Episode 102: Preaching at Funerals

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 01:38 – Free-for-All (What we’re reading)
  • 14:59 – Main Topic (Preaching at Funerals)

On episode ONE HUNDRED AND TWO of Let the Bird Fly! Mike welcomes back the first guest on Let the Bird Fly!, Rev. John Bortulin. This time he’s on to discuss preaching at funerals. Rev. Bortulin is pastor at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mukwonago, WI. Also, this isn’t the first time he’s talked about death and dying on the podcast (not sure what’s going on there).

Thanks to Pastor Bortulin for joining us again. We hope you enjoy the conversation. Continue reading

The Lord’s Glory in Grace

Exodus 32 and 33

Do you remember the account of the golden calf? The ugliness of the human heart! To take gold and fashion it into an idol is one thing; but then to bow down and praise it as the one who had delivered them out of Egypt, isn’t that an entirely different level? And do you remember, Moses comes down from the mountain with the Ten Commandments in his hand, and smashes the two stone tablets in righteous anger? And what about the calf? He burns in the fire and grinds it to powder, scattering it on the water and making them to drink it? Drink your sin! Continue reading

Episode 80: Advent (Revisited)

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 05:44 – Free-for-All (Christmas wishes and regrets)
  • 21:19 – Main Topic (Advent Revisited)

On episode EIGHTY of Let the Bird Fly! Mike and Wade join forces with Pastors Brian Doebler and John Bortulin to discuss the season of Advent. You may be thinking “Hey, didn’t you already do an episode on the season of Advent,” and you’d be right. But we like the season so much, we’re doing it again…so deal with it. This time around, the guys talk about the history of the season, what its focus is, preaching through it, and all sorts of other stuff associated with Christ coming to us. The Berg girls make an appearance in the Free-for-All to discuss what they’re asking for Christmas and some of their favorite presents from years past. Wade adds a lesson learned from his own childhood as well (we’re glad he got his presents back, but can understand his parents getting tired of his antics—we know the feeling!). Thanks again to Brian and John for joining us. We hope you have a blessed Advent!

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Episode 69: Forty Year-Old Pastors

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 04:48 – Free-for-All (Visiting Europe)
  • 45:18 – Main Topic (Forty Year-Old Pastors)

On episode SIXTY-NINE of Let the Bird Fly! Wade and Mike are joined by returning guest Rev. John Bortulin (in fact Pastor Bortulin was our first guest way back on episode 3). After what might be our longest Free-for-All ever (and that’s saying something), that guys finally get to discussing the main topic. Since all three are forty years old and pastors they decide to do a bit of a retrospective on their decade plus time as pastors. We are grateful to Rev. Bortulin for joining us again. If you’ve missed any of our previous episodes with Rev. Bortulin, you can find them here:

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Episode 56: The Divine Call

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 09:46 – Scripture Narrative (Romans 10:13-17)
  • 11:14 – Free-for-All (Best and Worst Ad Campaigns)
  • 24:22 – Main Topic (The Divine Call)

On episode FIFTY-SIX of Let the Bird Fly! the guys have a full house, with all four of them present, plus three guests. Fortunately, Wade invented them over to Rev. John Bortulin’s house (one of their guests) to record.

Before getting going on this episode, Wade discusses the exciting news that Let the Bird Fly! has joined the 1517 Podcast Network. This has been announced on Facebook previously, but this is the first time on the podcast. If you’re not familiar with 1517., head on over to their website and check them out. And while you’re there, make sure to take a look at the other 7 podcasts in their network; you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy! A huge thank you to the 1517 Podcast Network for bringing us on-board and for the support they’ve already given us. We’re excited to be able to bring our conversation to an even broader audience.

So, after a somewhat protracted introduction, Mike reads a few verses from Romans 10, which serve as a bit of a primer for our Main Topic: The Divine Call. Since we had 5 pastors (and two guys who flunked out of “pastor school”), we thought it would be good to discuss the calling process and how each of these pastors have managed it. We are thankful to Pastor Ben Zak (currently serving at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Milwaukee), Pastor Brian Doebler (currently teaching at Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee), and Pastor John Bortulin (current serving  at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mukwonago, WI) for joining us on this episode. And an extra thanks to Rev. Bortulin for opening his home to us to record, we won’t forget it (what time next week, John?).

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