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We believe that God is the author and sustainer of all life. We also know it can be hard to speak about the intrinsic value of life, health and the family when it feels like the world is trying to drown us out.

We’re right here beside you. In this podcast of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Life, Health and Family Ministries, we’re coming alongside one another as a community of Christ’s redeemed people. Together we’ll explore life, health and family issues in a way that honors our heavenly Father’s value of human life, serves our neighbor, shares the faith and connects us to others who are doing the same. Join us, so that together we can be friends for life.

Friends For Life — LCMS Life, Health and Family Ministries KFUO Radio - LCMS

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

We believe that God is the author and sustainer of all life. We also know it can be hard to speak about the intrinsic value of life, health and the family when it feels like the world is trying to drown us out.

We’re right here beside you. In this podcast of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Life, Health and Family Ministries, we’re coming alongside one another as a community of Christ’s redeemed people. Together we’ll explore life, health and family issues in a way that honors our heavenly Father’s value of human life, serves our neighbor, shares the faith and connects us to others who are doing the same. Join us, so that together we can be friends for life.

    S4Ep3. Beyond Human: Thinking About Biotechnology | Rev. Dr. Trevor Sutton

    S4Ep3. Beyond Human: Thinking About Biotechnology | Rev. Dr. Trevor Sutton

    Neural implants, eyeglasses, heart transplants: what do these all have in common? Join Steph and guest Trevor Sutton as they discuss emerging advances in the world of biotechnology and what it has to do with our soteriology...our view of life, death, and salvation.
    Bio: Rev. Dr. A. Trevor Sutton is Senior Pastor of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Lansing, Michigan. Sutton has written several books, including Redeeming Technology (coauthored with Brian Smith, M.D.) and Authentic Christianity (coauthored with Gene Edward Veith Jr.). He teaches, writes, and speaks frequently about technology and the church in a digital age.
    Resources in this episode:
    Email us at friendsforlife@lcms.org
    LCMS Life, Health and Family Ministries: lcmslife.org
    For resources on the family: lcmslife.org/family
    Not all the views expressed are necessarily those of the LCMS; please discuss any questions with your pastor.
    We believe that God is the author and sustainer of all life. We also know it can be hard to speak about the intrinsic value of life, health and the family when it feels like the world is trying to drown us out.
    We’re right here beside you. In this podcast of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Life, Health and Family Ministries, we’re coming alongside one another as a community of Christ’s redeemed people. Together we’ll explore life, health and family issues in a way that honors our heavenly Father’s value of human life, serves our neighbor, shares the faith and connects us to others who are doing the same. Join us, so that together we can be friends for life.

    • 40 min
    S4Ep2. How Is Tech Affecting Us? | Rev. Dr. Rick Serina

    S4Ep2. How Is Tech Affecting Us? | Rev. Dr. Rick Serina

    What are the effects of modern-day technology on our relationships, our church, our selves? How can we help guide the next generation in using technology wisely? Join Steph and guest Dr. Rick Serina as they talk about the rapid changes of tech at our fingertips.
    Bio: Rev. Dr. Richard J. Serina, Jr., is Associate Executive Director of the Commission on Theology and Church Relations. Serina came to the CTCR in 2020 after serving parishes in urban Dallas, rural West Texas, and suburban New Jersey. He earned his doctorate in Reformation Studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, has taught at Concordia Seminary and Concordia College-Bronxville, edits book reviews for the journal LOGIA, and has written one book (Nicholas of Cusa’s Brixen Sermons and the Late Medieval Church Reform; Brill, 2016), has edited two others, and has published numerous essays and book chapters dealing mostly with ecclesiology, the late medieval church, and Reformation theology. He is married to Christina and has six children.
    Resources in this episode:
    Email us at friendsforlife@lcms.org
    LCMS Life, Health and Family Ministries: lcmslife.org
    For resources on the family: lcmslife.org/family
    Not all the views expressed are necessarily those of the LCMS; please discuss any questions with your pastor.
    We believe that God is the author and sustainer of all life. We also know it can be hard to speak about the intrinsic value of life, health and the family when it feels like the world is trying to drown us out.
    We’re right here beside you. In this podcast of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Life, Health and Family Ministries, we’re coming alongside one another as a community of Christ’s redeemed people. Together we’ll explore life, health and family issues in a way that honors our heavenly Father’s value of human life, serves our neighbor, shares the faith and connects us to others who are doing the same. Join us, so that together we can be friends for life.

    • 39 min
    S4Ep1. Technology & Christian Responsibility | Rev. Tim Bayer

    S4Ep1. Technology & Christian Responsibility | Rev. Tim Bayer

    Join Steph and Rev. Tim Bayer as they talk about the fundamentals of technology – what it is, what it’s for, and how Christians can use technology responsibly. Is technology good, bad, or a-moral? How can Christians steward technology well so that the kingdom of God is served? How do Law and Gospel guide us as we engage with technology?
    Resources in this episode:
    Email us at friendsforlife@lcms.org
    LCMS Life, Health and Family Ministries: lcmslife.org
    For resources on the family: lcmslife.org/family
    Not all the views expressed are necessarily those of the LCMS; please discuss any questions with your pastor.
    We believe that God is the author and sustainer of all life. We also know it can be hard to speak about the intrinsic value of life, health and the family when it feels like the world is trying to drown us out.
    We’re right here beside you. In this podcast of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Life, Health and Family Ministries, we’re coming alongside one another as a community of Christ’s redeemed people. Together we’ll explore life, health and family issues in a way that honors our heavenly Father’s value of human life, serves our neighbor, shares the faith and connects us to others who are doing the same. Join us, so that together we can be friends for life.

    • 39 min
    S3Ep8. The Important Place of Elders within the Family | Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Robinson

    S3Ep8. The Important Place of Elders within the Family | Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Robinson

    Amidst a culture that disdains aging, how can the Christian family embrace the Scriptural call to honor the older generations and revere their wisdom? How can older people serve and mentor young people in both faith and life? Listen in as guest Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Robinson shares why old and young need each other.
    Bio:
    Rev. Dr. Geoffrey L. Robinson has served as the Executive for Outreach, Human Care, and Stewardship for the Indiana District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod since August 1, 2007. His areas of service are: Mission Development, Evangelism, Parish Revitalization, Senior Adult Ministry, Parish Nurses, Stewardship, and Lutheran Early Response Teams. He is also the Indiana District Outreach Counselor for the LWML.  
    Rev. Geoffrey L. Robinson served 25 years in the parish ministry prior to receiving and accepting the call to become the Executive for Outreach for the Indiana District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Rev. Robinson also has served in various synodical and district positions. He has served as circuit counselor of the Hutchinson Circuit in Kansas, Secretary of the Central Illinois District, Assistant Secretary of the Central Illinois District, Rural Ministry committee chairman of the Central Illinois District, Stewardship Commission chairman of the Central Illinois District, Mission Commission Chairman of the Central Illinois District, Finance and Management Commission Chairman of the Central Illinois District, Congregational Life commission member for the Central Illinois District, and he served as a member of the floor committee on Missions for the 2004 syndical convention.  
    Rev. Dr. Robinson has been actively involved in radio, television, and newspaper outreach. He has taught college-level Environmental Science and Biology to both traditional students and incarcerated students.  
    Rev. Dr. Robinson is married to Teresa (nee St. Onge) Robinson. They have been blessed with four children, three sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and fourteen grandchildren.  
    Resources in this episode:
    Email us at friendsforlife@lcms.org
    LCMS Life, Health and Family Ministries: lcmslife.org
    For resources on the family: lcmslife.org/family
    Not all the views expressed are necessarily those of the LCMS; please discuss any questions with your pastor.

    • 30 min
    S3Ep.7 Single ≠ Invisible | Rachel Morton

    S3Ep.7 Single ≠ Invisible | Rachel Morton

    Where’s the place for singles when it seems the church is filled with families? How do single adults fit in to the larger family of faith? Join Steph and guest Rachel Morton as they talk about singleness, the propensity to feel invisible, and the family that exists beyond what is visible.
    Bio: Rachel Morton is a transplanted Texan living in Wisconsin. She is the oldest of nine children, the proud auntie of 5 nieces and nephews, and "bonus auntie" and godmother to her best friend's little girls. She is an extroverted introvert who loves connecting with others through conversations over a cup of coffee. Rachel has worked for the LCMS as a DPM since July 2012 serving St. John's West Bend as their Assistant Director of Worship. She also helps to oversee Women's Ministry and their yearly Women's Retreat. Her whole life would mean nothing, though, if she were not a baptized and dearly loved child of God. Her life's mission is to help others see their lives through that lens, empowering them to both know and share the life-changing love of Jesus. 
    Resources in this episode:
    Email us at friendsforlife@lcms.org
    LCMS Life, Health and Family Ministries: lcmslife.org
    For resources on the family: lcmslife.org/family
    Not all the views expressed are necessarily those of the LCMS; please discuss any questions with your pastor.

    • 29 min
    S3Ep6. Pro Tips for Parenting | Rev. Dr. Randy Schroeder

    S3Ep6. Pro Tips for Parenting | Rev. Dr. Randy Schroeder

    Parenting is hard...ever wish you had a guidebook for it? Dr. Randy Schroeder joins us to share the top takeaways from his book, Simple Habits for Effective Parenting. You won’t want to miss this! 
    Bio:
    Dr. Randy Schroeder wrote the 2020 three-time national award-winning Christian marriage book, Simple Habits for Marital Happiness. The only marriage book that provides practical, specific words, actions, and essential knowledge in the seven major areas of a relationship to help every couple achieve a gratifying marriage. He has helped thousands of spouses achieve a consistently satisfying happy marriage with these simple, yet very effective habits.  
    His 2021 two-time national award-winning book, Simple Habits for Effective Parenting is the only parenting book that provides detailed guidance in the seven key aspects of parenting. Happy, confident children driven to reach their full potential with self-motivation, good decision-making skills, a positive attitude, and determination are raised by parents who use these simple successful habits.   
    Dr. Schroeder joined Jim Daly, President, and John Fuller, Vice President, on FOCUS ON THE FAMILY national broadcasts for six interviews: Simple Habits to Embrace in Your Marriage – January (BEST of 2022); Forming New Habits for Your Marriage I – September 2022; Forming New Habits for Your Marriage II – September 2022; Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting – July (BEST of 2021); More Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting I – November 2022; and More Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting II – November 2022. These six FOCUS ON THE FAMILY interviews can be found on YouTube.   
    Dr. Schroeder was born and raised in Austin, Texas.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University Chicago and received a Master of Education in Administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  He also earned a Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana and holds a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Chicago Theological Seminary.   
    The first eight years of his professional career were spent as a Lutheran high school teacher, assistant principal, athletic director, and head varsity basketball and football coach. In 1982, after eight years as an educator, he felt called to serve the Lord as an LCMS pastor and left the teaching ministry to prepare for the pastoral ministry.  
    After graduating from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1986, Dr. Schroeder became a Professor of Pastoral Counseling, Vice President of Student Personnel Services, and Dean of Students.  For nearly 25 years he taught pastoral counseling classes including Premarital Counseling, Marriage Counseling, Family Counseling, Crisis Counseling, Ministry to the Sick & Dying, and Pastor as Counselor. He also wrote a Family Counselor column for the Lutheran Witness magazine for 15 years.   
    In 2010, after being an educator for 36 years, he strongly desired to serve God and others as a full-time Christian counselor to help individuals, marriages, and families with the practical wisdom that makes a profound positive difference.  Dr. Schroeder is a Marriage and Family Counselor and has a successful practice at Cornerstone Lutheran Church in Carmel, Indiana.  
    For over four decades, Dr. Schroeder has spoken to and counseled thousands of individuals, spouses, and parents about the simple, yet effective habits that are essential for an enjoyable life, a happy marriage, and for effectively parenting a child. Dr. Schroeder believes a lack of valuable knowledge about specific practical words, actions, and skills, not a lack of desire, is what holds people back from accomplishing their individual, marriage, parenting, and relationship goals.   
    Randy and his wife, Ginny, have been married since 1975 and have two married sons and seven grandchildren. Learn more about Dr. Schroeder at his website, DrRandySchroeder.com and enjoy his

    • 41 min

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Even when a topic doesn’t necessarily pertain to me or isn’t something I’m enduring at the moment, I always know of someone who went through it or is going through it. This podcast has helped me understand many different life issues and vocations. Recently I enjoyed the podcast takeover about male friendships—it helped me understand my husband better. Thank you!

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Thank You For Supporting Life

I am a Lutheran woman, and grateful to your podcast for being a voice for others of my Lutheran brothers and sisters who love life and God. Your discussions about modern issues and how it pertains to our faith is lovely! I look forward to listening to more of your shows!

-Jodie Werner

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This Lutheran ministry podcast is such a blessing for anyone who tunes in. Steph is a wonderful host! Her genuine interest in the real life subjects discussed is reflected by her questions. Thank you - I’m enjoying this podcast!

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