Rev. Timothy Appel
Rev. Timothy Appel

Host of Sharper Iron

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Although a mathematics degree may not be incredibly helpful to (proudly born-and-raised Texan) Rev. Timothy Appel while hosting Sharper Iron, his love of CFW Walther and the season of Easter will come in handy. His Call is shepherding the flock at Grace Lutheran Church in Smithville, Texas, and he’s also husband to wife Kristin and dad to their four boys while being the reigning racquetball champion in Smithville. When he’s not carrying out pastoral duties, you may find him reading “The Lord of the Rings,” snacking on Reese’s peanut butter cups, playing dominoes with his boys, or studying up on Texas history (including Sam Houston, of course).

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Living Water from Christ the Stricken Rock

Rev. David Appold studies Exodus 17:1-7 regarding 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.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Man Does Not Live By Manna Alone

Rev. Zelwyn Heide studies Exodus 16:13-36 regarding 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.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Jesus Throws His Cross into Our Sufferings

Rev. Ryan Ogrodowicz studies Exodus 15:22-16:12 regarding 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 in the midst of our sinful complaining.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Sing to the Warrior Savior LORD

Rev. Jeremiah Johnson studies Exodus 15:1-21 regarding 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 the Gentiles, and the planting of the LORD’s people finally in Christ.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Crossing into the New Creation

Rev. AJ Espinosa studies Exodus 14:10-31 regarding 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.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: The LORD’s Good, Physical, and Reliable Leading

Rev. Adam Koontz studies Exodus 13:17-14:9 regarding 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.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Consecrated in Christ

Rev. Dr. Adam Filipek studies Exodus 12:43-13:16 regarding 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 the firstborn Son of God.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: The Plague of Destruction and Salvation

Rev. Brian Flamme studies Exodus 12:29-42 regarding 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 deliverance even during times of patient affliction.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: A Passover Catechism

Rev. Steve Andrews studies Exodus 12:14-28 regarding 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 Christian faith in our families.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Christ, Our Passover Lamb

Rev. Luke Zimmerman studies Exodus 12:1-13 regarding 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.