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: 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.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Threats and Promises

Rev. Matt Ulmer studies Exodus 11:1-10 regarding God’s grace and initiative in bringing His people out of Egypt, midnight as the time of God’s unexpected action, and the LORD’s desire to distinguish all people by covering them with the blood of Christ.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Disrupting Darkness

Rev. Dr. studies Exodus 10:21-29 regarding the ninth plague, the plague of darkness, including the way idolatry disrupts our lives, how the LORD shines His light into the darkness through Israel, Christ, and the Church, and the confidence the Church has in standing on the LORD’s Word.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Tell Your Children about the Locusts and the LORD

Rev. Nate Hill studies Exodus 10:1-20 regarding the eighth plague, the plague of locusts, including the need to recount the works of the LORD, the call to repentance in the devastation of the plagues, and the fact that no earthly ruler can stand in God’s accomplishment of His people’s salvation. 

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: A Hailstorm for Mercy and Repentance

Rev. Carl Roth studies Exodus 9:13-35 regarding the seventh plague, the plague of hail, including the LORD’s continued mercy in the midst of the plagues, God’s patience toward Pharaoh and his hardened heart, and the difference between worldly grief and godly grief. 

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: When God Sets a Time

Rev. Timothy Koch studies Exodus 9:1-12 regarding the plague against Egypt’s livestock and the plague of boils, including the way the LORD identifies Himself with His people even in their slavery, the importance of the LORD setting a time, and the voice of the LORD through His messengers. 

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.