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As Lutheran As It Gets

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As Lutheran As It Gets delves deep into the deep tracks, B-sides, and basement tapes of our Lutheran fathers. As Lutheran As It Gets is hosted by Rev. Donavon Riley with Rev. Christopher Gillespie interrupting the monologue and producing.Questions? Comments? Show Ideas? Send them to us at https://hi… read more

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76: Norman Nagel – Luther’s Understanding of Christ in the Lord’s Supper, pt. 4

August 31st, 2019

58:20

Pastors Gillespie and Riley wrap us their series on Norman Nagel’s “Luther’s Understanding of Christ in the Lord’s Supper.” For this final episode, they read and discuss Luther’s battle with Andreas Karlstadt about …

75: Norman Nagel – Luther’s Understanding of Christ in the Lord’s Supper, pt. 3

August 24th, 2019

59:06

Pastors Gillespie and Riley again read and discuss Norman Nagel’s work: Luther’s Understanding of Christ in the Lord’s Supper. This episode, the …

74: Norman Nagel – Luther’s Understanding of Christ in the Lord’s Supper, pt.2

August 18th, 2019

1:02:07

Pastors Gillespie and Riley continue to read and discuss Norman Nagel’s work: Luther’s Understanding of Christ in the Lord’s Supper. This episode, …

73: Norman Nagel – Luther’s Understanding of Christ in the Lord’s Supper

August 9th, 2019

56:32

Pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Norman Nagel’s work: Luther’s Understanding of Christ in the Lord’s Supper. This week, the Word, the …

72: Philip Melanchthon – The Power of the Gospel, part 4

August 6th, 2019

1:07:15

Pastors Gillespie and Riley wrap up their discussion of Philip Melanchthon’s Loci Communes. This week, Philip’s concluding theses on Law and Gospel.

Text: Commonplaces: Loci Communes 1521 by Philip Melanchthon, p. 117

71: Philip Melanchthon – The Power of the Gospel, part 3: Justification and Faith

July 6th, 2019

58:38

Pastors Gillespie and Riley continue their discussion with Philip Melancthon on the power of the Gospel from his Loci Communes. This week, what is righteousness?

Text: Commonplaces: Loci Communes 1521 by Philip …

70: Philip Melanchthon – The Power of the Gospel pt.2

June 23rd, 2019

1:01:57

Pastors Gillespie and Riley continue their discussion with Philip Melancthon on the power of the Gospel from his Loci Communes. This week, what is grace?

Text: Commonplaces: Loci Communes 1521 by Philip Melanchthon, p. …

69: Philip Melanchthon – The Power of the Gospel pt.1

June 19th, 2019

1:08:16

Pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Philip Melanchthon’s work on the power of the gospel from his Loci Communes.

Text: Commonplaces: Loci …

68: Philip Melanchthon – The Power of the Law pt. 3

June 11th, 2019

1:07:12

This week, pastors Gillespie and Riley wrap up their reading and discussion of Philip Melanchthon’s Loci Communes on the power of the law. How does …

67: Philip Melanchthon – The Power of the Law pt. 2

June 4th, 2019

1:01:13

This week, pastors Gillespie and Riley dive back into Philip Melanchthon’s Loci Communes. More on the power the law, how God works through the law to reveal our sin, and distinguishing between afflicting the comfortable …

66: Philip Melanchthon – The Power of the Law

May 25th, 2019

59:22

Martin Luther referred to Philip’s Loci Communes as “one of the clearest statements of the Christian religion ever written.” With this in mind, pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Philip Melancthon’s Loci on …

65: Hermann Sasse – Luther, Zwingli, and The Lord’s Supper

May 5th, 2019

1:05:58

This week, pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Hermann Sasse’s “This Is My Body.” Sasse examines the events at the Marburg Colloquy and how …

64: Werner Elert – Eucharistic Fellowship in the First Four Centuries

April 29th, 2019

1:05:00

This week, pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Werner Elert’s examination of the Lord’s Supper as the heart of the Church, the liturgy, and Christian life.

Text: Werner Elert – Eucharistic Fellowship in the …

63: Martin Luther – A very Lentish commentary on Psalm 102

April 20th, 2019

1:06:13

This week, pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss another one of Luther’s commentaries on the penitential psalms. 

Text: The Penitential …

62: Martin Luther’s 38 Special

April 15th, 2019

1:04:30

This week, pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Martin Luther’s commentary on Psalm 38. A lot of conversation about sin, grace, and militant …

61: Martin Luther’s Lentiest Psalm Commentary

April 6th, 2019

1:05:58

In this episode, pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Dr. Luther’s comments on Psalm 143. 

Text: The Penitential Psalms: Luther’s Works, …

60: Martin Luther Lents Psalm 6

April 2nd, 2019

1:08:01

In this episode, pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Martin Luther’s commentary on Psalm 6 – God’s two kinds of discipline 

Text: The …

59: Psalm 32 – Still Getting Lent-ed with Martin Luther

March 23rd, 2019

1:04:50

In this episode, pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Martin Luther’s commentary on Psalm 32. This week, they talk about sins forgotten. blessedness, and the upside down, the backward reality of the comfort of …

58: Get Lent-y with Martin Luther

March 19th, 2019

1:07:22

This week, Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Martin Luther’s commentary on Psalm 51. This episode is all about repentance, conscience, sin, and …

57: Christoph Homburg – Christ, The Life of All The Living

March 10th, 2019

1:01:32

In this episode, Pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Christoph Homburg’s “Christ, The Life of All The Living.” Affliction, church militant …

56: Martin Franzmann – Preach You The Word

March 4th, 2019

1:03:02

This week, Gillespie and Riley discuss Franzmann’s “Preach You the Word” – God’s Word, pastoral ministry, singing doctrine, and always repenting.

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55: Nikolaus Selnecker – Lord Jesus Christ, with Us Abide

February 26th, 2019

1:04:49

In this episode, pastors Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Selnecker’s hymn of prayer, to be kept safe by and in God’s Word and Sacraments 

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54: John Mason Neale – Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle

February 17th, 2019

1:03:17

This week, Pastors Gillespie and Riley discuss Neale’s translation of Fortunatus’ hymn, prayer, the two kingdoms, right and left-handed power, and …

53: Paul Speratus, Salvation Unto Us Has Come

February 10th, 2019

54:53

In the fall of 1523 Paul Speratus penned his most famous hymn, Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, “Salvation Unto Us Has Come.” It was one of the hymns …

52: Lazarus Spengler – All Mankind Fell In Adam’s Fall

February 2nd, 2019

39:16

For the next four episodes, Gillespie and Riley dig into Lutheran hymns that are “as Lutheran As It Gets.”

Lazarus Spengler originally wrote “Durch Adams Fall ganz verderbt Menschlich Natur und Wesen” as a nine stanza …

51: The Last Galatians Lecture (for us) of Martin Luther

January 30th, 2019

1:05:37

In this episode, Gillespie and Riley read Luther’s Galatians lectures on Christ and those who cut off from Christ by their works.

Text: Martin …

50: The (Almost) Last Martin Luther Galatians Lectures

January 22nd, 2019

1:03:47

Gillespie and Riley begin to wrap up their reading in Luther’s Galatians lectures. This week, we discuss Christ becoming most Savior and most sinner …

49: Martin Luther’s Galatians Lectures – How to Measure a True Christian

January 15th, 2019

1:04:03

In this episode, Gillespie and Riley go back to Luther’s Galatians lectures, to read and discuss how to measure the true Christian.

Text: Martin …

48: The Law… Until Christ – Luther’s Galatians Lectures

January 4th, 2019

1:18:12

Gillespie and Riley get back to their epic reading of Luther’s epically epic Galatians commentary. This week, the law’s relation to Christ and …

47: Martin Luther’s Magnificat Meditation, Part 2

December 25th, 2018

56:50

In the second part, Gillespie and Riley continue to read Martin Luther’s Magnificat, to discuss how God makes Mary a theologian of the cross. 

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46: Martin Luther’s Magnificat Meditation, Part 1

December 24th, 2018

43:30

In this episode, Gillespie and Riley read Martin Luther’s Magnificat, to discuss how God makes Mary a theologian of the cross. 

Text: Luther’s Works, …

45: This Is The Catechism Prayerbook You’ve Been Looking for… part 2 with Pr. Mark Buetow

December 23rd, 2018

56:01

Gillespie and Riley continue their discussion about the Catechism Prayerbook, examining the Seventh Petition of the Lord’s Prayer: “But deliver us from evil.”

Text: The Catechism Prayer Book, Lord’s Prayer, Seventh …

43: All the works-righteous dinosaurs feared the mighty Gospel T-Rex, part 2

November 17th, 2018

42:37

Continuing from Part 1, Gillespie and Riley ride the wave of Luther’s introduction to Paul’s letter to the Galatians as he doubles and triples down …

42: All the works-righteous dinosaurs feared the mighty Gospel T-Rex, part 1

November 12th, 2018

49:31

This week, Gillespie and Riley ride the wave of Luther’s introduction to Paul’s letter to the Galatians as he doubles and triples down on the …

41: We could go through Luther’s Galatians commentary all day… The point is, it’s good!

October 12th, 2018

1:00:48

In this episode, Gillespie and Riley read Luther’s opening lecture on Paul’s letter to the Galatians – mic drop moment after mic drop moment as …

40: I know. We’re the same, you and I. Just a couple of sarcastic, Lutheran fools.

October 7th, 2018

1:16:27

 In this episode, Gillespie and Riley continue to read Luther’s commentary on Galatians (1535). This week, Luther goes full Luther, sarcasm, and …

39: I cannot die. Not until I fulfill my destiny, and read Luther’s Galatians commentary.

September 29th, 2018

1:01:52

This week, Gillespie and Riley begin an epic reading of Luther’s epic Commentary of Galatians (1535). This episode, Luther’s preface to his lectures …

38: Once more into the fray… breach… biography thingie… with Heiko Oberman

September 15th, 2018

1:09:25

Another week, another episode reading Heiko Oberman’s biography of Martin Luther. In this episode, Luther as a Bible translator.

Text: Luther: Man Between God and the Devil by Heiko A. Oberman, p. 308ff

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37: Hey, let’s have a big round of applause for all of today’s contenders… with Heiko Oberman

September 6th, 2018

1:39:43

Here they go again… Pastors Gillespie and Riley continue with Heiko Oberman’s biography of Martin Luther. This week, they discuss the consequences, then and now, of Luther’s debate with Erasmus on the Bondage of the …

36: Hey, let’s debate “free will.” Come on, you love it…. with Heiko Oberman

August 28th, 2018

1:54:44

 In this episode, Pastors Gillespie and Riley continue with Heiko Oberman’s biography of Martin Luther. This week, Luther’s debate with Erasmus on the Bondage of the Will.

Text: Luther: Man Between God and the Devil by …

35: I’m sorry, but your theology is…. Christ-haunted… with Heiko Oberman

August 20th, 2018

1:48:27

 In this episode, Pastors Gillespie and Riley dive back into Heiko Oberman’s biography of Martin Luther. This week, Oberman explains how The Freedom …

34: Does This Look Reformationy to You? with Heiko Oberman

August 16th, 2018

1:54:59

This week, Pastors Gillespie and Riley read Heiko Oberman’s remarkable biography of Martin Luther. In this episode, Oberman explains the force of exegesis in Luther’s earliest Psalms lectures.

Text: Luther: Man Between …

33: Get Nageled Again, part 3

August 6th, 2018

1:10:42

This week, Riley and Gillespie go back one more time, into the sermons of Dr. Norman Nagel. In this episode, a lot of temptation talk. 

Text: Selected Sermons of Norman Nagel: From Valparaiso to St. Louis by Norman …

32: Get Nageled Again, part 2

July 30th, 2018

1:00:21

This week, Riley and Gillespie continue their adventure through the sermons of Dr. Norman Nagel. In this episode, fig tree Jesus. 

Text: Selected Sermons of Norman Nagel: From Valparaiso to St. Louis by Norman Nagel, …

31: Get Nageled Again, part 1

July 23rd, 2018

57:57

This week, Riley and Gillespie dive into the sermons of Dr. Norman Nagel. In this episode, Jesus’ yoke is easy, and His burden light. 

Text: Selected Sermons of Norman Nagel: From Valparaiso to St. Louis by Norman …

30: I don’t know your religious game, but you cannot stop the Gospel! with Detlev Schultz

June 30th, 2018

2:26:01

Pastors Gillespie and Riley dive into Klaus Detlev Schulz’s “Mission From The Cross,” to discuss the Christian faith and its mission in relation to …

29: Law, Gospel, and the Mission of God with Ingemar Oberg

June 16th, 2018

2:04:20

Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie dive into a conversation about Luther, Law & Gospel, and how the church goes about its mission 

Text: Luther and World Mission: A Historical and Systematic Study With Special Reference To …

28: Who Is For Us, With Us, and Feeds Us? with Albrecht Peters

June 10th, 2018

2:03:54

Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie triple dip into Albrecht Peters’ commentary on Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, Baptism and Lord’s Supper. This week they …

27: Water, Command, Promise with Albrecht Peters

May 26th, 2018

2:13:56

Description: Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie double dip into Albrecht Peters’ commentary on Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, Baptism and Lord’s Supper. This week it’s all about Baptism!  

Text: Albrecht Peters, Commentary …

26: A Confrontation at The Lord’s Table

May 17th, 2018

1:52:31

Text: Albrecht Peters, Commentary on Luther’s Catechisms: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, pg. 46-48

Description: Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie dive back into Albrecht Peters’ commentary on Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. …

25: Forgive us our debts so we’re free to forgive others…

May 9th, 2018

1:32:49

Text: Albrecht Peters, Commentary on Luther’s Catechism: Lord’s Prayer, p.165ff.

Show Notes: Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie dive back into Albrecht Peters’ commentary on Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. This week, they …

24: “Sanctification Based On Justification” with Albrecht Peters

April 28th, 2018

2:33:41

Text: Albrecht Peters, Commentary on Luther’s Catechisms: Creed, p.248ff

Show Notes: Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie return to the excellent series from Albrecht Peters, this time delving deep into the Third Article of the …

22: The Church by the Spirit and in the World with F. Edward Cranz

April 4th, 2018

2:05:30

The church is invisible and visible, of the Spirit but in the world. The nuances of this distinction have many implications for how you understand the church. Join Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie for a free-wheeling journey …

21: Luther’s Use of Satire with H.G. Haile

March 24th, 2018

2:10:38

The Dangerous Duo dig deep into a brilliant biography of Luther, enjoying a tasty bit of sharp satire from Luther. Join in the conversation and hang on for the ride.

Our text: Luther: An Experiment in Biography – H.G. …

20: Hanging from the Gallows Pole with Thomas Tentler

March 13th, 2018

2:16:52

Do Penance. Now. It’s Lent after all. Or maybe not? Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie dig deep into an exhaustive treatment of Luther’s Christology.

Our …

19: Christ and the Word with Marc Lienhard

March 2nd, 2018

2:21:09

Not every Lutheran writer worth reading is well known, especially a French Lutheran (no offense). Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie dig deep into an …

18: Faith Lets God Do the “God Stuff” with Drs. Arand and Kolb

February 11th, 2018

1:57:10

Listen to Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie riff off this excellent book from 2008.

Our Text: The Genius of Luther’s Theology by Charles Arand and Robert …

17: Worship is God’s Action in Christ with Ernest Koenker

February 6th, 2018

2:18:16

Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie go for a deep dive into this obscure classic on worship from Concordia Publishing House. You never know what you’ll find on your church library shelves!

Our Text: Worship in Word and Sacrament

16: We Are Not Masters of our Own Destiny (with Lennart Pinomaa)

January 25th, 2018

1:37:52

2018 is the 500th Anniversary of the Heidelberg Disputations. Never heard of them? You’re not alone! Listen in to Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie as they discuss “free will” (airquotes intentional) and what Luther and …

15: Luther the False Brethren with Mark U. Edwards

January 18th, 2018

2:14:14

By way of introduction we consider why As Lutheran As It Gets exists and why podcasting is an appropriate platform for theological discussion. Or …

14: The Hidden God with Dr. Robert Kolb

January 11th, 2018

1:46:02

In another attempt to try your patience, Pr. Riley and Gillespie discuss the article before actually discussing the article. In our Upside Down, this makes complete sense. Some might call it inductive, others probably …

13: Veith – Vocation, Vocation, Vocation

January 5th, 2018

1:43:24

Our Text: Glory Versus the Cross by Gene Edward Veith

Show Notes: 

Dr. Gene Keith is not Dr. John Kleinig. Pr. Riley flubbed it. By way of apology, …

12: For You Christmas – Norman Nagel

December 28th, 2017

1:48:34

Our Text: Selected Sermons of Norman Nagel, Sermon on Luke 2

Show Notes: 

It’s Christmas with Dr. Nagel. Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie riff off Dr. Nagel’s sermon for Christmas from Luke 2.

Questions? Comments? Show …

11: Kleinig – Luther’s handbook for evangelical piety

December 9th, 2017

Piety doesn’t demand signs and wonders. It’s not about obedience or works. Biblical piety is grounded in the Small Catechism, God’s handbook for family devotions, His textbook for evangelical piety.

Our text: Luther on …

10: Henrich Bornkamm – Luther and the Old Testament

December 1st, 2017

Your hosts dig deep into heavy duty historian Heinrich Bornkamm’s exploraton of Luther and the Old Testament.

09: Kittleson – Luther the Pastor

November 29th, 2017

Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie free range graze on James Kittleson’s “Luther the Reformer.”

08: CFW Walther – Thesis XXV

November 20th, 2017

1:19:33

No one is more quintessentially Lutheran and the American Martin, C.F.W. Walther himself. Riley and Gillespie delve deep in the capstone thesis of …

07: Luther – Bondage of the Will

November 9th, 2017

Is Luther’s “Bondage of the Will” the most Lutheran of all of Luther’s writings? Let’s see if Pr. Riley can convince you.

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06: Bayer – Living by Faith

October 27th, 2017

Riley and Gillespie dive deep into Oswald Bayer’s “Living by Faith: Justification and Sanctification”

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05: Hamann – On Being a Christian

October 22nd, 2017

Riley and Gillespie dive deep into Henry P. Hamann’s “On Being a Christian: A Personal Confession.”

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Show Notes:

Henry Hamann

On Being a …

04: Giertz – Sermon the Belief and False Belief

October 15th, 2017

Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie listen to Bo Giertz preach in 1961 on the difference between belief and false belief.

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Show Notes:

Text for our Study: Bo Giertz, Sermon on Belief and False Belief, p.133.

Bo …

03: Nagel – The Spirit’s Gifts in the Confessions

October 6th, 2017

Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie listen to Norman Nagel on the distinctiveness of First, Second, and Third Article gifts.

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02: Sasse – Particularity of the Sacraments

October 1st, 2017

In our second episode, Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie consider the Hermann Sasse on the uniqueness of each Sacrament.

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01: Martin Luther – Commentary on Psalm 118:17

September 21st, 2017

As Lutheran As It Gets

The first episode of the HT podcast from Pr. Riley and Pr. Gillespie: AS LUTHERAN AS IT GETS. In our inaugural episode, we delve deep into Luther’s letter/commentary on Psalm 118:17.

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