CHANGE OF COMMAND AT CONCORDIA – April 4, 2021 - Join Engaging Truth host Pastor John Cain as he welcomes the Rev. Dr. Tom Egger, newly installed president at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Changing times demand rethinking the approach of training pastoral candidates while remaining true to God’s Word. Dr. Egger explains his philosophy on preparing the next generation of pastors for their labors in the field.
LENT AND REPENTANCE April 4, 2021 - What is the season of Lent all about, anyway? And what is repentance? Join host Pastor Matt Popovits as he interviews Chad Bird, author of "Unveiling Mercy", as they dig into the significance of this pre-Easter season.
HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST – March 28, 2021 - What’s the significance of Palm Sunday in the story of Jesus and what will someone encounter if they attend church on this kickoff to Holy Week? Ken Hennings, President Emeritus of the Texas District of the LCMS, will answer these questions and more.
MAKE AMERICA SAVED AGAIN – March 28, 2021 - Christian pastor and author Randall Mooney joins Pastor David Schultz to discuss the decline of the influence of religion in America. “If we diminish the gospel, we diminish God’s power,” Mooney says. “There is no compromise, we have to get into the Word. The Word is where the light is. The Word is where the power is.”
LENT AND REPENTANCE – March 21, 2021 - What is the season of Lent all about, anyway? And what is repentance? Join host Pastor Matt Popovits as he interviews Chad Bird, author of "Unveiling Mercy", as they dig into the significance of this pre-Easter season.
WHAT YOUR CHURCH WORKER NEEDS – March 21, 2021 - Pastor Matt Popovits joins Dr. Gerald Kieschnick, former President of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, to discuss what life is really like for church workers. Overworked, underpaid, and driven by a deep sense of calling, those who work in the church carry unique burdens even as they bring tremendous blessing. How can the compassionate congregant best support and encourage the church workers in their life and what might the local church need to do differently to help ensure a healthy, happy, and faithful crop of leaders in the future?
PARENTING WITHOUT A MAP – March 14, 2021- Mary Van Geffen is an international parenting coach for overwhelmed parents of "strong-willed & spicy children." She helps parents to gain the confidence and skills to choose gentle, respectful parenting. She joins host Matt Popovits to discuss how to parent when you don’t feel as though you received the best roadmap for success from your family of origin, parenting in a pandemic, as well as how to deal with parental guilt. It’s a powerful and timely conversation for parents, grandparents, and children alike.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEXT GENERATION – March 14, 2021 - Cassie Moore is a Director of Christian Education and a published author. Her area of expertise is youth and young adults and helping churches and other organizations love and serve them effectively. Pastor Matt Popovits sits down with Cassie to discuss Generation Z and what sets them apart from their predecessors. Specifically, Cassie will give us insights into the unique struggles of 15 – 25-year olds and how they are navigating the trauma of this global pandemic.
WHEN A PASTOR LEAVES – February 28, 2021 - Mark Wuggazer is the newly installed Sr. Pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Cypress, Texas. Prior to St. John, Pastor Wuggazer spent his entire ministry in the state of Michigan. He sits down with host Matt Popovits to give us an inside peek into what it’s like for a pastor to take a new call, say goodbye to a congregation he loves, and to trust God as he steps into something new.
CHOSEN: A STUDY OF ESTHER – February 28, 2021- Donna Snow’s new book takes us to the world of an often-overlooked, but incredibly timely character in God’s story. “Chosen” is a study of the Old Testament book of Esther, a woman who was selected by God to stand up for what’s right, speak truth to worldly power, and to trust in the power and plans of God. Join host Matt Popovits as he interviews Donna and discusses the importance of Esther’s story and how it relates to what people of faith are facing today.
THE DEEPLY FORMED LIFE – February 7, 2021 - Rich Villodas pastors one of the most diverse churches in the United States. He’s also written a bestselling book titled, “The Deeply Formed Life.” In this conversation Host Pastor Matt Popovits and Pastor Rich discuss his new book and how we can move from surface level spirituality to a deeper connection with Jesus--a connection that can affect everything from how you view your sexuality, to racial injustice, and healing from trauma and pain.
MAKE SURE YOU’RE ON ROCK AND NOT SAND – February 7, 2021 - Michael and Elizabeth Steele have worked hard to build a Christ-centered, loving environment for their three daughters. What’s their key to success? “When things start shifting under you,” Elizabeth says, “you need to make sure your foundation is solid rock and not sand!” And Mike echoes that, saying, “We constantly pray about our girls being exposed to the secular world and we have to continue to walk on the right path.” Listen as the Steeles discuss their marriage and faith with Host Pastor David Schultz.
LUTHERANS FOR LIFE – January 31, 2021 - Laura Hemminger has been championing the rights of the unborn for years. After reluctant participation at a vigil outside a clinic in college, Laura discovered a passion and a calling, eventually working with Lutherans for Life. In this conversation, Pastor Matt Popovits and Laura discuss how Christians and non-Christians alike can serve women considering abortion and help protect the lives of children in the womb.
SANCTITY OF LIFE – January 24, 2021- Pastor Larry White is a regular speaker for national pro-life, pro-family organizations across America. In that connection, he has had the opportunity to address millions of Americans through national radio and television broadcasts and has spoken to nearly 20,000 pastors across the nation. Pastor White also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Family Research Council. In 1997, Pastor White was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree by Liberty University of Lynchburg, VA, in recognition of his efforts on behalf of the pro-life movement. Pastor John Cain hosts this meaningful segment on Life Sunday, 2021.
ELIJAH RISING & FIGHTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING – January 24, 2021 - David Gamboa works with Elijah Rising in Houston, Texas, fighting against human trafficking and supporting the vulnerable people victimized by it. In this powerful conversation David and our host Pastor Matt Popovits, talk about the realities of human trafficking, its link to pornography, and what each of us can do to protect those who might be victimized.
FIGHTING FOR LIFE – January 17, 2021 - Author, speaker, and activist Denise Mountenay is fighting for the life of the unborn. But it wasn’t always that way. Abused as a young child, troubled as a teenager, and having several abortion procedures of her own, Denise’s life was suddenly and radically changed by the message of Jesus. Join Host Pastor Matt Popovits as we hear Denise’s powerful story and learn about all that she’s doing to fight for the life of the unborn.
TEEN LIFE CENTER - MAINTAINING THE MISSION, BROADENING THE SCOPE – January 10, 2021- Since 2008 the Teen Life Center has worked tirelessly to share the love of Christ and to help young single moms be the best moms they can be. Now as they continue to support teens in crisis pregnancy, TLC is broadening the mission to Two Lives Matter, expanding its role to provide material and spiritual support to single moms 19 to 25 and to offer a housing option for single moms 18 to 29. Join host Pastor David Schultz as he welcomes TLC Director Jennifer Simpson to the Engaging Truth microphone.
CHOICES4LIFE – January 3, 2020 - Outspoken life advocate Juda Myers founded CHOICES4LIFE as a way to promote and restore honor and dignity to women and children of rape conception through assault and/or incest. A main goal is to educate the world about the value of every human life conceived. Join Pastor David Schultz as he welcomes Juda to the Engaging Truth microphone.
WHY CHRISTMAS MUSIC MATTERS SO MUCH – December 20, 2020 - Melanie Penn is an acclaimed singer and songwriter based in New York City. Her Christmas album, “Immanuel”, tells the story of Jesus’ birth from the perspective of nearly every character in the narrative. It’s a joyful, heart-warming record that has become a holiday favorite for many. Melanie joins Host Matt Popovits to discuss the power and the importance of Christmas music, especially in a year marked with so much anxiety.
BEING IN MINISTRY – December 6, 2020 - The Rev. John Kieschnick has served in nearly every role imaginable as a pastor, from leading a small rural congregation to shepherding a large urban flock such as Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in the Houston area. Whether mentoring newly-minted pastors or consulting with congregations on major fundraising efforts, it has been a full, fruitful journey. Join Host David Schultz as he welcomes Pastor Kieschnick to discuss his career of faithful service in the challenging times of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
THE LIFE OF A PASTOR – November 29, 2020 - Jeff Muchow has been in pastoral ministry for years. He’s preached countless sermons, counseled hundreds of people, and nurtured the faith of the churches he’s served day in and day out. Join Host Matt Popovits as he digs into the heart and mind of this parish pastor, helping us understand the humanity, the humility, and the joy of those who seek to bring God’s promises to the world.
Coping With COVID – November 15, 2020- Does it feel as if there’s a struggle for your soul between God’s angels and Satan’s minions? Join Pastor David Schultz and host Bill Prewitt as they discuss the Pastor’s recent battle with COVID-19 and his struggle to recover. The healing power of Jesus in triumph!
When a Pastor Prepares to Leave – November 15, 2020 - Pastor David Bahn has been in ministry for decades. He’s preached hundreds and hundreds of sermons, taught countless Bible studies and walked with many people in their faith journey. But in just a handful of week’s he’ll be retiring. Pastor Bahn sits down with host Matt Popovits to discuss how a pastor prepares for retirement, the temptation (even for pastors!) to find our identity in what we do, and how he—and us all—can face the future with peace.
What Your Church Worker Needs – November 8, 2020- Pastor Matt Popovits joins Dr. Gerald Kieschnick, former President of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, to discuss what life is really like for church workers. Overworked, underpaid, and driven by a deep sense of calling, those who work in the church carry unique burdens even as they bring tremendous blessing. How can the compassionate congregant best support and encourage the church workers in their life and what might the local church need to do differently to help ensure a healthy, happy, and faithful crop of leaders in the future?
What You Need to Know About the Next Generation – November 8, 2020- Cassie Moore is a Director of Christian Education and a published author. Her area of expertise is youth and young adults and helping churches and other organizations love and serve them effectively. Pastor Matt Popovits sits down with Cassie to discuss Generation Z and what sets them apart from their predecessors. Specifically, Cassie will give us insights into the unique struggles of 15 - 25 year olds and how they are navigating the trauma of this global pandemic.
Mom, I'm a Girl – November 01, 2020 - After a lifelong struggle with his gender identity, Judy Glenney’s son tragically took his own life. Judy’s pain and her son’s journey are documented in her powerful book, “Mom, I’m a Girl.” Judy joins Pastor Matt Popovits to discuss what she’s learned about God’s faithfulness, even in such heartbreaking loss. Judy offers hope to other parents who may be walking a similar path, reminding them—and each of us—that no matter what takes place, God hears and answers our prayers.
Prayers in the Pandemic – October 25, 2020- Join Pastor David Schultz and Bill Prewitt as they discuss how a purposeful daily prayer life can help fortify your faith when you’re unable to follow your regular worship routine due to the pandemic. The concept of prayer as a dialog and not simply an event can help make it a vital part of Christian life.
Reducing the Demand for Human Trafficking – October 18, 2020 - Joe Madison is the Executive Director of the non-profit, demand reduction organization “Love People Not Pixels.” Joe and his organization seek to protect vulnerable women and children by working to reduce the demand for human trafficking and prostitution. In this discussion, Pastor Matt Popovits and Joe discuss the connection between pornography and trafficking and how even a recent Netflix production may be helping further the demand for abuse.
Make America Saved Again – October 11, 2020- Christian pastor and author Randall Mooney joins Pastor David Schultz to discuss the decline of the influence of religion in America. “If we diminish the gospel, we diminish God’s power,” Mooney says. “There is no compromise, we have to get into the Word. The Word is where the light is. The Word is where the power is.”
Technology and Troubled Times – October 4, 2020 - Host David Schultz welcomes broadcast engineer Glenn Wheeler to discuss how churches and Christian broadcasters have been forced to adapt to the way God’s word gets to the hungry masses during a pandemic. From streaming Sunday services to ZOOM Bible studies, the Good News finds its way to waiting ears.
A Pastor To Politicians – September 27, 2020 - Scot Wall works in Austin,Texas, at the State Capitol. But he’s not an elected official or a lobbyist. He’s a pastor to the politicians and everyone else whose work brings them into the capitol building. Scot gives us insight into the unique struggles of being an elected official and how his work with the Capitol Commission allows him to share the good news of Jesus with some of the most influential leaders in our state. Matt Popovits hosts.
Dealing With Covid-19 in the Bronx – September 27, 2020 - Rev. Matthew Gonzalez, Pastor of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx, NYC, and Host Matt Popovits discuss the pastor’s recent diagnosis with the coronavirus and what it was like to fight the illness. Pastor Gonzalez also shares what it’s like to lead a congregation in the epicenter of the pandemic and to pastor a church where so many have fallen ill and others have succumbed to the virus. What’s the message of hope to be preached when an entire city is on lock-down and hundreds of thousands of your neighbors are sick?