Living as Servants of Christ — 2019/03/29

Rev. Dr. Ron Mudge, Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Pre-Seminary Program at Concordia University Wisconsin, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the Servants of Christ Conference, how this conference began, what attendees will learn and experience regarding vocation and living as Christians, and how this conference has made a difference in the lives of past attendees. Learn more about this summer’s Servants of Christ Conference at

Shame, Honor, and Proclaiming the Gospel — 2019/03/29

Rev. Dr. Abjar Bahkou— Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, and Rev. Kou Seying— Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Associate Dean of Urban and Cross-Cultural Ministry, and Lutheran Foundation Professor of Urban and Cross-Cultural Ministry at Concordia Seminary St. Louis, join Andy and Sarah to talk about the upcoming Multiethnic Symposium at Concordia Seminary on April 25-26, 2019, titled “Shame and Honor: Gospel Proclamation in the Majority World,” including why this topic is important and relevant, how culture affects one’s understand of the Gospel, and what honor-shame culture is. Learn more and register at

Unplanned — 2019/03/28

Rev. Michael Salemink, Executive Director of Lutherans for Life, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the new movie “Unplanned,” including the story behind the film, the R rating given to the film, and the good and bad of the movie. Learn more and watch the trailer at Learn more about Abby Johnson’s organization And Then There Were None at

Are you in St. Louis? Visit for free tickets in St. Louis.

Historical Artifacts at Museum of the Bible — 2019/03/28

Dr. Jeff Kloha, Chief Curatorial Officer at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., joins Andy and Sarah to talk about his work at the Museum, new things going on at the Museum, and the exciting internships available for students. Learn more about the Museum of the Bible and available internships at You can watch the MOTB Speaker Series on Facebook! Visit for speaker series and other interesting videos.

Lutheran Women in Mission — 2019/03/27

Patti Ross, President of Lutheran Women in Mission (LWML), joins Andy and Sarah to talk about her LWML story, reflect on her time as president, and share insight into the future of LWML. Learn more about LWML at, and follow them on social at,, and

The Joy of Serving — 2019/03/27

Joshua Kittleman, Assistant Professor of Family Life at Concordia University Ann Arbor, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the advantages of using service opportunities in Youth Ministry, the benefits those opportunities bring both the youth and the church, and how these projects share the love of Christ. Read Joshua’s article in the March Lutheran Witness entitled “The Joy of Serving.” Find your copy of the Lutheran Witness at, and read online articles at

Spinraza Treatments: LET THE FUN BEGIN

There is a treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy, the neuromuscular disease that I have. There are also several others coming down the pike, but… To the best of my knowledge, only one is currently deemed fit for public consumption. It is called Spinraza.

BioGen’s Spinraza information

FDA approves first drug for spinal muscular atrophy


ANYHOW… Next week I will begin treatment with Spinraza. It seems to work REALLY well with infants and young children, less well as we age. Also, this is not a “one and done” treatment. I don’t get to swallow a magic bullet and began leaping around the room. This is more like insolent for a diabetic.

I will get two doses in April and and two more doses in May. After that, quarterly. For life. (Unless I tell them to stick it someplace else…)

picture of a needle going into the lumbar region of the spine
LUMBAR PUNCTURE Photo credit: On Visual Hunt CC BY-NC-SA

Did I mention that they will withdraw some spinal fluid and replace it with medicine? I was actually going to do this last year, but… With my spinal fusion, it was difficult. They are going to do it with a CAT scan from a really weird angle.

Here is what some others with spinal fusions has said about the process:

My First Spinraza Injection Was Like Something Out of a Comic Book
(Absolutely not! They are not going to go through the side of my neck. If something goes wrong going into the lumbar region, it will mean the end of my track and field career. If something goes wrong and they inject that into my neck, no breathing or computer use.)

My Spinraza Journey

I admit, I’m a little bit nervous about the whole thing.

What Are Some Side Effects?

Here Is the List from WebMD

Yeah… It’s enough to make your hair fall out if you worry about it too much. I already have a good many of these symptoms anyhow. Nothing new under the sun…


Gospel of Mark Tour — 2019/03/26

Rev. Dr. Kent J. Burreson, Professor of Systematic Theology and Dean of the Chapel at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and also one of the presenters of The Gospel of Mark, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about what this presentation is, why it’s very different from just sitting down to read the Gospel of Mark, and how the speakers prepare to present the text. See this presentation at various places this year!

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto, Ill.
7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bronx, N.Y.
3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Westfield, Mass.
6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, Our Savior Lutheran Church in Sedalia, Mo.
6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Pekin, Ill.
Learn more about the Gospel of Mark Tour and watch the preview at

Changing Lives with Lutheran Education — 2019/03/26

Maureen & Rudy Bertarelli, parents of students at Christ Community Lutheran School in Kirkwood, Missouri, and Sue Nahmensen, CEO of the Lutheran Elementary School Association in St. Louis, Missouri, join Andy and Sarah to share personal stories of how Lutheran schools have made a difference in their lives and the lives of the Bertarelli children, the special community that exists in Lutheran schools, and how you can support LESA at the upcoming Cooking for Kids Tribute Dinner Auction on April 6 from 5:00-10:00 p.m. at Orlando Gardens South in St. Louis. Find details about the dinner auction and how you can support LESA at Download the event flyer here.

Wading Through Social Media with Digital Natives — 2019/03/25

Peter Slayton— Social Media Manager with LCMS Communications, Matthew Bergholt— Manager of Online Support and Services with LCMS School Ministry, and Meredith Whitefield— Communications Specialist with LCMS Youth Ministry, join Andy and Sarah to talk about the latest social media trends with the app TikTok, what is useful and not that useful in social media platforms, and how adults can help children work through how to safely use social media.