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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.


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.


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.


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. 

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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 and the founder and president of Cook's Holsters, Bob Cook.

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.


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Nov 7, 2016

On this Week's Episode of Armed Lutheran Radio we are joined by Lloyd's former pastor from North Carolina to discuss gun free zones and the Fourth Commandment. Plus listener comments and tips from Aaron Israel and Sgt. Bill.

Special Guest: Pr. Ralph Abernethy III - So-called "gun free" zones are really just target-rich environments for killers. We all know that. But as a Christian, how should we regard these places and should we respect them? Pastor Abernethy helps us answer these questions.

Ballistic Minute - In this week's Ballistic Minute tip, Sgt. Bill talks about the tools he takes to the range for his practice sessions.

Fundamentals of Defense - Aaron Israel's self-defense tip is about how to teach your kids to stand up for themselves from an early age.



Nov 3, 2016

In this week's meditation, Lloyd reviews the findings of a recent survey of convicted burglars to learn how these criminals think and the steps you can take to make it less inviting to them.



Oct 31, 2016

On this week's Episode we interview Bob Mayne, host of the Handgun World Podcast, plus tips from Mia Anstine, Aaron Israel and Sgt. Bill, and we discuss how to safely sell a firearm online.

Ballistic Minute - Sgt. Bill talks about how you can help your team in competitive shooting.  Helping each other and involving all your squad-mates can make a match more fun for everyone and hopefully help them perform better as well.

Mia's Motivations - Mia Anstine talks about finding the right age to teach your kids about guns.

Fundamentals of Defense - Aaron Israel breaks down a defensive shooting at a Burger King in Indiana and shares lessons we can learn from that event.

Commentary: Selling a Gun Online - Lloyd shares tips for how to safely conduct the sale of a firearm online.  

Special Guest - Bob Mayne is the host of the long-running Handgun World Podcast. He and Lloyd discuss how he became a gun guy, how he got into podcasting, and the defensive firearms classes he teaches.


Oct 24, 2016

On this week’s episode of Armed Lutheran Radio we are joined by special guest Dr. Ken Schurb to discuss his Bible study “Called to Vote: A Christian Approach to Elections.” Sgt. Bill has tips for shooting the IDPA classifier, Mia has tips for mentoring new hunters, and Aaron Israel discusses the game of Poker as a metaphor for self-defense, Pastor Bennett and I dissect a gun-control prayer from a lesbian Episcopal priestess. Plus my final rant before the election.

Special Guest: Dr. Ken Schurb - Dr. Ken Schurb is the pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Moberly, Missouri and he joins us to discuss his new Bible study “Called to Vote: A Christian’s Approach to Elections.”

Voting for Your Neighbor - As Dr. Schurb points out in his Bible study (above), God doesn’t need our vote. Our neighbors do. Lloyd shares who he’s voting FOR in his final rant before the election.

Ballistic Minute - Sgt. Bill brings us tips for improving your performance in the IDPA classifier.

Fundamentals of Defense - How is the game of Texas Hold ‘Em a metaphor for self-defense? Aaron Israel explains.

Mia's Motivations - Since the dawn of time, every hunter has had a mentor. Someone to take them hunting and show them the ropes. Mia discusses how to be a mentor for a new hunters.

Clinging to God and Guns - This week Lloyd and Pastor John Bennett take on a different kind of gun-control article. Instead of the usual opinion piece, this one is a prayer to God from a lesbian Episcopal priestess.


Oct 17, 2016

In this week's episode of Armed Lutheran Radio we are joined by Rob Morse, co-host of the Polite Society Podcast, to talk about his podcast, Self-Defense Gun Stories.  Sgt. Bill talks about training, Mia is not clowning around, and Aaron has tips for dealing with dog attacks. Plus a review of the DryFire Mag training tool.

Special Guest: Rob Morse - Rob Morse, co-host of the Polite Society Podcast, joins us to talk about how he got started in blogging and podcasting, and the inspiration behind his own show, the Self-Defense Gun Stories podcast.

Product Review: The DryFire Mag - The DryFire Mag is a great training tool to allow you to practice trigger pull in dry fire without having to rack the slide to reset the trigger.

Ballistic Minute - In today's Ballistic Minute, Sgt. Bill talks about training. How to train. How to push yourself to improve.

Fundamentals of Defense - This week Aaron Israel shares tips for how to survive a dog attack.

Mia's Motivations - Mia is back from Wyoming with her thoughts on the creepy clown sightings in the news lately.

Pastor Bennett and his family are touring the death of his uncle. Please keep them in your prayers.


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