Campus Ministry Begins at the Home Church — 2019/07/31

It’s a 2-part episode on campus ministry!

Peter LeBorious, DCE, with Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Wanner Robbins, Georgia, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about why connecting students to campus ministry before they leave for college is so important, what he aims to do in these campus visits, and how the visits have proven beneficial.

Rev. Greg Michael, Pastor of Christus Victor Lutheran Church & Student Center with the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about how he approaches campus ministry, how the initial connection between student and campus ministry can be initiated, and how important a faithful campus ministry can be for students in this time of life.

Read about Campus Ministry in Georgia in the Summer Edition of Lutherans Engage, which you can find at Find your local LCMS Campus Ministry chapter and learn more about LCMS U at

Unsettling Dream

I had a very unsettling dream last night. About 3 men, brothers, were looking for their sons. Their wives and daughters were already safe underground. When these men found their sons, they started a desperate race to get to safety before… Whatever was going to happen… Happened.

First, the cars that they were riding in quit working. Everybody on the multiple layers of freeway was in the same boat, but then they had to find tunnels that would lead to other tunnels that would lead to safety without the aid of vehicles.

They finally made it underground, but when they went through the locked door, the ceiling and far wall was open to the sky and the expected danger.

I woke up then, so I don’t know if they found safety. I don’t know if they found the rest of their family. And I don’t know if I care enough to write this as a real story.

It was just unsettling enough to get my attention.

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Sharper Iron welcomes Pastor Appel! — 2019/07/30

Rev. Timothy Appel, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Smithville, Texas, and new host of Sharper Iron, joins Andy and Sarah to share about his family, why he enjoys studying scripture, and his favorite part of hosting Sharper Iron. Tune in weekday at 8:00 a.m. CT to hear it live, or find it on demand at or on your favorite podcast app.

Missionary Service in Asia Region — 2019/07/30

Rev. Carl and Chenhsi Hanson, who serve as missionaries through the LCMS in the Asia region with their three daughters, Emma, Andrea and Lydia, join Andy and Sarah to talk about their journey to missionary service, family life in Hong Kong, the work they have done in the Asia region, and their next call in Seoul, Korea. Read more about their story at and learn more about International Lutheran Church in Seoul at and If your vacation or work travel takes you to Seoul, you’re welcome to drop in and worship with them!

Lisa Recommends: Ancient Alchemy Soaps

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I am very comfortable recommending Ancient Alchemy Soaps. The fragrances are even lovelier than I hoped! When I opened the packages, little bits of potpourri -like dried flowers came out. I’m sure they were the ingredients that made these handmade bath bars extra special. To the touch, they feel good. I haven’t used them yet, I wanted to share my delight with this online store. I might be able to give you more details tomorrow…

Learning the Language of Music — 2019/07/29

Emmy Woock, Director of Music Ministries at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elmhurst, Illinois, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about why music literacy is so important for children, how learning the language of music inspires children to learn and create on their own, and how teaching music educators how to teach things like Conversational Solfege™ can make an impact on many children in Lutheran schools. Learn more about music literacy and Conversational Solfege™ at

Pastor Saves a Life with a Lutheran Liver — 2019/07/29

Rev. Matt Hoffmann, pastor of St. Andrews Lutheran Church & School in Park Ridge, Illinois, joins Andy and Sarah to share the story of how he learned a parent in St. Andrews’ Preschool needed a liver transplant, how he decided to be tested as a donor, and how his church community and family supported all of them through the process. Read more of the story on the Chicago Tribune.

My Face Is Tired!

I’m not really in the mood to write anything today, probably because I am a little bit tired and my jaw is recovering.

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You see, I had speech therapy today. Emily (my speech therapist) is trying to help me strengthen my swallowing muscles. It was an interesting session. It started out with her massaging along my entire jawbone on both sides. It was pressure where my jaw connected to the skull, until that relaxed a little bit. Then, she worked the connective tissue and muscles down the side toward the jawbone.

Then we did some swallowing exercises. First was EFFORTFUL SWALLOW. I had to swallow fast and hard, using ALL of my throat muscles. Believe it or not, that’s tricky to do. I’m supposed to do a minimum of 30 of those per set.

Next came TONGUE HOLD. There’s two ways to do that one. When I’m alone, I need to stick my tongue out between my teeth and swallow while holding my tongue in place. I never got that one completely right, I kept giggling. The other version is to stick my tongue out and have somebody else grab it. (Only really good friends are going to want to try that, even with paper towels and gloves. This exercise needs to happen in sets of 10.

Then came JAW OPENING. It sounds like just what it is: open my mouth is wide as I can and stretch for 3 seconds. This one happens in sets of 10.

Then came LINGUAL RESISTANCE. I’m supposed to press my tongue hard against a tongue depressor, first on the left and then the right. This happens in sets of 10, too.

Finally came LINGUAL RANGE OF MOTION. I had to stick my tongue out as far as I could, and hold it there for 3 seconds. Then I had to move it all the way to the left, all the way to the right, all the way up, and all the way down. I was supposed to hold it for 2 seconds at each position. This is supposed to happen in sets of 10. (I’ll probably be quite popular among little kids and simians…)

So… My face had a workout. My face is tired. And that’s HYSTERICAL to me.

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Rev. Dr. Charles Cortright from Synod Convention 2019 — 2019/07/26

We share an interview with Kip Allen and Rev. Dr. Charles Cortright. Find all of these conversations along with regular programming from convention at

Live from the 67th Regular Convention of the LCMS, Rev. Dr. Charles Cortright, theological educator for the Eurasia Region for the LCMS Office of International Mission and based in St. Petersburg, Russia, joins Kip Allen to talk about theological education in this part of the world and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia (ELCIR). Read more about the Cortrights at

Lutes and Lutherans — 2019/07/26

Christa Goodwin, with St Paul’s Music Conservatory in Council Bluffs, Iowa, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the uniqueness of a lute concert, music of the Renaissance period, and the wonderful work being done at St. Paul’s Music Conservatory. Find details about music events in August here. Learn more about St. Paul’s Music Conservatory at