Explore curious topics from the Christian perspective each week with Pastor Bramwell! Cross Defense is recorded right here at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Ferndale, CA and broadcast worldwide from St. Louis, MO. Listen to the original broadcast Saturday at 9 AM or on-demand at KFUO.org. Available on your favorite podcast app. Watch episode segments below!

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Are We Living in a Post-Christian Time? Cross Defense from KFUO Radio

Eusebius records Clement’s story about St. John after he returned from Patmos. It will equip your mind and bring comfort to the soul of anyone who thinks they are beyond forgiveness. There is much for the church to learn from the loving actions of the elderly apostle, especially given that the world thinks we live in a post-Christian era. Is that true? Do we? Learn about this, and so much more in this episode! Host Rev. Tyrel Bramwell, St. Mark Lutheran Church in Ferndale, California, and author of the book Come in, We are Closed, talks about curious topics to excite the imagination, equip the mind, and comfort the soul with God’s ordering of the world in the Law and Gospel. Send him your questions at stmarksferndale.com. You can find his videos at youtube.com/c/tyrelbramwell.

Jan. 21, 2023

Eusebius records Clement’s story about St. John after he returned from Patmos. It will equip your mind and bring comfort to the soul of anyone who thinks they are beyond forgiveness. There is much for the church to learn from the loving actions of the elderly apostle, especially given that the world thinks we live in a post-Christian era. Is that true? Do we? Learn about this, and more in this episode! 

Jan. 14, 2023

Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest sparked a public display of prayer. But why don’t we see more Christian behavior in the public? Find out how our death-obscuring façade and gospel-hiding basket minimize our public displays of Christian identity, so we can avoid being foolish disciples and walk on Christ’s narrow path.

Jan. 7, 2023

Graham Hancock’s hit Netflix show, Ancient Apocalypse, has stirred up controversy. It goes against mainstream science and is all about the memory of a global flood preserved in mankind’s ancient structures. Did an advanced pre-flood civilization exist? Did they teach post-flood people groups their technology? What does this have to do with the pyramids and the stars? Excite your theological imaginations and let’s get into the book of Genesis for some answers. 

Dec. 17, 2022

Christians don’t look up to the heavens for wisdom. We look down into the Scriptures. What do the Scriptures say about the sun, moon, and stars? What does the fourth day of creation tell us about them? How about Psalm 19 and the book of Job, and Jonah? Plus, there’s Josephus’ input and we’ll consider what the founder of the Institute for Creation Research said about the zodiac. We have lots to talk about! 

Dec. 10, 2022

Graham Hancock’s hit Netflix show, Ancient Apocalypse, has stirred up controversy. It goes against mainstream science and is all about the memory of a global flood preserved in mankind’s ancient structures. Did an advanced pre-flood civilization exist? Did they teach post-flood people groups their technology? What does this have to do with the pyramids and the stars? Excite your theological imaginations and let’s get into the book of Genesis for some answers. 

Dec. 3, 2022

Luther Classical College’s November mailer continues the conversation about Sunday School and the parental responsibility of training children in the Christian faith. But why do pastors care so much about this? Martin Luther and C.F.W. Walther articulate the answer. Christian parents matter to kids! They’re also the solution to every problem that plagues our society. 

Nov. 26, 2022

What should we do when there aren’t enough kids to have Sunday School? Do we need Sunday School? Is Sunday School biblical? Where did it come from? When did it become the norm? Who is Robert Raikes and what does John Dewey have to do with Sunday School? How does it relate to the Small Catechism and what on earth is the Prom Phenomenon? We answer all these questions and a few more in this episode. 

Nov. 19, 2022

Journalists say Christian Nationalism is on the rise. What is it? How is the term used? Do people want to be associated with it? The Augsburg Confession is a helpful place to start the conversation. Plus, we learn about the faithfulness of our third-century Christian brother, Alexamenos, and about overcoming verbal allergens.  

Nov. 12, 2022

In the wake of election day, Pastor Bramwell answers a listener’s question about the Christian response to American politics.  We’re talking about being God’s instruments, both in the church and civil realms. It’s a question of who needs your works. You know the answer: your neighbor.  

Nov. 5, 2022

Orthodoxy, heterodoxy, and unionism. God prohibits church fellowship with heterodox churches. Why? True and false cannot exist with equal standing. If true allows for false, true ceases to be true. Learn more about this and other reasons why the orthodox church is not to fraternize with those who teach contrary to Scripture.

Oct. 29, 2022

Are we straining gnats while swallowing camels? A listener’s question about Christian participation in Halloween takes us to the LCMS’s Christian Cyclopedia for a look at adiaphora before hearing from Martin Luther’s sermon on The Three Kinds of Good Life for the Instruction of Consciences, based on Exodus 25-27 and focused on Matthew 23:23-24.

Oct. 22, 2022

Pastor Bramwell concludes the conversation on division, using 1 Clement as a springboard to dive into the Bible. The Church is militant. Her warfare is not against people but for people—so that all would reach repentance.  

Oct. 15, 2022

From one church to another, 1 Clement draws from Scripture to address division and instruct the faithful in matters of Christian combat, which is never in opposition to love. Plus, what if you don’t live near a faithful church? Good question. Pr. Bramwell has an answer.   

Oct. 8, 2022

There are so many denominations today, and so many of them contradict each other. What’s the source of this division? Pastor Bramwell leans on Francis Pieper and C.F.W Walther to articulate the answer. Spoiler alert. It’s all about the Bible. 

Oct. 1, 2022

Is alcoholism a disease? As we go to Scripture for our answer, we’ll consult the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, grab a couple of volumes of Luther’s Works, pull in the thoughts of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and discover the tactic of Screwtape’s demonic colleague, Guzzle.

Sept. 24, 2022

Is it true that all men are equal or is that a satanic lie? What does Scripture say? Pastor Bramwell turns us to Rev. C.F.W. Walther’s lectures on Communism and Socialism as a springboard into God’s Word on the question. 

Sept. 17, 2022

Christians are saved from the Word of God that the Holy Spirit brings to us. When we look at Acts 2, we see that the sound of Holy Spirit is an echo from heaven that delivers the report of Christ-crucified for the forgiveness of sins to the apostles, their hearers, and YOU! Join Pastor Bramwell as he explores the curious topic of Luke’s use of echo in Acts 2:2 and Luke 4:37.

Sept. 10, 2022

Politicians and reporters are talking about insurrection, political violence, and even civil war. Martin Luther admonished Christians to guard against insurrection in 1522. Are his words applicable 500 years later? We review the two opposing parties President Biden described in his recent speech and listen to what Luther teaches about party identities and insurrection.

Sept. 3, 2022

The struggle is real, isn’t it? Our children don’t always want to go to church, especially during their teenage years. In this episode, Pastor Bramwell confirms that you’re far from alone in your hardship, provides encouragement from church history, gives practical instruction from Scripture on how to ease the struggle, and offers an excellent resource to aid you in your parental vocation. Not a parent? Don’t think this episode is for you? Not true, friend. Pastor Bramwell’s biblical instruction will help you in your evangelistic witness, too!

Aug. 27, 2022

Did you know that in today’s woke culture Christians are the heretics? Listen to a voice message that says as much before Pastor Bramwell addresses nine wicked spiritual effects that wokeness has on Christianity. Francis Schaeffer once observed that the spiritual battle is bigger than Christians often realize. He was right!

Aug. 20, 2022

World leaders want us to take action in the face of a global climate crisis. Okay, so why aren’t self-professing Christians packing into pews to hear and receive God’s Word and Sacraments? Pastor Bramwell takes us on a tour of Scripture verses that should inform our behavior in the face of a worldwide climate emergency. If we’re facing a climate crisis, then a mass crisis of faith is even more disconcerting.

Aug. 13, 2022

Let’s discuss the 2nd-century heresy of adoptionism and how it’s still alive and actively held by Unitarians. How did the ancient church confront this false teaching and how does Scripture refute it? Plus we get to use cool Greek and Latin terms!

Aug. 6, 2022

Pastor Bramwell talks with Rev. Shauen Trump, LCMS regional director of Africa, about what we can learn from missionaries in Africa. The result is a look at Acts 8:1-4 and every Christian’s call to be a vulnerable evangelist.

Jul. 30, 2022

There have been a lot of senseless killings recently. Is the problem guns or godlessness? What does Scripture say about wicked men who ambush innocent people without reason? Join Pastor Bramwell as he explores reports of the Greenwood Park Mall shooting and the Good Samaritan who used his gun in service to his neighbors.

Jul. 23, 2022

2 Thessalonians 2 describes the marks of the Antichrist. And guess what? The Church has long held that the pope is a perfect match. Pastor Bramwell walks through the Biblical description and the papistic fulfillment of this enemy of Christ. 

Jul. 16, 2022

The Church of England has a hard time defining the word woman while an ex-trans teenage girl recognizes the irreversible damage she did to her womanly body. Pastor Bramwell discusses these two reports before answering questions about women teaching the “Pastor’s Bible Study” and the hiddenness of Christ in a woman’s gentle and quiet spirit. 

Jul. 9, 2022

Pastor Bramwell answers a listener’s question about women in Bible study, highlighting the relationships between the saints and how they are lived out in love and service to all. Then it’s onto lawlessness, bad government, and praying the Lord’s Prayer.   

Jul. 2, 2022

Cross Defense returns with a look at Scripture’s answer to the controversial question, what is a woman? Francis Pieper provides our theological road map. Grab your Bible, pop in your headphones, and check out your church’s copy of Christian Dogmatics, Vol. I. Woman is a curious topic that the world doesn’t grasp. But God does!