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Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen.Sharper Iron is underwritten by Lutheran Church Extension Fund, where your investments help support the work of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Visit lcef.org.
 
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Rev. Jeremiah Johnson, pastor at Glory of Christ Lutheran Church in Plymouth, MN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 28:31-43 and Exodus 39:22-31.The LORD cares about His people completely, both body and soul. That’s why He gave them the tabernacle, a physical place where He would dwell among them. That’s why He gave them priests, re ...…
 
Rev. Mark Barz, senior pastor at Crown of Life Lutheran Church in San Antonio, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 28:15-30 and Exodus 39:8-21.The breastpiece of judgment is the second priestly garment described in Exodus. The word “judgment” reminds us that there are two verdicts: guilty or innocent. The LORD meets with His peopl ...…
 
Rev. Joel W. Meyer, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Prairie City, MO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 28:1-14 and Exodus 39:1-7.When Israel arrived at Mt. Sinai, the LORD declared them a kingdom of priests. They would intercede for the LORD before the world. Yet Israel too needed a priest, someone to intercede between them and t ...…
 
Rev. Matthew Tassey, pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Malcolm, NE, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 27:9-19 and Exodus 38:9-20.The instructions for the tabernacle have worked their way outward from the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies to the court of the tabernacle in today’s text. Even in this fiery fence around th ...…
 
Rev. Adam Koontz, assistant professor of exegetical theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 27:1-8 and Exodus 38:1-7.Though the bronze altar of the tabernacle was not the first altar used by God’s people, it is the one given by the LORD as a part of the place He meets His people ...…
 
Rev. Dr. Adam Filipek, pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lidgerwood, ND, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 26:15-37 and Exodus 36:20-38.The LORD has not had a permanent dwelling with His people since they separated themselves from Him by their sin in Genesis 3. He has appeared to them in various wa ...…
 
Rev. Neil Wehmas, pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove, IA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 26:1-14 and Exodus 36:8-19.After the LORD tells of three furnishings within the tabernacle that communicate His presence with His people, He now begins to give instructions for the tabernacle itself. It is His presence there that ...…
 
Rev. Steve Hokana, Assistant Director of the Ministry to the Armed Forces for the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 25:31-40, Exodus 27:20-21, and Exodus 37:17-24.Any item that will be transported on a long journey must be essential to the trip. Though human wisdom would likely not deem an expensive, ...…
 
Rev. Tim Koch, pastor at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Milbank, SD, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 25:23-30 and Exodus 37:10-16.At first glance, the furnishings of the tabernacle may seem quite ordinary. The Ark of the Covenant was a small box. The second item, described in today’s text, was even smaller and a mere table, an object ...…
 
Rev. Brian Flamme, pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Roswell, NM, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 25:10-22 and Exodus 37:1-9.Today’s text teaches us concerning the Ark of the Covenant. This relatively small, unimpressive box stood in contrast to the pagan worship around Israel. The Ark was not a graven image of the LORD that u ...…
 
Rev. Chris Hull, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Tomball, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 25:1-9 and Exodus 35:4-29.Today’s text turns the focus of the book of Exodus toward the tabernacle, the place where the LORD will dwell among His people as they journey to the Promised Land. Providing this movable sanctuary is an exampl ...…
 
Rev. David Appold, pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Paducah, KY, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 24:1-18.What started in Exodus 19 reaches its culmination in this text as the LORD consecrates Israel as His kingdom of priests and His holy nation. In His extraordinary appearance here at Mt. Sinai, He prepares His people for His ...…
 
Rev. Andrew Preus, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Guttenberg, IA and St. Paul Lutheran Church in McGregor, IA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 23:20-33.The Book of the Covenant concludes in the same way it began: instruction toward faith in Christ. In today’s text, the LORD proclaims Christ as “the angel of the LORD.” He pre ...…
 
Rev. Paul Pater, pastor at Shepherd of the Ridge Lutheran Church in North Ridgeville, OH and Hope Lutheran Church in Sheffield Village, OH, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 23:10-19.This text centers around the rest that God gives to His people in the 3rd Commandment: “Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy.” God’s gift of res ...…
 
Rev. Harrison Goodman, pastor at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in San Antonio, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 22:16-23:9.At first glance, today’s text may seem a bit disjointed, covering a wide variety of topics. The theme that runs through it all is the fact that the LORD alone has power and authority, and He uses it for His p ...…
 
Rev. Dan Speckhard, pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Godfrey, IL, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 21:33-22:15.After the very familiar text of the Decalogue in Exodus 20, the Book of the Covenant that follows can seem very unfamiliar. How many 21st century Americans have daily dealings with oxen and donkeys anymore? Yet God’s Wor ...…
 
Rev. Sean Daenzer, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend, ND and Peace Lutheran Church in Barney, ND, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 21:18-32 on today’s episode. Pastor Daenzer discusses the various ways the truth of the 5th Commandment was put into practice in the Old Testament nation of Israel, as well as the ways the ...…
 
Rev. Greg Truwe, pastor at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cole Camp, MO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 21:1-17 on today’s episode. Pastor Truwe looks at the decrees that the LORD gives to His people for their good as a society and nation, including the way Israel’s freedom from slavery in Egypt influenced the way they we ...…
 
Rev. James Preus, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ottumwa, IA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 20:18-26 on today’s episode. Pastor Preus discusses the true fear of God that He gives to His people, the preaching of Christ’s incarnation and crucifixion in the command against idols and the command concerning the altar and sacrif ...…
 
Rev. Matt Wietfeldt, Director of Admissions at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 20:1-17 on today’s episode. The freedom that the LORD has given His people from slavery in Egypt has led to this point. Now the LORD shows His people what true freedom looks like in His Ten Words from Mt. ...…
 
Rev. Jacob Dandy, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in St. Francis, MN, studies Exodus 19:16-25 on today’s episode. Pastor Dandy looks at the terror, majesty, and holiness of the LORD displayed to Israel at Mt. Sinai, the mercy the LORD shows His people by coming down to speak to them, and Christ as God’s ultimate mediator, sacrifice, and Word for ...…
 
Rev. Shawn Linnell, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blair, NE, studies Exodus 19:1-15 on today’s episode. Pastor Linnell discusses the LORD’s revelation of Himself through His Word on the mountain, the connection between hearing, listening, and obeying, the priority of the LORD’s acts of salvation, and the consecration that the LORD gives ...…
 
Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller, pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church and Jesus Lutheran Church for the Deaf in Austin, TX, studies Exodus 18:1-27 on today’s episode. Pastor Wolfmueller looks at the reunion of Moses with his family, Jethro’s confession of faith in the one true God and the future sacrifice of His Son, and Jethro’s wisdom to Moses concernin ...…
 
Rev. Philip Hoppe, pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Finlayson, MN and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bruno, MN, studies Exodus 17:8-16 on today’s episode. Pastor Hoppe discusses the connection between prayer in heaven and life on earth, the picture of Moses’ arms lifted in the shape of the cross, and the final victory that God wins over all Hi ...…
 
Rev. David Appold, pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Paducah, KY, studies Exodus 17:1-7 on today’s episode. Pastor Appold discusses Israel’s journey to Mt. Sinai, their quarreling against Moses and the LORD, the significance of Moses’ staff, and the preaching of Christ crucified in the water from the rock.“The Saga of Salvation” is a mini-s ...…
 
Rev. Zelwyn Heide, pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Grassy Butte, ND and St. Peter Lutheran Church in Belfield, ND, studies Exodus 16:13-36 on today’s episode. Pastor Heide looks at God’s providence for His people in the wilderness, the faith and trust the LORD works through His Word, and Christ as the fulfillment of the wilderness feeding ...…
 
Rev. Ryan Ogrodowicz, associate pastor and headmaster at Grace Lutheran Church and School in Brenham, TX, studies Exodus 15:22-16:12 on today’s episode. Pastor Ogrodowicz discusses the rhythm of God’s gift of salvation and our Christian life of service, Christ’s cross as our forgiveness and hope during times of bitter suffering, and God’s grace ...…
 
Rev. Jeremiah Johnson, pastor at Glory of Christ Lutheran Church in Plymouth, MN, studies Exodus 15:1-21 on today’s episode. Pastor Johnson looks at the song of Moses, digging into the themes of the salvation that the LORD delivers for His people, His role as a warrior who defeats the most powerful of enemies, the proclamation of the LORD among ...…
 
Rev. AJ Espinosa, adjunct professor at Concordia University in Irvine, CA and host of Thy Strong Word, studies Exodus 14:10-31 on today’s episode. Pastor Espinosa discusses the LORD’s mighty salvation for His people, the justice of the LORD in the crossing of the Red Sea, and the theme of the new creation in this text and throughout Scripture.“ ...…
 
Rev. Adam Koontz, pastor at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Lititz, PA, studies Exodus 13:17-14:9 on today’s episode. Pastor Koontz looks at the LORD’s constant goodness for His people, His physical and reliable means of remaining with His people, and His promises that overwhelm even the greatest power of evil.“The Saga of Salvation” is a mini-s ...…
 
Rev. Dr. Adam Filipek, pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lidgerwood, ND studies Exodus 12:43-13:16 on today’s episode. Pastor Filipek discusses the Passover event and meal and its fulfillment in Christ, the passing down of the faith from parents to children, and the consecration that we have in Baptism into th ...…
 
Rev. Brian Flamme, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Roswell, NM studies Exodus 12:29-42 on today’s episode. Pastor Flamme talks about the final plague as both destruction for the LORD’s enemies and salvation for the LORD’s people, the continuity of the Christian faith in the Old and New Testaments, and the certainty of the LORD’s deliveran ...…
 
Rev. Steve Andrews, pastor of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Lee’s Summit, MO studies Exodus 12:14-28 on today’s episode. Pastor Andrews looks at what the remembrance of the Passover meant for Israel then and for Christians today, the faithfulness of Israel in believing the LORD’s means of salvation, and the importance of passing down the Chris ...…
 
Rev. Luke Zimmerman, pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg, PA studies Exodus 12:1-13 on today’s episode. Pastor Zimmerman discusses the Passover meal and its connections to Christ, including the foundational nature of the Passover, the sacrificial lamb whose blood marked God’s people, and the urgency of the celebration.“The Saga o ...…
 
Rev. Matt Ulmer, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bishop, TX, studies Exodus 11:1-10 on today’s episode. Pastor Ulmer discusses God’s grace and initiative in bringing His people out of Egypt, midnight as the time of God’s unexpected action, and the LORD’s desire to distinguish all people by covering them with the blood of Christ.“The Saga ...…
 
Rev. Dr. Phil Booe, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Hebron, CT, studies Exodus 10:21-29 on today’s episode. Pastor Booe looks at the ninth plague, the plague of darkness, including the way idolatry disrupts our lives, how the LORD shines His light into the darkness through Israel, Christ, and the Church, and the confidence the Church has in ...…
 
Rev. Nate Hill, pastor of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Winchester, TX, studies Exodus 10:1-20 on today’s episode. Pastor Hill discusses the eighth plague, the plague of locusts, including the need to recount the works of the LORD, the call to repentance in the devastation of the plagues, and the fact that no earthly ruler can stand in God’s ...…
 
Rev. Carl Roth, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Elgin, TX, studies Exodus 9:13-35 on today’s episode. Pastor Roth looks at the seventh plague, the plague of hail, including the LORD’s continued mercy in the midst of the plagues, God’s patience toward Pharaoh and his hardened heart, and the difference between worldly grief and godly grief.“Th ...…
 
Rev. Timothy Koch, pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Milbank, SD, studies Exodus 9:1-12 on today’s episode. Pastor Koch looks at the plague against Egypt’s livestock and the plague of boils, including the way the LORD identifies Himself with His people even in their slavery, the importance of the LORD setting a time, and the voice of the LOR ...…
 
Rev. Matt Wietfeldt, Director of Admissions at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN, studies Exodus 8:20-32 on today’s episode. Pastor Wietfeldt discusses the fourth plague, the plague of flies, including the way the LORD uses flies to show the foolishness of Egyptian idolatry, the preaching of repentance the LORD brings to Pharaoh t ...…
 
Rev. Jeremiah Johnson, pastor of Glory of Christ Lutheran Church in Plymouth, MN, studies Exodus 8:1-19 on today’s episode. Pastor Johnson discusses the plagues of frogs and gnats against Egypt, including how the LORD shows Himself to be the one true God over every idol and the freedom that He gives from slavery to false gods.“The Saga of Salva ...…
 
Rev. Peter Ill, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Milstadt, IL, studies Exodus 7:14-25 on today’s episode. Pastor Ill gives an introduction to the plagues and the way the LORD uses them to reveal who He is and also looks at the plague of the Nile River turning to blood, in which the LORD gives a glimpse of the truth that true life must come ...…
 
Rev. Sean Kilgo, pastor at the Northeast Kansas Lutheran Partnership, studies Exodus 6:28-7:13 on today’s episode. Pastor Kilgo discusses how the LORD reveals Himself by His name, the way the LORD uses His Word to break hard hearts, and how He still sends messengers to preach His Word to us today.“The Saga of Salvation” is a mini-series on Shar ...…
 
Rev. Matt Wietfeldt, Director of Admissions at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN, studies Exodus 6:14-27 on today’s episode. Pastor Wietfeldt talks about the role and importance of genealogies in Holy Scripture, the passing down of faith through the generations, highlights from the family history of Aaron and Moses, and how it all ...…
 
Rev. Chris Hull, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Tomball, TX, studies Exodus 5:22-6:13 on today’s episode. Pastor Hull talks about the Christian life of faith when our sight doesn’t seem to line up with the LORD’s promises, the way the LORD reveals Himself by His name to His people throughout history, and the LORD’s mercy in continuing to spe ...…
 
Rev. David Appold, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Paducah, KY, studies Exodus 5:1-21 on today’s episode. Pastor Appold discusses true freedom and joy in the LORD, the rest that the LORD would give His people that Pharaoh sought to destroy, and the life of faith that the people must learn in the midst of their doubt as they bear the cross ...…
 
Rev. David Vandercook, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in North Little Rock, AR and Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church in Maumelle, AR, studies Exodus 4:18-31 on today’s episode. Pastor Vandercook looks at the relationship between Moses and his Midianite family, the timeline of Moses’ trip back to Egypt, how the circumcision of Moses’ son poin ...…
 
Rev. Sam Wirgau, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ossian, IN, studies Exodus 4:1-17 on today’s episode. Pastor Wirgau discusses the nature of signs the LORD gives here and throughout the Scriptures, the LORD’s use of Moses’ mouth, and the grace the LORD shows even to this doubting servant.“The Saga of Salvation” is a mini-series on Sharpe ...…
 
Rev. Gaven Mize, pastor of Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC, studies Exodus 3:13-22 on today’s episode. Pastor Mize looks at the name, “I AM,” Yahweh, the LORD, as the name in which Moses was sent, the name that is given and remains upon Christians in Baptism still today. In this name, the LORD promises deliverance for Israe ...…
 
Rev. Mark Barz, senior pastor of Crown of Life Lutheran Church in San Antonio, TX, studies Exodus 2:23-3:12 on today’s episode. Pastor Barz discusses God’s actions and presence for His people in their oppression, the way His Word creates holy ground, and His promise to equip and be with even Moses as His chosen deliverer.“The Saga of Salvation” ...…
 
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