Episode 32: “Liturgical Variety” — nein oder ja?

While Matt was out on patrol (vehicle pictured above), Pseudepodcasters Trent and Levi were joined by the Rev’d Christopher Porter of Advent Lutheran Church in Winchester, Virginia, for a discussion of liturgy—the good, the bad, the ugly; pet peeves, wild and undomesticated peeves; whether it’s legitimate to have more than one Lutheran rite, etc. These […]


An Interview with Eric Swensson on Pietism

On today’s program I interviewed Rev. Eric Swensson on the history and theology of pietism. Swensson argues that pietism was largely a positive movement in the Lutheran church, though he does not consider himself to be a pietist. This is an important interview for those who are critical or supporters of pietism. Note: I do […]

Episode 31: The Lord’s Supper ain’t no buffet-table!

Down a man once again, two-thirds of the Pseudepodcast crew wrapped up a discussion on the Lord’s Supper, rambling in peripatetic and pedantic fashion about the third question posed by Dr. Luther viz. the Sacrament: Who should receive it? Their discussion touched on the issue of Christian unity, the importance of discerning the body and […]


From Calvinism to Lutheranism

On today’s program I interviewed Josh Brisby who is a recent convert from the Reformed to the Lutheran tradition. We discussed a number of the differences between the two traditions, both practical and theological. Here is the program Josh’s website can be found at http://downtoearthlutheran.wordpress.com/

Episode 30: The benefits of The Sacrament of the Altar

Luther said that three points needed to be discussed when addressing the Sacrament of the Alter: What is it? What are its benefits? and, Who is to receive it? We asked “What is it?” in Episode 24 so we figured we should tackle “What are its benefits?” next, in obedience the good Dr. Luther. Lutherans […]



On today’s program I discussed pietism. I gave some historical context and a brief history of the movement. Most of the time was spent on Philip Jacob Spener. I talked about the influence of pietism, and both the negative and positive impact of the movement. Here is the program


The Doctrine of Angels

On today’s program I was joined again by Rev. Lewis Polzin of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bemidji, MN to continue discussing Henry Eyster Jacobs’ book A Summary of the Christian Faith. We discussed chapter VI on the Angels. We talked about common misconceptions about angels, the purpose of angels, demon possession, and many more topics. Here […]

Episode 29: Reliculì, Reliculà…dem bones, dem bones, etc.

Today’s pseudepodcast featured the return of Trent to the hallowed halls of the…of the…oh, dear. This is certainly falling apart… Today the pseudepodcasting trio put their thinking-caps part of the way on and had a discussion about the history and use of relics and what Lutherans think of them. Or what at least three Lutherans […]


Intuitu Fidei

On today’s program I discussed the doctrine of election and the debates over the subject which have existed in Lutheranism since the nineteenth century. I tried to show that there are four different positions which have been held among Lutherans, and that holding to intuitu fidei (though wrong) does not necessarily make one a synergist. […]

Episode 28: Thomas Kinkade, Kirk Cameron, and Christian Art, Oh My! A conversation about Christians and Art.

However, when man’s natural musical ability is whetted and polished to the extent that it becomes an art, then do we note with great surprise the great and perfect wisdom of God in music, which is, after all, His product and His gift; we marvel when we hear music in which one voice sings a […]