“Under the Fig Tree” is an audio and video podcast of Concordia Seminary. Episodes are added each Monday throughout the academic year on YouTube at Concordia Seminary Under The Fig Tree and most major streaming services. The podcast aims to share meaningful content with men and women who are considering enrollment and those who refer them.

The podcast is hosted by Associate Provost Dr. Benjamin Haupt and Director of Recruitment Rev. Micah Glenn.

“The name comes from the scene in John’s Gospel when Jesus says to Nathanael that He saw him ‘under the fig tree,’” said Haupt. “Nathanael was there waiting for the promised Messiah. It struck us that here’s a great description for the person contemplating a life in pastoral or diaconal ministry — waiting under the fig tree with all eyes on Jesus. We talk about theology, Seminary life, and how to know if studying theology is right for you.”

Additionally, the hosts discuss some of their own personal interests — showing how pastors are people too. They share their own journeys to the Seminary and how they were called into the ministry.

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Submissions from 2024

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04-26 Under the Fig Tree: Short Pastoral Case Studies with Rev. Mark Renner, Micah Glenn, Kati Gaschler, and Mark Renner

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04-25 Under the Fig Tree: Discern God’s direction with Rev. Will Hanke, Micah Glenn, Kati Gaschler, and Will Hanke

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04-24 Under the Fig Tree: The path to chaplaincy with alum Rev. Chaplain Kyle Mietzner, Micah Glenn, Kati Gaschler, and Kyle Mietzner

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04-23 Under the Fig Tree: The path to Deaconess Studies with Abby Reynolds, Micah Glenn, Kati Gaschler, and Abby Reynolds

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04-22 Under the Fig Tree: From SMP to M.Div. with Erik and Erin Johnson, Micah Glenn, Kati Gaschler, Erik Johnson, and Erin Johnson

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04-21 Under the Fig Tree: ‘Don’t be afraid to be a church worker’ with Jessica Bordeleau, Micah Glenn, Kati Gaschler, and Jessica Bordeleau

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04-20 Under the Fig Tree: Bach and Dr. Maurice Boyer, Micah Glenn, Kati Gaschler, and Maurice Boyer

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04-19 Under the Fig Tree: From corporate engineer to seminarian with Craig Wenzlick, Micah Glenn, Kati Gaschler, Craig Wenzlick, and Angela Wenzlick

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04-18 Under the Fig Tree: The adventure of never-ending learning with Dr. Robert Kolb, Micah Glenn, Kati Gaschler, and Robert Kolb

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04-17 Under the Fig Tree: From missionary kid to seminarian with Justin Hilton, Micah Glenn, Kati Gaschler, and Justin Hilton

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04-16 Under the Fig Tree: Coming to the Seminary as a family with Dan and Christie Hampton, Micah Glenn, Kati Gaschler, Dan Hampton, and Christine Hampton

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04-15 Under the Fig Tree: Being a pastor with Rev. Paul Gaschler, Micah Glenn, Kati Gaschler, and Paul Gaschler

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04-14 Under the Fig Tree: New Year’s resolutions and Lutheran summer camps with the hosts, Micah Glenn and Kati Gaschler

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04-13 Under the Fig Tree: The greatest joy and sorrow of church work with Jacob Manning, Micah Glenn, Kati Gaschler, and Jacob Manning

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04-12 Under the Fig Tree: Lutheran summer camps, being rowdy and St. Louis sites with Lydia Grabau, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Lydia Grabau

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04-11 Under the Fig Tree: Practicing gratitude with Dillon Weber, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Dillion Weber

Submissions from 2023

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04-10-Under the Fig Tree: From bi-vocational to full-time ministry with Rev. Lawton Thompson, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Lawton Thompson

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04-09-Under the Fig Tree: Immigrant and urban ministry with Allen Dass, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Allen Dauss

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04-08 Under the Fig Tree: From Judaism to Lutheranism with Sam Aizenberg, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Sam Aizenberg

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04-07 Under the Fig Tree: Singleness and the church with Jacob Rhodes, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Jacob Rhodes

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04-06 Under the Fig Tree: Building community with Lucas Frauenhoff, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Lucas Frauenhoff

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04-05 Under the Fig Tree: From Lutheran teacher to deaconess student with Jessica Thompson, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Jessica Thompson

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04-04 Under the Fig Tree: The ‘great need for pastors’ with Dr. James Baneck, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and James Baneck

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04-03 Under the Fig Tree: From PK to Preacher’s Wife with Kati Gaschler, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Kati Gaschler

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04-02 Under the Fig Tree: The Augsburg Confession with Dr. Joel Okamoto, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Joel Okamoto

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04-01 Under the Fig Tree: Back for the new year, Micah Glenn and Ben Haupt

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03-32 Under the Fig Tree: On the value of rest and vacation, Micah Glenn and Ben Haupt

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03-31 Under the Fig Tree: The life of a deaconess with Sarah Rusche, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Sarah Rusche

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03-30 Under the Fig Tree: The Book of Concord’s three creeds with Dr. Chuck Arand, Micah Glenn, Charles Arand, and Tom Schlund

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03-29 Under the Fig Tree: The Book of Concord and systematic theology with Dr. Chuck Arand, Micah Glenn, Charles Arand, and Tom Schlund

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03-28 Under the Fig Tree: The Book of Concord: what we believe, teach and confess, Ben Haupt and Micah Glenn

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03-27 Under the Fig Tree: A wife’s perspective with Celina Haupt, Ben Haupt, Micah Glenn, and Celina Haupt

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03-26 Under the Fig Tree: Helping others better understand Christianity with hip-hop artist FLAME, Ben Haupt, Micah Glenn, and Flame

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03-25 Under the Fig Tree: Deaconess ministry with Dorothy Glenn, Ben Haupt, Micah Glenn, and Dorothy Glenn

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03-24 Under the Fig Tree: Reflecting on the lag and lead of student enrollment, Ben Haupt and Micah Glenn

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03-23 Under the Fig Tree: From Orthodox monk to LCMS pastor with Dr. Abjar Bahkou, Ben Haupt, Micah Glenn, and Abjar Bahkou

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03-22 Under the Fig Tree: Hope, grace and the application process—Rev. Tom Schlund and Rev. Jesse Kueker, Ben Haupt, Micah Glenn, Tom Schlund, and Jesse Kueker

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03-21 Under the Fig Tree: Encouragement for the Seminary journey with Dr. Gerhard Bode, Ben Haupt, Micah Glenn, and Gerhard Bode

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03-20 Under the Fig Tree: Deaconess studies with Alyssa Choate and Lara McComack, Ben Haupt, Micah Glenn, Lara McComack, and Alyssa Choate

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03-19 Under the Fig Tree: Pastoral ministry with Dr. Mart Thompson, Ben Haupt, Micah Glenn, and Mart Thompson

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03-18 Under the Fig Tree: Personal growth and development with Rockenbach, Ben Haupt and Mark Rockenbach

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03-17 Under the Fig Tree: The Doctor of Ministry Program and the Language of Research, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Mark Rockenbach

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03-16 Under the Fig Tree: From the land down under – Rev. Joshua Pfeiffer, Doctor of Philosophy student, Micah Glenn and Joshua Pfeiffer

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03-15 Under the Fig Tree: Dr. Douglas L. Rutt shares his journey to Seminary and to the mission field in Guatemala., Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Douglas Rutt

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03-14 Under the Fig Tree: Dr. Robert Kolb and the Lutheran Confessions, Part Two, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Robert Kolb

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03-13 Under the Fig Tree: Dr. Robert Kolb and the Lutheran Confessions, Part One, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Robert Kolb

Submissions from 2022

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03-12. Under the Fig Tree: Working at the Sem – Sarah Seying and Monica Rhodes, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, Sarah Seying, and Monica Rhodes

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03-11. Under the Fig Tree: Biermann and the doctrine of vocation, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Joel Biermann

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03-10. Under the Fig Tree: Second-career Seminary students, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, Deon Hull, and Nick Palmer

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03-09. Under the Fig Tree: Geeking about Greek and Talking Translations with guest Dr. David Lewis, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and David Lewis

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03-08. Under the Fig Tree: Calls, 'The Call,' Call Day and more with guest Rev. Jeff Cloeter, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Jeff Cloeter

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03-07. Under the Fig Tree: Insights from a Second -year M.Div. Student, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Daniel Bueckman

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03-06. Under the Fig Tree_ Catch-up with the Boys, Micah Glenn and Ben Haupt

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03-05. Sharing the Gospel, Sharing our Lives w/guest President Tom Egger, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Thomas Egger

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03-04. The Value of Family and Women in the Church with Guest Deaconess Rebekah Lukas, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Rebekah Lukas

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03-03. International Missions and New Beginnings w/guest Dr. Ronald Mudge, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Ronald Mudge

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03-02. Under the Fig Tree: Biblical Languages and Poor Topping Choices With Guest Rev. Alec Fisher, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Alec Fisher

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03-01. UFT is Back... But Bigger and Better!!!, Micah Glenn and Ben Haupt

Submissions from 2021

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02-14. President Tom Egger's Vision for Concordia Seminary w/guest Dr. Thomas J. Egger, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Thomas Egger

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02-13. Ethnic Diversity in Seminary the Seminary Experience w/guest Dr. Ely Prieto, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Ely Prieto

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02-12. Become a Deaconess at Concordia Seminary w/guest Dr. Gil Bond, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Gil Bond

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02-11. Preaching the Parables is Fun! w_guest Dr. David Schmitt, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and David Schmitt

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02-10. The Most Challenging Parable Ever! w/Guest Dr. Jeff Oschwald, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Jeff Oschwald

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02-09. God's Word works without our understanding w/guest Dr. David Lewis, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and David Lewis

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02-08. You Owe How Much!_!_ w_guest Dr. Joel Elowsky, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Joel Elowsky

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02-07. Are you my Neighbor_!_ w_guest Rev. Bruce Keseman, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Bruce Keseman

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02-06. This short story seems important w/guest Dr. Jeff Gibbs, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Jeff Gibbs

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02-05. Black Ministry of the LCMS w_ Guest Roosevelt Gary, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Roosevelt Gray

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02-04. Learning Christ-Centered Pastoral Care & Counseling w/Guest Dr. Rick Marrs, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Rick Marrs

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02-03. Does your Congregation need a Deaconess? Absolutely!!!, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Sarah Longmire

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02-02. Is the Holy Spirit Calling you to Ministry? W/Guest Dr. Leo Sanchez, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Leopoldo Sánchez

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02-01. Welcome Back to Under the Fig Tree!, Micah Glenn and Ben Haupt

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01-13. A Chat with New President Dr. Thomas Egger, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Thomas Egger

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01-12. Becoming a Deaconess with Guest Cheryl Naumann, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Cheryl Naumann

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01-11. Miniseries on Titus - Chapter 3 with Guest David Lewis, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and David Lewis

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01-10. Miniseries on Titus - Chapter 2 with Guest Tim Saleska, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Tim Saleska

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01-09. Miniseries on Titus - Chapter 1 with Guest Peter Nafzger, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Peter Nafzger

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01-08. Miniseries on Titus-Introduction with Guest Mark Seifrid, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Mark Seifrid

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01-07. Are Lutherans allowed to laugh? With Guest Erik Herrmann, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Erik Herrmann

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01-06. What's a Deaconess with Guest Kristina Paul, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Kristina Paul

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01-05. Unlikely Candidates for Seminary with Guest Leo Sánchez, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Leopoldo Sánchez

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01-04. The Student Experience with Mason Vieth, Micah Glenn, Ben Haupt, and Mason Vieth

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01-03. Theology of the Call, Micah Glenn and Ben Haupt

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01-02. Growing in Wisdom and Stature with Jesus, Micah Glenn and Ben Haupt

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01-01. John 1:43-51 & Why We Went to Seminary, Micah Glenn and Ben Haupt