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: God’s Decrees to Protect His Gifts

Rev. Greg Truwe, pastor at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cole Camp, MO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 21:1-17.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Is God Safe? No. Is God Good? Yes.

Rev. James Preus, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ottumwa, IA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 20:18-26.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: God Gives His Ten Words

Rev. Matt Wietfeldt, Director of Admissions at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 20:1-17 on today’s episode.

Sharper Iron & The Saga of Salvation: Terror and Majesty, Holiness and Mercy

Rev. Jacob Dandy studies Exodus 19:16-25 regarding the terror, majesty, and holiness of the LORD displayed to Israel at Mt. Sinai, the mercy the LORD shows His people by coming down to speak to them, and Christ as God’s ultimate mediator, sacrifice, and Word for us.

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.