Dr. Gregory Seltz
Co-Host of Thru the Fire
Previous to Seltz’s work in Washington D.C., he served as the Speaker of The Lutheran Hour® radio program, a position he held since February 2011. As Speaker, now Speaker Emeritus, he served as the featured speaker on Lutheran Hour Ministries’ flagship Christian outreach radio program, with over 1 million listeners, airing on more than 1,800 stations across North America as well as on the American Forces Network. He served as the organization’s spiritual leader, evangelist, and ministry emissary with The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod (LCMS) and Lutheran Church--Canada (LCC). Before joining Lutheran Hour Ministries, served as the Director of the Cross-Cultural Ministry Center, as well as professor of Theology at Concordia University in Irvine, California. He went to Concordia in 2000 to oversee the master’s program in Theology and Culture. With over 75 pastors now in the urban mission field during his tenure, His work prepared leaders from various cultures to launch ministries in a variety of cultural settings, including Vietnamese, Korean, Spanish, Indonesian, Indian, and African-American just to name a few.
Prior to his work at Concordia, Seltz was the Executive Director of Life’s Journey Ministries, an urban, not-for-profit evangelism ministry in Manhattan, New York. He was also the founding pastor of the first new
Lutheran mission start in New York City in more than 40 years (Church For All Nations-LCMS), started a mission church in Dallas, served as pastor of a large congregation in Tampa.
Seltz is a sought after speaker on topics such as “Church and State – The public theology and mission of Christ’s Church in the 21st Century; The Public Practice of Believers as faithful “citizens;” Two-Kingdoms – One Mission – God at work in the World to bless; Missions; Evangelism; Cross-Cultural Ministry; Pastoral leadership in an Urban, Diverse World; Preparing Pastors and Leaders for the Post-modern, urban Church. Seltz holds a bachelor’s degree in New Testament-Biblical Languages from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan, plus a Master of Divinity in Systematics--New Testament and a Master of Sacred Theology in Systematics and a PhD in Theology and Culture, from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He also was awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree from Concordia University Irvine for his urban work in Dallas, NYC, and Los Angeles, launching churches in the city as well as training over 75 candidates for LCMS-urban Ministry in the United States. He and his wife, Marie Yvette, have one daughter, Devin.
Dr. Gregory Seltz has hosted 71 Episodes.
It's Equality NOT Equity that Matters!
August 3rd, 2021 | 28 mins 57 secs
Equity is a destructive concept contrary to equality. Instead of striving to get everyone to the same starting point, it strives for everyone to have the same outcome, regardless of choices, effort, morals or attitude.
Ending Cancel Culture
June 11th, 2021 | 27 mins 57 secs
Ending Cancel Culture is the return to normalcy that will bless us all if we just have the courage to do it.
Let's Talk About Religious Freedom
May 24th, 2021 | 24 mins 42 secs
Why is religious liberty important? Because politics can't save us from the chaos in this world. We need a higher power!
COVID Vaccination & Social Shaming
April 8th, 2021 | 26 mins 55 secs
covid, shame, social media, vaccines
Fear of the unknown regarding COVID and COVID vaccines is fueling widespread shame. Tune in to find out why the tactic of shame doesn't influence the desired change in behavior.
Challenge the Demonization Christians
March 26th, 2021 | 23 mins 38 secs
The Biblical, moral view of life is being completely pushed out of our culture. If we allow the demonization of Christians to go unchallenged, the ability to disagree with civility, and freedom of speech and conscience is dead.
Faith that Endures
March 5th, 2021 | 25 mins 33 secs
2020 presidential election, christian worldview, christians and politics, true faith
Today's culture tells us that it's acceptable, to covet, cheat, and take innocent life. How can Christians face this disaster? And do we have any power to overcome it? We need something much more than just optimism or wishful thinking.
You Can't Muzzle the Truth
February 18th, 2021 | 23 mins 17 secs
Our society glorifies immoral behavior and tears down any who try to uphold traditional Christian morals. But no power can muzzle the truth of God's word: not the government, not the president, not Google, Facebook or Twitter.
February 11th, 2021 | 22 mins 58 secs
The victim mindset is incredibly harmful and destructive and is the opposite of how God wants us to see ourselves! How can we take ownership of our life and fight the lie of victimhood with the truth of our victory in Christ?
A Presidential Assault on our Daughters
February 4th, 2021 | 19 mins 49 secs
The first day he was in office, Biden signed an executive order that claims to prevent and combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation, but what it really does is discriminate against biological females. Title IX protections, meant to honor and protect girls are gone. Our girls' dignity is at stake. We're sacrificing them for the sake of another struggle and that, ethically, is wrong. Rather than give them the message that they matter, we're delivering the message that they are less-than.
Protecting the Sanctity of Life
January 27th, 2021 | 25 mins 21 secs
The Pro-Life movement is not just "Anti-Aobrtion," but spreads the beautiful message that life is sacred. It is God's first gift to every person. It stands to protect our right to live that sacred life each day to its fullest. Dignity and the sanctity of life are fundamental, foundational truths to a civil society.
January 21st, 2021 | 28 mins 41 secs
What causes estrangement between parents and children? And what are the effects of estrangement on our society? Can we find healing and reconciliation?
Education: Manipulating the Future Minds of America
January 14th, 2021 | 23 mins 30 secs
The country of tomorrow is being taught in the classroom today. We need to understand that there are people who want to tear our children away from what is Biblically right, wholesome, virtuous, and instill in them some radical view of what it means to be a human being today. We can not let that happen. The consequences are too great. Our kids are too precious to leave them to this fate.
The Power of The First Thing
January 8th, 2021 | 25 mins 18 secs
Are Christians out of step with what's going on in the world? Or do we view things from a different perspective? We know that what's happening now is temporary and that God can and will use it for eternal good. How do we respond to what's going on in the world with love, truth AND grace?
The Blessing of Reflecting on the Past Year
December 31st, 2020 | 29 mins 39 secs
There's no doubt we'd all like 2021 to bring some normalcy and hope back to our lives. Is there anything to be gained by reflecting on the past year? For many of us, reflecting on 2020 makes us feel frustrated, powerless, and overwhelmed with disappointments. What if you don't have the energy or strength to look back, let alone look forward? Sometimes God allows our strength to be completely depleted so that we will rely on HIS strength. In this week's episode, Greg and Marie show you how to turn our reflections on last year into a blessing for the new year.
Can this be the best Christmas ever?
December 24th, 2020 | 23 mins 55 secs
The reason for our Christmas celebration is grounded in something that no pandemic has power over. Yes. This CAN be the best Christmas ever!
Technology and Your Children
December 10th, 2020 | 28 mins 40 secs
family values, social media, technology
God calls us to love our neighbors. This means we are to live in community and be in relationship with the people around us. When smart-phones distract us from forming and cultivating relationships, they not only hinder us from fulfilling God's call on our lives but also encourage inward, self-focus. When we expose our children to this technology, we may think we're giving them access to information and entertainment, but we also set them up to be distracted from the beautiful world that God created for us to enjoy.