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In this podcast, discussion focuses on the background and backstory of our Lutheran worship, traditions, celebrations, and community and addresses questions about faith within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) tradition.

Latest Episodes

Martin Luther Part 2

In this 2nd part of the series, Pastor Dan Smail and Wendy Farone discuss even more about the critical contribution of Martin's interaction with the Roman Empire and his impact on ourbeliefs and practices as Lutherans. We talk about the backstory of his final years and the human side of Luther as he and his wife, Katie, serve others. On the light side, we discuss "what's up with that hair?" or the tonsure style of haircut common within Luther's order. Video on the History of the Tonsure Haircut https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPgUILjfcB4

--1 d ago
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Martin Luther Part 2

Martin Luther Part 1

Did you know that Martin Luther's reallast name was Luder!? What do you think that Luther's father's job was? You can join us in a little bit of trivia and find out!Pastor Dan Smail and Wendy Farone share some history of Martin Luther's upbringing, the history of the Lutheran tradition, and Luther's intention of posting the 95 theses.

--3 w ago
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Martin Luther Part 1

Jesus' Greatest Hits

We aren't letting the virus keep us down! Bethlehem Backchat's newest podcast focuses on Jesus' Greatest Hits. Pastor Dan and Wendy Farone discuss a list of 7 very important pieces of scripture from the Gospels.Pastor Dan picked 2, of course, including Matthew 22:37-40 and John 19:29-30. Wendy picked Mark 8:34-36. The discussion also focuses on Matthew 19:14, 11:28-30,John 15:10-11, and Luke 4:18-21. You will recognize these passages of scripture! What are your favorite and most meaningful passages in scripture?

--JUL 18
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Jesus' Greatest Hits

Fear

During uncertain times, it is easy to become fearful. Pastor Dan Smail and Wendy Farone discuss the guidance that we are given in the Bible around fear. What are we to do with emotions during seasons of uncertainty and isolation? Give a listen and discover how.

--MAY 23
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Fear

The 23rd Psalm

In this episode, Pastor Dan Smail and Wendy Farone talk a lot about shepherds and sheep! The 23rd Psalm is one of the best known and the meaning is very rich if you understand the metaphor. We walk through the Psalm to compare the love of God to that of a shepherd who loves, guides, and sometimes disciplines his flock. By the why, sheep do float!

--MAR 25
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The 23rd Psalm

Teaching the Bible to Children

How do you teach the Bible to young children when the concepts are very complex and some content is downright frightening! In this episode, Pastor Dan Smail, Wendy Farone, and special guest, Pastor Ellen Lundie discuss how to teach young ones about faith and God's love. How do we ensure that the language isn't scary, but teaches about the love of God that is appropriate for each age.

--FEB 2
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Teaching the Bible to Children

Faith

What is faith? Hebrews 11: 1 states, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." In this podcast, Pastor Dan Smail and Wendy Farone discuss the meaning of faith, how to know if you have it, how much faith is enough, and what to do when you think you are losing your faith.

--2019 DEC 9
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Faith

Lutheranism: East Meets West

In this episode, Wendy Farone visits Central Portland Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon. Pastor Amanda Zenz-Alo and Dawn Miller, members at Central, lead a discussion of how our congregations are the same and different as Lutherans on the east coast meets those on the west coast. You will hear some familiar names and as we celebrate the leadership and members of Bethlehem! I think we may have sparked an interest in a "New Start" initiative in Portland!!

--2019 NOV 22
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Lutheranism: East Meets West

The Love of Money

We live in a society and culture focused on money, but according to Luke 16:13 "You cannot serve God and wealth." In this episode, Pastor Dan Smail and Wendy Farone discuss the "love of money." According to 1 Timothy, "The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil." The discussion centers us on the appropriate guidance we are given about money.

--2019 SEP 23
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The Love of Money

Hell

In this episode, Pastor Dan Smail and Wendy Farone further their discussion about what happens when we die (see #20 Heaven Podcast) with a chat about hell. What are your present concepts of hell…or misconceptions? Discover the scriptural perspective of hell and leave the horns and pitchforks to the movies!

--2019 AUG 3
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Hell

Latest Episodes

Martin Luther Part 2

In this 2nd part of the series, Pastor Dan Smail and Wendy Farone discuss even more about the critical contribution of Martin's interaction with the Roman Empire and his impact on ourbeliefs and practices as Lutherans. We talk about the backstory of his final years and the human side of Luther as he and his wife, Katie, serve others. On the light side, we discuss "what's up with that hair?" or the tonsure style of haircut common within Luther's order. Video on the History of the Tonsure Haircut https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPgUILjfcB4

--1 d ago
Comments
Martin Luther Part 2

Martin Luther Part 1

Did you know that Martin Luther's reallast name was Luder!? What do you think that Luther's father's job was? You can join us in a little bit of trivia and find out!Pastor Dan Smail and Wendy Farone share some history of Martin Luther's upbringing, the history of the Lutheran tradition, and Luther's intention of posting the 95 theses.

--3 w ago
Comments
Martin Luther Part 1

Jesus' Greatest Hits

We aren't letting the virus keep us down! Bethlehem Backchat's newest podcast focuses on Jesus' Greatest Hits. Pastor Dan and Wendy Farone discuss a list of 7 very important pieces of scripture from the Gospels.Pastor Dan picked 2, of course, including Matthew 22:37-40 and John 19:29-30. Wendy picked Mark 8:34-36. The discussion also focuses on Matthew 19:14, 11:28-30,John 15:10-11, and Luke 4:18-21. You will recognize these passages of scripture! What are your favorite and most meaningful passages in scripture?

--JUL 18
Comments
Jesus' Greatest Hits

Fear

During uncertain times, it is easy to become fearful. Pastor Dan Smail and Wendy Farone discuss the guidance that we are given in the Bible around fear. What are we to do with emotions during seasons of uncertainty and isolation? Give a listen and discover how.

--MAY 23
Comments
Fear

The 23rd Psalm

In this episode, Pastor Dan Smail and Wendy Farone talk a lot about shepherds and sheep! The 23rd Psalm is one of the best known and the meaning is very rich if you understand the metaphor. We walk through the Psalm to compare the love of God to that of a shepherd who loves, guides, and sometimes disciplines his flock. By the why, sheep do float!

--MAR 25
Comments
The 23rd Psalm

Teaching the Bible to Children

How do you teach the Bible to young children when the concepts are very complex and some content is downright frightening! In this episode, Pastor Dan Smail, Wendy Farone, and special guest, Pastor Ellen Lundie discuss how to teach young ones about faith and God's love. How do we ensure that the language isn't scary, but teaches about the love of God that is appropriate for each age.

--FEB 2
Comments
Teaching the Bible to Children

Faith

What is faith? Hebrews 11: 1 states, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." In this podcast, Pastor Dan Smail and Wendy Farone discuss the meaning of faith, how to know if you have it, how much faith is enough, and what to do when you think you are losing your faith.

--2019 DEC 9
Comments
Faith

Lutheranism: East Meets West

In this episode, Wendy Farone visits Central Portland Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon. Pastor Amanda Zenz-Alo and Dawn Miller, members at Central, lead a discussion of how our congregations are the same and different as Lutherans on the east coast meets those on the west coast. You will hear some familiar names and as we celebrate the leadership and members of Bethlehem! I think we may have sparked an interest in a "New Start" initiative in Portland!!

--2019 NOV 22
Comments
Lutheranism: East Meets West

The Love of Money

We live in a society and culture focused on money, but according to Luke 16:13 "You cannot serve God and wealth." In this episode, Pastor Dan Smail and Wendy Farone discuss the "love of money." According to 1 Timothy, "The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil." The discussion centers us on the appropriate guidance we are given about money.

--2019 SEP 23
Comments
The Love of Money

Hell

In this episode, Pastor Dan Smail and Wendy Farone further their discussion about what happens when we die (see #20 Heaven Podcast) with a chat about hell. What are your present concepts of hell…or misconceptions? Discover the scriptural perspective of hell and leave the horns and pitchforks to the movies!

--2019 AUG 3
Comments
Hell
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