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Mar 26, 2017

This week on Armed Lutheran Radio Lloyd and Pastor Bennett fisk a video from the Faith and Firearms Project, an interview with an ELCA pastor who thinks people own guns because it's the American thing to do and thinks that those who own guns ascribe to a "theology of scarcity." Plus an uplifting message from Mia, a self-defense tip from Aaron, and a follow-up to a story from episode 52.

Fundamentals of Defense - Aaron Israel talks about the practice of keeping a gun on your night stand and why that's a bad idea.

Mia's Motivations - Mia shares thoughts on joint suicide prevention efforts by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the NSSF and the affect that negative media has on suicide rates.

Clinging to God & Guns - Lloyd and Pastor Bennett review an interview with an ELCA pastor who doesn't seem to know much about guns, or his congregation, and thinks the questions of gun ownership comes down to a theology of abundance or a theology of scarcity.

Prayer of the Week - Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we implore You that we, who do worthily deserve to be punished for our evil deeds, may mercifully be relieved by the comfort of Your grace; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

www.ArmedLutheran.us/alr-episode-63/

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Mar 19, 2017

This week on Armed Lutheran Radio we take on the illogical ramblings of a late Methodist Bishop who is chanelling his inner Joe Biden by suggesting that passing meaningless "gun safety" laws will save some lives.  Plus tips from Sgt. Bill and Mia Anstine, and a lesson from the Book of Jonah.

Ballistic Minute - Sgt. Bill talks about the differences between the top competitive shooters and average joes.

Mia's Motivations - Mia is back from a hog hunt with Remington Arms with a story about those eeevil black rifles.

Fundamentals of Defense - Aaron Israel is on vacation and will be back again next week.

Clinging to God & Guns - Lloyd and Pastor Bennett look at a blog post from the United Methodist Church following the failure of gun control laws to pass  back in 2013.

The Book of Jonah - A lesson on loving our neighbor and the sinful desire to see the wicked suffer.

Prayer of the Week - We implore You, almighty and merciful Father, to look upon the hearty desires of Your humble servants and stretch forth the right hand of Your majesty to be our defense against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

www.ArmedLutheran.us/alr-episode-62/

www.CooksHolsters.com

 

Mar 12, 2017

Jesus protects his own.  True followers of Christ do not need guns to defend themselves.  So says a South African YouTuber finalcall07.  Lloyd and Pastor Bennett dissect these claims and explain why Jesus never intended for you to lay down your life needlessly or to stand by and allow your neighbor to be harmed.  Plus a lesson on the Eighth Commandment, tips from Sgt. Bill, Mia Anstine, and Aaron Israel.

Catechetical Lesson: The Eighth Commandment - Applying the eighth commandment to stories and editorials suggesting that the GOP and President Trump want the violently mentally ill to be able to buy guns.

Ballistic Minute - Sgt. Bill shares his thoughts after evaluating the RAE Gear magazine carrier for the past few months.

Fundamentals of Defense - Aaron Israel shares thoughts on how to use your neighborhood social media network as a personal defense tool.

Mia's Motivations - Mia Anstine shares tips for travelling safely.

Clinging to God & Guns - This week Lloyd and Pastor Bennett dissect our first video. This South African Christian pacifist suggests that true followers of Jesus do not take up weapons for any reason. There is no justification for harming another person, he says. If you dare to defend yourself, Jesus will not protect you.

Prayer for the Week - O God, our heavenly Father, seeing that of ourselves we have no strength, keep us both outwardly and inwardly that we may be defended from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Mar 6, 2017

This week on Armed Lutheran Radio, on the eve of the Battle on the Bayou, the Louisiana State IDPA Championship, Team Armed Lutheran sat down to talk about the upcoming match.  Lloyd sits down with teammates (and ALR contribs) Aaron Israel and Bill Silvia, plus our newest team member, Sgt. Kat Silvia (AKA "Sgt. Mrs. Sgt. Bill") to talk IDPA rules, milking your grip, goals for the upcoming match, Sgt. Kat's colorful match language, a whole lot more.

Prayer for the Week - O Lord, mercifully hear our prayer and stretch forth the right hand of Your majesty to defend us from those who rise up against us; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

www.ArmedLutheran.us/alr-episode-60/

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Feb 27, 2017

On this week's episode we go back to the mailbag to answer some listener feedback, Sgt. Bill talks about his first IDPA match under the new rulebook, Aaron shares some important lessons we can learn from a recent incident in Weatherford, Texas, and Mia has an important self-defense tip for parents of teenagers.  And we follow-up on episode 45 in Clinging to God & Guns as we discuss guns in church.

Mia's Motivations - Teach your teenagers to physically defend themselves when you are no longer there to protect them. 

Fundamentals of Defense - Aaron shares some important lessons for gun owners from a recent incident in Weatherford, Texas where a man defending his property with an AR-15.

Ballistic Minute - Sgt. Bill shares his thoughts on his first IDPA match under the new 2017 rulebook.

Clinging to God & Guns - Back in episode 45, Pastor Ralph Abernethy joined us to discuss gun free zones and the 4th Commandment. What we didn't discuss was the idea of bringing guns to church. Lloyd and Pastor Bennett discuss the subject in this episode.

Prayer for the Week - O Lord, we implore You, mercifully hear our prayers, and, having set us free from the bonds of sin, defend us from all evil; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

www.ArmedLutheran.us/alr-episode-59/

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Feb 20, 2017

This week on Armed Lutheran Radio we take a look at maybe the goofiest interpretation of Scripture to date. A California Quaker who suggests that Christ's call for His disciples to buy swords in Luke 22 was so that he could fulfill the prophesy to be numbered with the lawless because, we all know what lawless do. They carry swords! Plus tips for Mia, Aaron, and Sgt. Bill.

Ballistic Minute with Sergeant Bill
Dummy rounds are a useful addition to your dry-fire practice gear. There are lots of different styles and options to choose from. Sgt. Bill breaks down the pros and cons and shares his favorites.

Aaron Israel of Fundamental Defense
Establishing rally points will help you coordinate with family members during a critical incident, should you get separated and technology fails.

Mia's Motivations with Mia Anstine
Mia expands on Aaron's vehicle preparedness tip from Episode 57 with a story of her own about why you should not only have tools in your vehicle, but know how to use them. And the importance of teaching your family as well.

Clinging to God and Guns
Quakers are inherently pacifists, so you kind of know what you're going to get when they write about guns. But this interpretation of Luke 22 may be the goofiest we've ever seen.

Prayer of the Week
O God, because You know that we dare not put our trust in anything that we do, mercifully grant that by Your power we may be defended against all adversity; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

www.ArmedLutheran.us/alr-episode-58/

www.CooksHolsters.com

 

Feb 16, 2017

Fouke, Arkansas is best known for the stories of the Fouke Monster, a bigfoot-like creature that locals claim attacks livestock and which inspired the 1972 movie The Legend of Boggy Creek.  On February 2, a different kind of monster came to Fouke, bringing with it the first violent crime in a generation.

Feb 12, 2017

Liberal Christians like the Presbyterian Church want congress to pass more restrictive gun control because all life is precious and killing is antithetical to the will of God.  But like Jesus's call to take the log out of your eye before pointing out the speck in your neighbors, they fail to recognize that their argument for life when it comes to guns directly contradicts their position on other forms of life. 

Ballistic Minute - With all the divisions and classifications in IDPA it can be confusing for a beginning. Sgt. Bill gives us a rundown on choosing a gun, a division, and gear for IDPA.

Fundementals of Defense - Aaron Israel committed an act of truck-on-deer violence in remote west Texas last week and he shares some lessons learned from his efforts to improvise a repair to get back to civilization.

Mia's Motivations - Mia Anstine shares more information about the gear she found at SHOT Show, specifically carry bags from Galco Gun Leather.

Clinging to God & Guns - Pastor Bennett could not be with us this week, but Lloyd takes on a sermon from the Presbyterian Church USA, written shortly after the George Zimmerman verdict, and illustrates the church's gross hypocrisy on the issue of guns and life.

Prayer of the Week - O Lord, we implore You favorably to hear the prayers of Your people that we, who are justly punished for our offenses, may be mercifully delivered by Your goodness, for the glory of Your name; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Savior, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

www.ArmedLutheran.us/alr-episode-57/

www.armedlutheran.us/reformation-gun-club/

www.CooksHolsters.com

 

Feb 6, 2017

In this week's episode we dissect an article from the Huffington Post by a philosophy professor who mixes a dash of bad theology and a heaping helping of awful logic to suggest that Christians should support more restrictive gun control.  Plus tips from Mia, Sgt. Bill, and Aaron Israel.

Clinging to God & Guns - Lloyd and Pr. Bennett go through an article that purports to undermine the traditional American combining of God and Guns by  using bogus gun violence stats, horrible logic, and even more horrible interpretations of Scripture.

Mia's Motivations - As promised, Mia is sharing info about gear she saw at SHOT Show.  This week it's everything you need to know about suppressors.

Fundamentals of Defense - Aaron Israel departs from the firearms instructor role to suggest that a more important threat to your future is financial issues. You may never have to use your gun to save your life, but everyone will experience financial troubles at one time or another. Being prepared for them is as important as training for the gunfight you are far less likely to be involved in.

Ballistic Minute - Since the groundhog has predicted six more weeks of winter, Sgt. Bill shares tips for concealed carry during the cold winter months.

www.ArmedLutheran.us/alr-episode-56/

www.CooksHolsters.com/

www.FundamentalDefense.com/

www.MiaAnstine.com/

www.ArmedLutheran.us/reformation-gun-club/

 

Jan 30, 2017

On this week's episode of Armed Lutheran Radio, Lloyd and Pastor Bennett dissect an interview with Rev. John Piper about whether Christian men should own guns to protect their families.  Plus another Ballistic Minute with Sgt. Bill, Mia's Motivations, and a self-defense tip from Aaron Israel.

Commentary - What if women had the same rights as guns? 

Ballistic Minute - Sgt. Bill answers a listener's questions about dry fire.

Mia's Motivations - Mia is back from SHOT Show with her family to tell us about all the cool stuff she saw.

Fundamentals of Defense - Aaron Israel shares lessons learned from a tragic road rage incident.

Clinging to God & Guns - Is it necessary for a Christian man in his vocation as protector of his family to own a gun. The simple answer is no, but Rev. John Piper goes a step further and suggests that because he is short tempered, nobody should own a gun. 

www.ArmedLutheran.us/alr-episode-55/

www.CooksHolsters.com

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www.RAEGearUSA.com

www.USReloadingSupply.com 

Jan 23, 2017

On this week’s episode of Armed Lutheran Radio we look at a little blasphemy from our side of the Gun Rights debate. We dig into the mail bag and and answer some listener emails. Sgt. Bill shares lessons learned from a Rob Leatham pistol class. Aaron has advice for avoiding bad holster ideas and Mia looks talks about SHOT Show.

Listener Email
A long-overdue dive into the stack of listener emails, including an explanation of the Martin Luther quote that I have used for years on the About/Media Kit page.

Ballistic Minute - Sgt. Bill got to attend a law-enforcement only pistol class taught by the Great One, Rob Leatham. Bill shares some of the lessons he learned about sight picture and shooting fast.

Fundamental Defense - There are lots of bad holster ideas floating around on the interwebs. Aaron talks about how to spot them and avoid them, and what to look for in a good holster design.

Mia's Motivations - Mia and her family are on the road to SHOT Show in Las Vegas and today she talks about the show, why its so great, and some of the products she’s been looking forward to seeing in person.

Clinging to God and Guns - This week Lloyd and Pastor Bennett review a pro-gun bit of blasphemy from Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership.

www.armedlutheran.us/alr-episode-54/

www.cooksholsters.com

 

Jan 16, 2017

In this week's episode we're talking women and guns with Mrs. Armed Lutheran. She shares her road from growing up with no guns in the house to threats from deranged patients, to becoming a gun gal in Texas.  Plus tips from Sgt. Bill, Aaron Israel, and Mia Anstine.

Special Guest - Lloyd's wife of 23 years is a school counselor in Texas whose first exposure to guns was at 21 taking a criminal justice class in college.  Now she's comfortable with guns in the house, loves to shoot, just got her own gun, and is working towards getting her carry permit.

Ballistic Minute - Sgt. Bill shares tips for shooting faster.

Defensive Fundamentals - Aaron Israel talks about why how a gun makes you feel doesn't matter when it comes to self-defense.

Mia's Motivations - Mia shares a memory of an frightening encounter and how she handled it and about the need for training and being mentally prepared for self-defense scenarios.

www.ArmedLutheran.us/elr-episode-53/

www.CooksHolsters.com

 

Jan 9, 2017

In this week's episode we're back at full strength and ready to roll for our second season.  Sgt. Bill has tips for how to make the best of the off-season, Aaron talks about the ramifications of making cosmetic modifications to your carry gun, Mia is talking cold weather concealed carry tactics, and then Lloyd and Pastor Bennett take on a Franciscan friar who shaking in his cassock at the idea that a fellow Franciscan friar likes guns.  

Ballistic Minute - The shooting off-season is here. Sgt. Bill has tips for making the most of it.

Fundamentals of Defense - Aaron Israel discusses why you should think twice before putting a provocative slogan or logo on your carry gun.

Mia's Motivations - It's cold outside...unless you live in Arizona or Florida. And that means you'd better be training and practicing in those extra layers.

Clinging to God & Guns - A young, snarky Franciscan Friar who spends all his time writing books and articles is concerned that another Franciscan Friar (and avid outdoorsman) carries a gun for personal protection. How dare he!? Lloyd and Pastor John Bennett debunk this whiny screed (using the catechism of the Roman Catholic Church, among other things) in this week's episode.

www.ArmedLutheran.us/alr-spisode-52/

www.CooksHolsters.com

 

Jan 2, 2017

In this first episode of 2017 we're continuing our look back at the guests, the segments, the interviews and the fun that we had in 2016. It's the final leg of our trip down memory lane as we discuss sin, the three estates, Black Lives Matter, the fourth commandment, the election, gun free zones, and IDPA.  

Interviews with Pastors Bryan Wolfmueller, Evan Goeglein, Ralph Abernethy, and our own John Bennett. Special interviews with Brandon Warr of Warr Zone Radio, author Greg Hopkins, and Paul Lathrop of the Polite Society Podcast. Our round table discussions on gun violence, the election, and shooting IDPA. 

www.ArmedLutheran.us/alr-episode-51/

www.CooksHolsters.com/

 

Dec 26, 2016

In this final episode of 2016 we're going back to the groove yard of forgotten favorites to look back at the guests, the segments, the interviews and the fun that we've had in the past year.  It's a trip down memory lane as we replay the very first segments from each of our contributors, bits from our favorite guests, never-before released audio from our favorite interviews.  

www.ArmedLutheran.us/alr-episode-50/

www.CooksHolsters.com

"Meatball Parade" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Dec 19, 2016

This week's episode is a special Christmas episode.  Lloyd and our contributors share their wish list ideas, and we talk to the husband-and-wife team behind Guns4Gals.com and the founder and president of Cook's Holsters, Bob Cook.

www.ArmedLutheran.us/alr-episode-49/

www.cooksholsters.com/

Dec 15, 2016

The power of imagination is an amazing gift. If you've ever marveled at your kids as they engage in make-believe or set aside toys to play in the boxes the toys came in, you know what I mean.  Maybe you think that kind of imagination is child's-play.  It's not. Put the power of imagination to use to visualize dynamic critical events and enhance your self-defense training.

Dec 12, 2016

In this special episode of Armed Lutheran Radio, we talk about the proposed 2017 IDPA rules.  Now that the 2017 IDPA Provisional Rulebook has been released we brought together another group of shooters to discuss the highlights and the lowlights of the changes.

Guests: Armed Lutheran Radio's Sgt. Bill Silvia, Scott Longhorn, TJ Kane, and Steve Koski of the Para-cast Podcast.

www.ArmedLutheran.us/alr-episode-48/

www.CooksHolsters.com/

www.Para-Training.com/

 

Dec 8, 2016

That thought or that feeling that it's safe to leave the house without your gun because you live in a safe neighborhood or your're just making a quick trip to the store.  You don't need the knife, the flashlight, the spare mag, the gun today. It's too much stuff. You don't feel like messing with it.  That's "gunplacency."    

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Dec 5, 2016

In this week's episode of Armed Lutheran Radio Lloyd and Pastor Bennett review a Washington Post article by a progressive Jewish journalist who has somehow come to the conclusion that Jesus would not support gun ownership.  Plus sharing your passion by taking your kids to the range, and tips from Sgt. Bill, Mia Anstine, and Aaron Israel.

Commentary - Lloyd share safety tips from his first trip to the range with his daughter.

Ballistic Minute - Sgt. Bill revisits the topic of zeroing a pistol.

Fundamentals of Defense - Aaron shares a home defense story.

Mia's Motivations - Mia talks about revolvers for women.

www.ArmedLutheran.us/alr-episode-47/

www.CooksHolsters.com

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Nov 28, 2016

On this week's episode of Armed Lutheran Radio we welcome Matt and Heinrich, two of the co-hosts from the Geeks, Gadgets and Guns podcast for the nerdiest episode in Armed Lutheran history.  In this fun and far-ranging interview we discuss podcasting, guns, gun laws, tech, and building a gun in your garage.  Plus tips a self-defense tip from Aaron, a new Ballistic Minute with Sgt. Bill, and Mia's Motivations.

Special Guests - Matt and Heinrich, two of the co-hosts from the Geeks, Gadgets and Guns Podcast.

Take Your Kids to a Gun Show - A great way to share your passion for guns with your kids is to take them to a gun show.

Ballistic Minute - Sgt. Bill gives us a review of Magpul's Glock magazines.

Fundamentals of Defense - Aaron Israel discusses how being a good neighbor is a good strategy for home defense.

Mia's Motivations - Mia Anstine is back with tips for choosing the best hunting ammo.

www.ArmedLutheran.us/alr-episode-46/

www.CooksHolsters.com

 

Nov 24, 2016

With all that's going on, with all the stress of our day-to-day lives, it's easy to lose sight of what we should be thankful for, and to whom we should be giving thanks.

www.ArmedLutheran.us/mwm10/

 

Nov 21, 2016

In a special episode of Armed Lutheran Radio we wrap up the 2016 International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) season with a round-table of shooters. We look back at our favorite (and least favorite) matches and stages and share some funny stories.  We'll look forward to 2017 and talk about rules changes and why each of us competes in IDPA (and why you should, too).

*Note: this round-table was recorded prior to the release of the new 2017 IDPA rules. I decided to leave that segment in the show because the opinions expressed are still important, especially now that we know what the rules changes entail.

Guests - Our own Sgt. Bill Silvia, IDPA Social Media Coordinator Mandy Bachman, Margo Stevens-Ray, Ben Bolden, TJ Kane, Scott Longhorn, and Sam Williams. 

www.ArmedLutheran.us/alr-episode-45/

www.CooksHolsters.com

 

Nov 14, 2016

This week’s episode of Armed Lutheran Radio is only our second round-table episode with our contributors. Sgt. Bill Silvia, Aaron Israel, and Mia Anstine join Lloyd to discuss the outcome of this year’s election, the reaction of the media and the future of gun rights.

www.ArmedLutheran.us/alr-episode-44/

www.CooksHolsters.com

 

Nov 8, 2016

In this week's Meditation, as voters finally go to the polls, Lloyd offers a final thought on the election and the struggle ahead.

www.ArmedLutheran.us/mwm09/

 

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