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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. 

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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.


Jun 13, 2016

On this episode of Armed Lutheran Radio we're back from the Stars & Stripes Regional IDPA Championship in Tulsa with 12 tips for creating great IDPA match stages.  Sgt. Bill has talks about the advantages and disadvantages for reloading hot loads versus soft loads.  Aaron Israel talks about what to expect in the aftermath of a self-defense shooting.  And our special guest Eric Woodward, the owner of 199Trust, joins us to talk about firearms trusts and ATF regulation 41F.

We offer our condolences and prayers for all those affected by the horrific terror attack in Orlando, Florida. We pray that our nation will awake from it's politically correct slumber and recognize, finally, the threat we face. We must recognize that the gun is not the problem. It is the evil in the hearts of men who wield them to commit such atrocious acts.

O God, the Protector of all that trust in You, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy, increase and multiply upon us Your mercy that, You being our Ruler and Guide, we may so pass through things temporal that we finally lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. Amen.

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Jun 6, 2016

This week on Armed Lutheran Radio, hard earned lessons from the range, plus Sgt. Bill's tips on methods of concealed carry, Aaron Israel's tips on preparing for medical emergencies, and Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller joins us to talk about how the Ten Commandments calls us to action in service to our neighbors.

May 30, 2016

It's feast or famine at Armed Lutheran Radio!  For our 20th episode, all our contributors are back and the show is chocked full of goodness.  Sgt. Bill talks about passing on your passion for shooting in this week's Ballistic Minute, Aaron Israel of Fundamental Defense joins us to talk about his trip to the NRA Annual Meetings in Louisville, Kentucky, and Pastor John Bennett is here to fisk an article from a retired ELCA pastor which suggests that "strong" Christians must set a good example for "weak" Christians and eschew the ownership of guns, because owning a gun is like pagan worship and you might give people the impression that owning a gun is okay.  But it's not.  Or something.  It's a bizarre "re-contextualization" of Paul's letter to the church at Corinth and we unravel the whole thing in Clinging to God and Guns.

May 23, 2016

We are winging it this week on Armed Lutheran Radio.  All our plans fell apart. Aaron Israel is in Louisville for the NRA Annual Meetings, Pastor John Bennett is taking care of some family matters, and Sgt. Bill and I are left holding down the fort.  Sarge has tips for shooting faster in this week's Ballistic Minute.  We talk about the Target stores controversy, and a story by Kevin Williamson at National Review about why criminals are so darn difficult to stop, especially when our politicians insist on policies that target the law abiding, and not the criminals.

May 16, 2016

In this week's episode of Armed Lutheran Radio, we're back from the Texas State IDPA match with tips from Sergeant Bill on practicing what you're not good at, Aaron Israel of Fundamental Defense joins me to discuss the importance of seeking professional training, and Pastor John Bennett of St. John's Lutheran Church in Willow Creek, Minnesota is back for <em>Clinging to God and Guns</em> as we take on another bit of bad theology (and logic) from evangelical minister Rev. Rob Schenck. 

May 9, 2016

In this week's episode we are excited to be joined by the co-host of Table Talk Radio, Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller of Hope Lutheran Church in Aurora, Colorado, to talk about the Doctrine of the Three Estates and how it can help us better understand the natural right of self-defense.  Sergeant Bill talks about pre-stage planning, Aaron Israel of Fundamental Defense shares some lessons from a tragic shooting outside a Texas Walgreens, and defending Armed Lutheran Gun Trivia Quiz Champion Jon Braaten brings us a gun review. 

May 2, 2016

In this week's episode Sergeant Bill talks about how and why you should get started shooting IDPA, we try to put the best construction on the most bizarre article from the Huffington Post which suggests that you have a right to own guns, but not a right to use them for self-defense, and we discuss an article's deceptive use of the term "children" in Clinging to God and Guns with Pastor John Bennett.

Apr 25, 2016

On this week's episode, we're back from our third IDPA match in four weeks to bring you a look inside the range bag of Sgt. Bill, tips on how to avoid disappointing gun and gear purchases from Aaron Israel of Fundamental Defense, and Rev. Kenn Blanchard, the Black Man with a Gun, joins us to talk about podcasting, gun violence and race, and his newest project: GunMovement.ORG.

Apr 18, 2016

I recently started hand-loading, so I invited Josh Ruby of North Texas Rifle Precision joins us to talk about hand-loading for newbies. Gawker thinks old people are too weak to use guns for self-defense, but we prove them wrong...with examples. And Hillary Clinton thinks we should be able to hold firearms manufacturers liable for gun violence -- we take a look at the logic behind shielding the firearms industry from frivolous lawsuits.

Apr 11, 2016

On this week's episode, Sergeant Bill brings us tips on using video for self-evaluation. Aaron Israel's Fundamental Defense tip is about safely storing your firearms.  I share my embarrassing concealed carry mistakes in hopes that you won't make them, too.  And, Pastor John Bennett is back with another episode of Clinging to God and Guns with a look at an article on why all Christians can back better gun control.

Apr 4, 2016

On this week's episode we look back at the MVSA Regional IDPA Championship, Sergeant Bill Silvia has tips on trigger control, Aaron Israel shares a personal defense tip about practicing off-balance shooting, and Pastor John Bennett and I take a look at some misguided Christian anti-gunners who think the Old Testament prophets call us to beat our guns into garden tools for the poor.

Mar 28, 2016

He is Risen!  He is Risen, Indeed!  Hallelujah!  

In this week's episode: another news story begs the question "what background check would have stopped this?"  Colossians 4 and dealing with the anti-gun world.  Another Ballistic Minute tip from Sergeant Bill Silvia.  Tips for packing your range bag for a match.  And An Easter message about sword control.

Mar 21, 2016

In this week's episode... Applying Galatians 6 to our dealings with anti-gunners.  Sergeant Bill has tips for balancing live fire and dry fire practice, lessons learned from a teenager's gun death in New York, how the media and readers react to different kinds of violence, and David Braaten returns to defend his title against his brother on the Great Armed Lutheran Trivia Quiz.  

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