Dr. Carl FickenscherConcordia Theological Seminary, Ft Wayne, Ind., discusses the Law and Gospel with Pr. Todd Wilken

Part 1

(mp3, 40:59, 16.4 MB, 2010-Jul-06)

Part 2

(mp3, 54:29, 21.8 MB, 2010-Jul-20)

Part 3

(mp3, 40:29, 16.2 MB, 2010-Jul-21)

Part 4

(mp3, 54:29, 21.8 MB, 2010-Jul-27)

See also Dr. Fickenscher's article: "Are Today's Ears Hearing the Timeless Message?: Preaching and Hearing Law and Gospel in Today's Culture"

Guests talk about five past presidents of the LCMS with Pr. Todd Wilken (All 5 parts: mp3, 1h31m04s, 36.5 MB, 2010-Jul-05; transcript, 193 KB, 20 pages)

  1. Dr. Martin Noland talks about Dr. C.F.W. Walther (mp3, 18:31, 16.96 MB)

  2. Dr. Larry Rast talks about Dr. Friedrich Wyneken (mp3, 19:52, 18.2 MB)

  3. Dr. John Wohlrabe talks about Dr. Friedrich Pfotenhauer (mp3, 14:09, 12.97 MB)

  4. Dr. Paul Zimmerman talks about Dr. J.A.O. Preus, Jr. (mp3, 18:12, 16.67 MB)

  5. Dr. Ken Schurb talks about Dr. A.L. Barry (mp3, 20:18, 18.6 MB)

Presidents of the LCMS


Prof. David Berger, Associate Professor, Director of Library Services at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., discusses The Ablaze!® Program in the LCMS with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 54:29, 21.8 MB, 2010-Jun-14)

See his article, "Ablaze!®, the Movement"

See also Mr Scott Diekmann's series of articles on the related program, Transforming Congregations Network: A Non-Native Invasion (pdf, 36 pages, 421 KB)


Dr. T. David Gordon, Professor of Religion at Grove City College, Grove City, Pa., and author of the book, Why Johnny Can't Sing Hymns: How Pop Culture Rewrote the Hymnal, discusses Pop Culture and Church Music with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 35:25, 14.2 MB, 2010-Jun-29)


Pr William Weedon, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Hamel, Ill., discusses the hymn, "Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart" with Pr Todd Wilken (mp3, 54:29, 21.8 MB, 2010-June-17)


Dr. Gene Edward Veith, Provost and Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, Virginia, and author of the book, The Spirituality of the Cross, discusses Worship in Reformation Theology with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 28:28, 11.4 MB, 2010-Mar-25)


Pr. Wilken: "What do you make of the tendency now, sad to say, kind of an increasingly popular tendency, among people who have inherited this confession, this theology from the Lutheran reformation, to abandon the historic worship of the Church for, as you say, more man-centered, more me-centered, more feelings-centered methods and practices?"

Dr. Veith: "To somebody that comes from the outside into Lutheranism, who found in Lutheranism something so tremendous and so profound and so helpful in the most deepest way … it's amazing to me to see people who already have that and want to throw that away, and try to worship or practice in the way that I was leaving and found so shallow and so unhelpful ultimately. It's something that I just can't comprehend. And I think maybe it's the familiarity, and maybe they don't understand it, or they're tired of it or the grass is always greener on the other side, and it just puzzles me. I just can't understand why someone who has Lutheranism, Lutheran worship, would go to something so much less. It just staggers me."


My dear friend, Pr. Larry Peters, has written a fine piece you should read here. It raises a most interesting question in my mind about the extent to which a congregation or a Synod may honestly be considered "Lutheran." I would argue that when the documents comprising the Lutheran Symbols, the Christian Book of Concord, are no longer permitted to critique and challenge current teaching or practice; when instead our Church's Confession is relegated to the museum as an interesting artifact of what was once the case, then we have lost the right to the name "Lutheran." Whenever the Symbols are dismissed with "well, they can't mean THAT because we DO that and we're Lutherans after all," their corrective voice has been silenced and stilled. Well, not really. Rather ignored and shouted down. The voice of our fathers still rings out and it still challenges what we believe, teach, confess and practice. So are you and your congregation and your Synod ready to hear the living critique which the Symbols would offer? Then there might be hope for the Churches of the Augsburg Confession yet. If not, then shut out the lights, folks, and move on. Or, at least be honest and change the name on the door...

(HT: Issues, Etc., Blog of the Week)

Pr. Daniel Preus, Executive Director of Luther Academy and Assistant Pastor of Hope Lutheran, St. Louis, Mo., discusses Christ-Centered Christianity with Pr. Todd Wilken:

  1. Mount Sinai (mp3, 55:00, 22 MB, 2010-Mar-17)

  2. Mount Calvary (mp3, 54:28, 21.8 MB, 2010-Mar-24)

  3. Mount Zion (mp3, 54:29, 21.8 MB, 2010-Apr-07)

The above discussions are based on Pr. Preus' book, Why I Am a Lutheran: Jesus at the Center

Why I Am a Lutheran: Jesus at the Center by Pr. Daniel Preus

Pr. Tim Pauls, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Boise, Idaho, discusses why youth go to church with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 26:28, 10.6 MB, 2010-May-07)


Dr. Cameron MacKenzie, Professor and Chairman of Historical Theology, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses Dr. C.F.W. Walther, the Father of the LCMS, with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 28:30, 11.4 MB, 2010-May-07)