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PODCAST: Episode #9 -- Third Base Ministry? Or Running The Bases?

Please make some time to check out today's podcast on BlogTalkRadio.

No, the world doesn’t need to hear another podcast, but it does need to hear the simplicity of the Gospel, or Christ crucified for the sins of all mankind (John 3:16; John 14:6; Ephesians 2:8-9).

If I can help myself learn His truth while using Social Media to promote the Lutheran confessions of our shared and cherished faith and its profound differences over and above any others, then that's just a bonus (Jude 1:3).

Either way, Christ will add to His Church as He wills -- with or without me -- and it will be all to His credit for His glory, His honor, and His praise and not mine whatsoever (John 6:44; John 3:8; 1 Corinthians 3:7). I am only a servant in Jesus Christ looking to carry out that calling through my various vocations.

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[Episode #9] Please join us for our next broadcast of A Lutheran Layman in an episode we're calling "Third Base Ministry? Or Running The Bases?" during which we'll be discussing...

* A Review of Chapter 4 From Pastor Rodney E. Zwonitzer's 2002 Book Titled Testing The Claims of Church Growth I love Major League Baseball! Now that the 2014 MLB Regular Season is officially underway, I thought it would be the perfect time to do a quick review of Pastor Zwonitzer's classic book on the "Church Growth," "Contemporary Worship," "Emergent," "Missional," and "Purpose Driven" churches and movements in this country by focusing in on one chapter in particular that contains one of the best sermons (by way of one of the best analogies) that I've ever come across in my life to describe the Christian faith and life.

Of course, we'll take your comments and questions on-air as time permits. You can send me your questions or comments to: info@lutheranlayman.com or @LutheranLayman

[AUDIO: "Bittersweet Symphony" Instrumental; "Wedding Song" By City Harmonic; Some Additional Sound Bytes From Table Talk Radio As Part of Intro Theme; YouTube Clips From Public Domain; Worldview Everlasting; Boars In The Vineyard; Concordia Publishing House Promotional Sound Bytes]

[NOTE: All Bible Readings And Expositor Commentary From ESV Lutheran Study Bible Unless Otherwise Noted]

This one's about 1.5 hours long, but I promise the time will fly by if you're anything like me and passionate about this topic.

This podcast is still a Work-In-Progress so please let me know what you think!

At the end of the day, I just want the confession of faith and the information you hear on this show to be accurate and, above all, faithful to God's Word and our Confessions that point us back to Jesus and the Word.

Please make a note to bookmark and/or check out A Lutheran Layman on BlogTalkRadio each week where you can listen LIVE or access the Archive to listen via streaming or to download an MP3 File for use on your Mobile Device.

Do feel free to contact me to let me know what you think (with your comments and questions), especially if it's to correct me on my handling of God's Word and in confessing the Lutheran faith. I can't stress this enough since I would love to get some feedback from those of you who have tuned in so that I know that no traces for my former Evangelical life are finding their way into the program.

In a Lutheran Layman's terms, may this humble podcast be used for God's glory and your edification (Philippians 3:3; Romans 15:17; Galatians 6:14; 2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Timothy 4:2; Jude 1:3; Galatians 2:5; 1 Corinthians 3:7).

NOTE: As you know, I am a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you believe that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is not consistent with our Confessions and Lutheran doctrine (in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word, which our Confessions merely summarize and point us back to) so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray (James 3:1). Finally, please be aware that you might also discover that some of the earlier pieces I wrote on this blog back in 2013 definitely fall into that category since I was a Lutheran-In-Name-Only at the time and was completely oblivious to the fact that a "Book of Concord" containing our Confessions even existed. In addition, there are some entries that are a little "out there" so-to-speak since the subject matter was also heavy influenced by common Evangelical concerns/criticisms that aren't that big a deal for us Lutherans. I know that now and I'm still learning. Anyway, I decided to leave those published posts up on this website and in cyberspace only because we now have this disclaimer and only to demonstrate the continuing work of Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life (Hebrews 12:2; Philippians 1:6). Finally, please know that any time we engage in commenting on and/or interpreting a specific portion of the holy Scriptures, it will always follow the verse-by-verse notes from my Lutheran Study Bible unless otherwise noted. Thank you for stopping by and thank you in advance for your time, help, and understanding. Grace and peace to you and yours!


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