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: 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.

Sharper Iron & Truth in Genesis: God’s Faithfulness in the Latter Days

Rev. Zelwyn Heide studies Genesis 49:1-27 regarding the blessings and prophecies Jacob gives to his twelve sons concerning their future tribes, the promise that the Messiah would come through the line of Judah, and God’s faithfulness even to unfaithful people.

Sharper Iron & Truth in Genesis: Old Testament Confessions of the Triune God’s Gospel

Rev. James Preus studies Genesis 47:20-48:22 regarding Jacob’s faith and confession of the two natures in Christ, the blessing of Joseph’s sons in the way of the Gospel, and the Trinitarian blessing Ephraim and Manasseh received.

Sharper Iron & Truth in Genesis: Joseph’s Heroic Wisdom

Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller studies Genesis 47:13-28 reagarding the economic realities of the famine in Egypt and Canaan, Joseph’s God-given wisdom in his vocation of administering Egypt, and the preaching of the Lord’s Word that happened in Egypt during this time.

Sharper Iron & Truth in Genesis: Sojourning with the Promise of Christ

Rev. Sean Smith studies Genesis 46:28-47:12 regarding how Judah points to the fulfillment in Christ, the importance of Goshen as the place the LORD settled Israel, the Christian life of sojourning, and the blessing of Jacob fulfilled in Jesus Christ.