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The Coffee Hour from KFUO Radio

As you grab your morning coffee (and pastry, let’s be honest), join hosts Andy Bates and Sarah Gulseth as they bring you stories of the intersection of Lutheran life and a secular world. Catch real-life stories of mercy work of the LCMS and partners, updates from missionaries across the ocean, and practical talk about how to live boldly Lutheran.The Coffee Hour is underwritten by Concordia University Wisconsin. Live Uncommon. Learn more at cuw.edu.

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Remembering Dr. Norman Nagel --- 2019/10/25

We remember the wonderful Dr. Norman Nagel on this episode of The Coffee Hour. Rev. William Cwirla— pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hacienda Heights, California, Rev. Dr. John Pless— Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions and Director of Field Education at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Rev. Charles Henrickson— pastor of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bonne Terre, Missouri, join Andy and Sarah to talk about their memories of Dr. Nagel, what they learned from him, and how his ministry has influenced and shaped their own ministries. In bonus podcast content, Rev. Billy Brath, Vice President for Ministry Support with Lutheran Church Extension Fund, shares his memories of Dr. Nagel.Read Dr. Nagel’s obituary at blogs.lcms.org/2019/obituary-rev-dr-norman-edgar-nagel-professor-emeritus-at-concordia-seminary-st-louis.This hymn was written by Rev. Charles Henrickson and set to the tune Merton (LSB 345), and he wrote it for the festschrift Dona Gratis Donata for Dr. Nagel for his 90th birthday:Always More than We Can Measure1 Always more than we can measure,All the gifts God has in store;More than any earthly treasure,Gospel gifts are always more.2 Our dear Father we’re addressing,All we need He knows before:Food and drink and every blessing,Daily gifts, and always more.3 Jesus came, the Man from heaven,All our sins our Savior bore;Full forgiveness, freely given,And with that comes even more.4 Life arising, life victorious,At the tomb an open door;Through the cross comes new life glorious:Christ is risen, first of more.5 Now the Holy Spirit’s preachingSpreads the news from shore to shore;Now the church, baptizing, teaching,Brings true faith to more and more.6 Christ speaks words of consecration:“Body given, blood outpoured”;Life, forgiveness, and salvation–Gospel gifts, and always more!∆ 7 Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,Triune God whom we adore;Heaven’s song–we soon will hear it,Praising You forevermore!Text: © 2014 Charles HenricksonTune: Merton (LSB 345) 87 87

25 Oct 2019

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Ash Wednesday History and Customs --- 2019/02/27

Rev. Dr. Kent Burreson, Louis A. Fincke and Anna B. Shine Professor of Systematic Theology and Dean of the Chapel at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the history and customs for Ash Wednesday and where we have inherited our customs from.

27 Feb 2019

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Live from LCMS #NYG2019 --- 2019/07/12

Rev. Mark Kiessling— Director of Youth Ministry with the LCMS Office of National Mission, and Meredith Whitefield— Communications Specialist with Youth Ministry with the LCMS Office of National Mission, join Andy and Sarah to talk about the LCMS Gathering history, how the theme is developed, what attendees are learning at this year’s gathering, and how they will be serving. Learn more and watch the livestream at lcmsgathering.com.

14 Jul 2019

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Why “Lutheran”?

Frank Kohn, editorial coordinator for the Lutheran Witness, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about his Bene+diction article in the February issue of LW, including what “Lutheran” meant to him a decade ago, what shaped his identity as a Lutheran-confessing Christian, and how this has shaped his understanding of vocation.Find online exclusives of the Lutheran Witness at witness.lcms.org and subscribe to the Lutheran Witness at cph.org/witness. Find all of our KFUO Radio LW conversations at kfuo.org/witness.

18 Feb 2020

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The Bible: Evangelical Heritage Version --- 2019/07/24

Dr. John F. Brug, General Editor and Old Testament Editor with Northwestern Publishing House, joins Andy to talk about the new Evangelical Heritage Version of the Bible available from Northwestern Publishing House, difficulties in producing this version, and features that distinguish it from other translations. Find your copy at online.nph.net/ehv and learn about the Wartburg Project at wartburgproject.org.

25 Jul 2019

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Life Among the Pagans --- 2019/03/21

Rev. Dr. Joel Elowsky, professor of Historical Theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the lives of early Christians as he wrote about in his article “Life Among the Pagans” in the March issue of Lutheran Witness, including the society early Christians lived in, how their time is similar and different to ours today, and how Christians set themselves apart from society. Find your copy of the Lutheran Witness at cph.org/witness, and read online articles at witness.lcms.org.

22 Mar 2019

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Coping with Alpha Gal Syndrome --- 2019/08/19

Jennifer Burton, Founder of Alpha Gal Encouragers of Northwest Arkansas, and Dr. Tina Merritt, with the Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Northwest Arkansas, join Andy and Sarah to talk about Alpha Gal Syndrome, both Jennifer and Dr. Merritt’s journeys through diagnosis and coping, and Jennifer’s creation of the Alpha Gal Encouragers of Northwest Arkansas. Learn more at alphagalencouragers.org and read about Alpha Gal Syndrome from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology.

19 Aug 2019

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Mental Health Monday: Introvert, Extrovert…Contentrovert?

Deaconess Heidi Goehmann, LCSW, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about how labeling personality types can be helpful, how this labeling can be limiting, and what contentment in Christ looks like. Read about being a “contentrovert” at medishare.com/blog/on-being-a-contentrovert.Hear Mental Health Mondays each Monday at 9am CT! Find all episode with the tag “Mental Health Monday.” View Deaconess Heidi’s Mental Health Playlist on Youtube and find all of her writings at heidigoehmann.com.The Coffee Hour is underwritten by Concordia University Wisconsin. Live Uncommon. Learn more at cuw.edu.

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4 May 2020

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An Outsider Visits a Lutheran Church --- 2019/11/05

Matt Whitman, host of the Ten Minute Bible Hour Podcast, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about why he visits churches of various denominations to make YouTube videos, his experiences visiting an LCMS church (St. Paul in Hamel, IL) for the first time, and the things he learned about Lutheranism that makes Lutherans unique. Find his videos from his visit with Rev. William Weedon at St. Paul along with all of his other content at thetenminutebiblehour.com and The Ten Minute Bible Hour on Youtube.

5 Nov 2019

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Memorizing Scripture

Rev. Sean Daenzer, LCMS Director of Worship and International Center Chaplain, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about how memorizing Scripture is helpful to us, ways to make memorizing verses a little easier, and the challenge from the LCMS for her members to learn Scripture verses each week. Read the Reporter article at blogs.lcms.org/2020/synod-chaplain-issues-scripture-memory-challenge and find the current challenge verse at lcms.org/memoryverse.

15 Apr 2020

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Reaching and Encouraging Young Adults --- 2019/02/15

Julianna Shults, DCE— program manager for Lutheran Young Adult Corps for the LCMS Office of National Mission, Rev. Mark Kiessling— Director of Youth Ministry for the LCMS Office of National Mission, and Ryan Curnutt— Senior Research Analyst for LCMS Research Services, join Andy and Sarah to talk about the three phases of study for the Young Adult Research, what insights came from the focus groups (final stage), and how parents and church leaders can use this research to help their ministries to young adults. Read more about the research process at blogs.lcms.org/2019/youth-ministry-wraps-up-multi-year-research-project-on-young-adult-retention and read the research findings and resources at youthesource.com/2018/06/04/lcms-young-adult-research.

15 Feb 2019

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Facing the Impossible --- 2019/03/22

Jay and Sofia Lyons, filmmakers sharing the story of Kara Tippetts, “The Long Goodbye,” join Andy to talk about Kara Tippetts, her legacy of love and beauty, and the documentary available on March 22 on digital and DVD. Learn more and watch the trailer at karatippettsdocumentary.com and follow more of the story at facebook.com/karatippettsdocumentary.

22 Mar 2019

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Memorizing the Faith: Athanasian Creed --- 2019/08/08

Katie Schuermann, author of books including the Anthems of Zion series from Concordia Publishing House and He Remembers the Barren from Emmanuel Press, and her goddaughters Olivia and Lydia Brown join Andy and Sarah to talk about memorizing the Athanasian Creed, what they learned about our God while memorizing, what they learned about themselves, and why it’s important to know what you believe. Hear them recite the Creed, as well!Want to memorize the Athanasian Creed, too? Find a memorization chart here!

8 Aug 2019

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Setting Goals

Dr. Bernard Bull, President of Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, joins Andy to talk about the role of goals setting in our Christian vocations, how we approach it, and why it’s beneficial in our daily lives.

17 Jan 2020

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Purposeful Grieving --- 2019/09/10

Stacy Hoehl, PhD, author of Purposeful Grieving from Northwestern Publishing House, joins Andy to talk about what grief is, how grief can affect our faith, and how to find comfort in God’s Word during times of grief. Find your copy at online.nph.net/purposeful-grieving.html. The Coffee Hour is underwritten by Concordia University Wisconsin. Live Uncommon. Learn more at cuw.edu.

10 Sep 2019

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The Feast of the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist --- 2019/08/28

Rev. William Weedon, Director of Worship for the LCMS, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the Feast of the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, including an overview of the story, how the feast is typically observed, and what we learn from the story and appointed texts, hymns, and prayers.

28 Aug 2019

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Mental Health Monday: Joy of Missing Out?

Deaconess Heidi Goehmann, LCSW, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about ambiguous loss, the difference between actual missing out on things and the fear of missing out (FOMO), what JOMO (joy of missing out) really means, and how we balance all of these heavy emotions. Read her article “From FOMO to Joy” at youthesource.com/2020/04/08/from-fomo-to-joy and find the discussion guide at youthesource.com/2020/04/08/from-fomo-to-joy-leaders-guide. Also, read DCE Julianna Shults’ post on ambiguous loss at youthesource.com/2020/03/25/ambiguous-loss.Hear Mental Health Mondays each Monday at 9am CT! Find all episode with the tag “Mental Health Monday.” View Deaconess Heidi’s Mental Health Playlist on Youtube and find all of her writings at heidigoehmann.com.

14 Apr 2020

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Coping with Violent Events --- 2019/08/09

Rev. Dr. Matt Richard, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Minot, North Dakota, joins Andy and Sarah to talk through a Christian response to violent events like the recent mass shootings, including real issue at the root of violence, the solutions we try to bring to the table, and how we cope with moving forward. Read his blog post at pastormattrichard.com/2019/08/the-root-problem-of-mass-shootings.html.

9 Aug 2019

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Staying Fit while Socially Distanced

Jennifer Hamer, Chaplain’s Wife, ACE Group Fitness certified, Schwinn Indoor Cycle Certified, and Fitness Instructor at Camp Pendleton, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about motivation to stay fit during this time of social distancing, how to use equipment around the house, and how to incorporate the whole family into the routine.

17 Apr 2020

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Balancing Faith & Academics on School Websites --- 2019/03/14

Rev. Daniel Ross, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Topeka, Kansas, joins Andy and guest co-host Rachel Bomberger, managing editor of the Lutheran Witness, to talk about balancing academic and faith content on a Christian school’s website, what parents look for on a website, and advice for school administrators who are looking to overhaul their websites. Read Pastor Ross’s blog post at concordiatechnology.org/blog/2019/03/balancing-academic-and-faith-content-on-your-christian-schools-website.

14 Mar 2019

Rank #20