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Have you scrolled through your podcasts, searching for one that catches your ear - a place you can escape to with inviting conversations, laughter, and fellowship with your Lutheran sisters? Look no further!

Join Sarah, Erin, Rachel, and Bri on the sofa in the Lutheran Ladies Lounge, a podcast oasis for you, dear sisters, to sit, rest your feet, and stay a while. And on the way out, we’ll check your lipstick.

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Have you scrolled through your podcasts, searching for one that catches your ear - a place you can escape to with inviting conversations, laughter, and fellowship with your Lutheran sisters? Look no further!

Join Sarah, Erin, Rachel, and Bri on the sofa in the Lutheran Ladies Lounge, a podcast oasis for you, dear sisters, to sit, rest your feet, and stay a while. And on the way out, we’ll check your lipstick.

The Lutheran Ladies Lounge is produced by KFUO Radio and available wherever you get your podcasts. << Show Less
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#143. Wild Card: Upcycling Thrivent “Live Generously” T-shirts In this craft-tastic Wild Card episode, Bri loves and celebrates (to bits and pieces, in some cases) the Lutheran cultural phenomenon that is the Thrivent “Live Generously” T-shirt.These “buttery-soft” T-shirts, which typically arrive in bulk with a Thrivent Action Teams Grant, are famously comfortable. They are also notoriously abundant—an unsurprising reality given the number of service projects the average Lutheran family participates in each year.For all those Lutheran ladies tempted to “Marie-Kondo” their old or extra “Live Generously” T-shirts, Bri here offers ten ways to upcycle them for sustainable (re)use in in both home and wardrobe.Click for illustrated instructions on any of the crafts mentioned in this episode:T-shirt infinity scarf, a la BriT-shirt rugsT-shirt potholders and placematsT-shirt braid tug o’ war dog toysT-shirt throw pillow coversT-shirt floral wreathT-shirt pom-poms as hanging decorations or Christmas ornamentsRuffle-skirt t-shirt dressReusable t-shirt bag To learn more about Thrivent Action Team Grants and how Thrivent members at your church can apply, click here.Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge) and on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge. Follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske) on Instagram!Sign up for the Lutheran Ladies' Lounge monthly e-newsletter here, and email the Ladies at lutheranladies@kfuo.org.
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#143. Wild Card: Upcycling Thrivent “Live Generously” T-shirts In this craft-tastic Wild Card episode, Bri loves and celebrates (to bits and pieces, in some cases) the Lutheran cultural phenomenon that is the Thrivent “Live Generously” T-shirt.These “buttery-soft” T-shirts, which typically arrive in bulk with a Thrivent Action Teams Grant, are famously comfortable. They are also notoriously abundant—an unsurprising reality given the number of service projects the average Lutheran family participates in each year.For all those Lutheran ladies tempted to “Marie-Kondo” their old or extra “Live Generously” T-shirts, Bri here offers ten ways to upcycle them for sustainable (re)use in in both home and wardrobe.Click for illustrated instructions on any of the crafts mentioned in this episode:T-shirt infinity scarf, a la BriT-shirt rugsT-shirt potholders and placematsT-shirt braid tug o’ war dog toysT-shirt throw pillow coversT-shirt floral wreathT-shirt pom-poms as hanging decorations or Christmas ornamentsRuffle-skirt t-shirt dressReusable t-shirt bag To learn more about Thrivent Action Team Grants and how Thrivent members at your church can apply, click here.Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge) and on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge. Follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske) on Instagram!Sign up for the Lutheran Ladies' Lounge monthly e-newsletter here, and email the Ladies at lutheranladies@kfuo.org.
ICYMI: Next Book Club — Bright Valley of Love In this excerpt from their June 17 book club recap episode, the Ladies announce their next pick for the Lutheran Ladies’ Book Club: Edna Hong's Bright Valley of Love.From the publisher:"In this stirring and true story, Gunther, a handicapped and neglected child born in Germany during World War I, finds a new home at Bethel, a Christian community for the physically and mentally impaired. At Bethel, Gunther learns to speak and sing, walk and work, and pray and praise. He experiences both the joy of making friends for the first time and the sorrow of having to say goodbye. Through the care of pastors, deaconesses, and teachers, Gunther finds meaning and purpose in music, thanksgiving, and the everyday exercise of a life lived well, no matter the limitations."The love and security of Bethel is threatened, however, by the Nazi regime as it targets the vulnerable. Can its 2,000 residents be saved?"Click to learn more about Edna Hong's Bright Valley of Love, to see a complete list of Lutheran Ladies’ Book Club picks and runners up, or to revisit past online book club events in the Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook group.Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge) and on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge. Follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske) on Instagram!Sign up for the Lutheran Ladies' Lounge monthly e-newsletter here, and email the Ladies at lutheranladies@kfuo.org.
142. Book Club Wrap Up: 'Wonderfully Made: A Protestant Theology of the Body' In this Lutheran Ladies’ Book Club recap episode, Rachel leads Sarah, Erin, and Bri in a lively and wide-ranging discussion of John Kleinig’s Wonderfully Made: A Protestant Theology of the Body.What kinds of things can go amiss in our lives when we have an improper or incomplete theological understanding of the body? How does a solidly biblical theology of the body help us better think through what it means to be a human being—and a woman of God? And where do we go from there?Touching on issues including chastity, birth control, marriage and singleness, Christian friendship, virtual church, sacramental worship, life after death, and more, this conversation will challenge and inspire you to a new and deeper gratitude for God’s gift of embodied life.Listen till the end to hear an announcement of the next Lutheran Ladies’ Book Club pick: Edna Hong’s Bright Valley of Love, which you can find on Amazon.com in paperback, audiobook, and e-book.Hear the Ladies' previous discussion on Physical Stewardship of the Bodyhere.Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge) and on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge. Follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske) on Instagram!Sign up for the Lutheran Ladies' Lounge monthly e-newsletter here, and email the Ladies at lutheranladies@kfuo.org.
#141. Kitchen Table Talks: Original Sin In a shocking break with convention, the Lutheran Ladies welcome a man (GASP!) into the Lounge as they introduce a new segment called Kitchen Table Talk, inspired by Martin Luther’s famous Reformation “table talk” conversations with his students.In this debut episode, Rev. Sean Daenzer offers wise and friendly counsel on the theological hot topic of original sin. What does it mean that human beings not only commit sins but are actually born sinners? When and how was the doctrine of original sin first identified and developed? How do Jesus’ two natures (human and divine) get around this knotty problem and work together for our salvation? What about baptism? The so-called “age of accountability”? Concupiscence? (For that matter, what even is concupiscence?)The Rev. Sean Daenzer serves as director of worship for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and as chaplain of the LCMS International Center in Saint Louis. A veteran guest of KFUO Radio programs including Concord Matters and Sharper Iron, Rev. Daenzer can now be heard regularly through his Daily Chapel sermons.Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge) and on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge. Follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske) on Instagram!Sign up for the Lutheran Ladies' Lounge monthly e-newsletter here, and email the Ladies at lutheranladies@kfuo.org.
#140. Iron Ladle Challenge: Cookout Side Dishes! It's a new Iron Ladle Challenge, and this time, the Ladies are tackling cookout side dishes!Rachel begins with a rhapsodic ode to a Midwest classic: ramen noodle slaw. Sarah experiments with a new allergy- and intolerance-friendly medley of roasted veggies, and offers a bonus recipe for homemade sparkling ginger soda. Erin brings to the table a pair of vintage family recipes--for sour cream bean and tomato salad and champagne bean salad--and Bri goes full comfort-food with her favorite corn casserole.Let your mouth water as you glean a few tasty ideas for your next summer cookout, picnic, or barbecue. Rachel's Ramen Noodle SlawIngredientsIn a roomy bowl, combine:1 bag coleslaw mix2 packages crushed dry ramen noodles (prefer beef or soy sauce flavor; reserve sauce packet)Add-ins to taste*In a small saucepan or microwave-safe bowl, combine:1/4 cup white sugar1/4 cup white vinegar1/4 cup vegetable other other mild-tasting oil2 ramen flavor packetsInstructionsHeat just until the sugar and flavorings are completely dissolved. Pour sauce over slaw. Mix (and mix well). *Add-ins could include: toasted almonds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, toasted sesame seeds, slivered onions, slivered red cabbage, sliced green onions, chives, or scallions, pickled ginger, or french fried onions. Get creative!Sarah's Sheet Pan Roasted Veggies Ingredients24oz chopped butternut squash24oz chopped zucchini12oz chopped broccoli (Equal parts butternut and zucchini, half broccoli.) InstructionsPreheat oven to 400. Toss butternut in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread evenly on large baking sheet. Bake about 20 minutes, or until the butternut is starting to brown. While that’s baking, chop zucchini and broccoli. Keep separate. Toss both in olive oil, salt, pepper. (less is more.) Take butternut out, stir around. Layer zucchini on top, and broccoli on top. Put back in oven and bake about 20 more minutes until the broccoli is roasted on top and the zucchini is no longer hard. Find pre-chopped butternut unless you like cutting up a whole one. I quarter zucchini lengthwise and chop into ¼" ish slices, to make quarter rounds. Chop broccoli into bite-size pieces. (Or buy pre-cut. No shame.) I love olive oil, but too much will make it all mushy. Other herbs like rosemary, thyme, or some garlic would be delicious. Even a dash of parmesan at the end would be very good! I use Celtic salt for the flavor and minerals. Highly recommend. Sarah's Homemade Ginger seltzer First, ginger syrup from The Harvest Kitchen. Recipe: theharvestkitchen.com/ginger-syrup-recipeIngredients 3/4 cup filtered water 1 cup fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced (about 4oz) 3/4 cup clover honey (add to taste!) Instructions Peel ginger and cut into pieces. (You don't have to peel it.) Bring ginger and water to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. Strain through a sieve and reserve ginger for another use or discard. Set ginger water aside to cool for 5 minutes Add honey 1/4 cup at a time and mix with water until honey dissolves and you achieve desired sweetness. Pour ginger honey mixture in a glass jar and seal lid. Store in refrigerator. Add mixture to plain sparkling water until desired sweet/spiciness is achieved! (I added a little more than half to 1 liter of water, and that was about right.)Erin's Champagne Bean Salad Serves a lot Combine: 1 can each: Small Red Beans Garbanzo beans Black-eyed peas Pinto beans Cannellini beans And 1 small can of corn ½ c Red onion, finely chopped Combine in another bowl until the sugar is dissolved: ¾ c champagne vinegar 3 T sugar 2 T olive oil ½ t salt Optional: ¼ c cilantro, chopped Mix it all together
#139. Story Time with Sarah: Military Chaplaincy in American History Just in time for Armed Forces Sunday, Memorial Day, and Military Appreciation Month, Sarah tells the story of American military chaplaincy in general and LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces in particular.Beginning with George Washington and the Revolutionary War and continuing through the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and later conflicts, this Story Time episode shines a spotlight on the work Lutheran chaplains have done to share the love of Christ with soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, coast guardsmen, guardians, and others.For more information, visit the Ministry to the Armed Forces page at LCMS.org, where you can learn more about Operation Barnabas, the Adopt-a-Chap program, and more. Follow LCMS MAF on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter to read stories and see photos of chaplains in action.To dig more deeply into the early history of LCMS military chaplaincy, check out They Shall Not March Alone: Glimpses into the Life and History of the Chaplaincy of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.For more bonus stories from this episode, read about Chaplain Gregory Todd's promotion to Chief of Chaplains for the U.S. Navy, Chaplain Travis Ferguson's service in Qatar, and Chaplain Chad Czischke's service in Afghanistan.Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge) and on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge. Follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske) on Instagram!Sign up for the Lutheran Ladies' Lounge monthly e-newsletter here, and email the Ladies at lutheranladies@kfuo.org.
#138. Erin's One Question Interview: Deaconess Ministry Across the LCMS, consecrated deaconesses share Christ's love through works of mercy, spiritual care, administration, and teaching. Yet many Lutherans remain largely uninformed about who these professional church workers are and how they serve.In this One Question Interview, Deaconess Sarah Longmire begins with one big question (What even is a deaconess?), before satisfying the Ladies' curiosity on a number of related subjects: What does a deaconess do? How are deaconesses formed and trained? How are they different from other church workers, especially pastors? What common misconceptions exist about deaconess ministry?Deaconess Sarah Longmire is president of the Concordia Deaconess Conference, a free association of LCMS-rostered deaconesses and LCMS-certified deaconess candidates who subscribe to and live by the confessional position of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and who hold membership in a congregation or partner church of the same.Click to learn more about the Concordia Deaconess Conference or LCMS Deaconess Ministry.Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge) and on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge. Follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske) on Instagram!Sign up for the Lutheran Ladies' Lounge monthly e-newsletter here, and email the Ladies at lutheranladies@kfuo.org.
#137. Bri’s Big Question: Is Cancel Culture for the Christian? In her latest “Big Question” conversation, Bri tackles one of the major conundrums of contemporary culture: What is cancel culture? And, more importantly: How can Lutherans best respond to this painful and contentious new reality?The Ladies begin by defining basic terms before diving into how the Bible and the Lutheran confessions may apply. They then explore several practical implications: Can and should Christians ever cancel each other? What do you do when you are tempted to cancel somebody? How can you avoid cancelling others and being cancelled yourself? What can you do if you find that, despite your best efforts to make peace, you have been cancelled for your Christian statements and beliefs? Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge) and on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge. Follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske) on Instagram!Sign up for the Lutheran Ladies' Lounge monthly e-newsletter here, and email the Ladies at lutheranladies@kfuo.org.
#136. Hymn Sing with Sarah: Good Shepherd Sunday “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”These familiar words from Psalm 23 and John 10 have been cherished by Christians throughout the ages for the deep comfort they bring. Also beloved are the hymns inspired by them—and it is these “Good Shepherd” hymns that are the focus in this Easter season Hymn Sing with Sarah episode.Beginning with a broader discussion of the historical names and meanings of the Sundays between Easter and Pentecost (Quasimodo Geniti, Misericordias Domini, Jubilate, Cantate, Rogate, and Exaudi), Sarah then hones in on hymns and readings for Misericordias Domini ("the steadfast love of the Lord”), known in common parlance as Good Shepherd Sunday.Sarah tells the stories behind three of the most popular Good Shepherd hymns—“The King of Love My Shepherd Is” (LSB 709), “The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want” (LSB 710), and “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” (LSB 711)—before inviting Erin, Bri, and Rachel to discuss their own favorite hymns in the genre.Links referenced in this episode include:The original tune for LSB 709 (“The King of Love My Shepherd Is”)A favorite homily on the Good Shepherd by the Rev. William WeedonSpecial thanks to Cantor Phillip Magness and Luther Gulseth for recording these hymns for this episode.Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge) and on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge. Follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske) on Instagram!Sign up for the Lutheran Ladies' Lounge monthly e-newsletter here, and email the Ladies at lutheranladies@kfuo.org.
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