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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.


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.


Sep 15, 2016

This week we look back at the third annual Battle-N-Benton IDPA Championship and the road I took to get there. It's all about change, accepting your weaknesses, and working to improve. 

Congratulations to Sgt. Bill Silvia for winning High Law Enforcement at this year's match!

Sep 12, 2016

Pastor John Bennett returns so you get full-strength, unadulterated Armed Lutheran Radio this week. You'll hear about layers, pro-gun bumper stickers, shooting on the move, teaching our kids about guns, and how a pastor in the Wisconsin Synod thinks that if you have guns, criminals will want them too.  

Fundamental Defense - Aaron Israel discusses the safety concerns and possible legal ramifications of pro-gun bumper stickers.

Ballistic Minute - Sgt. Bill has tips for learning to shoot on the move.

Mia's Motivations - Ogres have layers. Onions have layers. And so will you as the weather gets colder. Mia Anstine discusses the need to practice concealed carry in your cold weather clothing.

Clinging to God and Guns - Pastor John Bennett is back to help us debunk an article by a WELS pastor, written in the wake of the WDBJ shooting.

Sep 5, 2016

With the advent of the 24-hour news cycle and social media, our kids are exposed to news about mankind's horrific acts of evil more often than ever.  From ISIS to cop killings in Dallas, to home-grown acts of terror like Orlando or 9/11, or school shootings like Newtown.  We can't totally shelter our kids from this information, so how do we explain these terrible acts of evil to our children? Pastor Evan Goeglein of Faith Lutheran Church in Rogue River, Oregon joins us again to discuss the subject.

Ballistic Minute - Sergeant Bill discusses the pros and cons of the two basic types of handguns you can choose from -- the all-steel classics like 1911's and CZ's versus the plastic fantastics like GLOCK and M&P.

Fundamental Defense - Aaron Israel discusses the critically important topic of teaching your kids gun safety.

Mia's Motivations - Listen up, guys, because Mia Anstine is talking about ways to get the woman in your life interested in shooting.

Sep 1, 2016

Today's Mid-Week Meditation is a little different. I was finished with Episode 33 of Armed Lutheran Radio when I had the honor of interviewing Paul Lathrop, founder and co-host of the Polite Society Podcast.  I decided his story, and the lessons learned from it, is so important that it deserved it's own show.  So, today I present my interview with Paul and his account of his harrowing six-month ordeal with our legal system.

Aug 29, 2016

We're geeking out in this week's episode!  When Massachusetts Atty. General Maura Healy thanked actor Chris Evans for his support for her authoritarian gun control expansion by using the hashtag #StandWithCap, it rubbed the wrong way those of us who grew up with the iconic Captain America of the comics. It's just another subtle way the left is undermining and usurping the traditions and imagery of American values to support big government.  We'll talk about the parallels between the Civil War story line from the comics and the gun control debate with Brandon Warr of War Zone Media.

Ballistic Minute - Shooting partials in IDPA is a different test than USPSA. In IDPA hard cover, actual stage props, and non-threat targets can present you with part of a target, and mistakes can be costly. Sgt. Bill explains how to attack the different types of partials you might face in an IDPA match.

Fundamentals of Defense - Aaron Israel gets back to basic and discusses the “AOJ Triad” — Ability, Opportunity, and Jeopardy — and how they are used to determine when it is appropriate to use deadly force in self-defense. Beyond knowing the law in your state, understanding this concept is key to deciding if you are justified or prosecuted for a defensive shooting.

Mia's Motivations - Mia Anstine builds on Aaron’s tip from last week, discussing how to arm your older children as they go off to college. They can’t take a gun with them, and in many cases even less-than lethal weapons are forbidden. You can arm them with the gift of fear and intuition.

Aug 25, 2016

I was reading the Large and Small Catechisms last week, focusing on the Fifth Commandment (You Shall Not Murder) and that reminded me of a story I wanted to share about a man down on his luck, Christian love for your neighbor, and a gun in a basket.  This story didn't make it into episode 32, so I thought I would share it in today's Mid-Week Meditation.

Aug 22, 2016

The sky is falling!  The sky is falling!  Bob Owens at Bearing Arms calls it "Chicken Little America," a land where malls and airports go into panic mode because someone hears a loud noise.  A Rutgers professor suggests that if gun violence has you worried, just turn off the news.  We can't bury our heads in the sand and avoid the news of the evil world around us.  Pastor Evan Goeglein of Faith Lutheran Church in Rogue River, Oregon joins us again to discuss how to deal with worry and fear as a Christian.

Ballistic Minute - The ability to call your shots is a critical skill for competitive and defensive shooting.  Being able to put your sights on target, pull the trigger, and know, without looking at the target to confirm, just where your bullet struck.  Sgt. Bill discusses how to develop this skill in today's Ballistic Minute.

Fundamental Defense - All too often we train and prepare for the threat from the active shooter, the stranger in the alley, the bump in the middle of the night.  In today's tip, Aaron Israel reminds us that many times the biggest threat is one you know personally.

Mia's Motivations - Not every self-defense situation requires us to draw our weapon, let alone to shoot.  In many cases it's better to retreat, or avoid conflict and call police.  Mia Anstine recommends you consider in what situations it would be appropriate to present and use your firearm.


Aug 18, 2016

In this week's Mid-Week Meditation, Lloyd asks the question "where's the common sense in background checks?"

Aug 15, 2016

In today's episode of Armed Lutheran Radio we talk a lot about the Olympics, taking a training class, how to reduce administrative handling of your firearm, and we get a guest gun review from Jon Braaten.  We'll talk about the upcoming election and the difficult choice before us and we discuss a questionnaire police chiefs submitted to the two candidates and what it tells us about what police are really concerned about.

Mia's Motivations - Mia Anstine's been watching the Olympics and is inspired by the athletes stories of faith and how giving God the glory in victory and defeat applies in our everyday lives.

Ballistic Minute - Sgt. Bill Silvia talks about taking training classes, what to expect, how to prepare, and the mental attitude you need to get the most out of it.

Fundamental Defense - Aaron Israel discusses the need to reduce administrative handling of your firearm to minimize the risk of negligent discharges.

Guest Gun Review - Armed Lutheran Gun Quiz champion Jon Braaten brings us a review of the Tri-Star Upland Hunter Silver over-and-under shotgun.


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