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: Truth Flies in the Face of Power

Rev. Matt Wietfeldt studies Exodus 8:20-32 regarding the fourth plague, the way the LORD uses flies to show the foolishness of Egyptian idolatry, and the way the Church proclaims both Law and Gospel to the world while interceding for them in prayer.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Freedom from Slavery to Idolatry

Rev. Jeremiah Johnson studies Exodus 8:1-19 regarding the plagues of frogs and gnats against Egypt, including how the LORD shows Himself to be the one true God over every idol and the freedom that He gives from slavery to false gods. 

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: A Bloody River of Salvation

Rev. Peter Ill studies Exodus 7:14-25 regarding an introduction to the plagues and the way the LORD uses them to reveal who He is and also looks at the plague of the Nile River turning to blood

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: The LORD Sends His Messengers

Rev. Sean Kilgo studies Exodus 6:28-7:13 regarding how the LORD reveals Himself by His name, the way the LORD uses His Word to break hard hearts, and how He still sends messengers to preach His Word to us today.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Joined Together in the Family of God

Rev. Matt Wietfeldt studies Exodus 6:14-27 regarding the role and importance of genealogies in Holy Scripture and how it all finds fulfillment in Christ. 

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Sanctified Frustration

Rev. Chris Hull studies Exodus 5:22-6:13 regarding the Christian life of faith when our sight doesn’t seem to line up with the LORD’s promises, the way the LORD reveals Himself by His name to His people throughout history, and the LORD’s mercy in continuing to speak His promises to His people in the midst of their doubts.

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.