podcast@LetTheBirdFly.com, or visit our website at www.LetTheBirdFly.com.
Thanks for listening!
Attributions for Music and Images used in this Episode:

“The Last One” by Jahzzar is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 International License.
“Horses to Water” by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena
“Gib laut” by Dirk Becker is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0 International License.
“Whistling Down the Road” by Silent Partner
“Not Drunk” by The Joy Drops is licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International License.
Image: "St. Ambrose" by Matthais Stom is in the public domain.

Feb 27 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #13: Episode 49: On Happiness

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00:00 - Introduction
02:06 - Scripture Narrative (Ecclesiastes 3)
15:04 - Free-for-All (What would you do if you weren't a pastor/professor?)
35:34 - Main Topic (On Happiness)

On episode FORTY-NINE of Let the Bird Fly! Wade and Mike find themselves abandoned by Ben and Peter and somehow decide to talk about happiness. (I’m sure that’s just a coincidence.) After a discussion of Ecclesiastes 3, considering careers as political speech writers and as garbagemen, Mike and Wade find their way to happiness...or at least they talk about it for a bit. Their conversation ranges from Epictetus’ The Enchiridion, to the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence, touches on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, and of course Wade can’t be happy without bringing up the Beastie Boys’ Paul's Boutique.
Some of the books mentioned in this episode:

Oliver Burkeman’s The Antidote: Happiness for People who Can't Stand Positive Thinking
Epictetus’ The Enchiridion
Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics
And here’s a link to the issue of Logia in which Mike’s article appeared

And as always, if you are enjoying the show, please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or TuneIn Radio. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. And, of course, share us with a friend or two!
If you’d like to contact us we can be reached at podcast@LetTheBirdFly.com, or visit our website at www.LetTheBirdFly.com.
Thanks for listening!
Attributions for Music and Images used in this Episode:

“The Last One” by Jahzzar is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 International License.
“Horses to Water” by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena
“Gib laut” by Dirk Becker is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0 International License.
“Whistling Down the Road” by Silent Partner
“Not Drunk” by The Joy Drops is licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International License.
Image: "Happiness" by Nick Youngson is licensed under a Creative Commons 3 (CC BY-SA 3.0) License.

Mar 07 2018

1hr 27mins

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Rank #14: Episode 104: History of Lutheranism in America

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00:00 - Introduction
02:01 - Main Topic (History of Lutheranism in America)
On episode ONE HUNDRED AND FOUR of Let the Bird Fly! Mike welcomes back to the show Dr. Mark Braun. For the listeners that have been around since the beginning, you'll remember that Dr. Braun was one of our first guests (way back on Episode 5). Since he's joined us some eight episode, and a recording in front of a live audience. This time around Mike sits down with Dr. Braun to discuss the history of Lutheranism in America.
A big thanks to Dr. Braun for joining us once again. We're confident you'll enjoy the conversation with Mark as much as we did.
Books and articles by Dr. Braun:
A Tale Of Two Synods: Events That Led to the Split between Wisconsin and Missouri
Time Between the Testaments: Connecting Malachi to Matthew
“Those were trying years! Recollections of the ‘split’”
If you're interested in joining Wade and Mike at the 2019 Here We Still Stand conference in San Diego, head over there now to see if there are still tickets available (but hurry, this will sell out). And if you do sign up, remember to use the promo code PNET19 to save $25 off your registration.
Let the Bird Fly! is supported by the 1517 Podcast Network, which is part of 1517.org. If you haven't done so yet, stop over there and check out the other great podcasts in the network, as well as all of the other excellent content they offer.

And as always, if you are enjoying the show, please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or TuneIn Radio. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also follow our Telegram Channel, where we post our new episodes as well as other content that we think you might enjoy. And, of course, share us with a friend or two!
If you’d like to contact us we can be reached at podcast@LetTheBirdFly.com, or visit our website at www.LetTheBirdFly.com.
Thanks for listening!
Attributions for Music used in this Episode:
“The Last One” by Jahzzar is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 International License.
“Not Drunk” by The Joy Drops is licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International License.

Jun 11 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #15: Wingin’ It 81.1: The Life of Luther (Part 1) – Why Luther?

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This Wingin' It is the first in a new series Wade and Mike are doing on the life of Martin Luther. Before getting into Luther’s family, birth, and childhood (that’s the next episode), they discuss why we should take an historical look at Luther. The great reformer didn’t just impact the church, but the whole world, perhaps in ways we don’t always realize. The guys will each reread some Luther biographies for each episode to gain a diverse perspective on Wittenberg’s most famous professor, fully aware that historical books often tell us as much about the author and his or her time as the subject itself. But this will be helpful, too, as they bring the historical lessons of Luther to our contemporary situation.

So with that in mind, here's a bit of a starting bibliography on the Life of Martin Luther:
Martin Luther: A Life by James Nestingen
Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and His Career by James Kittelson
A Short Life of Martin Luther by Thomas Kaufmann
Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet by Lyndal Roper
Luther: Visionary Reformer by Scott Hendrix
Here I Stand: The Life of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton
Luther: Man between God and the Devil by Heiko Oberman
Brand Luther by Andrew Pettegree
Let the Bird Fly! is supported by the 1517 Podcast Network, which is part of 1517.org. The 2018 calendar year has been one of tremendous growth for 1517 and plans for 2019 and beyond are well underway. In order to continue to grow and spread the message of that the death of Christ saves, 1517 has set a goal of raising $250,000 by December 31st. If you are able to help support all the great content being produced by 1517, please consider doing so with a regular monthly donation, or a one time donate. You can find more about 1517 on their website and you can DONATE RIGHT HERE. Thank you for your support!
And as always, if you are enjoying the show, please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, or TuneIn Radio. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also follow our Telegram Channel, where we post our new episodes as well as other content that we think you might enjoy. And, of course, share us with a friend or two!
If you’d like to contact us we can be reached at podcast@LetTheBirdFly.com, or visit our website at www.LetTheBirdFly.com.
Thanks for listening!

Attributions for Music and Image used in this Episode:
"Slow Burn" by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.
“Not Drunk” by The Joy Drops is licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International License.
Image: "Portrait of Luther" by Lucas Cranach the Elder is in the Public Domain.

Dec 16 2018

40mins

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Rank #16: Episode 121: Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault

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00:00 - Introduction
05:28 - Free-for-All (Highs and Lows of the past semester)
13:42 - Main Topic (Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault)
On episode ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-ONE Mike and Wade sit down to discuss Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault, two philosophers who will challenge you to ask questions that you didn't even know you had, as well as some that you will probably decide you still don't have. Before getting to the philosophers, though, Wade and Mike use the free-for-all to complain about the things they don't like about their current semester (and maybe a thing or two that they do like). When they finally get to the main topic their discussion takes as it's spring board the debate between Chomsky and Foucault that was held in 1971 and takes as it's focus the question of human nature. If you're interested in watching that debate, you can find it on YouTube right here.

As always, we're grateful to the 1517 podcasting network. If you haven't done so yet, make sure to go check out all of the great podcasts they have to offer, as well as the other wonderful content at 1517.org.
And as always, if you are enjoying the show, please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, TuneIn Radio, or iHeartRadio. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. And, of course, share us with a friend or two!
If you’d like to contact us we can be reached at podcast@LetTheBirdFly.com, or visit our website at www.LetTheBirdFly.com.
Thanks for listening!
Attributions for Music used in this Episode:

“The Last One” by Jahzzar is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 International License.
“Gib laut” by Dirk Becker is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0 International License.
“Whistling Down the Road” by Silent Partner.
“Not Drunk” by The Joy Drops is licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International License.

Nov 19 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #17: Communication of Attributes: A Christmas Story

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00:00 - Introduction
06:03 - Free-for-All (Favorite Christmas Hymns)
21:29 - Main Topic (Communication of Attributes: A Christmas Story)
On episode ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIVE Mike and Wade are joined once again by Rev. Dr. Paul Lehninger, who teaches with Wade an Mike at Wisconsin Lutheran College in the theology department. Last year Dr. Lehninger joined the guys for a Christmas episode entitled On Christmas with Athanasius, Lewis, and Luther. This year they welcome him back for a Christmas episode on the communication of attributes in the person of Christ...so the most Christmas of stories! The three of them get us in the mood for the season by discussing their favorite Christmas hymns in the free-for-all, before diving into a topic that has been at the heart of controversy in the church for nearly as long as the New Testament church has existed.
A very Merry Christmas from all of us at Let the Bird Fly! to you and all of yours!

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Attributions for Music used in this Episode:
“The Last One” by Jahzzar is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 International License.
“Gib laut” by Dirk Becker is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0 International License.
“Whistling Down the Road” by Silent Partner.
“Not Drunk” by The Joy Drops is licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International License.
Image: "The Adoration of the Shepherds" by Gerard van Honthorst is in the Public Domain.

Dec 23 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #18: THE 442 History of the Reformations – Audio 008: Much in a Name

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Wade discusses what we should call the Catholic Reformation (Counter-Reformation, etc.) in light of the conclusion to John W. O'Malley's Trent and All That: Renaming Catholicism in the Early Modern Era.

Apr 24 2020

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Rank #19: Episode 58: Preaching as a Means of Grace

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00:00 - Introduction
05:04 - Free-for-All (Animal Fights)
21:51 - Main Topic (Preaching as a Means of Grace)

On episode FIFTY-EIGHT of Let the Bird Fly! all four of the guys sit down to discuss Preaching as a Means of Grace. In the May 2018 issue of Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology, Wade published an article on this topic, which serves as the basis for their discussion. So if the discussion piques your interest, make sure to get your hands on a copy of that issue of Logia (or better yet, subscribe).
Before getting to their main topic, however, the guys get the important stuff out of the way by discussing animal fights, how God's sense of humor is seen in the hippo, and whether or not a gorilla could make a shiv from a pine tree. (important. stuff.) 
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If you’d like to contact us we can be reached at podcast@LetTheBirdFly.com, or visit our website at www.LetTheBirdFly.com.
Thanks for listening!

Attributions for Music and Image used in this Episode:
“The Last One” by Jahzzar is licensed under an Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 International License.
“Gib laut” by Dirk Becker is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0 International License.
“Whistling Down the Road” by Silent Partner
“Not Drunk” by The Joy Drops is licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International License.
Image: “Chirst's Charge to Peter” by Raphael is in the public domain.

May 08 2018

1hr 26mins

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Rank #20: Wingin’ It 55.1: Apologetics in the Local Parish

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In March of 2018 Mike was invited to speak at Good News Lutheran Church in Mount Horeb, WI. We will be releasing that talk soon as a Bird's Eye View episode, but while he was there Mike was able to bamboozle Pastors Jonathan Bauer and John Stelter into recording this Wingin' It on Apologetics in the Local Parish.
Rev. Bauer is the pastor at Good News Lutheran Church, where Mike's talk was held, and Rev. Stelter is the pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church in Princeton, WI. We are grateful to both of our guests for sitting down with Mike for the Wingin' It. We think you'll enjoy the conversation.
At the beginning of the episode Pastor Stelter mentioned the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism & Human Rights, which Mike has discussed in the past. If you're not familiar with their work, do yourself the favor to become familiar.

Thanks for listening!

Attributions for Music Used in this Episode
- "Slow Burn" by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.
- “Not Drunk” by The Joy Drops is licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International License.

Apr 23 2018

38mins

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