Luther's Inner Circle

Luther’s Father Confessor: Johann von Staupitz

Dr. Marcus Wriedt, Goethe University

(mp3, 57:27, 52.8 MB, 2016-Oct-24)


Luther’s Fellow Reformer: Philip Melanchthon

Dr. Ken Schurb, author, “Philip Melanchthon, the Formula of Concord, and the Third Use of Law”

(mp3, 1:13:30, 67.5 MB, 2016-Oct-25)


Luther’s Pastor: Johannes Bugenhagen

Dr. Kurt Hendel, Lutheran School of Theology

(mp3, 57:49, 53.1 MB, 2016-Oct-26)


Luther’s Princes: Frederick the Wise, John the Steadfast & John Frederick

Pr. Paul McCain, Concordia Publishing House

(mp3, 58:20, 53.6 MB, 2016-Oct-27)


Luther’s Wife: Katharina von Bora

Dr. Martin Treu, Luther-Gesellschaft

(mp3, 1:11:25, 65.6 MB, 2016-Oct-28)



REFORMATION SUNDAY (Observed)

(30 October 2016)

Revelation 14:6–7; Psalm 46:1–11; Romans 3:19–28; John 8:31–36 or Matthew 11:12–19

LSB 656/657: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

The Son of God Has Set Us Free from Sin and Death by His Grace

“Wisdom is justified by her deeds” (Matt. 11:19), and the true Wisdom of God, Christ Jesus the incarnate Son, justifies us by His deeds. He prepares His way by the preaching of repentance, but He has suffered the violence of the Law and voluntarily handed Himself over to violent men, that we might eat and drink with Him in His Kingdom and “remain in the house forever” (John 8:35). For He is “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Matt. 11:19), and He has rescued us by His grace from the slavery of sin and death. By the proclamation of His eternal Gospel “to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people” (Rev. 14:6), “the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law” (Rom. 3:21), “that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26). And by hearing the Gospel of Christ Jesus, “whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith” (Rom. 3:25), “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31–32).

Courtesy: LCMS (except hymn video)


Worldview Everlasting – Violent and Free Reformation Madness! (John 8:31-36; Matthew 11:12-19)

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! ReformationRAMA! Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on the texts appointed for the celebration of the Reformation.


Worldview Everlasting – Indulge Me Again: A Reformation Special Re-Release (Romans 3:19-28)

A new version of last year's Reformation special without copyrighted BBC content that caused the last one to be blocked EVERYWHERE!! And a few corrections on dates...

Strap in for a lightning survey of the people and issues involved in the Reformation. Why? Because this week is Reformation week! And WEtv has all your favorite Reformation videos, plus a few extra gems! You won’t want to miss this Greek Tuesday as Pastor Fisk gives a history lesson and then applies Romans 3:19-28 to the times. Heavy Law, but awesome Gospel!!


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Reformation Sunday — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:18, 52.7 MB, 2016-Oct-24)


John 8:31-36 (SBLGNT)

31 Ἔλεγεν οὖν ὁ Ἰησοῦς πρὸς τοὺς πεπιστευκότας αὐτῷ Ἰουδαίους· Ἐὰν ὑμεῖς μείνητε ἐν τῷ λόγῳ τῷ ἐμῷ, ἀληθῶς μαθηταί μού ἐστε,

32 καὶ γνώσεσθε τὴν ἀλήθειαν, καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια ἐλευθερώσει ὑμᾶς.

33 ἀπεκρίθησαν πρὸς αὐτόν· Σπέρμα Ἀβραάμ ἐσμεν καὶ οὐδενὶ δεδουλεύκαμεν πώποτε· πῶς σὺ λέγεις ὅτι Ἐλεύθεροι γενήσεσθε;

34 Ἀπεκρίθη αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι πᾶς ὁ ποιῶν τὴν ἁμαρτίαν δοῦλός ἐστιν τῆς ἁμαρτίας·

35 ὁ δὲ δοῦλος οὐ μένει ἐν τῇ οἰκίᾳ εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα· ὁ υἱὸς μένει εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα.

36 ἐὰν οὖν ὁ υἱὸς ὑμᾶς ἐλευθερώσῃ, ὄντως ἐλεύθεροι ἔσεσθε.


Young's Literal

31 Jesus, therefore, said unto the Jews who believed in him, ‘If ye may remain in my word, truly my disciples ye are, and ye shall know the truth,

32 and the truth shall make you free.’

33 They answered him, ‘Seed of Abraham we are; and to no one have we been servants at any time; how dost thou say—Ye shall become free?’

34 Jesus answered them, ‘Verily, verily, I say to you—Every one who is committing sin, is a servant of the sin,

35 and the servant doth not remain in the house—to the age, the son doth remain—to the age;

36 if then the son may make you free, in reality ye shall be free.


Issues, Etc. REFORMATION WEEK is October 24-28.

The theme is "Luther's Inner Circle."

Listen Live: 3-5 pm (Central)

Monday, October 24
Luther’s Father Confessor: Johann von Staupitz
Dr. Marcus Wriedt, Goethe University

Tuesday, October 25
Luther’s Fellow Reformer: Philip Melanchthon
Dr. Ken Schurb, author, “Philip Melanchthon, the Formula of Concord, and the Third Use of Law”

Wednesday, October 26
Luther’s Pastor: Johannes Bugenhagen
Dr. Kurt Hendel, Lutheran School of Theology

Thursday, October 27
Luther’s Princes: Frederick the Wise, John the Steadfast & John Frederick
Pr. Paul McCain, Concordia Publishing House

Friday, October 28
Luther’s Wife: Katharina von Bora
Dr. Martin Treu, Luther-Gesellschaft

TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 25 (23 October 2016)

Genesis 4:1–15; Psalm 5:1–12; 2 Timothy 4:6–8, 16–18; Luke 18:9–17

LSB 745: In God, My Faithful God

In Humble Repentance, Faith Lives by Grace and Mercy and Is Exalted by God in Christ

Jesus tells a parable “to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous” (Luke 18:9). In this parable the Pharisee unjustly boasted before God on the basis of his own merits, whereas the tax collector intently prayed, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” (Luke 18:13). That poor miserable sinner trusted Christ, and he went “down to his house justified, rather than the other” (Luke 18:14). So do little children, “even infants,” come to Jesus with their need, and they “receive the kingdom of God” through faith (Luke 18:15–17). For “the one who humbles himself will be exalted,” but “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled” (Luke 18:14). That is why “the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering He had no regard” (Gen. 4:3–4). St. Paul’s life, “poured out as a drink offering,” was another sacrifice like Abel’s (2 Tim. 4:6). The Lord stood by Paul and strengthened him, that “the message might be fully proclaimed” (2 Tim. 4:17). It is by that Gospel message of Christ that we “have loved His appearing” and as repentant sinners pray to “the Lord, the righteous judge” by faith (2 Tim. 6:8).

Courtesy: LCMS


Worldview Everlasting – Tax Collector Gaiden (Luke 18:9-17)

WorldviewEverlasting Greek Tuesday takes on Luke 18:9-17, the Pharisee, the Tax Collector, Babies and some more, plus Ninja Gaiden and the question of who you worship.


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Pharisee and the Tax Collector — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:22, 52.7 MB, 2016-Oct-17)


Luke 18:9-17 (SBLGNT)

9 Εἶπεν δὲ καὶ πρός τινας τοὺς πεποιθότας ἐφʼ ἑαυτοῖς ὅτι εἰσὶν δίκαιοι καὶ ἐξουθενοῦντας τοὺς λοιποὺς τὴν παραβολὴν ταύτην·

10 Ἄνθρωποι δύο ἀνέβησαν εἰς τὸ ἱερὸν προσεύξασθαι, ὁ εἷς Φαρισαῖος καὶ ὁ ἕτερος τελώνης.

11 ὁ Φαρισαῖος σταθεὶς πρὸς ἑαυτὸν ταῦτα προσηύχετο· Ὁ θεός, εὐχαριστῶ σοι ὅτι οὐκ εἰμὶ ὥσπερ οἱ λοιποὶ τῶν ἀνθρώπων, ἅρπαγες, ἄδικοι, μοιχοί, ἢ καὶ ὡς οὗτος ὁ τελώνης·

12 νηστεύω δὶς τοῦ σαββάτου, ἀποδεκατῶ πάντα ὅσα κτῶμαι.

13 ὁ δὲ τελώνης μακρόθεν ἑστὼς οὐκ ἤθελεν οὐδὲ τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς ἐπᾶραι εἰς τὸν οὐρανόν, ἀλλʼ ἔτυπτε τὸ στῆθος αὐτοῦ λέγων· Ὁ θεός, ἱλάσθητί μοι τῷ ἁμαρτωλῷ.

14 λέγω ὑμῖν, κατέβη οὗτος δεδικαιωμένος εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτοῦ παρʼ ἐκεῖνον· ὅτι πᾶς ὁ ὑψῶν ἑαυτὸν ταπεινωθήσεται, ὁ δὲ ταπεινῶν ἑαυτὸν ὑψωθήσεται.

15 Προσέφερον δὲ αὐτῷ καὶ τὰ βρέφη ἵνα αὐτῶν ἅπτηται· ἰδόντες δὲ οἱ μαθηταὶ ἐπετίμων αὐτοῖς.

16 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς προσεκαλέσατο αὐτὰ λέγων· Ἄφετε τὰ παιδία ἔρχεσθαι πρός με καὶ μὴ κωλύετε αὐτά, τῶν γὰρ τοιούτων ἐστὶν ἡ βασιλεία τοῦ θεοῦ.

17 ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ὃς ἂν μὴ δέξηται τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ ὡς παιδίον, οὐ μὴ εἰσέλθῃ εἰς αὐτήν.


Young's Literal

9 And he spake also unto certain who have been trusting in themselves that they were righteous, and have been despising the rest, this simile:

10 ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee, and the other a tax-gatherer;

11 the Pharisee having stood by himself, thus prayed: God, I thank Thee that I am not as the rest of men, rapacious, unrighteous, adulterers, or even as this tax-gatherer;

12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all things—as many as I possess.

13 ‘And the tax-gatherer, having stood afar off, would not even the eyes lift up to the heaven, but was smiting on his breast, saying, God be propitious to me—the sinner!

14 I say to you, this one went down declared righteous, to his house, rather than that one: for every one who is exalting himself shall be humbled, and he who is humbling himself shall be exalted.’

15 And they were bringing near also the babes, that he may touch them, and the disciples having seen did rebuke them,

16 and Jesus having called them near, said, ‘Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the reign of God;

17 verily I say to you, Whoever may not receive the reign of God as a little child, may not enter into it.’


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1. Dr. Ken Schurb of Zion Lutheran, Moberley, Mo, discusses Martin Luther (mp3, 55:35, 22.4 MB, 2013-Oct-21)

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2. Pr. Paul McCain, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Mo., discusses Martin Chemnitz (mp3, 56:52, 23.0 MB, 2013-Oct-22)

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3. Dr. Ben Mayes, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Mo., discusses Johann Gerhardt (mp3, 57:19, 23.1 MB, 2013-Oct-23)

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4. Dr. Larry Rast, President of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., on C.F.W. Walther (mp3, 57:50, 23.3 MB, 2013-Oct-24)

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5. Pr. Matthew Harrison, President of the LCMS, on Hermann Sasse (mp3, 57:50, 23.3 MB, 2013-Oct-25)


TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 24 (16 October 2016)

Genesis 32:22–30; Psalm 121:1–8; 2 Timothy 3:14—4:5; Luke 18:1–8

LSB 734: I Trust, O Lord, Your Holy Name

Faith Clings to the Word and Promises of God and Perseveres in Prayer

“Left alone,” Jacob wrestled through the night with the Lord, “until the breaking of the day” (Gen. 32:24). Though “Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as He wrestled with him” (Gen. 32:25), he would not let go until the Lord blessed him. At times we too strive with God; He strives with us and blesses us by grace. So Jesus teaches us “always to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1). Jesus speaks of “a judge who neither feared God nor respected man,” and of a widow “who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary’” (Luke 18:2–3). Because of her persistence, the judge agreed to “give her justice” (Luke 18:5). Our Lord dispenses justice generously and swiftly giving “justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night” (Luke 18:7). He does so according to the Gospel. Therefore, His ministers are to persevere faithfully in their vocation, in what they “have learned and have firmly believed” (2 Tim. 3:14). On the basis of “the sacred writings” (2 Tim. 3:15), they are to “preach the Word” at all times and not lose heart (2 Tim. 4:2).

Courtesy: LCMS (except hymn video)


Worldview Everlasting – Ask & Ye Shall B Judged (Luke 18:1-8)

It's a good thing. Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on Luke 18:1-8, the parable of the Judge and the Widow, plus new WEteam "You Got Question, WE Got Answers." Oh, and some burninating.


Worldview Everlasting – This Is Gonna Hurt (2 Timothy 3:14-4:5)

This week on Greek Tuesday, Pastor Fisk goes through 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5. Paul tells Timothy that things are going to be tough. Pure doctrine isn't popular. It never has been and it never will be. In Timothy's ministry, things are only going to get harder. In fact, it might even hurt.

Issues Etc Reformation Week 2013: Reformation Confessors


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 24 - Series C - Luke 18:1-8 with Dr. Peter Scaer

Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel reading


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Parable of the Persistent Widow — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:18, 52.7 MB, 2016-Oct-12)


Luke 18:1–8 (SBLGNT)

1 Ἔλεγεν δὲ παραβολὴν αὐτοῖς πρὸς τὸ δεῖν πάντοτε προσεύχεσθαι αὐτοὺς καὶ μὴ ἐγκακεῖν,

2 λέγων· Κριτής τις ἦν ἔν τινι πόλει τὸν θεὸν μὴ φοβούμενος καὶ ἄνθρωπον μὴ ἐντρεπόμενος.

3 χήρα δὲ ἦν ἐν τῇ πόλει ἐκείνῃ καὶ ἤρχετο πρὸς αὐτὸν λέγουσα· Ἐκδίκησόν με ἀπὸ τοῦ ἀντιδίκου μου.

4 καὶ οὐκ ἤθελεν ἐπὶ χρόνον, μετὰ ταῦτα δὲ εἶπεν ἐν ἑαυτῷ· Εἰ καὶ τὸν θεὸν οὐ φοβοῦμαι οὐδὲ ἄνθρωπον ἐντρέπομαι,

5 διά γε τὸ παρέχειν μοι κόπον τὴν χήραν ταύτην ἐκδικήσω αὐτήν, ἵνα μὴ εἰς τέλος ἐρχομένη ὑπωπιάζῃ με.

6 εἶπεν δὲ ὁ κύριος· Ἀκούσατε τί ὁ κριτὴς τῆς ἀδικίας λέγει·

7 ὁ δὲ θεὸς οὐ μὴ ποιήσῃ τὴν ἐκδίκησιν τῶν ἐκλεκτῶν αὐτοῦ τῶν βοώντων αὐτῷ ἡμέρας καὶ νυκτός, καὶ μακροθυμεῖ ἐπʼ αὐτοῖς;

8 λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι ποιήσει τὴν ἐκδίκησιν αὐτῶν ἐν τάχει. πλὴν ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐλθὼν ἆρα εὑρήσει τὴν πίστιν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς;


Young's Literal

1 And he spake also a simile to them, that it behoveth us always to pray, and not to faint,

2 saying, ‘A certain judge was in a certain city—God he is not fearing, and man he is not regarding—

3 and a widow was in that city, and she was coming unto him, saying, Do me justice on my opponent,

4 and he would not for a time, but after these things he said in himself, Even if God I do not fear, and man do not regard,

5 yet because this widow doth give me trouble, I will do her justice, lest, perpetually coming, she may plague me.’

6 And the Lord said, ‘Hear ye what the unrighteous judge saith:

7 and shall not God execute the justice to His choice ones, who are crying unto Him day and night—bearing long in regard to them?

8 I say to you, that He will execute the justice to them quickly; but the Son of Man having come, shall he find the faith upon the earth?’


TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 23 (09 October 2016)

Ruth 1:1–19a; Psalm 111:1–10; 2 Timothy 2:1–13; Luke 17:11–19

LSB 846: Your Hand, O Lord, in Days of Old

Faith Returns Thanks to God and Worships Him in the Person of Christ Jesus

Jesus comes in mercy, and by His Word heals you in body and soul. “Go and show yourselves to the priests,” for you are cleansed (Luke 17:14), and you are granted access to the Lord’s Temple. It is “at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks” (Luke 17:16), that you worship God, for Christ Jesus is your great High Priest; His Body is the true Temple. In Him you “find rest, each of you in the house of her husband” (Ruth 1:9), for the Lord has “visited His people and given them food” (Ruth 1:6). The person of Jesus Christ lodges Himself in holy food—bread and wine for believers to eat and drink. You lodge where Jesus lodges; His Father is your God, His people are your people. Death cannot part you from Him, because His death and resurrection are eternally yours through Holy Baptism. “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead” (2 Tim. 2:8–9). As surely as death could not hold Him, so surely “the Word of God is not bound” (2 Tim. 2:9). His Gospel is entrusted “to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2), so that you “may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 2:10). Such is the confession of faith for all the saints, who believe, teach, and confess the one Lord and Savior—Jesus Christ.

Courtesy: LCMS (except hymn video)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Healing of Ten Lepers — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 1:01:47, 56.8 MB, 2016-Oct-04)


Worldview Everlasting – We Don't Need Your Stinking Babble (2 Timothy 2:1-13)

Greek Tuesday continues with 2 Timothy 2:1-13 as Paul exhorts Timothy to hold fast to the Gospel he was given and beware of false teachers.


Luke 17:11-19 (SBLGNT)

11 Καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ πορεύεσθαι εἰς Ἰερουσαλὴμ καὶ αὐτὸς διήρχετο διὰ μέσον Σαμαρείας καὶ Γαλιλαίας.

12 καὶ εἰσερχομένου αὐτοῦ εἴς τινα κώμην ἀπήντησαν δέκα λεπροὶ ἄνδρες, οἳ ἔστησαν πόρρωθεν,

13 καὶ αὐτοὶ ἦραν φωνὴν λέγοντες· Ἰησοῦ ἐπιστάτα, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

14 καὶ ἰδὼν εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Πορευθέντες ἐπιδείξατε ἑαυτοὺς τοῖς ἱερεῦσιν. καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ὑπάγειν αὐτοὺς ἐκαθαρίσθησαν.

15 εἷς δὲ ἐξ αὐτῶν, ἰδὼν ὅτι ἰάθη, ὑπέστρεψεν μετὰ φωνῆς μεγάλης δοξάζων τὸν θεόν,

16 καὶ ἔπεσεν ἐπὶ πρόσωπον παρὰ τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ εὐχαριστῶν αὐτῷ· καὶ αὐτὸς ἦν Σαμαρίτης.

17 ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν· Οὐχὶ οἱ δέκα ἐκαθαρίσθησαν; οἱ δὲ ἐννέα ποῦ;

18 οὐχ εὑρέθησαν ὑποστρέψαντες δοῦναι δόξαν τῷ θεῷ εἰ μὴ ὁ ἀλλογενὴς οὗτος;

19 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Ἀναστὰς πορεύου· ἡ πίστις σου σέσωκέν σε.


Young's Literal

11 And it came to pass, in his going on to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee,

12 and he entering into a certain village, there met him ten leprous men, who stood afar off,

13 and they lifted up the voice, saying, ‘Jesus, master, deal kindly with us;’

14 and having seen them, he said to them, ‘Having gone on, shew yourselves to the priests;’ and it came to pass, in their going, they were cleansed,

15 and one of them having seen that he was healed did turn back, with a loud voice glorifying God,

16 and he fell upon his face at his feet, giving thanks to him, and he was a Samaritan.

17 And Jesus answering said, ‘Were not the ten cleansed, and the nine—where?

18 There were not found who did turn back to give glory to God, except this alien;’

19 and he said to him, ‘Having risen, be going on, thy faith hath saved thee.’


TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 22 (October 2–8)

Habakkuk 1:1–4; 2:1–4; Psalm 62:1–12; 2 Timothy 1:1–14; Luke 17:1–10

LSB 587: I Know My Faith Is Founded

We Walk by Faith, and Not by Sight, in the Peace of Christ’s Forgiveness

We are surrounded by “destruction and violence” (Hab. 1:3), because the Law “is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth” (Hab. 1:4). In fact, the Law cannot rescue us from our enemies; it is our fiercest enemy of all. Therefore, not by sight, experience or feeling, nor by works, but “the righteous shall live by his faith” (Hab. 2:4). “Temptations to sin are sure to come” (Luke 17:1), but, as often as we sin, the Lord rebukes us, turns us to repentance and forgives us. We pray that He would thus “increase our faith” (Luke 17:5). And indeed, He does! Though we are His “unworthy servants” (Luke 17:10), He prepares His Supper for us, dresses us properly, and gives us His body and blood to eat and drink. He appoints pastors for us, “by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 1:1). For the Gospel brings “life and immortality to light” (2 Tim. 1:10). This we believe. Therefore, “follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard,” by which He guards you “in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 1:13).

Courtesy: LCMS (except hymn video)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Increase Our Faith — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:16, 52.6 MB, 2016-Sept-26)


Lectionary Podcast - Series C - Proper 22 - Luke 17:1–10 with Dr. Arthur Just

Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses Luke 17:1–10


Worldview Everlasting — Dropkick: Depository of Awesomeness

Worldview Everlasting keeps harping on how awesome doctrine is. Why won't they ever shut up about it? Because the Bible keeps insisting that truth is a good thing!


Luke 17:1-10 (SBLGNT)

1 Εἶπεν δὲ πρὸς τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ· Ἀνένδεκτόν ἐστιν τοῦ τὰ σκάνδαλα μὴ ἐλθεῖν, πλὴν οὐαὶ διʼ οὗ ἔρχεται·

2 λυσιτελεῖ αὐτῷ εἰ λίθος μυλικὸς περίκειται περὶ τὸν τράχηλον αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔρριπται εἰς τὴν θάλασσαν ἢ ἵνα σκανδαλίσῃ τῶν μικρῶν τούτων ἕνα.

3 προσέχετε ἑαυτοῖς. ἐὰν ἁμάρτῃ ὁ ἀδελφός σου ἐπιτίμησον αὐτῷ, καὶ ἐὰν μετανοήσῃ ἄφες αὐτῷ·

4 καὶ ἐὰν ἑπτάκις τῆς ἡμέρας ἁμαρτήσῃ εἰς σὲ καὶ ἑπτάκις ἐπιστρέψῃ πρὸς σὲ λέγων· Μετανοῶ, ἀφήσεις αὐτῷ.

5 Καὶ εἶπαν οἱ ἀπόστολοι τῷ κυρίῳ· Πρόσθες ἡμῖν πίστιν.

6 εἶπεν δὲ ὁ κύριος· Εἰ ἔχετε πίστιν ὡς κόκκον σινάπεως, ἐλέγετε ἂν τῇ συκαμίνῳ ταύτῃ· Ἐκριζώθητι καὶ φυτεύθητι ἐν τῇ θαλάσσῃ· καὶ ὑπήκουσεν ἂν ὑμῖν.

7 Τίς δὲ ἐξ ὑμῶν δοῦλον ἔχων ἀροτριῶντα ἢ ποιμαίνοντα, ὃς εἰσελθόντι ἐκ τοῦ ἀγροῦ ἐρεῖ αὐτῷ· Εὐθέως παρελθὼν ἀνάπεσε,

8 ἀλλʼ οὐχὶ ἐρεῖ αὐτῷ· Ἑτοίμασον τί δειπνήσω καὶ περιζωσάμενος διακόνει μοι ἕως φάγω καὶ πίω, καὶ μετὰ ταῦτα φάγεσαι καὶ πίεσαι σύ;

9 μὴ ἔχει χάριν τῷ δούλῳ ὅτι ἐποίησεν τὰ διαταχθέντα;

10 οὕτως καὶ ὑμεῖς, ὅταν ποιήσητε πάντα τὰ διαταχθέντα ὑμῖν, λέγετε ὅτι Δοῦλοι ἀχρεῖοί ἐσμεν, ὃ ὠφείλομεν ποιῆσαι πεποιήκαμεν.


Young's Literal

1 And he said unto the disciples, ‘It is impossible for the stumbling blocks not to come, but woe to him through whom they come;

2 it is more profitable to him if a weighty millstone is put round about his neck, and he hath been cast into the sea, than that he may cause one of these little ones to stumble.

3 ‘Take heed to yourselves, and, if thy brother may sin in regard to thee, rebuke him, and if he may reform, forgive him,

4 and if seven times in the day he may sin against thee, and seven times in the day may turn back to thee, saying, I reform; thou shalt forgive him.’

5 And the apostles said to the Lord, ‘Add to us faith;’

6 and the Lord said, ‘If ye had faith as a grain of mustard, ye would have said to this sycamine, Be uprooted, and be planted in the sea, and it would have obeyed you.

7 ‘But, who is he of you—having a servant ploughing or feeding—who, to him having come in out of the field, will say, Having come near, recline at meat?

8 but will not rather say to him, Prepare what I may sup, and having girded thyself about, minister to me, till I eat and drink, and after these things thou shalt eat and drink?

9 Hath he favour to that servant because he did the things directed? I think not.

10 ‘So also ye, when ye may have done all the things directed you, say—We are unprofitable servants, because that which we owed to do—we have done.’


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1. Pastor Jonathan Fisk, Making the Case for Being Spiritual and Religious, 2014-June-13 (mp3, 57:20, 23.2 MB, 2016-Mar-23)

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2. Pr. Elect Chris Rosebrough, Making the Case Against Me-Centered, Misquoted Scriptures, 2014-June-14 (mp3, 1:15:37, 69.4 MB, 2016-June-03)

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3. Pr. Matt Harrison, Making the Case for Orthodox Lutheranism in 21st Century, 2014-June-14 (mp3, 57:20, 23.2 MB, 2016-Mar-22)

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4. Mr. Craig Parton, Making the Case for the Historical Jesus, 2014-June-14 (mp3, 1:20:14, 73.6 MB, 2016-May-30)

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5. Pastor Will Weedon, Making the Case for Classical Christian Hymnody, 2014-June-14 (mp3, 57:20, 23.2 MB, 2016-Mar-25)

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6. Dr Alvin Schmidt, Making the Case for Christianity's Positive Impact on Civilization, 2014-June-14 (mp3, 57:20, 23.2 MB, 2016-Mar-24)

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7. Mr. Craig Parton, Making the Case against Lutherans Imitating Evangelicals, 2014-June-14 (mp3, 1:15:11, 69.0 MB, 2016-Apr-14)


Making the Case Conference 2013 - Issues Etc.


Bread of Life 2016 in Cedar Falls, IA.

Wednesday Matins - Rev. James Woelmer

Pr. James Woelmer preaches at Matins on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. Text: Genesis 43:16-34

Pr. James Woelmer is Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, TX.


Wednesday Vespers - Rev. Joel Fritsche

Pr. Joel Fritsche preaches at Vespers on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. Text: 1 Kings 17:8-16

Pr. Joel Fritsche is LCMS Missionary to the Dominican Republic. He is also Secretary of Higher Things.


Thursday Matins - Rev. Richard Heinz

Rev. Richard Heinz preaches at Matins on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Text: Exodus 16:2-21, John 6:25-34

Pr. Rich Heinz is Pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, Chicago, IL. He is also Worship Coordinator for Higher Things Conferences.


Thursday Vespers - Rev. Dr. Brian Saunders

Rev. Dr. Brian Saunders preaches at Vespers on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Text: Mark 5:21-24, 35-43

Rev. Dr. Brian Saunders is Assistant Pastor of Our Redeemer in Cedar Falls, IA. He is also the president of Iowa District East.


Friday Matins - Rev. Donavon Riley

Rev. Donavon Riley preaches at Matins on Friday, July 8, 2016. Text: Matthew 15:21-28

Pastor Donavon Riley is pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Webster, MN. He is also the Online Content Manager for Higher Things.


Bread of Life 2016 in Fort Collins, CO

Opening Divine Service - Rev. George Borghardt

Pr. George Borgahrdt preaches at the Opening Divine Service on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Text: St. John 13:1-15, 34-35

Pr. George Borghardt is Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in McHenry, IL. He is also the President of Higher Things.


Wednesday Matins - Rev. Duane Bamsch

Rev. Duane Bamsch preaches at Matins on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Text: Genesis 43:16-34

Rev. Duane Bamsch is Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Terra Bella, CA. He is also Vice-President of Higher Things.


Wednesday Vespers - Rev. Todd Peperkorn

Rev. Todd Peperkorn preaches at Vespers on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Text: 1 Kings 17:8-16

Pastor Todd Peperkorn is pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran in Rocklin, CA. He is also one of the founders of Higher Things.


Thursday Matins - Rev. Aaron Fenker

Rev. Aaron Fenker preaches at Matins on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Text: Exodus 16:2-21, John 6:25-34

Pr. Aaron Fenker is Pastor of Bethlehem and Immanuel Lutheran Churches, Bremen, KS. He is also Media Executive for Higher Things.


Thursday Vespers - Rev. Dr. Richard Stuckwisch

Rev. Dr. Richard Stuckwisch preaches at Vespers on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Text: Mark 5:21-24, 35-43

Pastor Richard Stuckwish is Pastor of Emmaus in South Bend, IN.


Closing Divine Service - Rev. Mark Buetow

Rev. Mark Buetow preaches at the Closing Divine Service on Friday, July 29, 2016. Text: Luke 24:13-35

Pastor Mark Buetow is Associate Pastor at Zion Lutheran in McHenry, IL. He is a regular contributor to Higher Things.


NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 21C (25 September 2016)

Amos 6:1–7; Psalm 146:1–10; 1 Timothy 3:1–13 or 1 Timothy 6:6–19; Luke 16:19–31

LSB 708: Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart

Our Help Is Not in Worldly Riches

“The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side,” and “the rich man also died and was buried” (Luke 16:22). The poor man Lazarus, who knew many bad things on earth, began to be comforted forever, whereas the rich man, after a lifetime of good things, began to be “in anguish” (Luke 16:25). Therefore, “woe to those who are at ease in Zion” (Amos 6:1), for “the revelry of those who stretch themselves out shall pass away” (Amos 6:7). The wealthy are urged, “not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches,” but “to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share” (1 Tim. 6:17–18). Covetous desire for what God has not given is idolatry and “a root of all kinds of evils” (1 Tim. 6:10). Contentment belongs to faith, by which the Christian has “great gain in godliness” (1 Tim. 6:6).

Courtesy: LCMS (except hymn video)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Rich Man and Lazarus — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:19, 52.7 MB, 2016-Sept-20)


Worldview Everlasting — Dead Man Rising (Luke 16:19-31)

Greek Tuesday, Luke 16:19-31, Rich Man and Lazarus, interim state, gehenna, judgment, paradise


Worldview Everlasting — Healthy Meat

Worldview Everlasting Dropkicks on 1 Timothy chapter 6.


Lectionary Podcast - Series C - Proper 21 - Luke 16:19-31 with Dr. Arthur Just

Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses Luke 16:19-31


Luke 16:19-31 (SBLGNT)

19 Ἄνθρωπος δέ τις ἦν πλούσιος, καὶ ἐνεδιδύσκετο πορφύραν καὶ βύσσον εὐφραινόμενος καθʼ ἡμέραν λαμπρῶς.

20 πτωχὸς δέ τις ὀνόματι Λάζαρος ἐβέβλητο πρὸς τὸν πυλῶνα αὐτοῦ εἱλκωμένος

21 καὶ ἐπιθυμῶν χορτασθῆναι ἀπὸ τῶν πιπτόντων ἀπὸ τῆς τραπέζης τοῦ πλουσίου· ἀλλὰ καὶ οἱ κύνες ἐρχόμενοι ἐπέλειχον τὰ ἕλκη αὐτοῦ.

22 ἐγένετο δὲ ἀποθανεῖν τὸν πτωχὸν καὶ ἀπενεχθῆναι αὐτὸν ὑπὸ τῶν ἀγγέλων εἰς τὸν κόλπον Ἀβραάμ· ἀπέθανεν δὲ καὶ ὁ πλούσιος καὶ ἐτάφη.

23 καὶ ἐν τῷ ᾅδῃ ἐπάρας τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς αὐτοῦ, ὑπάρχων ἐν βασάνοις, ὁρᾷ Ἀβραὰμ ἀπὸ μακρόθεν καὶ Λάζαρον ἐν τοῖς κόλποις αὐτοῦ.

24 καὶ αὐτὸς φωνήσας εἶπεν· Πάτερ Ἀβραάμ, ἐλέησόν με καὶ πέμψον Λάζαρον ἵνα βάψῃ τὸ ἄκρον τοῦ δακτύλου αὐτοῦ ὕδατος καὶ καταψύξῃ τὴν γλῶσσάν μου, ὅτι ὀδυνῶμαι ἐν τῇ φλογὶ ταύτῃ.

25 εἶπεν δὲ Ἀβραάμ· Τέκνον, μνήσθητι ὅτι ἀπέλαβες τὰ ἀγαθά σου ἐν τῇ ζωῇ σου, καὶ Λάζαρος ὁμοίως τὰ κακά· νῦν δὲ ὧδε παρακαλεῖται σὺ δὲ ὀδυνᾶσαι.

26 καὶ ἐν πᾶσι τούτοις μεταξὺ ἡμῶν καὶ ὑμῶν χάσμα μέγα ἐστήρικται, ὅπως οἱ θέλοντες διαβῆναι ἔνθεν πρὸς ὑμᾶς μὴ δύνωνται, μηδὲ ἐκεῖθεν πρὸς ἡμᾶς διαπερῶσιν.

27 εἶπεν δέ· Ἐρωτῶ σε οὖν, πάτερ, ἵνα πέμψῃς αὐτὸν εἰς τὸν οἶκον τοῦ πατρός μου,

28 ἔχω γὰρ πέντε ἀδελφούς, ὅπως διαμαρτύρηται αὐτοῖς, ἵνα μὴ καὶ αὐτοὶ ἔλθωσιν εἰς τὸν τόπον τοῦτον τῆς βασάνου.

29 λέγει δὲ Ἀβραάμ· Ἔχουσι Μωϋσέα καὶ τοὺς προφήτας· ἀκουσάτωσαν αὐτῶν.

30 ὁ δὲ εἶπεν· Οὐχί, πάτερ Ἀβραάμ, ἀλλʼ ἐάν τις ἀπὸ νεκρῶν πορευθῇ πρὸς αὐτοὺς μετανοήσουσιν.

31 εἶπεν δὲ αὐτῷ· Εἰ Μωϋσέως καὶ τῶν προφητῶν οὐκ ἀκούουσιν, οὐδʼ ἐάν τις ἐκ νεκρῶν ἀναστῇ πεισθήσονται.


Young's Literal

19 ‘And—a certain man was rich, and was clothed in purple and fine linen, making merry sumptuously every day,

20 and there was a certain poor man, by name Lazarus, who was laid at his porch, full of sores,

21 and desiring to be filled from the crumbs that are falling from the table of the rich man; yea, also the dogs, coming, were licking his sores.

22 ‘And it came to pass, that the poor man died, and that he was carried away by the messengers to the bosom of Abraham—and the rich man also died, and was buried;

23 and in the hades having lifted up his eyes, being in torments, he doth see Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom,

24 and having cried, he said, Father Abraham, deal kindly with me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and may cool my tongue, because I am distressed in this flame.

25 ‘And Abraham said, Child, remember that thou did receive—thou—thy good things in thy life, and Lazarus in like manner the evil things, and now he is comforted, and thou art distressed;

26 and besides all these things, between us and you a great chasm is fixed, so that they who are willing to go over from hence unto you are not able, nor do they from thence to us pass through.

27 ‘And he said, I pray thee, then, father, that thou mayest send him to the house of my father,

28 for I have five brothers, so that he may thoroughly testify to them, that they also may not come to this place of torment.

29 ‘Abraham saith to him, They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them;

30 and he said, No, father Abraham, but if any one from the dead may go unto them, they will reform.

31 And he said to him, If Moses and the prophets they do not hear, neither if one may rise out of the dead will they be persuaded.’


EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 20C (18 September 2016)

Amos 8:4–7; Psalm 113:1–9; 1 Timothy 2:1–15; Luke 16:1–15

LSB 557: Seek Where You May to Find a Way

The Lord Is Rich in His Grace and Mercy

Because God our Savior “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4), He urges “that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men” (1 Tim. 2:1). Christians should so pray “without wrath and dissension,” but “adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly” (1 Tim. 2:8, 9). For the Lord does not forget “the humble of the land” (Amos 8:4). He remembers them according to the foolishness of the cross. “For that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15). Though we try to justify ourselves “in the sight of men,” God knows our sinful hearts and calls us to repentance (Luke 16:15). Though we are “not strong enough to dig,” and we are “ashamed to beg” (Luke 16:3), He justifies us by His grace and welcomes us into His “eternal dwellings” (Luke 16:9). More shrewd than even “the sons of this age” (Luke 16:8), He requires His stewards of the Gospel to bestow forgiveness freely.

Courtesy: LCMS (except hymn video)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Dishonest Manager — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:16, 52.6 MB, 2016-Sept-12)


Worldview Everlasting — Taming of the Shrewd (Luke 16:1-15)

Grek2sday tackles Luke 16:1-15, while ML breaks it down and MH gets his mojo working.


Worldview Everlasting — Dropkick: Tim to the Power of X

WEtv preps you for readings in 1 Timothy with the big picture chiasm at the heart of it all.


Luke 16:1-15 (SBLGNT)

1 Ἔλεγεν δὲ καὶ πρὸς τοὺς μαθητάς· Ἄνθρωπός τις ἦν πλούσιος ὃς εἶχεν οἰκονόμον, καὶ οὗτος διεβλήθη αὐτῷ ὡς διασκορπίζων τὰ ὑπάρχοντα αὐτοῦ.

2 καὶ φωνήσας αὐτὸν εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Τί τοῦτο ἀκούω περὶ σοῦ; ἀπόδος τὸν λόγον τῆς οἰκονομίας σου, οὐ γὰρ δύνῃ ἔτι οἰκονομεῖν.

3 εἶπεν δὲ ἐν ἑαυτῷ ὁ οἰκονόμος· Τί ποιήσω ὅτι ὁ κύριός μου ἀφαιρεῖται τὴν οἰκονομίαν ἀπʼ ἐμοῦ; σκάπτειν οὐκ ἰσχύω, ἐπαιτεῖν αἰσχύνομαι·

4 ἔγνων τί ποιήσω, ἵνα ὅταν μετασταθῶ ἐκ τῆς οἰκονομίας δέξωνταί με εἰς τοὺς οἴκους ἑαυτῶν.

5 καὶ προσκαλεσάμενος ἕνα ἕκαστον τῶν χρεοφειλετῶν τοῦ κυρίου ἑαυτοῦ ἔλεγεν τῷ πρώτῳ· Πόσον ὀφείλεις τῷ κυρίῳ μου;

6 ὁ δὲ εἶπεν· Ἑκατὸν βάτους ἐλαίου· ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Δέξαι σου τὰ γράμματα καὶ καθίσας ταχέως γράψον πεντήκοντα.

7 ἔπειτα ἑτέρῳ εἶπεν· Σὺ δὲ πόσον ὀφείλεις; ὁ δὲ εἶπεν· Ἑκατὸν κόρους σίτου· λέγει αὐτῷ· Δέξαι σου τὰ γράμματα καὶ γράψον ὀγδοήκοντα.

8 καὶ ἐπῄνεσεν ὁ κύριος τὸν οἰκονόμον τῆς ἀδικίας ὅτι φρονίμως ἐποίησεν· ὅτι οἱ υἱοὶ τοῦ αἰῶνος τούτου φρονιμώτεροι ὑπὲρ τοὺς υἱοὺς τοῦ φωτὸς εἰς τὴν γενεὰν τὴν ἑαυτῶν εἰσιν.

9 καὶ ἐγὼ ὑμῖν λέγω, ἑαυτοῖς ποιήσατε φίλους ἐκ τοῦ μαμωνᾶ τῆς ἀδικίας, ἵνα ὅταν ἐκλίπῃ δέξωνται ὑμᾶς εἰς τὰς αἰωνίους σκηνάς.

10 Ὁ πιστὸς ἐν ἐλαχίστῳ καὶ ἐν πολλῷ πιστός ἐστιν, καὶ ὁ ἐν ἐλαχίστῳ ἄδικος καὶ ἐν πολλῷ ἄδικός ἐστιν.

11 εἰ οὖν ἐν τῷ ἀδίκῳ μαμωνᾷ πιστοὶ οὐκ ἐγένεσθε, τὸ ἀληθινὸν τίς ὑμῖν πιστεύσει;

12 καὶ εἰ ἐν τῷ ἀλλοτρίῳ πιστοὶ οὐκ ἐγένεσθε, τὸ ὑμέτερον τίς δώσει ὑμῖν;

13 οὐδεὶς οἰκέτης δύναται δυσὶ κυρίοις δουλεύειν· ἢ γὰρ τὸν ἕνα μισήσει καὶ τὸν ἕτερον ἀγαπήσει, ἢ ἑνὸς ἀνθέξεται καὶ τοῦ ἑτέρου καταφρονήσει. οὐ δύνασθε θεῷ δουλεύειν καὶ μαμωνᾷ.

14 Ἤκουον δὲ ταῦτα πάντα οἱ Φαρισαῖοι φιλάργυροι ὑπάρχοντες, καὶ ἐξεμυκτήριζον αὐτόν.

15 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Ὑμεῖς ἐστε οἱ δικαιοῦντες ἑαυτοὺς ἐνώπιον τῶν ἀνθρώπων, ὁ δὲ θεὸς γινώσκει τὰς καρδίας ὑμῶν· ὅτι τὸ ἐν ἀνθρώποις ὑψηλὸν βδέλυγμα ἐνώπιον τοῦ θεοῦ.


Young's Literal

1 And he said also unto his disciples, ‘A certain man was rich, who had a steward, and he was accused to him as scattering his goods;

2 and having called him, he said to him, What is this I hear about thee? render the account of thy stewardship, for thou mayest not any longer be steward.

3 ‘And the steward said in himself, What shall I do, because my lord doth take away the stewardship from me? to dig I am not able, to beg I am ashamed:—

4 I have known what I shall do, that, when I may be removed from the stewardship, they may receive me to their houses.

5 ‘And having called near each one of his lord’s debtors, he said to the first, How much dost thou owe to my lord?

6 and he said, A hundred baths of oil; and he said to him, Take thy bill, and having sat down write fifty.

7 ‘Afterward to another he said, And thou, how much dost thou owe? and he said, A hundred cors of wheat; and he saith to him, Take thy bill, and write eighty.

8 ‘And the lord commended the unrighteous steward that he did prudently, because the sons of this age are more prudent than the sons of the light, in respect to their generation.

9 and I say to you, Make to yourselves friends out of the mammon of unrighteousness, that when ye may fail, they may receive you to the age-during tabernacles.

10 ‘He who is faithful in the least, is also faithful in much; and he who in the least is unrighteous, is also unrighteous in much;

11 if, then, in the unrighteous mammon ye became not faithful—the true who will entrust to you?

12 and if in the other’s ye became not faithful—your own, who shall give to you?

13 ‘No domestic is able to serve two lords, for either the one he will hate, and the other he will love; or one he will hold to, and of the other he will be heedless; ye are not able to serve God and mammon.’

14 And also the Pharisees, being lovers of money, were hearing all these things, and were deriding him,

15 and he said to them, ‘Ye are those declaring yourselves righteous before men, but God doth know your hearts; because that which among men is high, is abomination before God;


SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 19C (September 11–17)

Ezekiel 34:11–24; Psalm 119:169–176; 1 Timothy 1:5–11, 12–17; Luke 15:1–10

LSB 609/974: Jesus Sinners Doth Receive

Jesus Christ Is the Great Shepherd of His Sheep

“It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15). As He had mercy on Paul, in order to “demonstrate His perfect patience” (1 Tim. 1:16), so also does He seek out His sheep “from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day” (Ezek. 34:12). To deliver His flock, He “will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken, and strengthen the sick” (Ezek. 34:16), and “they will no longer be a prey” (Ezek. 34:22). He sets over them one great Good Shepherd, the Son of David, who “will feed them himself and be their shepherd” (Ezek. 34:23). For Christ Jesus is the one Man who, “if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them,” would “leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it” (Luke 15:4). When He finds the lost one and brings it home rejoicing, “the angels of God” and all the company of heaven rejoice with Him, with great joy (Luke 15:7, 10).

Courtesy: LCMS (except hymn video)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Luke 15 — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:38, 53.0 MB, 2016-Sept-06)


Lectionary Podcast Proper 19 - Series C - Luke 15:1-10 with Dr. Peter Scaer

Dr. David Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel reading


Worldview Everlasting — Bah Bah Apollyon (Luke 15:1-10)

Greek2sday on Luke 15:1-10 w/ Clips from around the net, old and new. I'm not sure it makes sense, but it's only the beginning of the Chunk. The dishes are below:

First: a slight errata: I speak of the aorist participle "apolesas" as being from the root "apoluw" when it is from "apolummi," which is correct. The definition and all other info is correct. "Apoluw" means "to set free." "Apolummi" means "to destroy."


Luke 15:1-10 (SBLGNT)

1 Ἦσαν δὲ αὐτῷ ἐγγίζοντες πάντες οἱ τελῶναι καὶ οἱ ἁμαρτωλοὶ ἀκούειν αὐτοῦ.

2 καὶ διεγόγγυζον οἵ τε Φαρισαῖοι καὶ οἱ γραμματεῖς λέγοντες ὅτι Οὗτος ἁμαρτωλοὺς προσδέχεται καὶ συνεσθίει αὐτοῖς.

3 εἶπεν δὲ πρὸς αὐτοὺς τὴν παραβολὴν ταύτην λέγων·

4 Τίς ἄνθρωπος ἐξ ὑμῶν ἔχων ἑκατὸν πρόβατα καὶ ἀπολέσας ἐξ αὐτῶν ἓν οὐ καταλείπει τὰ ἐνενήκοντα ἐννέα ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ καὶ πορεύεται ἐπὶ τὸ ἀπολωλὸς ἕως εὕρῃ αὐτό;

5 καὶ εὑρὼν ἐπιτίθησιν ἐπὶ τοὺς ὤμους αὐτοῦ χαίρων,

6 καὶ ἐλθὼν εἰς τὸν οἶκον συγκαλεῖ τοὺς φίλους καὶ τοὺς γείτονας, λέγων αὐτοῖς· Συγχάρητέ μοι ὅτι εὗρον τὸ πρόβατόν μου τὸ ἀπολωλός.

7 λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι οὕτως χαρὰ ἐν τῷ οὐρανῷ ἔσται ἐπὶ ἑνὶ ἁμαρτωλῷ μετανοοῦντι ἢ ἐπὶ ἐνενήκοντα ἐννέα δικαίοις οἵτινες οὐ χρείαν ἔχουσιν μετανοίας.

8 Ἢ τίς γυνὴ δραχμὰς ἔχουσα δέκα, ἐὰν ἀπολέσῃ δραχμὴν μίαν, οὐχὶ ἅπτει λύχνον καὶ σαροῖ τὴν οἰκίαν καὶ ζητεῖ ἐπιμελῶς ἕως οὗ εὕρῃ;

9 καὶ εὑροῦσα συγκαλεῖ τὰς φίλας καὶ γείτονας λέγουσα· Συγχάρητέ μοι ὅτι εὗρον τὴν δραχμὴν ἣν ἀπώλεσα.

10 οὕτως, λέγω ὑμῖν, γίνεται χαρὰ ἐνώπιον τῶν ἀγγέλων τοῦ θεοῦ ἐπὶ ἑνὶ ἁμαρτωλῷ μετανοοῦντι.


ESV

1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him.

2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

3 So he told them this parable:

4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?

5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’

7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

8 “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it?

9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’

10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”


Pr. Will Weedon, Director of Worship for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and Chaplain of the Internation Center, discusses Reverence in Worship with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 57:13, 23.1 MB)


 

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 18C (04 September 2016)

Deuteronomy 30:15–20; Psalm 1:1–6; Philemon 1–21; Luke 14:25–35

LSB 853: How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord

Christ Jesus Has Paid the Cost of Discipleship for You

A disciple of Jesus Christ will “carry his own cross” (Luke 14:27) and follow the Lord through death into life. Discipleship is costly because it crucifies the old man with “all his own possessions” (Luke 14:33), in order to raise up the new man in Christ. The disciple disavows “his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life” (Luke 14:26), in deference to Christ. That way of the cross is impossible, except that Christ Jesus has already paid the cost. His cross is set before you as “life and prosperity, and death and adversity” (Deut. 30:15). Taking up His cross is to “choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him” (Deut. 30:19–20). To live that life in Christ is also to bear His cross in love, “that your goodness should not be as it were by compulsion, but of your own free will” (Philemon 14).

Courtesy: LCMS (except hymn video)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Cost of Discipleship — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:21, 52.7 MB, 2016-Aug-29)


Lectionary Podcast Proper 18 - Series C - Luke 14:25-35 with Dr. David Scaer

Dr. David Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel reading


Worldview Everlasting — Your Kung Fu Is No Good Here (Luke 14:25-35)

Did you know that "kung fu" means "hard work" in Chinese? In today's Greek Tuesday text, Jesus is very clear that your good works are no good. In fact, you must despair of your own works entirely if you want to be a Christian! Today's episode combines an AskDaPastor question with a Greek Tuesday text to give you awesome insight into Luke 14:25-35 while at the same time answering a question about whether or not your good works prove your salvation. Can we look at our works to know we are saved? How much trust should we put in them to demonstrate our faithfulness?


Worldview Everlasting — Bare Your Death (Luke 14:25-35)

Grek2sday on Worldview Everlasting, Luke 14:25-35, the Parable of the Banquet, and lots and lots of stuff that I'm too braindead to make up catchy words about. Woohoo!


Luke 14:25-35 (SBLGNT)

25 Συνεπορεύοντο δὲ αὐτῷ ὄχλοι πολλοί, καὶ στραφεὶς εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτούς·

26 Εἴ τις ἔρχεται πρός με καὶ οὐ μισεῖ τὸν πατέρα ἑαυτοῦ καὶ τὴν μητέρα καὶ τὴν γυναῖκα καὶ τὰ τέκνα καὶ τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς καὶ τὰς ἀδελφάς, ἔτι τε καὶ τὴν ψυχὴν ἑαυτοῦ, οὐ δύναται εἶναί μου μαθητής.

27 ὅστις οὐ βαστάζει τὸν σταυρὸν ἑαυτοῦ καὶ ἔρχεται ὀπίσω μου, οὐ δύναται εἶναί μου μαθητής.

28 τίς γὰρ ἐξ ὑμῶν θέλων πύργον οἰκοδομῆσαι οὐχὶ πρῶτον καθίσας ψηφίζει τὴν δαπάνην, εἰ ἔχει εἰς ἀπαρτισμόν;

29 ἵνα μήποτε θέντος αὐτοῦ θεμέλιον καὶ μὴ ἰσχύοντος ἐκτελέσαι πάντες οἱ θεωροῦντες ἄρξωνται αὐτῷ ἐμπαίζειν

30 λέγοντες ὅτι Οὗτος ὁ ἄνθρωπος ἤρξατο οἰκοδομεῖν καὶ οὐκ ἴσχυσεν ἐκτελέσαι.

31 ἢ τίς βασιλεὺς πορευόμενος ἑτέρῳ βασιλεῖ συμβαλεῖν εἰς πόλεμον οὐχὶ καθίσας πρῶτον βουλεύσεται εἰ δυνατός ἐστιν ἐν δέκα χιλιάσιν ὑπαντῆσαι τῷ μετὰ εἴκοσι χιλιάδων ἐρχομένῳ ἐπʼ αὐτόν;

32 εἰ δὲ μήγε, ἔτι αὐτοῦ πόρρω ὄντος πρεσβείαν ἀποστείλας ἐρωτᾷ τὰ πρὸς εἰρήνην.

33 οὕτως οὖν πᾶς ἐξ ὑμῶν ὃς οὐκ ἀποτάσσεται πᾶσιν τοῖς ἑαυτοῦ ὑπάρχουσιν οὐ δύναται εἶναί μου μαθητής.

34 Καλὸν οὖν τὸ ἅλας· ἐὰν δὲ καὶ τὸ ἅλας μωρανθῇ, ἐν τίνι ἀρτυθήσεται;

35 οὔτε εἰς γῆν οὔτε εἰς κοπρίαν εὔθετόν ἐστιν· ἔξω βάλλουσιν αὐτό. ὁ ἔχων ὦτα ἀκούειν ἀκουέτω.


Young's Literal Translation

25 And there were going on with him great multitudes, and having turned, he said unto them,

26 ‘If any one doth come unto me, and doth not hate his own father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, and yet even his own life, he is not able to be my disciple;

27 and whoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, is not able to be my disciple.

28 ‘For who of you, willing to build a tower, doth not first, having sat down, count the expence, whether he have the things for completing?

29 lest that he having laid a foundation, and not being able to finish, all who are beholding may begin to mock him,

30 saying—This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

31 ‘Or what king going on to engage with another king in war, doth not, having sat down, first consult if he be able with ten thousand to meet him who with twenty thousand is coming against him?

32 and if not so—he being yet a long way off—having sent an embassy, he doth ask the things for peace.

33 ‘So, then, every one of you who doth not take leave of all that he himself hath, is not able to be my disciple.

34 ‘The salt is good, but if the salt doth become tasteless, with what shall it be seasoned?

35 neither for land nor for manure is it fit—they cast it without. He who is having ears to hear—let him hear.’


FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 17C (28 August 2016)

Proverbs 25:2–10; Psalm 131:1–3; Hebrews 13:1–17; Luke 14:1–14

LSB 842: Son of God, Eternal Savior

Prelude: 0:00 - 2:46, Hymn Stanzas: 2:47 - 5:46:

We Are Humbled and Exalted by the Cross of Christ

“Everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled,” Jesus proclaims, but “he who humbles himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11). For your hope is in the name of the Lord, who humbled Himself unto death on the cross and was exalted in His resurrection. So are you humbled by His cross, and “at the resurrection of the righteous,” He will say to you, “Friend, move up higher” (Luke 14:10; 13–14). By His grace, the King will honor you “in the place of great men,” where your eyes will gaze upon the Prince, His dearly-beloved Son (Prov. 25:7). As He has dealt so graciously with you, “Do not neglect doing good and sharing” (Heb. 13:16), and “do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers” (Heb. 13:2). Humble yourself and exalt your neighbor.

Courtesy: LCMS (except hymn video)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): He Who Humbles Himself — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:44, 53.0 MB, 2016-Aug-19)


Worldview Everlasting — Wedding Feast Humiliations Galore (Luke 14:1-14)

Oh you silly Pharisees. Always trying to be the best, get the best and appear as the best, when in fact, you are the worst. And your behavior at wedding feasts and meals is so humiliating. Honestly, I'm embarrassed FOR you! Prince Humperdinck is NOT going to be happy. Will you never learn? Well, here's Luke 14:1-14 to try and help, but considering you are going to crucify Jesus for saying this kind of stuff...


Worldview Everlasting — Unpretended Pits (Luke 14:1-14)

Real Sinners, Real Savior. Grek2stday and Luke 14. No biggie. Just the WORD OF GOD. +pax+ Luke 14:1-14


Worldview Everlasting — Dropkick: The Blood Remains

Worldview Everlasting Dropkick's on Hebrews 13:1-17

New Giving: worldvieweverlasting.com/givenow


Luke 14:1–14 (SBLGNT)

Καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ἐλθεῖν αὐτὸν εἰς οἶκόν τινος τῶν ἀρχόντων τῶν Φαρισαίων σαββάτῳ φαγεῖν ἄρτον καὶ αὐτοὶ ἦσαν παρατηρούμενοι αὐτόν.

2 καὶ ἰδοὺ ἄνθρωπός τις ἦν ὑδρωπικὸς ἔμπροσθεν αὐτοῦ.

3 καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν πρὸς τοὺς νομικοὺς καὶ Φαρισαίους λέγων· Ἔξεστιν τῷ σαββάτῳ θεραπεῦσαι ἢ οὔ;

4 οἱ δὲ ἡσύχασαν. καὶ ἐπιλαβόμενος ἰάσατο αὐτὸν καὶ ἀπέλυσεν.

5 καὶ πρὸς αὐτοὺς εἶπεν· Τίνος ὑμῶν υἱὸς ἢ βοῦς εἰς φρέαρ πεσεῖται, καὶ οὐκ εὐθέως ἀνασπάσει αὐτὸν ἐν ἡμέρᾳ τοῦ σαββάτου;

6 καὶ οὐκ ἴσχυσαν ἀνταποκριθῆναι πρὸς ταῦτα.

7 Ἔλεγεν δὲ πρὸς τοὺς κεκλημένους παραβολήν, ἐπέχων πῶς τὰς πρωτοκλισίας ἐξελέγοντο, λέγων πρὸς αὐτούς·

8 Ὅταν κληθῇς ὑπό τινος εἰς γάμους, μὴ κατακλιθῇς εἰς τὴν πρωτοκλισίαν, μήποτε ἐντιμότερός σου ᾖ κεκλημένος ὑπʼ αὐτοῦ

9 καὶ ἐλθὼν ὁ σὲ καὶ αὐτὸν καλέσας ἐρεῖ σοι· Δὸς τούτῳ τόπον, καὶ τότε ἄρξῃ μετὰ αἰσχύνης τὸν ἔσχατον τόπον κατέχειν.

10 ἀλλʼ ὅταν κληθῇς πορευθεὶς ἀνάπεσε εἰς τὸν ἔσχατον τόπον, ἵνα ὅταν ἔλθῃ ὁ κεκληκώς σε ἐρεῖ σοι· Φίλε, προσανάβηθι ἀνώτερον· τότε ἔσται σοι δόξα ἐνώπιον πάντων τῶν συνανακειμένων σοι.

11 ὅτι πᾶς ὁ ὑψῶν ἑαυτὸν ταπεινωθήσεται καὶ ὁ ταπεινῶν ἑαυτὸν ὑψωθήσεται.

12 Ἔλεγεν δὲ καὶ τῷ κεκληκότι αὐτόν· Ὅταν ποιῇς ἄριστον ἢ δεῖπνον, μὴ φώνει τοὺς φίλους σου μηδὲ τοὺς ἀδελφούς σου μηδὲ τοὺς συγγενεῖς σου μηδὲ γείτονας πλουσίους, μήποτε καὶ αὐτοὶ ἀντικαλέσωσίν σε καὶ γένηται ἀνταπόδομά σοι.

13 ἀλλʼ ὅταν δοχὴν ποιῇς, κάλει πτωχούς, ἀναπείρους, χωλούς, τυφλούς·

14 καὶ μακάριος ἔσῃ, ὅτι οὐκ ἔχουσιν ἀνταποδοῦναί σοι, ἀνταποδοθήσεται γάρ σοι ἐν τῇ ἀναστάσει τῶν δικαίων.


Young's Literal Translation

1 And it came to pass, on his going into the house of a certain one of the chiefs of the Pharisees, on a sabbath, to eat bread, that they were watching him,

2 and lo, there was a certain dropsical man before him;

3 and Jesus answering spake to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, ‘Is it lawful on the sabbath-day to heal?’

4 and they were silent, and having taken hold of him, he healed him, and let him go;

5 and answering them he said, ‘Of which of you shall an ass or ox fall into a pit, and he will not immediately draw it up on the sabbath-day?’

6 and they were not able to answer him again unto these things.

7 And he spake a simile unto those called, marking how they were choosing out the first couches, saying unto them,

8 ‘When thou mayest be called by any one to marriage-feasts, thou mayest not recline on the first couch, lest a more honourable than thou may have been called by him,

9 and he who did call thee and him having come shall say to thee, Give to this one place, and then thou mayest begin with shame to occupy the last place.

10 ‘But, when thou mayest be called, having gone on, recline in the last place, that when he who called thee may come, he may say to thee, Friend, come up higher; then thou shalt have glory before those reclining with thee;

11 because every one who is exalting himself shall be humbled, and he who is humbling himself shall be exalted.’

12 And he said also to him who did call him, ‘When thou mayest make a dinner or a supper, be not calling thy friends, nor thy brethren, nor thy kindred, nor rich neighbours, lest they may also call thee again, and a recompense may come to thee;

13 but when thou mayest make a feast, be calling poor, maimed, lame, blind,

14 and happy thou shalt be, because they have not to recompense thee, for it shall be recompensed to thee in the rising again of the righteous.’


If someone tells you Jesus was not a real person, what is your response? Pr. Jonathan Fisk gives many facts to counter the lies of the atheist/agnostic.


FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 16C (21 August 2016)

Isaiah 66:18–23; Psalm 50:1–15; Hebrews 12:4–24, 25–29; Luke 13:22–30

LSB 510: A Multitude Comes from the East and the West

The Cross of Christ is the Way into the Kingdom of God

With the cross of Christ, the time has come “to gather all nations and tongues” (Is. 66:18). The sign of the cross is set forth in the preaching of the Gospel, the declaration of the Lord’s glory “among the nations” (Is. 66:19). Many “will come from east and west, and from north and south, and will recline at the table in the kingdom of God” (Luke 13:29), but only by the narrow way of the cross. Those who refuse to follow Christ crucified will ultimately find only “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Luke 13:28), whereas Christ’s disciples, called from all the nations, will eat and drink with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of God. They will come into “the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem” (Heb. 12:22).

Courtesy: LCMS (except hymn video)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Narrow Door — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:17, 52.6 MB, 2016-Aug-15)


Worldview Everlasting – WARNING!! The Doors of Self-Justification Are Now Closing (Luke 13:22-30)

We're back! With new equipment and new content on Tuesdays and Fridays. Today you get a special Greek...Friday? Pastor Fisk was so in to the text for this week that a Doublestrike wasn't enough, so you get more on Luke 13:22-30. He spent two hours studying the text, for crying out loud! We can't let that awesomeness go to waste. Self-justification and division are major themes in this text, so buckle in for the ride. And don't worry, the swords are NOT gone for good. They will be back!!


Worldview Everlasting – A Yeasty Mustard Rainbow Door (Nom Nom Nom) (Luke 13:22-30)

It's so intense! You believe that? Old Jedi Mind Tricks, and so much more you've just got to forgive me that it really is a terrible video - except the perfect Word of God part (Luke 13:22-30) - but that's not me.


Lectionary Podcast Proper 16 - Series C - Luke 13:22-30 with Dr. Peter Scaer

Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses Luke 13:22-30


Luke 13:22-30 (SBLGNT)

22 Καὶ διεπορεύετο κατὰ πόλεις καὶ κώμας διδάσκων καὶ πορείαν ποιούμενος εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα.

23 εἶπεν δέ τις αὐτῷ· Κύριε, εἰ ὀλίγοι οἱ σῳζόμενοι; ὁ δὲ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτούς·

24 Ἀγωνίζεσθε εἰσελθεῖν διὰ τῆς στενῆς θύρας, ὅτι πολλοί, λέγω ὑμῖν, ζητήσουσιν εἰσελθεῖν καὶ οὐκ ἰσχύσουσιν,

25 ἀφʼ οὗ ἂν ἐγερθῇ ὁ οἰκοδεσπότης καὶ ἀποκλείσῃ τὴν θύραν, καὶ ἄρξησθε ἔξω ἑστάναι καὶ κρούειν τὴν θύραν λέγοντες· Κύριε, ἄνοιξον ἡμῖν· καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ἐρεῖ ὑμῖν· Οὐκ οἶδα ὑμᾶς πόθεν ἐστέ.

26 τότε ἄρξεσθε λέγειν· Ἐφάγομεν ἐνώπιόν σου καὶ ἐπίομεν, καὶ ἐν ταῖς πλατείαις ἡμῶν ἐδίδαξας·

27 καὶ ἐρεῖ λέγων ὑμῖν· Οὐκ οἶδα πόθεν ἐστέ· ἀπόστητε ἀπʼ ἐμοῦ, πάντες ἐργάται ἀδικίας.

28 ἐκεῖ ἔσται ὁ κλαυθμὸς καὶ ὁ βρυγμὸς τῶν ὀδόντων, ὅταν ὄψησθε Ἀβραὰμ καὶ Ἰσαὰκ καὶ Ἰακὼβ καὶ πάντας τοὺς προφήτας ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τοῦ θεοῦ, ὑμᾶς δὲ ἐκβαλλομένους ἔξω.

29 καὶ ἥξουσιν ἀπὸ ἀνατολῶν καὶ δυσμῶν καὶ ἀπὸ βορρᾶ καὶ νότου καὶ ἀνακλιθήσονται ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τοῦ θεοῦ.

30 καὶ ἰδοὺ εἰσὶν ἔσχατοι οἳ ἔσονται πρῶτοι, καὶ εἰσὶν πρῶτοι οἳ ἔσονται ἔσχατοι.


Young's Literal Translation

22 And he was going through cities and villages, teaching, and making progress toward Jerusalem.

23 And a certain one said to him, ‘Sir, are those saved few?’ and he said unto them,

24 ‘Be striving to go in through the straight gate, because many, I say to you, will seek to go in, and shall not be able;

25 from the time the master of the house may have risen up, and may have shut the door, and ye may begin without to stand, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, lord, open to us, and he answering shall say to you, I have not known you whence ye are,

26 then ye may begin to say, We did eat before thee, and did drink, and in our broad places thou didst teach;

27 and he shall say, I say to you, I have not known you whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of the unrighteousness.

28 ‘There shall be there the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth, when ye may see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the reign of God, and yourselves being cast out without;

29 and they shall come from east and west, and from north and south, and shall recline in the reign of God,

30 and lo, there are last who shall be first, and there are first who shall be last.’


“Pastors who hurry through everything or anything ... sends a message—a non-verbal message—that this is not that important, that we better get through this because time’s a-wasting here.”


Jeff Schwarz: “Bill writes: Why is it that most congregations and pastors race through the Lord’s Prayer? I thank God for giving me a teacher who would make us repeat the prayer until we spoke it slow enough before dismissing us for the day.”

Pr. Todd Wilken: “Oh, golly, you’ve touched upon one of my personal pet peeves which is pastors who hurry through everything or anything. We have field workers at our congregation—because we’re local to one of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod seminaries—they send guys over to get Sunday morning experience, as much as they can, given their place as seminarians. And one of the first things I tell all of our field workers, even though I’m not officially in charge of them—I get to watch—I’ll tell them:

‘You’ll notice something here at Trinity: We aren’t in a hurry. There’s no reason to be in a hurry on Sunday morning. The clock is not our god; it’s not our taskmaster. The clock on the back wall is not there to tell us when the service is supposed to be over. Your wristwatch is not there to tell you when the service is supposed to be over. This is like everything else that is important in the world, and this is the most important thing in the world. It’s going to take as long as it takes.

‘That doesn’t mean that we slow it down to the point where it’s tedious. We’ve all sat through an organist who plays the hymn too slow. You just know when too slow is too slow. That doesn’t mean that we slow it [way] down. But it does mean that we take ... our ... time.

‘You take your time doing things that are important to you. You go out for your 25th wedding anniversary. Do you gobble down the meal in ten minutes, pay the bill and rush out? No! You take your time.

‘You take your time doing things that are important and Sunday morning is the most important thing you will do every week. It’s the most important thing that God does for you every single week. So, take your time doing it. There’s no hurry.’

“And that’s why it’s one of my pet peeves: pastors who hurry through, say, the Lord’s Prayer or, worse yet, hurry through the Words of Institution in the Lord’s Supper. They don’t hurry through their sermons. But, boy, do they hurry through the words of Christ in the Lord’s Prayer and the Words of Institution of the Lord’s Supper.

“And it sends a message—a non-verbal message—that this is not that important, that we better get through this because time’s a-wasting here.

“So, my personal corrective to that is to slow down at those things. And to let those things be slower than they ordinarily are to emphasize their importance.

“So we say things that are important, when you speak to your children or you speak to someone else, and you want them to completely understand what you’re saying, you may even slow down to say it. These are important words. So we slow down. We don’t hurry.

“Why pastors do this? It’s a bad habit. I don’t think there’s any pastor worth his salt out there that thinks that the Lord’s Prayer isn’t important. If they do, they should be sent back to the oven of the seminary for further baking—they’re half-baked. Those words are not unimportant. But it’s a bad habit.

“And, every pastor can fall into it—things can become routine. And, you might just go up to your pastor and say, ‘Hey, pastor, during the Lord’s Prayer, slow down. You’re going too fast for me. Slow down.’ And he’ll get it—he’ll understand exactly what you’re saying. He’s not a dummy.”

— Listener Email and the Issues, Etc., Comment Line, 2016-July-27, 41:54–45:48, http://issuesetc.org/podcast/21030727161.mp3

 


THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 15C (August 14–20)

Jeremiah 23:16–29; Psalm 119:81–88; Hebrews 11:17–31, 32–40, 12:1–3; Luke 12:49–53, 54–56

LSB 655: Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word

Christ’s Suffering and Death Bring Division

The Lord Jesus causes fear and trembling and division because His Word is “like fire ... and like a hammer which shatters a rock” (Jer. 23:29). His Law puts us all to death, whereas only His Gospel can bring us to life. He has fulfilled that Word for us by His cross and in His resurrection from the dead. He undergoes such a distressing Baptism, accomplished by His death, in order to open the way for us through our Holy Baptism into His cross and resurrection. So, then, if we are able “to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky” (Luke 12:56), let us mark this sign of His cross—recognizing that this world is subject to death, but knowing that Christ Jesus has also conquered death and obtained life everlasting for us. Let us fix our eyes “on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith” and “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1–2).

Courtesy:LCMS


Worldview Everlasting – The Little Black Reign Cloud of God (Luke 12:49-56)

Grek2sday, Luke 12:49-56, Gonna Make you Sweat, End Things, Casting Fire, God is Angry, What is the Baptism, Romans 6 is Awesome, How Great is My Blank, Emo Jesus Being Committed, Goldmine Greek Words, the Last Day Come Early, On Your Mind 2, Wrath of the King Makes for a Lot of Long Division, Tut Tut, Install Complete, nad duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh.


Worldview Everlasting – Dropkick: Doubt, Sawn in Two (Heb 11:17-40; 12:1-3)

Worldview Everlasting Dropkick's on Hebrews 11:17ff, coming to grips with faith, doubt, danger and hope found in the author of salvation: Jesus.


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): I Have Not Come to Bring Peace — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:49, 53.1 MB, 2016-Aug-08)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 15 - Series C - Luke 12:49-53 with Dr. Arthur Just

Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses Luke 12:49-53


Luke 12:49-56 (SBLGNT)

49 Πῦρ ἦλθον βαλεῖν ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν, καὶ τί θέλω εἰ ἤδη ἀνήφθη;

50 βάπτισμα δὲ ἔχω βαπτισθῆναι, καὶ πῶς συνέχομαι ἕως ὅτου τελεσθῇ.

51 δοκεῖτε ὅτι εἰρήνην παρεγενόμην δοῦναι ἐν τῇ γῇ; οὐχί, λέγω ὑμῖν, ἀλλʼ ἢ διαμερισμόν.

52 ἔσονται γὰρ ἀπὸ τοῦ νῦν πέντε ἐν ἑνὶ οἴκῳ διαμεμερισμένοι, τρεῖς ἐπὶ δυσὶν καὶ δύο ἐπὶ τρισίν,

53 διαμερισθήσονται πατὴρ ἐπὶ υἱῷ καὶ υἱὸς ἐπὶ πατρί, μήτηρ ἐπὶ θυγατέρα καὶ θυγάτηρ ἐπὶ τὴν μητέρα, πενθερὰ ἐπὶ τὴν νύμφην αὐτῆς καὶ νύμφη ἐπὶ τὴν πενθεράν.

54 Ἔλεγεν δὲ καὶ τοῖς ὄχλοις· Ὅταν ἴδητε νεφέλην ἀνατέλλουσαν ἐπὶ δυσμῶν, εὐθέως λέγετε ὅτι Ὄμβρος ἔρχεται, καὶ γίνεται οὕτως·

55 καὶ ὅταν νότον πνέοντα, λέγετε ὅτι Καύσων ἔσται, καὶ γίνεται.

56 ὑποκριταί, τὸ πρόσωπον τῆς γῆς καὶ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ οἴδατε δοκιμάζειν, τὸν δὲ καιρὸν τοῦτον πῶς οὐκ οἴδατε δοκιμάζειν;


Young's Literal Translation

49 ‘Fire I came to cast to the earth, and what will I if already it was kindled?

50 but I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how am I pressed till it may be completed!

51 ‘Think ye that peace I came to give in the earth? no, I say to you, but rather division;

52 for there shall be henceforth five in one house divided—three against two, and two against three;

53 a father shall be divided against a son, and a son against a father, a mother against a daughter, and a daughter against a mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.’

54 And he said also to the multitudes, ‘When ye may see the cloud rising from the west, immediately ye say, A shower doth come, and it is so;

55 and when—a south wind blowing, ye say, that there will be heat, and it is;

56 hypocrites! the face of the earth and of the heaven ye have known to make proof of, but this time—how do ye not make proof of it?