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: True Freedom, Rest, and Joy in the LORD

Rev. David Appold studies Exodus 5:1-21 regarding 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.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Go Back to Egypt, Moses!

Rev. David Vandercook studies Exodus 4:18-31 regarding the relationship between Moses and his Midianite family, the timeline of Moses’ trip back to Egypt, how the circumcision of Moses’ son points us to Christ, and the effectiveness of the LORD’s Word to His people.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Signs and Promises

Rev. Sam Wirgau studies Exodus 4:1-17 regarding 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. 

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Moses’ Vicarage in the LORD’s Name

Rev. Gaven Mize studies Exodus 3:13-22 regarding 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 Israel even in the face of Pharaoh’s hardness of heart.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: The LORD Suffers with His People

Rev. Mark Barz studies Exodus 2:23-3:12 regarding 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.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Moses, Deliverer and Sojourner

Rev. Paul Pater studies Exodus 2:11-22 regarding Moses’ identity as both Hebrew and deliverer, his overstepping of his authority in killing the Egyptian, and the reminder of resurrection in the name of his son Gershom.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Salvation in the Baptismal Ark

Rev. Harrison Goodman studies Exodus 2:1-10 regarding the birth of Moses, the way God turns the means of death into the means of life, and the many Baptismal connections for the Christian life in the midst of persecution still today.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: For All the Faithful Midwives

Rev. Zelwyn Heide gives an overview of the Book of Exodus, discusses Egyptian history and context, and looks at how the LORD made foolish the plans of Pharaoh through a miraculous increase and faithful midwives.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Forgiveness is Not a Feeling

Pastor Preus looks at Genesis 50:15-Exodus 1:7 regarding the reconciliation of the children of Israel that is founded not upon feelings, but upon the forgiveness earned by Christ.

Sharper Iron & Truth in Genesis: Dying to Confess the Resurrection

Rev. Dustin Beck studies Genesis 49:28-50:14 regarding the death and burial of Jacob, how Christians can confess the truth of the resurrection even with death and burial, and the faithful witness Jacob’s burial gave even to the Egyptians.