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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.


Aug 8, 2016

Do Black Lives Matter? Of Course They Do. All Lives Matter.  In this episode of Armed Lutheran Radio we discuss how we should rightly think about the issue of life and race when it comes to violence, crime, and police work in America with Pr. Evan Goeglein of Faith Lutheran Church in Rogue River, Oregon.  And we have a laugh at the expense of an Episcopal Pastor in Oregon who won an AR-15 in a raffle so he could turn it into a piece of anti-gun art.

Fundamental Defense - Aaron Israel talks about developing tools for your self-defense toolbox.

Ballistic Minute - Sgt. Bill Silvia has a tips for how to properly zero your pistol.

Mia's Motivations - Mia Anstine helps you choose the right gun for the woman in your life.


Aug 1, 2016

This week on Armed Lutheran Radio we have listener emails, we talk about the dumpster fire that was the Democrat National Convention, the President defends his record on gun violence and violent crime by making our point, tips for beating the Summer heat when you go to the outdoor range, Aaron Israel talks about the myth of situational awareness, Sgt. Bill vents about Tactical Timmies, and we welcome our newest contributor, Mia Anstine joins us for the first time with a shooting tip.

Jul 25, 2016

This week on Armed Lutheran Radio we talk the Republican National Convention and the upcoming election, about setting goals, teaching new shooters, and we're joined by only the third woman ever to appear on the cover of Field & Stream magazine.  Mia Anstine is an armed Lutheran from Colorado and she joins us to talk about women and hunting, shooting, gun rights, and the things that motivate her. 

Show Notes:

Jul 18, 2016

In this episode of Armed Lutheran Radio, Lloyd's back from vacation and back from the Iowa State IDPA Championship and the show is back to normal.  Thoughts on another attack on police, this time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Sgt. Bill has tips for improving your tactical reloads. Aaron Israel talks about how to dress for concealed carry. And Lloyd breaks out his best (or worst) Mr. Bean impersonation for Clinging to God and Guns with Pastor John Bennett.  Prepare to laugh and cry at at British theologian's bad logic, even worse theology, and Lloyd's cringe-worthy British accent.

Show Notes for Episode 27

Jul 11, 2016

I was on vacation in North Carolina last week and had a "best of" episode planned.  Then the massacre in Dallas happened.  I share my thoughts on Dallas and the fraud of #BlackLivesMatter.  Lessons on how to deal with police during a traffic stop.  And thoughts on being a black cop in America from a post by Palm Beach County Police Officer Jay Stalien.

Our prayers go out to the victims of the Dallas massacre and to all our men and women in blue who form the thin blue line between civilization and savagery.  God bless you.


Jul 4, 2016

Lloyd is on vacation, but the show goes on.  In this week's episode of Armed Lutheran Radio, some thoughts on the "epidemic" of gun violence. Aaron Israel of Fundamental Defense gives us tips on traveling light for safety.  Sgt. Bill has a Ballistic Minute tip about the slide-lock reloads. And then in Clinging to God & Guns, Lloyd and Pastor Bennett take on one of the most bizarre anti-gun Christians: a pajama boy who is frustrated that gun owners won't give up their "deep seated" beliefs, thinks gun owners worship their guns, rejects Augustine's Just War Doctrine, and who says guns can't be used for defense because they are offensive weapons.

Jun 27, 2016

In this week's episode of Armed Lutheran Radio, we look at all the craziness of the previous week and discuss the new threat to liberty that has the NRA and the ACLU on the same side.  Sgt. Bill talks about how to prepare for a major match.  We look at Syncretism and misplaced blame in the wake of the Orlando massacre.  And Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller, the co-host of Table Talk Radio, joins us again to talk about the defense of others and how we, as armed Christians should think about the subject. 

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Jun 20, 2016

The gang's all here for a very special episode of Armed Lutheran Radio as we devote the show to the aftermath of the terror attack in Orlando. Aaron Israel joins me to talk about responding to active shooter incidents. Pastor Bennett discusses the proper Christian response to this tragedy. And Sgt. Bill joins me, Aaron, and the Pastor for a round-table to discuss the aftermath, the politics, gun control, and things we can do that would actually make a difference.


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