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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

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.

iTunes Ratings

133 Ratings
Average Ratings
123
9
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1
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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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A podcast about living freely in a world given back to us

Rank #1: Episode 75: Imago Dei

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00:00 - Introduction
05:23 - Free-for-All (Pitcher hits or designated hitter)
16:26 - Main Topic (Imago Dei)

On episode SEVENTY-FIVE of Let the Bird Fly! the guys sit down with Rev. Adam Morton to discuss Imago Dei (or specifically what it means to be created in the image of God). The guys recorded this episode will at the Here We Still Stand 2018 conference, which was held in October of 2018. Rev. Morton was gracious enough to sit down with the guys not once, but twice (you'll see what we mean a little over 30 minutes into the episode). Rev. Morton is currently working on his doctorate at the University of Nottingham. As is our want, however, we make you suffer through a Free-for-All before getting to the Main Topic. In this episode we bring back a favorite from way back on Episode 3: pitcher hits or designated hitter. After roundly beating Wade, however, we move on to a wonderful conversation with Rev. Morton. We think you're going to dig this one (we sure did)!
The 1517 Podcast Network has a new series called The Soul of Christianity, that you should check out. It's a 12 part series on the Apostle's Creed, which is hosted by Debi Winrich and Dan van Voorhis. And while you're at it, make sure to check out all the great podcast in the 1517 Podcast Network.
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.
“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: "Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo is in the public domain.
Oct 23 2018
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #2: Wingin’ It 35.2: Religions and Denominations, False Teachers and Heretics

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In this brief Wingin' It (is Wade ever brief?), Wade discusses the difference between some key terms. What's the difference between a religion and a denomination, a false teacher and a heretic? How do they relate, and how do we relate to them? Are these terms sometimes used irresponsibly, too lightly or quickly? Are they sometimes not used often enough? How should Christians deal with differences on teaching and with authors, whether from the past or the present, who have perhaps erred on certain points while making valuable contributions on others? Wade delves, briefly, into such questions in this session.
We hope you enjoy this Wingin' It. If you're digging the podcast, we'd be thrilled if you'd share it with your friends, subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or TuneIn Radio.
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.
Dec 04 2017
14 mins
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Rank #3: Episode 110: Syllabi (Not As Boring As It Sounds)

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00:00 - Introduction
06:01 - Free-for-All (College Football and NFL predictions)
18:01 - Main Topic (Syllabi - Not As Boring As It Sounds)
On episode ONE HUNDRED AND TEN of Let the Bird Fly! Mike once again finds his way over to Wade's backyard, this time to discuss the riveting topic of syllabi. They are joined in the backyard by Wade's second oldest son, Ziggy, who joins them for part of the main topic, but seems more interested in the Free-for-All discussion of the upcoming College Football and NFL seasons.
As summer winds down, we hope to get back on a more regular schedule. Thank you to all of our listeners for sticking with us through these leaner months.

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.
“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.
Aug 29 2019
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #4: Episode 71: Missiology

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00:00 - Introduction
04:12 - Scripture Narrative (Matthew 28:16-20)
12:31 - Free-for-All (Going back to school)
28:33 - Main Topic (Missiology)

On episode SEVENTY-ONE of Let the Bird Fly! Mike and Wade welcome back a guest that seems to be hanging around quite a bit lately, Rev. Brian Doebler to discuss a topic that he knows more than a thing or two about; namely, Missiology. Fittingly the Scripture Narrative takes us to the so-called Great Commission of Matthew 28, before the three discuss returning to school as teachers/professors.
If you haven't done so yet, make sure to head over to the 1517 Podcast Network and check all the other podcasts in the network; you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy!
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.
Sep 13 2018
1 hour 31 mins
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Rank #5: Episode 28: Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?

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00:00 - Introduction
02:57 - Scripture Narrative (Matthew 24:4-14)
08:12 - Main Topic (Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?)

On episode TWENTY-EIGHT of Let the Bird Fly! the guys welcome the ever-patient Rev. Dr. Matthew Richard. If you’re a regular listener, you may recall that on Episode 26 we tried to discuss Dr. Richard’s book with him on that episode, but technology would not cooperate. We are extremely grateful for pastor Richard’s patience and understanding; and we’re thrilled that we were finally able to get him on the show. We think you’ll be pretty happy about it too!
Wade starts us off on this episode discussing Matthew 24:4-14, before getting to the main topic. You may notice that we skip the free-for-all in this one, but we think you’ll appreciate that extra time we spend discussing Dr. Richard’s recently published book Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? Twelve False Christs. In his book, Dr. Richard walks through twelve different false Christs that different people have presented to him throughout his ministry. As Dr. Richard says, each of these could be seen as a type of idol, that seeks to displace the real Jesus. The book is written for a lay audience and is very conducive to a study group setting. Through his narratives and explanations, Dr. Richard provides the reader with an honest account of these various errors, while the same time offering a thoroughly pastoral approach to confronting these false christs.
If you are diggin’ this show, we’re confident you’re going to like this book. In fact, we’re so confident that we want to give away a free copy to one lucky listener! It’s been a while since we did a book giveaway, and this book is too good to pass up the opportunity. For all the information go to our BOOK GIVEAWAY PAGE and register to win.
Even if you’re sure that you’ll win the book, order a copy to share with a friend (or your pastor). Dr. Richard has also provided a number of resources to go with the book, so order a copy and check out these great resources. Here are the relevant links:
Order a copy of the book (and download a free chapter right away)
Learn more about the book
Check out the free online course designed for the book
Download the “CHEAT-SHEET” chart (this is the one that the guys reference in the episode)

And if you’d like more information on Dr. Richard, you can find out about him, his church, and what’s he’s up to, follow these links:
His personal site
The site for the congregation he’s currently serving
worldvieweverlasting.com

Thanks again to Rev. Dr. Matthew Richard for taking the time to talk with us about his new book. We enjoyed reading the book and were thrilled to get the chance to talk with him about it.
And finally, if you’re looking for more information on the Nain Lecture Series that was mentioned on the previous episode, you can find it here. If you’re in the Milwaukee area, come and hear Drs. Johnston and Berg present on Christian Freedom and Christian Vocation. The lectures are Saturday, October 14th, 2017 from 3:30 - 5:30.
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 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.
Oct 11 2017
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #6: Episode 89: Martin Luther King Jr.

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00:00 - Introduction
06:33 - Main Topic (Martin Luther King Jr.)
On episode EIGHTY-NINE of Let the Bird Fly! Wade and Mike sit down to discuss the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and his lasting impact on America today both consciously and unconsciously.
If you'd like more information on the Apologetics course Mike will be offering with Dr. Kerry Kuehn in the Summer of 2019, you can find all that information right here. And if you know someone who might be interested, make sure to share!
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.
“Whistling Down the Road” by Silent Partner.
“Not Drunk” by The Joy Drops is licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International License.
Feb 05 2019
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #7: 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
40 mins
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Rank #8: Episode 84: Anthropology

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00:00 - Introduction
07:07 - Free-for-All (Personal Intro Songs)
16:46 - Main Topic (Anthropology)
On episode EIGHTY-FOUR of Let the Bird Fly! Mike and Wade welcome Dr. Ned Farley to discuss Anthropology, a topic he knows more than a thing or two about. Before getting the main topic, though, the guys fantasize about what they'd pick as their personal intro songs...you know if they did something worthy of having their own intro songs. We're very thankful to Dr. Farley for taking the time to sit down with us and we're sure you'll enjoy the great conversation.
Happy New Year from all of us at Let the Bird Fly!
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 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.
Jan 01 2019
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #9: Episode 20: Vocation – The Masks of God

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00:00 - Introduction
03:27 - Scripture Narrative (Ephesians 2:8-10)
07:26 - Free-for-all (I love YouTube!)
19:17 - Main Topic (Vocation)
On episode TWENTY of Let the Bird Fly! the guys welcome the Reverend Doctor Michael Berg to discuss the topic of vocation. Before getting to our main topic, though, Wade brings up his kids’ love of YouTube. Peter compares YouTube to Aldous Huxley’s soma; and Wade claims that he’s not responsible for his children, because they were raised by YouTube. Shortly after Wade’s defensive confession, the guys find their way to the main topic of Christian vocation. Dr. Berg leads the guys through a fascinating conversation (one that hopefully leads to some Wingin’ It episodettes and maybe even another full-length episode at some point), which includes a discussion of the masks of God, Law and Gospel, vertical and horizontal ethical orientations, the radical freedom that the Gospel provides, and more big questions than you can shake a stick at.
If you’re looking for more on vocation, Dr. Berg mentioned Gustaf Wingren and Gene Edward Veith as two authors to check out. So to get you started, here are a couple of links:
Gustaf Wingren’s Luther on Vocation
Gene Edward Veith Jr.’s God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life

Wade also mentioned Steven Paulson’s Lutheran Theology, so check that out too. And finally Wade mentioned his Wingin’ It session on Luther’s On the Bondage of the Will, which you haven’t listened to yet, you can do right here.
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.
Aug 11 2017
54 mins
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Rank #10: Wingin’ It 40.1: The Divine Service (Part 1) – Processional

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On Episode 33, Mike and Wade sat down to discuss worship, or the Divine Service, and Mike promised a series of Wingin' It episodettes on various parts of the Western Rite. Well, this is the first installment of that promised series. In this Wingin' It Mike and Wade discuss the processional (a fitting place to start).
If you haven't listened to our episode on worship, you can do that right here. And if you enjoy this Wingin' It, be sure to stay tuned, as there are more to come.
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.
Jan 07 2018
49 mins
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Rank #11: Episode 90: On Creating a Hymnal

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00:00 - Introduction
03:04 - Free-for-All (Favorite Season of the Church Year)
27:09 - Main Topic (On Creating a Hymnal)
On episode NINETY of Let the Bird Fly! Mike finds himself in Utah, which means no beer, or maybe it means beer...I guess I'm not sure, regardless he does have the opportunity to sit down with Rev. Jon Micheel and Rev. Tyler Peil (who our long-time listeners may remember from episodes 9 and 10). Both pastors currently serve at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Taylorsville, UT. Both Rev. Micheel and Rev. Peil have been serving on a committee to create a new hymnal for the Wisconsin Synod, which is the reason Mike sits down with them. If you're interested in the project you can find information at the WELS Hymnal Project website. And if you'd like more information Prince of Peace Lutheran, you can find their website right here. A big thank you to Pastors Micheel and Peil for joining us 
If you'd like more information on the Apologetics course Mike mentioned at the beginning of the Free-for-All, you can find all that information right here. And if you know someone who might be interested, make sure to share! 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.
“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 12 2019
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #12: 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
1 hour 24 mins
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Rank #13: 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
1 hour 23 mins
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Rank #14: Episode 86: The Two Kingdoms

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00:00 - Introduction
02:25 - Free-for-All (Insiders, Outsiders, and Generational Bridges)
37:51 - Main Topic (The Two Kingdoms)
On episode EIGHTY-SIX of Let the Bird Fly! the guys welcome back Rev. Dr. Mark Braun from Wisconsin Lutheran College. If you haven't heard the past episodes with Dr. Braun, do yourself the favor or rectifying that right here. But first, give this episode in which the guys discuss The Two Kingdoms, a topic that they've brushed up against in more than an episode or two in the past. A big thanks to Dr. Braun for joining us once again! We hope you enjoy the conversation.
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.
“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.
Jan 15 2019
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #15: Episode 80: Advent (Revisited)

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00:00 - Introduction
05:44 - Free-for-All (Christmas wishes and regrets)
21:19 - Main Topic (Advent Revisited)

On episode EIGHTY of Let the Bird Fly! Mike and Wade join forces with Pastors Brian Doebler and John Bortulin to discuss the season of Advent. You may be thinking "Hey, didn't you already do an episode on the season of Advent," and you'd be right. But we like the season so much, we're doing it again...so deal with it. This time around, the guys talk about the history of the season, what its focus is, preaching through it, and all sorts of other stuff associated with Christ coming to us. The Berg girls make an appearance in the Free-for-All to discuss what they're asking for Christmas and some of their favorite presents from years past. Wade adds a lesson learned from his own childhood as well (we're glad he got his presents back, but can understand his parents getting tired of his antics—we know the feeling!). Thanks again to Brian and John for joining us. We hope you have a blessed Advent!
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.
“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 04 2018
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #16: Episode 3: Holy Week from the Pulpit and the Pew

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On episode three of Let the Bird Fly! we welcome our first (adult) guest, Rev. John Bortulin, to discuss Holy Week from the pulpit and the pew, touching on topics such as Passion Sunday and the Triduum. Wade highlights the AND PETER of Mark 16 and we discuss the ever divisive question of whether pitchers should play both sides of the game, or if baseball is better with the Designated Hitter.

A huge thanks 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.

If you’d like to contact us, please 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 a Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 International License.
“Horses to Water” by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena.
“Gib laut” by Dirk Becker is licensed under a 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 a Attribution License.
Apr 13 2017
37 mins
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Rank #17: Episode 95: Law & Gospel: A Lens for Life – Part 1

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00:00 - Introduction
06:57 - Free-for-All (Book Giveaway: Wade's most cringe-worth moments)
22:32 - Main Topic (Law & Gospel: A Lens for Life - Part 1)
On episode NINETY-FIVE of Let the Bird Fly! Wade, Mike and Peter sit down to discuss a presentation Wade has been giving entitled Law & Gospel: A Lens for Life. It's clear that Wade has no trouble talking, but then you throw Peter and Mike into the mix....well, let's just say this is Part 1 of their discussion on this topic (here's to hoping they can keep it to just two parts). Before getting to the Main Topic, though, Mike and Peter revisit the book giveaway promised on Episode 87. To refresh your memory, there were four copies of Valerie Locklaire's book Called to Defend: An Apologetics Handbook for the Middle School Student, that we promised to give away to the listeners would could come up with the most cringe-worth memories of Wade from the podcast so far. Thank you to all who submitted entries. We wish we'd had time to read them all! And thank you to Mike for the late submission as well. We hope you enjoy the episode.
If you'd like more information on the Apologetics course Mike is offering at Wisconsin Lutheran College during the summer of 2019, you can find all that information right here. And if you know someone who might be interested, make sure to share! 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 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.
Mar 19 2019
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #18: Episode 94: Rome’s Transition From Republic

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00:00 - Introduction
06:12 - Free-for-All (Most enamoring part of the modern world to an ancient Romans)
19:08 - Main Topic (The First Commandment)
On episode NINETY-FOUR of Let the Bird Fly! Mike and Wade sit down with Professor Sheena Finnigan to discuss Rome's transition from a republic. What made it possible for Caesar to become dictator? What contributed to the desire for strong emperors instead? Are there parallels to our own day? What is fair to compare and what isn't? What is the value of history when it comes to such things? We enjoyed having Prof. Finnigan on for this discussion, we think you'll enjoy it too!
If you'd like more information on the Apologetics course Mike mentioned at the beginning of the Free-for-All, you can find all that information right here. And if you know someone who might be interested, make sure to share! 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 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: "Statue France Julius Caesar Paris Old Louvre" is licenses under the Creative Commons Zero - CC0 license.
Mar 12 2019
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #19: Wingin’ It 42.1: The Divine Service (Part 3) – Confession & Absolution

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In this Wingin' It episodette, the third part of our series on the Divine Service, Wade and Mike discuss the corporate (or public) Confession & Absolution of the historic liturgy.
This is the third part of the series that Mike promised on Episode 33, which will cover various parts of the Western Rite. If you missed the previous episodettes on the Divine Service, you can catch up right here. And if you haven't listened to our full episode on worship, you can find that right here.
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.
Jan 19 2018
43 mins
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Rank #20: Episode 6: The Guys Get Physics (and Ally takes a stand against baby eating)

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On episode SIX of Let the Bird Fly! we welcome Dr. Kerry Kuehn to discuss science, and in particular physics. The free-for-all turns into a party in the studio as we discussed the role of signs in society, whether the designated hitter attempts a slap-shots through the goalpost, and the age-old question: should we eat babies? Wade also puts Dr. Kuehn on the hot-seat grilling him with “science” questions that leave Dr. Kuehn red, Wade sounding like a dullard, and most everyone guffawing. We do, however, finally manage to get to the topic at hand, and Dr. Kuehn’s expertise: namely, physics. Dr. Kuehn explains both how he approaches science and how he approaches teaching science. Dr. Kuehn proves to be a fascinating thinker and, despite being a scientist (we try not to hold that against him), he's extremely easy to understand...he should be a teacher! (If you are into physics, and especially if you teach physics, do yourself a favor and pick up his books: A Student's Guide through the Great Physics Texts!)
We are extremely grateful to Dr. Kuehn for joining us on this episode (and for putting up with our childish questions). If you are interested in more for Dr. Kuehn, please check out his website and books, linked below.
Website: www.kerrykkuehn.com
Books: Links Dr.  Kuehn’s books, along with brief descriptions, can be found on his website as well.
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.
May 02 2017
49 mins
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