23 episodes

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 that life 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 Ministry, we’re coming alongside one another as a community of Christ’s redeemed people, ones who are speaking up for and living out the sanctity of human life. Together we’ll explore life issues in a way that honors our heavenly Father’s value of human life, serves our neighbor, and connects us to others who are doing the same. Join us, so that together we can be friends for life. 
Learn about LCMS Life Ministry at lcms.org/life.

Friends For Life — LCMS Life Ministry KFUO Radio

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 19 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 that life 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 Ministry, we’re coming alongside one another as a community of Christ’s redeemed people, ones who are speaking up for and living out the sanctity of human life. Together we’ll explore life issues in a way that honors our heavenly Father’s value of human life, serves our neighbor, and connects us to others who are doing the same. Join us, so that together we can be friends for life. 
Learn about LCMS Life Ministry at lcms.org/life.

    21. The National March for Life | Steph Neugebauer and The Lutheran Ladies' Lounge

    21. The National March for Life | Steph Neugebauer and The Lutheran Ladies' Lounge

    You’ve seen it in the news: January 21, 2021, is the 39th annual March for Life, held both in our nation’s capital and in cities and towns around the country. This afternoon, thousands upon thousands of people are marching nationwide to support the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.
    But what does it look, feel, and sound like to be physically present for the national March for Life in Washington, D.C.? In this “Adventures in Lutheranism” crossover special with The Lutheran Ladies' Lounge Podcast, Sarah Gulseth and the Ladies welcome Steph Neugebauer, host of the “Friends for Life” podcast from KFUO, as they share their personal experiences marching for life. Connect with other Lutherans marching for life at lcms.org/marchforlife and learn more about the March for Life at marchforlife.org.
    Find The Lutheran Ladies' Lounge Podcast at kfuo.org/lutheranladieslounge, and connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge) and on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge. Sign up for the Lutheran Ladies' Lounge monthly e-newsletter here, and email the Ladies at lutheranladies@kfuo.org.
    Learn about LCMS Life Ministry at lcms.org/life, and email us at friendsforlife@lcms.org.
    Not all the views expressed are necessarily those of the LCMS; please discuss any questions with your pastor.

    • 44 min
    20. The Floor Is Yours: Abortion Restrictions | Dr. Donna Harrison

    20. The Floor Is Yours: Abortion Restrictions | Dr. Donna Harrison

    Welcome to our newest series – The Floor Is Yours...where we hand over the show to our GUEST and let them lead us in discussion on a current life issue. These guests are experts in their fields, have a passion for life and the Gospel, and could essentially have their own show!
    For our first installment, we have a beloved friend, Dr. Donna Harrison, a highly-respected physician and long-standing CEO of AAPLOG (American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists). Dr. Harrison uses this episode to bring Steph up to speed on the legal history of abortion in America, starting at Roe v. Wade and leading up to Dobbs v. Jackson. She shares the foreseeable impact of overturning Roe v. Wade through the Dobbs case and the likely effects of federal abortion restrictions. Most notably, Dr. Harrison speaks from her years of medical experience and research in regards to the lasting harm of abortion on men, women, and children and calls the Church to model mercy and care for the men, women, and children vulnerable to abortion.
    Bio: Dr. Donna Harrison is a physician, board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She completed an Honors Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry at Michigan State University and an M.D. from University of Michigan. She completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, an affiliate of University of Michigan. She was in private practice for 10 years.
    She serves as CEO of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, AAPLOG, and has been active with the organization since 1996. AAPLOG is the largest non- sectarian pro-life physician organization in the world, with over 7,000 members across the U.S., and international members on every continent.
    Under her leadership, AAPLOG has tripled membership, launched the annual Matthew Bulfin Educational Conference, developed a robust website and social media presence, and launched systematic outreaches to the medical, legal and policy communities to discuss the effects of abortion on women.
    Dr. Harrison’s research interests include Selective Progesterone Receptor Modulators, Endometrial Contraception, Maternal Mortality, and Abortion Mortality and Morbidity. She has authored numerous peer reviewed papers on many topics including the approval of RU-486 and on Ulipristal (Ella) as well as on the embryocidal potential of hormonal contraception.
    Dr. Harrison is a sought after Continuing Medical Education (CME) speaker in the U.S. and internationally on topics of Medical Abortion with Mifepristone and Misoprostol, Adverse Events associated with Mifepristone and Misoprostol, Emergency Contraception with Ulipristal, Maternal Mortality, and Abortion Morbidity.
    She is an Adjunct Professor at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL, teaching post graduate seminars at the annual Center for Bio Ethics and Human Dignity summer workshops. She is Associate Editor of the peer reviewed medical journal Issues in Law and Medicine.
    Dr. Harrison is married to Dr. Mark Harrison M.D. and is the mother of five children and 10 grandchildren. She resides in Michigan.
    Learn about LCMS Life Ministry at lcms.org/life, and email us at friendsforlife@lcms.org.
    Not all the views expressed are necessarily those of the LCMS; please discuss any questions with your pastor.

    • 53 min
    19. On Seeing Our Bodies As God Sees Them | Dr. John Kleinig

    19. On Seeing Our Bodies As God Sees Them | Dr. John Kleinig

    What do Christians believe about the body? And how does the body relate to the soul, and ultimately, our identity as people? Surely there’s more to us than our physical bodies, but our bodies are also part of who we are as wonderfully made creations! In this episode, our guest Dr. John Kleinig calls us back to fundamentals, opening our eyes to see our bodies and our embodiment as God does. Many, if not all, approaches to life issues hinge on this very thing. You won’t want to miss out on this episode! 

    Bio: Dr John Kleinig is a pastor of the Lutheran Church of Australia. After serving as a high school chaplain and parish pastor, he has been involved in the preparation of students for ordination as pastors for 25 years at Luther Seminary in Adelaide and is now retired from active service. He is the author of numerous books and articles. The most recently published of these is Wonderfully Made. He has been a frequent visitor to the USA where he has been closely associated with Doxology. The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel as a regular speaker at its conferences. 

    He is, by training, an Old Testament theologian but has also taught courses on other parts of the Bible and on pastoral theology. As a teacher of theology he is interested in integrating all the classical theological disciplines pastorally and practically. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and honorary doctorates from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne and Concordia University in Irvine. 

    Aged 79, he is married to Claire, a church musician and retired music teacher.  He is the father of four children, and proud grandfather of ten grandchildren. His hobbies are fishing, gardening, reading novels, viewing films, and doing nothing. 

    Learn about LCMS Life Ministry at lcms.org/life, and email us at friendsforlife@lcms.org.

    Not all the views expressed are necessarily those of the LCMS; please discuss any questions with your pastor.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    18. Infant Loss & Miscarriage | Kristen Gregory

    18. Infant Loss & Miscarriage | Kristen Gregory

    What are Christ’s promises for children lost in the womb? For children lost in infancy? 

    Where is God in the midst of our greatest grief? 

    Whether you have lost a child to miscarriage, lost a child in infancy, or know someone who has...this episode will bring comfort to the grieving, give insight to those who care for them, and point all to Jesus, our Resurrection and Life. Special guest Kristen Gregory also shares very intimate and tender parts of her own story, all the while faithfully confessing: The Lord gives and the Lord takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord.  

    Find Never Forsaken: God’s Mercy in the Midst of Miscarriage at cph.org/neverforsaken. 

    Bio: Kristen lives with her loud but fun family in Westminster, Massachusetts, where her husband, Peter, is a pastor of a small but lovely LCMS church. She dabbles in knitting, candlemaking, hiking, and reading when she isn't homeschooling her six children. 

    Learn about LCMS Life Ministry at lcms.org/life, and email us at friendsforlife@lcms.org.

    Not all the views expressed are necessarily those of the LCMS; please discuss any questions with your pastor.

    • 53 min
    Special — Prayer Service for Life at the LCMS International Center

    Special — Prayer Service for Life at the LCMS International Center

    LCMS Life Ministry offers a Prayer Service for Life at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis. Download the service folder for the Special Order of Vespers here.

    Scripture readings:

    Psalms, 10, 82, 139
    Genesis 9:1-7
    Luke 6:39-45

    Hymns:

    O God, My Faithful God (Lutheran Service Book 696)
    In the Very Midst of Life (Lutheran Service Book 755)
    O Christ, Our Hope, Our Hearts Desire (Lutheran Service Book 553)

    The Rev. Robert Zagore is preaching.

    Watch the livestream of the service at facebook.com/LCMSLife/videos.

    Learn more about LCMS Life Ministry at lcms.org/life.

    Liturgy and music © Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission.

    Learn about LCMS Life Ministry at lcms.org/life, and email us at friendsforlife@lcms.org.

    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 that life 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 Ministry, we’re coming alongside one another as a community of Christ’s redeemed people, ones who are speaking up for and living out the sanctity of human life. Together we’ll explore life issues in a way that honors our heavenly Father’s value of human life, serves our neighbor, and connects us to others who are doing the same. Join us, so that together we can be friends for life. 

    • 57 min
    17. Immigrants as Neighbors | Dr. Leo Sánchez

    17. Immigrants as Neighbors | Dr. Leo Sánchez

    Do you ever feel confused, concerned, overwhelmed by the immigration issue, whether locally or globally? Join Steph, her co-host Tiffany, and special guest, seminary professor Dr. Leo Sánchez, as they suggest a helpful Lutheran framework for discussing immigration and care for our immigrant neighbor. You guessed it – the word vocation comes up, along with the Creed, and the Commandments! Dr. Sánchez also introduces Luther’s concept of the Two Realms, which proves helpful for Christians as they discern how to best care for the sojourner among them.

    Bio: Leopoldo A. Sánchez M. is the Werner R.H. and Elizabeth R. Krause Professor of Hispanic Ministries at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, where he serves as professor of systematic theology and director of the Center for Hispanic Studies. Dr. Sánchez’s research interests are in the theology of the Holy Spirit, sanctification, Trinitarian theology, theologies of migration, and the intersection of theology and Hispanic cultures. 

    His published books include Sculptor Spirit (IVP Academic, 2019); Receiver, Bearer, and Giver of God’s Spirit (Pickwick, 2015); Immigrant Neighbors among Us, co-edited with Danny Carroll (Pickwick, 2015). His most recent book, the T&T Clark Introduction to Spirit Christology (T&T Clark, 2021) is coming out in November. 

    Dr. Leo Sánchez served as a drafter for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Commission on Theology and Church Relations report Immigrants Among Us: A Lutheran Framework for Addressing Immigration Issues (2012) (download at files.lcms.org). He served as president and vice-president of the LCMS Fifth and Fourth National Hispanic Conventions. He teaches regularly in the United States and abroad. He has delivered courses and workshops in Uganda, Ethiopia, Brazil, Cuba, India, Ghana, Chile, Panama, Argentina and Venezuela. 

    In the community, Leo is Principal Double-Bass player with the St. Louis Civic Orchestra. He also enjoys swimming, cooking, and travel. Sánchez and his wife, Tracy Lynn, have two children, Lucas and Ana.

    Learn about LCMS Life Ministry at lcms.org/life, and email us at friendsforlife@lcms.org.

    Not all the views expressed are necessarily those of the LCMS; please discuss any questions with your pastor.

    • 57 min

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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!

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Steph does such a wonderful job tackling tough topics in a way that is both thought-provoking and easy to digest. The guests are great, and the discussions are relevant and helpful in navigating a very messy world. This has become a go-to show for me, and I take so much away with every listen.

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