About Pastor Sam Schuldheisz

Pastor Schuldheisz serves as Pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Huntington Beach, CA. He graduated in 2004 from Concordia University Irvine. And he is a 2008 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Pastor Schuldheisz is also blessed in marriage to his wife of 7 years, Natasha. Together they enjoy the blessings of parenthood with their daughter Zoe. And when he’s not writing sermons or changing diapers, he enjoys reading and writing about the works of the Inklings and other belletristic literature, and Christian apologetics. He’s even been known to answer to Pastor Samwise on occasion.

Book Review of Stitched Crosses: Crusade

From the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation, God tells us a story, the true story of our sin and salvation in Jesus. Jesus himself was a story-teller in the imagery, metaphors, and parables he used to communicate … Continue reading

Labor Day and Apologetics

As I was looking ahead on the calendar this morning for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, I found myself thinking about the doctrine of vocation. Granted, it’s a civil holiday. Nevertheless, it is one occasion where the secular realm calls … Continue reading

The Bible and The Walking Dead

I’d like to take a brief moment to write something positive about the entertainment industry. I know what you’re thinking, can anything good come from Hollywood? Believe me; I know. I live in Southern California. We know crazy (Britney Spears, … Continue reading

Sundays are for the Walking Dead

There are several reasons why I nerd out when it comes to AMC’s The Walking Dead. I’ve enjoyed reading the graphic novels and following the story threads woven between the books and television version. I’ve equally enjoyed the television series … Continue reading

Lego Bricks and Apologetics: Imagination, Art, and Sub-Creation, Part 1

Part 1 Fantasy remains a human right: we make in our measure and in our derivative mode, because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and likeness of a Maker. J.R.R. Tolkien, On Fairy Stories[1] … Continue reading

Good Storytellers Make Good Apologists

What makes a good apologist? We know some of the usual suspects. Eyewitnesses make good apologists. Matthew, John, Peter, and Paul, come to mind in the New Testament. These eyewitnesses—and hundreds more according to Paul—testify to the truth of the … Continue reading

Heaven in Nebraska: Reflections on the 2014 LCMS Institute on Liturgy, Preaching, and Church Music

  “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God and this is the gate of heaven.” Genesis 28:17   This July, several of Redeemer’s music staff and I attended the 2014 LCMS Institute on … Continue reading

C.S. Lewis and the Grand Miracle of Easter

Note: Although there certainly are many more, here are a few of my favorite quotations from the writings of C.S. Lewis that only add to the joy and supreme gladness of this day. On Miracles In the Christian story God … Continue reading

Tolkien and the Great Easter Eucatastrophe

Note: When J.R.R. Tolkien couldn’t find a word to express precisely what he was thinking, or trying to convey in his writing, he would simply invent a word. As he was a philologist, this is not difficult to imagine. So, … Continue reading

“For All the Young Dudes and Gals”: A Lenten Midweek Sermon on Youth

Note: For the sixth year in a row, Redeemer is participating in a Lenten midweek pulpit exchange with fellow LCMS churches in the Southern California area. Each previous year the midweek sermon series has covered each of the six chief … Continue reading

Christianity and Disney’s Frozen

With the recent theatrical re-release of Disney’s Frozen the sing-along version came a resurgence in exploration of the movie’s themes and possible connections to the Christian faith. Some of the producers working with the film have even acknowledged the presence … Continue reading

Christian Apologetics and “The Hobbit”

The consolation of fairy-stories, the joy of the happy ending: or more correctly of the good catastrophe, the sudden joyous “turn” (for there is no true end to any fairy-tale): this joy, which is one of the things which fairy-stories … Continue reading

A Sermon in Defense of the Incarnation

Text: 1 John 1:1-4 In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit + Amen.  There’s an apocryphal story that Luther once told: Once upon a time the devil attended Mass in a … Continue reading

Diary of an Advent Father

Note: Every year the LWML at Redeemer, Huntington Beach asks me to attend their Advent by Candlelight tea. It’s always a joy to share the Advent and Christmas story with them. Please pay close attention to the disclaimer at the … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Sermon 2013: “The Bread of Life”

+ Day of Thanksgiving, November 28th, 2013 + Psalm 100; Deut. 26:1-11; Philippians 4:4-9; John 6:25-35  “The Bread of Life” In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. “Give us this … Continue reading

A Thanksgiving Sermon: “Risky Giving”

+ Thanksgiving Eve & Day – November 21, 2012 + Day of Thanksgiving: Deuteronomy 8:1-10; 1 Timothy 2:1-4; Luke 17-11-19  “Risky Giving” In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. “Oh, … Continue reading

Atheist Mega-Churches

“Now, I say that whatever you set your heart on and put your trust in is truly your god.” –       Martin Luther, Large Catechism, First Commandment “During the service, attendees stomped their feet, clapped their hands and cheered as Jones … Continue reading

Killing History: A Book Review of “Killing Jesus” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Forget what you think you know about Bill O’Reilly. Forget about his right-leaning politics, his top-rated television show, and the millions of dollars he makes annually in books sales and entrepreneurial endeavors. And forget about his claim that God inspired … Continue reading

The War Delusion

  The word cliché is the French vocable for a stereotype printing plate. Its function is to reproduce the likeness of a given subject over and over again. A cliché does not give an altogether truthful picture of that object. … Continue reading

Dorothy Sayers, Christian Apologist

Christianity is an historical religion. Not just in the sense of having a long history, which it does. But Christianity is also historical in this manner: the central event – the one thing that makes Christianity what it is – … Continue reading

Lutheranism In, Lutherans Out: A Higher Things Youth Conference Reflection

“At the risk of sounding quite insolently obvious, I shall say that if the Church is to make any impression on the modern mind she will have to preach Christ and the cross.” – Dorothy Sayers[1] The same could be … Continue reading

There’s Something about Mary Magdalene

“The apostle to the apostles.” That’s what Bernard of Clairvaux called her. And though her name has been sullied by fads in fiction and shoddy scholarship as of late, she deserves a place of honor in Christian history. Mary of … Continue reading

5 Simple Ways Every Christian is an Evangelist

The following article was published in the January newsletter at Redeemer, Huntington Beach, CA, where I  serve as pastor. Although some of the evangelism details are specific to Redeemer’s context and our location, local examples from other congregations’ immediate context could … Continue reading

Why Do Christians Celebrate Jesus’ Ascension?

Note: While this is not strictly an apologetics piece, it was written for the local paper where I live, the Huntington Beach Wave. As such it is a brief (430 words) explanation of why Christians celebrate Jesus’ ascension. In the … Continue reading

What is Pentecost All About?

This article was originally published in the Huntington Beach Wave, my local paper here in HB, CA, on May 23. And while it is not primarily an apologetics piece of writing. It does aim toward the same goal that apologetics … Continue reading