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Enjoy thoughtful and humorous discussion about hot topics from God's point of view. You will hear some arguing, disagreeing and a little banter. Each pastor isn't afraid to call it like it is. Yet he also isn't afraid to change his mind! If you are not immediately enthralled we'll give you your mo… read more

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Do I Have to be a Pastor?

May 10th, 2022

58:32

Topics:

  1. Mother’s Day and the Gospel?
  2. Professional ministry verses lay ministry
  3. Pastor’s job neglected by evangelism??
  4. Abortion conversations

 

 

The Prison of Confirmation, Jazz, and the Flesh

May 4th, 2022

1:00:16

Topics:

  1. Live music in bars
  2. Ringside on Confirmation
  3. NRSV Translation changes
  4. Do you have to keep your body whole for the resurrection?

 

Thank you: 

Words are Meant to be Spoken

April 28th, 2022

52:24

Topics:

  1. Easter Vigil reflections
  2. Baseball Season! Listening versus watching
  3. Weddings  and Baptisms during Lent?

 

Thank you: 

1517.org 

and

A Cure for the Common Death

April 19th, 2022

59:06

Topics:

  1. Easter Party!
  2. Resurrection and dignity of the body
  3. How to preach a terrible Easter Sermon
  4. Catholic Church and Justification on Twitter
  5. Cross …

Temptations of a Young Pastor

April 12th, 2022

1:02:20

Topics:

  1. The Withertongue Emails: Nietzsche confronting the Reformation
  2. Secret of storytelling, show don’t tell
  3. Jiu Jitsu teaches despair and the …

The Faith Delivered, Bo Giertz and Bror Erickson

April 5th, 2022

51:42

Topics:

  1. Ringside’s take on Smith vs. Rock
  2. Bo Giertz primer
  3. Fiction as Theological Discourse
  4. Holy Week Drama
  5. How to rock a mustache, by Bror

 

 

Death of our Enemies and Ungrateful Sons

March 30th, 2022

1:08:58

Topics:

  1. Pray for Enemy’s death? (Psalm 35 & Isaiah)
  2. How do you know which Bible is the Word of God?
  3. Asking for Forgiveness for someone else’s …

Discipline and Grace

March 21st, 2022

58:41

Topics:

  1. Normalizing war, pandemic and a crazy culture
  2. How do you teach Discipline? 
  3. Hard to Kill: 
  4. Is there a Quick fix for fitness? For Faith?

War Has Always Been the Norm

March 14th, 2022

59:45

Topics:

  1. Covid and Ukraine in the Media
  2. To believe conspiracy or not:  that is the question
  3. Should a Christian support the draft?
  4. Is this really the …

I'm Your Pastor Not Your Therapist

March 1st, 2022

41:54

Conversations on the role and expectation of a Pastor in our current culture, highlighting the newly released book: Pastor Craft. Ringside Preachers …

Deconstructing Deconstruction

February 21st, 2022

54:33

Topics:

  1. Concerned Lectionarians: 1 year or 3 year?
  2. Missed Theological Topics in Preaching?
  3. An Evil Deconstruction in Preaching
  4. Offended by the Gospel

Heaven on Earth For You

February 16th, 2022

1:06:44

We believe in the Holy Christian Church, which is the body of Christ. Ringside Preachers are "In the Ring" for this Podcast Symposia in Ft. Wayne, …

What You Meant for Evil, God Meant for Good

February 9th, 2022

1:06:28

Exploring the dark side of Joseph in Genesis and other less known resurrection figures. Ringside Preachers are "In the Ring" for this Podcast …

Christ Centered Counseling with Guest Rick Marrs

February 7th, 2022

1:04:38

Topics:

  1. Finding a competent Christian Counselor
  2. Bad Theology in Counseling
  3. Luther and Depression
  4. Christ-centered counseling 

 

Guests:

Dr. Richard …

Depression in the Christian Church

February 3rd, 2022

1:03:58

Struggles in faith and practice when dealing with depression and reflections on the visual message of Christ on the cross in church. Ringside Preachers are "In the Ring" for this Podcast Symposia in Ft. Wayne, Indiana …

The Catechism is a Tool Not a Textbook

January 25th, 2022

58:17

Teaching and preaching a Biblical worldview through Luther's Small Catechism in every stage of life. Ringside Preachers are "In the Ring" for this Podcast Symposia in Ft. Wayne, Indiana with Special Guest Dr. John T. …

Fresh-From-the-Sea Secrets with Ross

January 19th, 2022

1:15:08

Topics:

  1. Facial Hair 
  2. Modern Combat in the Navy
  3. Mid-life Career change to Chaplain 
  4. Investing in Friendship
  5. Bonding: long distance, pandemics, and …

When’s a Good Time for a Revolution? And Other Topics

January 10th, 2022

1:01:32

Topics:

  1. Is there a time for an insurrection?
  2. What is the best Bible translation?
  3. What does the daily Christian life look like?

 

Thank you: 

Who Teaches the Teachers?

January 5th, 2022

1:01:32

Topics:

  1. Letting go in 2022
  2. Older Christians teaching the pastor
  3. Pandemic of “Experts”

 

 

Thank you: 

1517.org 

and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis 

A Christmas Circumcision

December 29th, 2021

51:20

Topics:

  1. Circumcision matters (Luke 2)
  2. Promise on your phallus
  3. How you get a dictator

 

 

 

 

Thank you: 

1517.org 

and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Christmas Happens on Jupiter Too

December 21st, 2021

58:10

Topics:

  1. Fatman: the new Christmas Classic 
  2. Colossians 1: In Him, Through Him, and For Him
  3. Material and matter redeemed
  4. Can you fix the world?

 

Depressed During Christmas?

December 13th, 2021

1:07:21

Can you hear those Christmas bells my friend? I knows it’s hard to hear them when you’re at your rope’s end. Put some L.L. Bean leather slippers on, splash some Aqua Vit on some ice, and let us cheer you up! Guest Dr. …

Pastors and Politics

December 7th, 2021

1:07:42

Topics:

  1. Christmas Traditions: weird, unhealthy, profound?
  2. Advents message in our fractured times
  3. Roe v. Wade and Mississippi Law
  4. A pastor’s struggle …

Einstein vs. Newton and Why We Can’t Agree

November 29th, 2021

40:50

Topics:

  1. The observer influence what he observes (Quantum physics)
  2. Development of perspectival reality 
  3. Imposing Einstein on Newton
  4. 3 categories of …

Is Your Gender You?

November 22nd, 2021

1:02:58

Topics:

  1. Lack of Thankfulness
  2. Bad Translations of the Bible: He vs. She
  3. Body and Soul separation
  4. Christmas services - is it too many?

Thank you: 

Judgement Day for Kyle Rittenhouse and All of Us

November 19th, 2021

1:19:16

Topics:

  1. Public Trials, should we know this much?
  2. Tyranny of information: it makes you care
  3. Can you know something to be true?
  4. A Christian’s Trial on …

Live Action Role Play Church

November 11th, 2021

1:01:09

Topics:

  1. Obsessing over the Golden Age and LARPing in the church
  2. Refreshing politics, our recent quarter term election…

Preaching to What They Hear

November 4th, 2021

1:01:50

Ringside Preachers and Craft of Preaching join forces to bring you this special edition podcast discussing "Christianity Without Christendom." Rev. Dr. David Schmitt from Concordia Seminary St. Louis joins us to talk …

Reformation and Suicide

November 1st, 2021

1:01:09

Topics:

  1. Reformation Basics: high points
  2. A man should pray in public?
  3. Teaching to pray
  4. What would you say to Alec Baldwin?
  5. Suicide and forgiveness
  6.  

Gospel Under Pressure - Live at Concordia Chicago

October 27th, 2021

1:01:00

The Ringside Preachers hang out with students and professors at Concordia University Chicago for a Live Podcast... with a thought inspiring nacho …

Meeting Jesus Instead of Christianity with Bill Myers

October 19th, 2021

1:04:01

Topics:

  1. Always saying “yes” to God is an interesting life
  2. Exploring the misconceptions of Christianity
  3. Behavior modification vs. spiritual …

Resurrecting the Resurrection

October 14th, 2021

1:15:00

Ringside Preachers and Craft of Preaching join forces to bring you this special edition podcast discussing "Christianity Without Christendom." Rev. Dr. Jeff Gibbs from Concordia Seminary St. Louis joins us to talk about …

Scandalous Power of the Church

October 12th, 2021

1:00:50

What is the real power that drives the Christian Church, even today? Ringside Preachers and Craft of Preaching join forces to bring you this special edition podcast discussing "Christianity Without Christendom." Dr. …

Angels and Divorce

October 5th, 2021

59:32

Let the dead bury themselves. Tune in and tune out. Listen to this latest offering from the boys.

Topics:

  1. The thrilling experience of a pastor’s …

Preaching and Creating Community

September 28th, 2021

58:32

Ringside Preachers and Craft of Preaching join forces to bring you this special edition podcast discussing "Christendom Without Christianity." Rev. Dr. Peter Nafzger from Concordia Seminary St. Louis joins us to talk …

Low Anthropology with David Zahl

September 20th, 2021

1:05:24

Topics:

  1. Seculosity: religious in a different way
  2. Pandemic revealed our sin and depression
  3. Addicted to distrust
  4. A comedian preacher in the modern age

9/11 and Now

September 14th, 2021

1:08:30

Put down your needles and your masks, your Facebook arguments and self-righteous rants. Jesus reigns and is looking for sinners not saints to join Him at the party that will end and begin all parties. Oh and enjoy a …

How to Become a Bad Pastor

September 7th, 2021

56:07

Topics:

  1. Labor Day, vocation and rest
  2. Toxic Pastors - when do you leave?
  3. Preachers who still can’t preach Jesus
  4. Permission slip from pastor to refuse …

Contemplating a Call Without Using Magic

August 31st, 2021

59:58

Put down your goat entrails, tea cups, and tarot cards. Let us forecast your future, interpret your past, and predict your mood!

Topics:

  1. How should …

Poolside Reflection on Weddings

August 26th, 2021

1:07:32

Topics:

  1. Permission to party: it’s ok to have fun!
  2. Meet Tyler’s dad and Tyler's mom!!
  3. Prayers for your kids to marry and get out of the basement

A Break From Church?

August 17th, 2021

1:06:54

Hop in the minivan to catch the early service or have a post-wedding Bloody Mary with Tyler’s Mom? Stay tuned.

Topics:

  1. Take a break from church?

Collecting Adventure: Ringside BOUT with Nick Willert

August 9th, 2021

1:07:45

Special Edition Ringside BOUT featuring Rev. Paul Koch and Nick Willert. Nick is a 1st degree blackbelt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Founder & …

Heroes and Villains: in the Olympics and Hell

August 3rd, 2021

55:26

Topics:

  1. Simone Biles: hero or villain?
  2. How do you preach about Satan?
  3. Decent of Christ into Hell
  4. Concerned Seminarian visit
  5. Ephesians 4: darkened …

Drama, Propaganda, and the Gospel with Guest Jeff Leininger

July 26th, 2021

1:07:32

Topics:

  1. Visual protest in English Reformation plays
  2. Feast of Words: do we have too many?
  3. Use of religious drama in Christian History

 

 

Guests:

Jesus Can Be a Jerk

July 21st, 2021

1:07:32

Topics:

  1. Knife talk with Ringside
  2. Why Closed Communion?
  3. Jesus can be a jerk in Mark’s Gospel
  4. Presbyterian Rice cakes

 

 

Thank you: 

1517.org proud …

Marriage Counseling with Ross and Tyler

July 12th, 2021

54:31

Topics:

  1. Preparing for the marriage commitment
  2. Comfortable talking about the Darkness
  3. Why use the lectionary to choose Bible readings?
  4. Woe to the …

Hocus Pocus Communion

July 6th, 2021

1:00:36

Real men play with fire, shoot guns, and visit Parnell Krump for a straight razor shave. Step up to the challenge while listening to Ringside.

Topics:

Male, Female, and... with Guest Jonathan Petzold

June 29th, 2021

1:06:22

Yes, I know all cultures, all religions, all societies, all of science has understood that there are only two sexes and genders and natural …

There is Only One Church and One Faith

June 15th, 2021

55:17

Your baseball team has a losing record. Your favorite gum is gone. Your AC is broke for summer. Your mother’s politics are wrong. Turn off your …

Jesus is a Crazy Man

June 9th, 2021

1:03:53

Topics:

  1. Jesus’ family thinks he’s crazy, they’re right. Grace is insanity! 
  2. Pride month: who is benefitting?
  3. UFOs & aliens
  4. Virtual reality in …

Don’t Need to Explain the Trinity

May 31st, 2021

53:54

We are all veterans of some sort. Wounded from little wars with no heroes welcome and scars disguised as character flaws. Let the dead bury their …

Ringside Has Been Slayed By The Spirit

May 25th, 2021

54:03

Take a break from wailing at your own personal wailing wall made up of unfulfilled dreams, cold-hearted gods, and broken relationships. Pull the tab …

God’s Plan for You with Guest Jeff Leininger

May 18th, 2021

1:03:15

Tired of looking for your one great purpose in life? Jesus took care of that too! Relax with Ringside and special guest Dr. Jeff Leininger, campus …

What is Truth? Ask Our Youth and Live Studio Audience

May 10th, 2021

56:25

Beneath the calm, within the light, 

A hid unruly appetite

Of swifter life, a surer hope,

Strains every sense to larger scope,

Impatient to …

Is Your Bible the Bible? Museum of the Bible with Dr. Jeff Kloha

May 4th, 2021

1:05:00

Put down all the other documents you take for granted, light a cuban, drip some water on your sugar sitting in spoon over your Pernod’s, and consider the possibility that God’s thoughts are recorded down on papyrus.

Intersectionality and Preaching with Dennis Matyas

April 27th, 2021

1:08:23

According to the make believe wokeness-ometer, Jesus qualifies as the most authoritative voice because he was the most oppressed. Poor Jew, not from …

Thoughts and Prayers and Other Cliches

April 19th, 2021

1:00:49

Topics:

  1. Sending prayers… but do we?
  2. American flag in church equals Christian Nationalism?
  3. “Here I Stand” Anniversary of the Diet of Worms
  4. Mixing …

Paul Doesn't Like Easter Egg Hunts

April 13th, 2021

1:03:03

Need a resurrection in your life? Listen to Ringside.

Topics:

  1. Why do unbelievers celebrate Easter?
  2. Experiencing Jesus now (Gospel and letters of …

Resurrection: Seeing is Not Believing

April 6th, 2021

1:03:03

Christ is risen! So you can sit... and listen to Ringside. That's the gospel.

“Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free. He has destroyed it by enduring it. He destroyed Hell when He descended …

Why Descend Into Hell? And Other Topics

March 29th, 2021

57:49

It’s weird, don’t you feel like you need to do something while Jesus carries the cross and we just sit here drinking tea and eating crumpets? Help …

Covid Shame and Jesus

March 23rd, 2021

1:02:22

I always root for the underdog in March Madness. That’s why you can count on Ringside to not only root for the underdog, we’ll go down with the ship …

Review of The Chosen and Other Topics with Guest Timothy Winterstein

March 15th, 2021

1:05:11

While you are busy working at being passive in your righteousness, let God sanctify you through some holy words spoken by unholy men.

Topics:

  1. The …

What’s Heaven Like?

March 8th, 2021

52:12

Make your bed. Hit the gym. Call mom. Play Ringside.

Topics:

  1. Funeral woes
  2. Do you get everything you want in heaven?
  3. Dr. Seuss offended Amazon
  4. Beauty …

Will People Come Back?

March 2nd, 2021

57:39

We aren’t cancelled yet. Maybe this will be the show! Come and witness history… 

Topics:

  1. What is “church” in the time of COVID?
  2. Does the 8th …

Will People Come Back?

March 2nd, 2021

57:39

We aren’t cancelled yet. Maybe this will be the show! Come and witness history… 

Topics:

  1. What is “church” in the time of COVID?
  2. Does the 8th …

Limbaugh, Handshakes, and Jesus

February 22nd, 2021

1:05:37

Get behind me bourgie theology! Pick up your cross and turn on your radio to Ringside Preachers. Talking about Rush Limbaugh’s legacy, shaking hands …

Limbaugh, Handshakes, and Jesus

February 22nd, 2021

1:05:37

Get behind me bourgie theology! Pick up your cross and turn your radio to Ringside Preachers. Talking about Rush Limbaugh’s legacy, shaking hands …

It's OK to be Sad

February 18th, 2021

52:40

Repent and believe the good news. Everything will be OK!

 

Topics:

  1. You and your Ash: what is going on this Wednesday?
  2. Favorite Lenten Songs
  3. The bad …

It's OK to be Sad

February 18th, 2021

52:40

Repent and believe the good news. Everything will be OK!

 

Topics:

  1. You and your Ash: what is going on this Wednesday?
  2. Favorite Lenten Songs
  3. The bad …

The End Begins in Christ: In the Ring with Dr. James Voelz

February 11th, 2021

1:04:51

I stand amid the roar

Of a surf-tormented shore,

And I hold within my hand

Grains of the golden sand —

How few! yet how they creep

Through my fingers …

The End Begins in Christ: In the Ring with Dr. James Voelz

February 11th, 2021

1:04:51

I stand amid the roar

Of a surf-tormented shore,

And I hold within my hand

Grains of the golden sand —

How few! yet how they creep

Through my fingers …

QAnon

February 9th, 2021

59:38

Is it cooler to think there is a grand secret conspiracy based on human trafficking or that human trafficking happens far more often and far more …

QAnon

February 9th, 2021

59:38

Is it cooler to think there is a grand secret conspiracy based on human trafficking or that human trafficking happens far more often and far more …

Preaching in the Presence of God’s Kingdom: In the Ring with Dr. Jeff Pulse

February 5th, 2021

1:05:31

Like needing to find a bathroom, the urgency of preaching the presence of God’s kingdom should be felt in the very inner being of every pastor. Not …

Preaching in the Presence of God’s Kingdom: In the Ring with Dr. Jeff Pulse

February 5th, 2021

1:05:31

Like needing to find a bathroom, the urgency of preaching the presence of God’s kingdom should be felt in the very inner being of every pastor. Not …

Meeting the End and the Beginning in Bread and Wine: In the Ring with Dr. Art Just

February 2nd, 2021

1:08:13

Experience the reality of God while the world is ending. Ringside Preachers, Craft of Preaching, and Dr. Arthur Just from Concordia Theological …

Meeting the End and the Beginning in Bread and Wine: In the Ring with Dr. Art Just

February 2nd, 2021

1:08:13

Experience the reality of God while the world is ending. Ringside Preachers, Craft of Preaching, and Dr. Arthur Just from Concordia Theological …

Mankind - Not God - Needs Demythologizing: In the Ring with John Pless

January 28th, 2021

1:18:57

What does it look like to preach while the world is ending? Ringside Preachers, Craft of Preaching, and John Pless from Concordia Theological …

Mankind - Not God - Needs Demythologizing: In the Ring with John Pless

January 28th, 2021

1:18:57

What does it look like to preach while the world is ending? Ringside Preachers, Craft of Preaching, and John Pless from Concordia Theological …

Honoring Emperors

January 25th, 2021

54:40

From the city begun by Mad Anthony in 1794, some mad preachers carry on the revolutionary spirit with some spirited talk about submitting to …

Honoring Emperors

January 25th, 2021

54:40

From the city begun by Mad Anthony in 1794, some mad preachers carry on the revolutionary spirit with some spirited talk about submitting to …

Ringside Live

January 19th, 2021

40:33

The Preacher men go LIVE from the Bar in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Ringside Live

January 19th, 2021

40:33

The Preacher men go LIVE from the Bar in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Interpreting the Times

January 11th, 2021

1:01:38

In between boarding up your windows and hauling 5 lb. drums of peanut butter down to your basement, grab a hot rum toddy, pull your muck boots up, …

Interpreting the Times

January 11th, 2021

1:01:38

In between boarding up your windows and hauling 5 lb. drums of peanut butter down to your basement, grab a hot rum toddy, put your muck boots up, and …

Merry Christmas! The World is Ending.

December 28th, 2020

59:16

While you are comparing your presents and life to others, pour a Sidecar, turn off the Taylor Swift, and man up.

Topics:

  1. Christmas movie reviews by …

Merry Christmas! The World is Ending.

December 28th, 2020

59:16

While you are comparing your presents and life to others, pour a Sidecar, turn off the Taylor Swift, and man up.
 Topics: - Christmas movie reviews …

God Shat His Pants

December 22nd, 2020

1:01:29

God will forever be man. While you think about that, take a listen to our recent episode on the elevation of human beings on Christmas, Mary’s unique …

God Shat His Pants

December 22nd, 2020

1:01:28

God will forever be man. While you think about that, take a listen to our recent episode on the elevation of human beings on Christmas, Mary’s unique …

Did John or Mark Believe in the Virgin Birth?

December 14th, 2020

1:03:13

Christmas is a time when we get to hear non-believers sing about Jesus. You could complain or admire God’s strategic ministry plan. While you’re …

Did John or Mark Believe in the Virgin Birth?

December 14th, 2020

1:03:12

Christmas is a time when we get to hear non-believers sing about Jesus. You could complain or admire God’s strategic ministry plan. While you’re …

Keeping Christmas Well

December 8th, 2020

59:49

Put your pagan feet on the ole Yule log and let the Ringside Preachers tell you a better tale about how the world began and what heroes once did to …

Keeping Christmas Well

December 8th, 2020

59:49

Put your pagan feet on the ole Yule log and let the Ringside Preachers tell you a better tale about how the world began, and what heroes once did to …

Theology is Best Done Together

November 23rd, 2020

1:07:18

Eating a whole turkey by yourself? May we join? Hit play, grab a leg, dip in cranberry, and enjoy what some people call the greatest meeting of minds …

Theology is Best Done Together

November 23rd, 2020

1:07:18

Eating a whole turkey by yourself? May we join? Hit play, grab a leg, dip in cranberry, and enjoy what some people call the greatest meeting of minds …

The End of the World with Dr. Steven Paulson

November 18th, 2020

1:07:51

We asked Dr. Steven Paulson when the end of the world would be… He said it already happened and we missed it! But that’s Ok, Jesus invites you into …

The End of the World with Dr. Steven Paulson

November 17th, 2020

1:07:50

We asked Dr. Steven Paulson when the end of the world would be… He said it already happened and we missed it! But that’s Ok, Jesus invites you into …

Medal of Honor: Ringside Bout featuring Sgt.1st Class LaMarr Payne

November 13th, 2020

1:47:18

Rev. Ross Engel, discusses the reception of the first Medal of Honor awarded to an African American from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. This one-on-one conversation features Sgt. 1st Class LaMarr Payne, a veteran of …

Medal of Honor: Ringside Bout featuring Sgt.1st Class LaMarr Payne

November 13th, 2020

1:47:18

Rev. Ross Engel, discusses the reception of the first Medal of Honor awarded to an African American from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. This one-on-one conversation features Sgt. 1st Class LaMarr Payne, a veteran of …

Be Careful Condemning God's Enemy

November 9th, 2020

1:08:39

Take a break from the war and enjoy a holy meal of ordinary things!

Topics:

  1. The opposite political party is an enemy of God? So Franklin Graham says…
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