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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.


Oct 10, 2016

Jesus Hates Guns. At least that’s what one author at thinks. He quotes his own book as proof of his assertion, but not Holy Scripture. Pastor John Bennett and I dissect his claims and debunk them thoroughly. Sgt. Bill teaches us how to use cover properly in IDPA. Aaron Israel talks about all the creepy clown sighting. And John Correia of Active Self Protection visits with us to talk about the Bullets and Bibles Conference coming up on October 14.

UPDATE: For those experiencing audio problems with their download, please click the "Download this Episode" link below and download the newest release of this episode which corrects these technical issues.  I apologize for the inconvenience.

Special Guest - John Correia, the founder and owner of Active Self Protection (ASP) in Phoenix, Arizona, joins us to talk about the upcoming Bullets and Bibles Conference.

Ballistic Minute - Sgt. Bill teaches the basic techniques for using cover properly in IDPA.

Fundamentals of Defense - Don’t be a clown. Aaron Israel discusses the widespread urban legend of the creepy clown and how we shouldn’t succumb to irrational fear about the unlikely event that clowns attack.

Mia's Motivations - Mia is on the road and will be back with us next week.

Clinging to God and Guns - Pastor Bennett and I dissect an article by a man who uses his own book, but not the Bible, to support his claim that Jesus hates guns.



Oct 3, 2016

This Week on Armed Lutheran Radio, author Greg Hopkins joins us to discuss his book "A Time to Kill: The Myth of Christian Pacifism."  Sgt. Bill discusses the purpose of IDPA.  Aaron Israel has tips for surviving a riot if you're surrounded while in your vehicle. And Mia Anstine is back from another adventure, with a review of the newly re-designed Remington R51.

Special Guest: Greg Hopkins - The author of "A Time to Kill: The Myth of Christian Pacifism" joins us to discuss his book, and the origins of the pervasive myth that Christians should embrace pacifism.

Ballistic Minute - Sgt. Bill talks about the purpose of IDPA -- is it competition or concealed carry?  Or Both?

Fundamentals of Defense - After watching the riots in Charlotte, North Carolina, a couple of weeks ago, and seeing the civilian vehicles trapped by the crowds, Aaron Israel discusses ways to stay safe if you find yourself in the same situation.

Mia's Motivations - Mia Anstine is off on another adventure!  This time to West Virginia with Remington Arms to see some of their new products and to get some trigger time with the re-designed R51 pistol.


Sep 30, 2016

In this week's meditation I share my thoughts on football, race, and the National Anthem controversy plaguing the NFL.


Sep 26, 2016

In this week's episode we take a look at the follow-up to last week's article "Why Bible-Believing Christians Have No Right to Self-Defense."  Part two focuses on defense of life and family, and if you thought it couldn't get worse, you were wrong.  Mia is back from Europe to tell us about her adventures, and we get tips from Aaron Israel and Sgt. Bill Silvia.

Mia's Motivations - Mia is back from a whirlwind trip to Europe where she got to tour the Sako firearms and ammunition plants in Finland and to hunt brown bear in Russia.

Fundamental Defense - Competition and defensive training are not mutually exclusive. Aaron explains how both can a great benefit to your skill as a defensive shooter.

Ballistic Minute - Sgt. Bill discusses the various ways you can carry spare ammo in competition, and explains the relative pros and cons of each.

Clinging to God and Guns - Pastor John Bennett and I debunk the second part of last week's article which suggests (wrongly) that Christians have no right to self-defense. In today's article, the author discusses defense of life and family, and comes to the same conclusion thanks to his own political bias and willful ignorance of the context of the Bible passages he quotes.

Sep 22, 2016

In this week's meditation, Lloyd considers a question he heard several times over the past couple of weeks: what does it matter, as long as you are a Christian?


Sep 19, 2016

On this week's episode we discuss the goofy gnostic musings of a gay Presbyterian who thinks that Bible-believing Christians have no right to defend their lives, homes, or property.  A look at my violent allergy to jazz hands, and great tips from Sgt. Bill, Aaron, and Mia.

Mia's Motivations - Mia Anstine has advice for how to choose your next training course by evaluating what you hope to accomplish and what you want to learn.

Fundamental Defense - Aaron Israel's weekly self-defense tip is about learning to be a better problem-solver. The gun is a specific solution to a tiny subset of problems that we might face. Many of those problems can solved before the gun ever needs to come into play if you learn to avoid trouble, de-escalate, and learn from the mistakes of others.

Ballistic Minute - Sgt. Bill warns against becoming the "Gamer Guy," a type of shooter you've probably seen on the range and you should take pains to avoid emulating.

Clinging to God and Guns - Pastor John Bennett helps us debunk an article written by a gay Presbyterian at, who argues that the Bible can't be taken literally, but those who do should not own guns because we are spiritual being having a physical experience and the Bible warns us that possessions are not important, certainly not important enough to kill over. Or something.


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