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: Contact at Mt. Sinai

Rev. Shawn Linnell studies Exodus 19:1-15 regarding the LORD’s revelation of Himself through His Word on the mountain, the connection between hearing, listening, and obeying, the priority of the LORD’s acts of salvation, and the consecration that the LORD gives as He comes to meet His people.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Moses’ Family Reunion

Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller studies Exodus 18:1-27 regarding the reunion of Moses with his family, Jethro’s confession of faith in the one true God and the future sacrifice of His Son, and Jethro’s wisdom to Moses concerning his administration of the people of Israel.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: The Cruciform Shape of God’s Victory

Rev. Philip Hoppe studies Exodus 17:8-16 regarding the connection between prayer in heaven and life on earth, the picture of Moses’ arms lifted in the shape of the cross, and the final victory that God wins over all His enemies in Jesus’ death and resurrection.

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.