In this episode, Larry Beane, pastor of Salem Lutheran Church, Gretna, LA, and the Gottesblog Editor and Whip, and I talk about the descriptive nature of the Lutheran Confessions, not just for doctrine, but also for practice.

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In this, the first ever, episode, we chat with the Rev. Fr. Burnell F. Eckardt on orienting oneself and the congregation toward the right things in the Divine Service. The conversation centers around the title of his new book, Leave It Alone, You'll Break It, a compilation of his "Liturgical Observer" articles from the Gottesdienst journal, Gottesdienst: the Journal of Lutheran Liturgy

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Last Sunday of the Church Year (Proper 29B)

(25 November 2018)

Isaiah 51:4–6 or Daniel 7:9–10, 13–14; Ps. 93:1-5; Jude 20–25 or Revelation 1:4b–8; Mark 13:24–37 or John 18:33–37

Entrance: LSB 516 Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying

Of the Day: LSB 336 Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending

Offertory: LSB 506 Glory Be to God the Father

Distribution: LSB 513 The Clouds of Judgment Gather;

LSB 697 Awake, O Sleeper, Rise from Death

Closing: LSB 509 Christ Is Surely Coming

In Repentance We Are Alert to the Coming of Christ

The signs of the end are all around us, constant reminders that “heaven and earth will pass away.” But all of these signs are centered in the cross of Christ, whereby He has conquered sin and death, that we might be raised with Him in righteousness through His Word of the Gospel, which “will not pass away” (Mark 13:31). He is “the firstborn of the dead,” who in His great love “has freed us from our sins by his blood” (Rev. 1:5). His salvation is certain because “his dominion is an everlasting dominion” and His kingdom “shall not be destroyed” (Dan. 7:14). For this purpose He came into the world, to reign in love through His voice of the Gospel, which is the truth (John 18:37). So is the righteousness of Christ “a light to the peoples,” which “will never be dismayed” because it is the justice of His cross and resurrection (Is. 51:4–6). As He “is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory,” so wait upon “the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life” (Jude 20–24).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - End Times Grammar Fail and Test Tube Babies (Mark 13:24-37)

*This version contains a correction.*

If you don’t pay very close attention to what the text actually says in Mark 13, you might end up a premillennial dispensationalist. And no one wants that! Good thing Pastor Fisk is here to tell you about the one word in Greek that can make all the difference if it isn’t translated properly in the English. After this video, you’ll be prepared to face the end of the world and not wonder if God needs to finish His work with the Jews first!


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Last Sunday of the Church Year — 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, 23.1 MB, 2015-Nov-18)


Lectionary Podcast - Last Sunday of the Church Year with Dr. Charles Gieschen

Dr. Charles Gieschen, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Mark 13:29-37 (SBLGNT)

29 οὕτως καὶ ὑμεῖς, ὅταν ⸂ἴδητε ταῦτα⸃ γινόμενα, γινώσκετε ὅτι ἐγγύς ἐστιν ἐπὶ θύραις.

30 ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι οὐ μὴ παρέλθῃ ἡ γενεὰ αὕτη μέχρις οὗ ⸂ταῦτα πάντα⸃ γένηται.

31 ὁ οὐρανὸς καὶ ἡ γῆ ⸀παρελεύσονται, οἱ δὲ λόγοι μου οὐ ⸀μὴ ⸁παρελεύσονται.

32 Περὶ δὲ τῆς ἡμέρας ἐκείνης ἢ ⸀τῆς ὥρας οὐδεὶς οἶδεν, οὐδὲ οἱ ἄγγελοι ⸀ἐν οὐρανῷ οὐδὲ ὁ υἱός, εἰ μὴ ὁ πατήρ.

33 βλέπετε ⸀ἀγρυπνεῖτε, οὐκ οἴδατε γὰρ πότε ὁ καιρός ἐστιν·

34 ὡς ἄνθρωπος ἀπόδημος ἀφεὶς τὴν οἰκίαν αὐτοῦ καὶ δοὺς τοῖς δούλοις αὐτοῦ τὴν ἐξουσίαν, ⸀ἑκάστῳ τὸ ἔργον αὐτοῦ, καὶ τῷ θυρωρῷ ἐνετείλατο ἵνα γρηγορῇ.

35 γρηγορεῖτε οὖν, οὐκ οἴδατε γὰρ πότε ὁ κύριος τῆς οἰκίας ἔρχεται, ⸀ἢ ὀψὲ ἢ ⸀μεσονύκτιον ἢ ἀλεκτοροφωνίας ἢ πρωΐ,

36 μὴ ἐλθὼν ἐξαίφνης εὕρῃ ὑμᾶς καθεύδοντας·

37 ⸀ὃ δὲ ὑμῖν λέγω πᾶσιν λέγω· γρηγορεῖτε.


Literal Translation

Mark 13:29-37

(29) So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near, at the doors.

(30) Truly I say to you, Not at all will this generation pass away until all these things occur.

(31) The heaven and the earth will pass away, but My Words will not pass away, never!

(32) But concerning that day and the hour, no one knows, not the angels, those in Heaven, nor the Son, except the Father.

(33) Watch! Be wakeful, and pray. For you do not know when the time is.

(34) As a man going away, leaving his house, and giving his slaves authority, and to each his work (and he commanded the doorkeeper, that he watch),

(35) then you watch, for you do not know when the lord of the house is coming, at evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrowing, or early;

(36) so that he may not come suddenly and find you sleeping.

(37) And what I say to you, I say to all. Watch!


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.



Thanksgiving Day (USA)

(22 November 2018)

Deuteronomy 8:1–10; Ps. 67:1-7; Philippians 4:6–20 or 1 Timothy 2:1–4; Luke 17:11–19

Entrance: LSB 892 Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Of the Day: LSB 785 We Praise You, O God

Distribution: LSB 894 For the Fruits of His Creation;

LSB 893 Sing to the Lord of Harvest;

LSB 789 Praise and Thanksgiving

Closing: LSB 895 Now Thank We All Our God

We Praise God for Sustaining Life in and through His Word

The nation resounds with thanksgiving for the earth’s bountiful harvest, crops of wheat and grains, all beneath the canopy of God’s almighty care. But “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deut. 8:1–10). The Church is the vessel through which the Word of God penetrates the world with its Law and Gospel. It is this divine Word that proclaims Jesus as the sole source of life, health and wholeness. It is Jesus who heals lepers with His Word: “Go and show yourselves to the priests” (Luke 17:11–19). Of the 10 cleansed, only one expresses thanksgiving back to Jesus. But true gratitude proceeds from a heart sustained by faith. Jesus bids this one Samaritan to “rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” So also, we are sent from the Divine Service, bolstered in our faith by baptismal and Eucharist blessings to be thankful in our circumstances of plenty and hunger, abundance and need (Phil. 4:6–20).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


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.


Literal Translation

Luke 17:11–19

(11) And it happened in His going to Jerusalem even He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

(12) And He entering into a certain village, ten leprous men met Him, who stood afar off.

(13) And they lifted their voice, saying, Jesus, Master, pity us.

(14) And seeing them, He said to them, Going, show yourselves to the priests. And it happened in their going they were cleansed.

(15) And one of them, seeing that he was cured, returned glorifying God with a loud voice.

(16) And he fell on his face at His feet, thanking Him. And he was a Samaritan.

(17) And answering, Jesus said, Were not the ten cleansed? But where are the nine?

(18) Were not any found returning to give glory to God except this foreigner?

(19) And He said to him, Rising up, go! Your faith has cured you.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.



Dr John Warwick Montgomery’s many discussions on Apologetics (defending the faith) with Pr Todd Wilken on Issues Etc.

Christian Apologetics (April 2013 - 5 parts)

1.

1. Speculation vs Fact (Science and Theology), part 1 (mp3, 57:47; 23.3 MB, 2013-Apr-22)

2. 

2. The History and Approach of Apologetics (mp3, 57:21; 23.1 MB, 2013-Apr-23)

3. 

3. Legal Evidence, the Resurrection and Human Rights (mp3, 57:50; 23.3 MB, 2013-Apr-24)

4. 

4. Literature and the Arts (mp3, 57:20; 23.1 MB, 2013-Apr-25)

5. 

5. Christianity’s Influence (mp3, 57:20; 23.1 MB, 2013-Apr-26)

Additional Apologetic Conversations:

1.

1. Divine Revelation (mp3, 26:38; 10.9 MB, 2015-Sep-02)

2.

2. Historical Narrative (mp3, 26:07; 10.6 MB, 2015-Sep-16)

3.

3. Divine Self Revelation (mp3, 25:40; 10.5 MB, 2015-Sep-23)

4.

4. The Incarnation, Death and Resurrection of Jesus (mp3, 28:48; 11.7 MB, 2015-Sep-30)

5.

5. Is There More than One Way to God? (mp3, 28:20; 11.5 MB, 2015-Oct-07)

6.

6. Atheism (mp3, 27:38; 11.3 MB, 2015-Nov-04)

7.

7. The Jesus of Non-Christian Religions (mp3, 31:58; 13.0 MB, 2015-Nov-11)

8.

8. The Incarnation and Defense of the Christian Faith (mp3, 43:24; 49.9 MB, 2016-Dec-23)



 

Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28B)

(18 November 2018)

Daniel 12:1–3; Ps. 16:1-11; Hebrews 10:11–25; Mark 13:1–13

Entrance: LSB 793 Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven

Of the Day: LSB 508 The Day Is Surely Drawing Near

Offertory: LSB 697 Awake, O Sleeper, Rise from Death

Distribution: LSB 511 Herald, Sound the Note of Judgment;

LSB 337 The Night Will Soon Be Ending

Closing: LSB 336 Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending

(begins at 2:00)

The Crucified and Risen Body of Christ Jesus Is the True Temple of God

Despite its “wonderful stones” and “great buildings,” the Jerusalem temple would be torn down, with not one stone left upon another, just as this present world and its kingdoms will come to an end (Mark 13:1–8). But that temple pointed beyond itself to Christ, to His sacrifice upon the cross and to the resurrection of His body as the true Temple of God. In the midst of sin and death, by the proclamation of the Gospel, He now gathers disciples into His body, wherein “the one who endures to the end will be saved” (Mark 13:10–13). For He is “a great priest over the house of God,” who “will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” By the pure water of His Baptism, they “draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,” and by His flesh and blood, they enter the Holy of Holies (Heb. 10:17–22). Thus are His people delivered, “everyone whose name shall be found written in the book.” For by the wisdom of His Gospel, He turns “many to righteousness,” so that “many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake” to everlasting life (Dan. 12:1–3).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - What is "70 AD", Alex? (Mark 13:1-13)

This is Jeopardy! Not exactly. But knowing the question is half the answer to understanding Mark chapter 13, and Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday breaks it down for you here.

Mark 13:1-13


Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday: I Think I'll Go For A Walk (Mark 13:1-13)

Pronouns. Context. The end of the world. And an overview of Mark 13. This Greek Tuesday has it all!


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Proper 28 — 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, 57:21, 52.4 MB, 2018-Nov-12)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 28 with Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr.

Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr., Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Mark 13:1-13 (SBLGNT)

1 Καὶ ἐκπορευομένου αὐτοῦ ἐκ τοῦ ἱεροῦ λέγει αὐτῷ εἷς τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ· Διδάσκαλε, ἴδε ποταποὶ λίθοι καὶ ποταπαὶ οἰκοδομαί.

2 καὶ ὁ ⸀Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Βλέπεις ταύτας τὰς μεγάλας οἰκοδομάς; οὐ μὴ ἀφεθῇ ⸀ὧδε λίθος ἐπὶ ⸀λίθον ὃς οὐ μὴ καταλυθῇ.

3 Καὶ καθημένου αὐτοῦ εἰς τὸ Ὄρος τῶν Ἐλαιῶν κατέναντι τοῦ ἱεροῦ ⸀ἐπηρώτα αὐτὸν κατʼ ἰδίαν Πέτρος καὶ Ἰάκωβος καὶ Ἰωάννης καὶ Ἀνδρέας·

4 Εἰπὸν ἡμῖν πότε ταῦτα ἔσται, καὶ τί τὸ σημεῖον ὅταν μέλλῃ ⸂ταῦτα συντελεῖσθαι πάντα⸃.

5 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς ⸂ἤρξατο λέγειν αὐτοῖς⸃· Βλέπετε μή τις ὑμᾶς πλανήσῃ·

6 ⸀πολλοὶ ἐλεύσονται ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματί μου λέγοντες ὅτι Ἐγώ εἰμι, καὶ πολλοὺς πλανήσουσιν.

7 ὅταν δὲ ⸀ἀκούσητε πολέμους καὶ ἀκοὰς πολέμων, μὴ θροεῖσθε· ⸀δεῖ γενέσθαι, ἀλλʼ οὔπω τὸ τέλος.

8 ἐγερθήσεται γὰρ ἔθνος ἐπʼ ἔθνος καὶ βασιλεία ἐπὶ βασιλείαν, ⸀ἔσονται σεισμοὶ κατὰ τόπους, ⸁ἔσονται ⸀λιμοί· ⸀ἀρχὴ ὠδίνων ταῦτα.

9 βλέπετε δὲ ὑμεῖς ἑαυτούς· ⸀παραδώσουσιν ὑμᾶς εἰς συνέδρια καὶ εἰς συναγωγὰς δαρήσεσθε καὶ ἐπὶ ἡγεμόνων καὶ βασιλέων σταθήσεσθε ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ εἰς μαρτύριον αὐτοῖς.

10 καὶ εἰς πάντα τὰ ἔθνη ⸂πρῶτον δεῖ⸃ κηρυχθῆναι τὸ εὐαγγέλιον.

11 ⸂καὶ ὅταν⸃ ⸀ἄγωσιν ὑμᾶς παραδιδόντες, μὴ προμεριμνᾶτε τί ⸀λαλήσητε, ἀλλʼ ὃ ἐὰν δοθῇ ὑμῖν ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ὥρᾳ τοῦτο λαλεῖτε, οὐ γάρ ἐστε ὑμεῖς οἱ λαλοῦντες ἀλλὰ τὸ πνεῦμα τὸ ἅγιον.

12 ⸂καὶ παραδώσει⸃ ἀδελφὸς ἀδελφὸν εἰς θάνατον καὶ πατὴρ τέκνον, καὶ ἐπαναστήσονται τέκνα ἐπὶ γονεῖς καὶ θανατώσουσιν αὐτούς·

13 καὶ ἔσεσθε μισούμενοι ὑπὸ πάντων διὰ τὸ ὄνομά μου. ὁ δὲ ὑπομείνας εἰς τέλος οὗτος σωθήσεται.


Literal Translation

Mark 13:1-13

(1) And as He was going out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, Teacher, Behold! What kind of stones and what kind of buildings!

(2) And answering, Jesus said to him, Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone shall be left upon a stone which shall not be thrown down.

(3) And as He was sitting in the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew questioned Him privately:

(4) Tell us when these things shall be? And what is the sign when all these things are about to be done?

(5) And answering, Jesus began to say to them, Be careful that no one lead you astray.

(6) For many will come in My name, saying, I AM! And they will lead many astray.

(7) But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be disturbed, for it must occur; but the end is not yet.

(8) For nation will be raised against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there shall be earthquakes in many places. And there shall be famines and troubles. These things are the beginnings of anguishes.

(9) But you yourselves be careful, for they will deliver you up to sanhedrins and to synagogues. You will be beaten, and you will be led before governors and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them.

(10) And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all the nations.

(11) But whenever they lead you away, delivering you, do not be anxious beforehand, what you should say, nor meditate. But whatever may be given to you in that hour, speak that. For you are not those speaking, but the Holy Spirit.

(12) And a brother will deliver up a brother to death, and a father the child. And children will rise up on parents and will put them to death.

(13) And you will be hated by all on account of My name. But the one enduring to the end, that one will be kept safe.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.



Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 27B)

(11 November 2018)

1 Kings 17:8–16; Ps. 146:1-10; Hebrews 9:24–28; Mark 12:38–44

Entrance: LSB 529 Since Our Great High Priest, Christ Jesus

Of the Day: LSB 787 The Temple Rang with Golden Coins

Offertory: LSB 736 Consider How the Birds Above

Distribution: LSB 821 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus;

LSB 527 O Savior, Precious Savior

Closing: LSB 738 Lord of All Hopefulness

The Lord Freely Feeds and Provides for Us with Everything He Has

Those who contribute “large sums” from “out of their abundance” have done very little. They cannot purchase God’s favor with their money. But the “poor widow” with her two small coins, who “out of her poverty has put in everything she had,” entrusts herself and her life to the mercy of God (Mark 12:41–44). Such faith is not disappointed, for the Lord is faithful, and He provides for His people by His grace. Thus was the poor widow of Zarephath able to feed the prophet Elijah “for many days,” as well as herself and her household, “according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah” (1 Kings 17:15–16). He feeds us, too, by His Word, not only with daily bread for this body and life, but unto the life everlasting in Christ Jesus. “By the sacrifice of himself,” by the giving of His body and life and all that He had, He has entered “into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf” (Heb. 9:24–26). He is our great High Priest and the Temple of God, as well as the priestly food with which He feeds us.


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday: The Guilt-Ridden Giver (Mark 12:38-44)

Greek Tuesday is back!! Sort of. This week’s text, Mark 12:38-44, is one that is very commonly misunderstood. It’s the text about the Widow’s Mite and we usually think that Jesus is teaching us how to give. But that’s not what is going on here at all. You’ll have to watch to find out what the real story is!


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Widow’s Mite — 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, 57:21, 23.2 MB, 2015-Nov-02)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 27 with Dr. David P. Scaer

Dr. David P. Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Mark 12:38–44 (SBLGNT)

38 Καὶ ⸂ἐν τῇ διδαχῇ αὐτοῦ ἔλεγεν⸃· Βλέπετε ἀπὸ τῶν γραμματέων τῶν θελόντων ἐν στολαῖς περιπατεῖν καὶ ἀσπασμοὺς ἐν ταῖς ἀγοραῖς

39 καὶ πρωτοκαθεδρίας ἐν ταῖς συναγωγαῖς καὶ πρωτοκλισίας ἐν τοῖς δείπνοις,

40 οἱ κατεσθίοντες τὰς οἰκίας τῶν χηρῶν καὶ προφάσει μακρὰ προσευχόμενοι· οὗτοι λήμψονται περισσότερον κρίμα.

41 Καὶ ⸀καθίσας ⸀κατέναντι τοῦ γαζοφυλακίου ἐθεώρει πῶς ὁ ὄχλος βάλλει χαλκὸν εἰς τὸ γαζοφυλάκιον· καὶ πολλοὶ πλούσιοι ἔβαλλον πολλά·

42 καὶ ἐλθοῦσα μία χήρα πτωχὴ ἔβαλεν λεπτὰ δύο, ὅ ἐστιν κοδράντης.

43 καὶ προσκαλεσάμενος τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ ⸀εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι ἡ χήρα αὕτη ἡ πτωχὴ πλεῖον πάντων ⸀ἔβαλεν τῶν βαλλόντων εἰς τὸ γαζοφυλάκιον·

44 πάντες γὰρ ἐκ τοῦ περισσεύοντος αὐτοῖς ἔβαλον, αὕτη δὲ ἐκ τῆς ὑστερήσεως αὐτῆς πάντα ὅσα εἶχεν ἔβαλεν, ὅλον τὸν βίον αὐτῆς.


Literal Translation

Mark 12:38-44

(38) And He said to them in His teaching, Be careful of the scribes, those desiring to walk about in robes, and greetings in the markets,

(39) and chief seats in the synagogues, and chief couches in the dinners,

(40) those devouring the houses of widows, and for a pretense praying at length. These will receive more abundant judgment.

(41) And sitting down opposite the treasury, Jesus watched how the crowd threw copper coins into the treasury. And many rich ones threw in much.

(42) And coming, one poor widow threw in two lepta (which is a kodrantes).

(43) And having called His disciples near, He said to them, Truly I say to you that this poor widow has thrown in more than all of those casting into the treasury.

(44) For all threw in out of that abounding to them, but she out of her poverty threw in all, as much as she had, her whole livelihood.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.



All Saints’ Day (Observed)

(04 November 2018)

Revelation 7:2–8, 9–17; Ps. 149:1-9; 1 John 3:1–3; Matthew 5:1–12

Entrance: LSB 950 Splendor and Honor

Of the Day: LSB 677 For All the Saints

Offertory: LSB 949 Heavenly Hosts in Ceaseless Worship

Distribution: LSB 932 Jesus Sat with His Disciples;

LSB 676 Behold a Host, Arrayed in White

Closing: LSB 671 Sing with All the Saints in Glory

Saints Are Blessed in the Eternal Presence of Christ

“A great multitude … from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages,” cry out, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne” (Rev. 7:9–17). Faith-filled saints from every place and time, with unified voices, eternally magnify the Lamb of God. As His beloved children, we, too, “shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:1–3). Joined with the throng of angels and a myriad of saints, we shall “serve him day and night in his temple” (Rev. 7:9–17). In our earthly tension vacillating between saint and sinner, faith and doubt, sacred and profane, we earnestly seek Jesus to calm our fears, comfort our spirits and forgive our sins. The Holy Spirit through faith in Christ propels us forward, fortifying us in Word and Sacrament, to our eternal home. In the midst of our constant struggle as believers, we need to be blessed. And so we are. The poor in spirit, the meek, the hungry, the thirsty, the merciful, the pure and the persecuted are all blessed, and we will most certainly inherit the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:1–12).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - No Mo' BEEcursitudes! (Matthew 5:1-12)

Matthew 5, Blessings, Beatitudes, All Saints, All Hallows, Rejoice and Be Glad, Worldview Everlasting, Greek Tuesday

Matthew 5:1-12


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): All Saints Day — 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, 57:20, 23.2 MB, 2015-Oct-19)


Lectionary Podcast - Reformation Day (Observed) with Dr. Charles A. Gieschen

Dr. Charles A. Gieschen, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Matthew 5:1–12 (SBLGNT)

1 Ἰδὼν δὲ τοὺς ὄχλους ἀνέβη εἰς τὸ ὄρος· καὶ καθίσαντος αὐτοῦ προσῆλθαν αὐτῷ οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ·

2 καὶ ἀνοίξας τὸ στόμα αὐτοῦ ἐδίδασκεν αὐτοὺς λέγων·

3 Μακάριοι οἱ πτωχοὶ τῷ πνεύματι, ὅτι αὐτῶν ἐστιν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν.

4 μακάριοι οἱ πενθοῦντες, ὅτι αὐτοὶ παρακληθήσονται.

5 μακάριοι οἱ πραεῖς, ὅτι αὐτοὶ κληρονομήσουσι τὴν γῆν.

6 μακάριοι οἱ πεινῶντες καὶ διψῶντες τὴν δικαιοσύνην, ὅτι αὐτοὶ χορτασθήσονται.

7 μακάριοι οἱ ἐλεήμονες, ὅτι αὐτοὶ ἐλεηθήσονται.

8 μακάριοι οἱ καθαροὶ τῇ καρδίᾳ, ὅτι αὐτοὶ τὸν θεὸν ὄψονται.

9 μακάριοι οἱ εἰρηνοποιοί, ὅτι αὐτοὶ υἱοὶ θεοῦ κληθήσονται.

10 μακάριοι οἱ δεδιωγμένοι ἕνεκεν δικαιοσύνης, ὅτι αὐτῶν ἐστιν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν.

11 μακάριοί ἐστε ὅταν ὀνειδίσωσιν ὑμᾶς καὶ διώξωσιν καὶ εἴπωσιν πᾶν ⸀πονηρὸν καθʼ ὑμῶν ψευδόμενοι ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ.

12 χαίρετε καὶ ἀγαλλιᾶσθε, ὅτι ὁ μισθὸς ὑμῶν πολὺς ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς· οὕτως γὰρ ἐδίωξαν τοὺς προφήτας τοὺς πρὸ ὑμῶν.


Literal Translation

Matthew 5:1–12

(1) But seeing the crowds, He went up into the mountain, and seating Himself, His disciples came near to Him.

(2) And opening His mouth, He taught them, saying:

(3) Blessed are the poor in spirit! For theirs is the kingdom of the Heavens.

(4) Blessed are the ones mourning! For they shall be comforted.

(5) Blessed are the meek! For they shall inherit the earth. Psa. 37:11

(6) Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness! For they shall be filled.

(7) Blessed are the merciful! For they shall obtain mercy.

(8) Blessed are the pure in heart! For they shall see God.

(9) Blessed are the peacemakers! For they shall be called sons of God.

(10) Blessed are they who have been persecuted for righteousness' sake! For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.

(11) Blessed are you when they shall reproach you, and persecute you, and shall say every evil word against you, lying, on account of Me.

(12) Rejoice and leap for joy, for your reward is great in Heaven; for in this way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.



Reformation Day (Observed)

(28 October 2018)

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

Entrance: LSB 656 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Of the Day: LSB 555 Salvation unto Us Has Come

Offertory: LSB 580 The Gospel Shows the Father’s Grace

Distribution: LSB 574 Before the Throne of God Above;

LSB 645 Built on the Rock

Closing: LSB 655 Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word

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, has justified 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). He is “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Matt. 11:18–19), 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 the hearing of that 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 (CPH for certain hymn videos)


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. John 8:31-36; Matthew 11:12-19


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Eternal Gospel — 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, 57:20, 23.2 MB, 2015-Oct-19)


Lectionary Podcast - Reformation Day (Observed) with Dr. Peter J. Scaer

Dr. Peter J. Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


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.


Literal Translation

John 8:31-36

(31) Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in Him, If you continue in My Word, you are truly My disciples.

(32) And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

(33) They answered Him, We are Abraham's seed, and we have been in slavery to no one, never! How do You say, You will become free?

(34) Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Everyone practicing sin is a slave of sin.

(35) But the slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains to the age.

(36) Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.


Matthew 11:12-19  (SBLGNT)

12 ἀπὸ δὲ τῶν ἡμερῶν Ἰωάννου τοῦ βαπτιστοῦ ἕως ἄρτι ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν βιάζεται, καὶ βιασταὶ ἁρπάζουσιν αὐτήν.

13 πάντες γὰρ οἱ προφῆται καὶ ὁ νόμος ἕως Ἰωάννου ἐπροφήτευσαν·

14 καὶ εἰ θέλετε δέξασθαι, αὐτός ἐστιν Ἠλίας ὁ μέλλων ἔρχεσθαι.

15 ὁ ἔχων ⸀ὦτα ἀκουέτω.

16 Τίνι δὲ ὁμοιώσω τὴν γενεὰν ταύτην; ὁμοία ἐστὶν παιδίοις ⸂καθημένοις ἐν ταῖς ἀγοραῖς ἃ προσφωνοῦντα τοῖς ἑτέροις⸃

17 ⸀λέγουσιν· Ηὐλήσαμεν ὑμῖν καὶ οὐκ ὠρχήσασθε· ⸀ἐθρηνήσαμεν καὶ οὐκ ἐκόψασθε·

18 ἦλθεν γὰρ Ἰωάννης μήτε ἐσθίων μήτε πίνων, καὶ λέγουσιν· Δαιμόνιον ἔχει·

19 ἦλθεν ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐσθίων καὶ πίνων, καὶ λέγουσιν· Ἰδοὺ ἄνθρωπος φάγος καὶ οἰνοπότης, τελωνῶν φίλος καὶ ἁμαρτωλῶν. καὶ ἐδικαιώθη ἡ σοφία ἀπὸ τῶν ⸀ἔργων αὐτῆς.


Literal Translation

Matthew 11:12-19

(12) But from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent seize it.

(13) For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.

(14) And if you are willing to receive, he is Elijah, the one going to come.

(15) The one having ears to hear, let him hear.

(16) But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like little children sitting in the markets, and calling to their mates,

(17) and saying, We piped to you, and you did not dance; we mourned to you, and you did not wail.

(18) For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a demon.

(19) The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold, a gluttonous man and a wine drinker, and a friend of tax collectors, and of sinners. And wisdom was justified by her children.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.



Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 24B)

(21 October 2018)

Ecclesiastes 5:10–20; Ps. 119:9-16; Hebrews 4:1–13, 14–16; Mark 10:23–31

Entrance: LSB 906 O Day of Rest and Gladness

Of the Day: LSB 690 Hope of the World

Offertory: LSB 736 Consider How the Birds Above

Distribution: LSB 770 What A Friend We Have in Jesus;

LSB 753 All for Christ I Have Forsaken

Closing: LSB 850 God of Grace and God of Glory

Hymn video has five verses -- see: Chalice Hymnal

By the Voluntary Poverty of Christ, We Enter the Kingdom of God

To love and trust in earthly wealth is vanity. For nothing of this earth will last forever, nor can any of it grant eternal life (Eccl. 5:10). But the one who trusts in God is “occupied with joy in his heart” and is able to sleep in peace, “whether he eats little or much,” because he knows that the “days of his life” are “the gift of God” (Eccl. 5:12, 18–20). The person who trusts in riches cannot sleep, because he “shall take nothing for his toil that he may carry away in his hand” (Eccl. 5:15). Therefore, it is difficult “for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God” (Mark 20:23). Indeed, it is impossible for man, yet “all things are possible with God” (Mark 20:27). Thus, the Rich Man, Jesus Christ, has made Himself poor and has gone through “the eye of a needle,” through death and the grave, “to enter the kingdom of God” on our behalf (Mark 20:24–25). He is the “great high priest who has passed through the heavens” (Heb. 4:14), so that we may now enter His Sabbath rest by faith in His forgiveness (Heb. 4:3–9).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - It's All About Camels (Mark 10:23-31)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on Mark 10:23-31 (but really all of chapter 9-10).


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): “Earthly Riches and the Kingdom of Heaven” — 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, 57:19, 23.1 MB, 2015-Oct-14)


Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost 22 - Proper 24 - Series B - Mark 10:23–31 with Dr. John G. Nordling

Dr. John G. Nordling, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Mark 10:23-31 (SBLGNT)

23 Καὶ περιβλεψάμενος ὁ Ἰησοῦς λέγει τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ· Πῶς δυσκόλως οἱ τὰ χρήματα ἔχοντες εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ εἰσελεύσονται.

24 οἱ δὲ μαθηταὶ ἐθαμβοῦντο ἐπὶ τοῖς λόγοις αὐτοῦ. ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς πάλιν ἀποκριθεὶς λέγει αὐτοῖς· Τέκνα, πῶς δύσκολόν ⸀ἐστιν εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ εἰσελθεῖν·

25 εὐκοπώτερόν ἐστιν κάμηλον διὰ ⸂τῆς τρυμαλιᾶς τῆς⸃ ῥαφίδος ⸀διελθεῖν ἢ πλούσιον εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ εἰσελθεῖν.

26 οἱ δὲ περισσῶς ἐξεπλήσσοντο λέγοντες πρὸς ⸀ἑαυτούς· Καὶ τίς δύναται σωθῆναι;

27 ⸀ἐμβλέψας αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς λέγει· Παρὰ ἀνθρώποις ἀδύνατον ἀλλʼ οὐ παρὰ θεῷ, πάντα γὰρ ⸀δυνατὰ παρὰ τῷ θεῷ.

28 Ἤρξατο ⸂λέγειν ὁ Πέτρος⸃ αὐτῷ· Ἰδοὺ ἡμεῖς ἀφήκαμεν πάντα καὶ ⸀ἠκολουθήκαμέν σοι.

29 ⸂ἔφη ὁ Ἰησοῦς⸃· Ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, οὐδείς ἐστιν ὃς ἀφῆκεν οἰκίαν ἢ ἀδελφοὺς ἢ ἀδελφὰς ἢ ⸂μητέρα ἢ πατέρα⸃ ἢ τέκνα ἢ ἀγροὺς ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ καὶ ἕνεκεν τοῦ εὐαγγελίου,

30 ἐὰν μὴ λάβῃ ἑκατονταπλασίονα νῦν ἐν τῷ καιρῷ τούτῳ οἰκίας καὶ ἀδελφοὺς καὶ ἀδελφὰς καὶ ⸀μητέρας καὶ τέκνα καὶ ἀγροὺς μετὰ διωγμῶν, καὶ ἐν τῷ αἰῶνι τῷ ἐρχομένῳ ζωὴν αἰώνιον.

31 πολλοὶ δὲ ἔσονται πρῶτοι ἔσχατοι καὶ ⸀οἱ ἔσχατοι πρῶτοι.


Literal Translation

Mark 10:23-31

(23) And having looked around, Jesus said to His disciples, How hardly those having riches will enter into the kingdom of God!

(24) And the disciples were astonished at His Words. And answering again, Jesus said to them, Children, how hard it is for those trusting on riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

(25) It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle, than for a rich one to enter into the kingdom of God.

(26) And they were exceedingly astonished, saying to themselves, And who is able to be saved?

(27) But looking at them, Jesus said, From men it is impossible, but not from God. For all things are possible from God.

(28) And Peter began to say to Him, Behold, we left all and followed You.

(29) But answering, Jesus said, Truly I say to you, There is no one who forsook house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My sake and the gospel,

(30) that will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the coming age, eternal life.

(31) But many first shall be last, and the last shall be first.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.



Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 23B)

(14 October 2018)

Amos 5:6–7, 10–15; Ps. 90:12-17; Hebrews 3:12–19; Mark 10:17–22

Entrance: LSB 700 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Of the Day: LSB 694 Thee Will I Love, My Strength, My Tower

Offertory: LSB 736 Consider How the Birds Above

Distribution: LSB 788 Forgive Us, Lord, for Shallow Thankfulness;

 

LSB 565 Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ

Closing: LSB 707 Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways

Christ Jesus Is the One and Only Good by Whom You Inherit Eternal Life

The Lord is the Author and Giver of life, as well as a consuming fire of judgment against all “who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and turn aside the needy in the gate” (Amos 5:12). “Seek the Lord and live,” therefore, by hating what is evil, loving what is good and doing what is just and right, according to His Word. “And so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you” (Amos 5:6, 14–15). Understand that “no one is good except God alone” (Mark 10:18). The life that you are called to live is found neither in your “great possessions,” nor in your good works, but only in Christ Jesus. Let go of “all that you have” and follow Him, even unto death, and “you will have treasure in heaven” (Mark 10:21–22). Do not harden your heart against His voice, nor turn away from Him, lest you “fall away from the living God.” Rather, hear and heed His call, cling to His Word and “exhort one another every day,” that you may remain steadfast in Christ and “firm to the end” (Heb. 3:12–15).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - We're All Camels Eyeing Needles (Mark 10:17-31)

No one gets it. The disciples don’t. The crowds don’t. And we don’t. We always ask the same question - “What must I do to be saved?” And it’s always the wrong question. But often when people read today’s text, Mark 10:17-31, they think they have finally found an answer. Sell everything! Give it all the poor! Follow Jesus!! But is that what Jesus actually said? Or did his words mean something entirely different?


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): “Jesus and the Rich Young Man” — 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, 57:11, 23.1 MB, 2015-Oct-07)


Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost 21 - Proper 23 - Series B - Mark 10:17–22 with Dr. John G. Nordling

Dr. John G. Nordling, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Mark 10:17–22 (SBLGNT)

17 Καὶ ἐκπορευομένου αὐτοῦ εἰς ὁδὸν προσδραμὼν εἷς καὶ γονυπετήσας αὐτὸν ἐπηρώτα αὐτόν· Διδάσκαλε ἀγαθέ, τί ποιήσω ἵνα ζωὴν αἰώνιον κληρονομήσω;

18 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Τί με λέγεις ἀγαθόν; οὐδεὶς ἀγαθὸς εἰ μὴ εἷς ὁ θεός.

19 τὰς ἐντολὰς οἶδας· Μὴ ⸂φονεύσῃς, Μὴ μοιχεύσῃς⸃, Μὴ κλέψῃς, Μὴ ψευδομαρτυρήσῃς, Μὴ ἀποστερήσῃς, Τίμα τὸν πατέρα σου καὶ τὴν μητέρα.

20 ὁ δὲ ⸀ἔφη αὐτῷ· Διδάσκαλε, ταῦτα πάντα ἐφυλαξάμην ἐκ νεότητός μου.

21 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς ἐμβλέψας αὐτῷ ἠγάπησεν αὐτὸν καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Ἕν ⸀σε ὑστερεῖ· ὕπαγε ὅσα ἔχεις πώλησον καὶ δὸς ⸀τοῖς πτωχοῖς, καὶ ἕξεις θησαυρὸν ἐν οὐρανῷ, καὶ δεῦρο ἀκολούθει ⸀μοι.

22 ὁ δὲ στυγνάσας ἐπὶ τῷ λόγῳ ἀπῆλθεν λυπούμενος, ἦν γὰρ ἔχων κτήματα πολλά.


Literal Translation

Mark 10:17–22

(17) And He having gone out into the highway, running up and kneeling down to Him, one questioned Him, Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

(18) But Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me good? No one is good except One, God.

(19) You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery, do not commit murder, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.

(20) And answering, he said to Him, Teacher, I observed all these from my youth.

(21) And looking at him, Jesus loved him, and said to him, One thing is lacking to you. Go, sell what things you have, and give to the poor. And you will have treasure in Heaven. And come, follow Me, taking up the cross.

(22) But being sad at the Word, he went away grieving; for he had many possessions.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.



Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 22B)

(07 October 2018)

Genesis 2:18–25; Ps. 128:1-6; Hebrews 2:1–13 14–18; Mark 10:2–16

Entrance: LSB 532 The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns

Of the Day: LSB 863 Our Father, by Whose Name

Offertory: LSB 594 God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It

Distribution: LSB 529 Since Our Great High Priest, Christ Jesus;

LSB 706 Love in Christ Is Strong and Living

Closing: LSB 862 Oh, Blest the House

Marriage Is a Sign that Manifests the Gospel of Christ and His Church

Humanity is created in the image and likeness of God. “It is not good that the man should be alone” (Gen. 2:18). For the Lord Himself is a perfect communion of three Persons — the Father, Son and Holy Spirit — in one God. Therefore, “the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs,” which “he made into a woman” and brought “to the man” (Gen. 2:21–22). It is for this reason that “a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Gen. 2:24; Mark 10:7). This great mystery of holy marriage signifies Christ Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, and His Bride, the Church. Divorce and all manner of adultery contradict and undermine this sign, and in doing so, they confess a false Christ and a false gospel. “What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate” (Mark 10:9). In truth, Christ Jesus has atoned for all such sins, and He has perfected marriage in Himself “through suffering,” that He might bring “many sons to glory” in His resurrection (Heb. 2:8–10).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - The Wienermobile Isn't Stupid But Divorce Is (Mark 10:2-16)

Divorce is not a fun topic, and Jesus doesn’t mince words in Mark 10:2-16, our text for today’s Greek Tuesday. This episode condemns us all. No one escapes the Law here. But thankfully, the Gospel is also there to comfort us!


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): “Let the Little Children Come to Me” — 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, 23.2 MB, 2015-Sept-30)


Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost 20 - Proper 22 - Series B - Mark 10:2–16 with Dr. Peter J. Scaer

Dr. Peter J. Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Mark 10:2–16 (SBLGNT)

2 ⸀Καὶ ⸀ἐπηρώτων αὐτὸν εἰ ἔξεστιν ἀνδρὶ γυναῖκα ἀπολῦσαι, πειράζοντες αὐτόν.

3 ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Τί ὑμῖν ἐνετείλατο Μωϋσῆς;

4 οἱ δὲ εἶπαν· ⸂Ἐπέτρεψεν Μωϋσῆς⸃ βιβλίον ἀποστασίου γράψαι καὶ ἀπολῦσαι.

5 ⸂ὁ δὲ⸃ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Πρὸς τὴν σκληροκαρδίαν ὑμῶν ἔγραψεν ὑμῖν τὴν ἐντολὴν ταύτην·

6 ἀπὸ δὲ ἀρχῆς κτίσεως ἄρσεν καὶ θῆλυ ἐποίησεν ⸀αὐτούς·

7 ἕνεκεν τούτου καταλείψει ἄνθρωπος τὸν πατέρα αὐτοῦ καὶ τὴν μητέρα ⸂καὶ προσκολληθήσεται πρὸς τὴν γυναῖκα αὐτοῦ⸃,

8 καὶ ἔσονται οἱ δύο εἰς σάρκα μίαν· ὥστε οὐκέτι εἰσὶν δύο ἀλλὰ μία σάρξ·

9 ὃ οὖν ὁ θεὸς συνέζευξεν ἄνθρωπος μὴ χωριζέτω.

10 Καὶ ⸂εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν⸃ πάλιν οἱ μαθηταὶ ⸂περὶ τούτου⸃ ⸀ἐπηρώτων αὐτόν.

11 καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς· Ὃς ⸀ἂν ἀπολύσῃ τὴν γυναῖκα αὐτοῦ καὶ γαμήσῃ ἄλλην μοιχᾶται ἐπʼ αὐτήν,

12 καὶ ἐὰν ⸂αὐτὴ ἀπολύσασα τὸν ἄνδρα αὐτῆς γαμήσῃ ἄλλον⸃ μοιχᾶται.

13 Καὶ προσέφερον αὐτῷ παιδία ἵνα ⸂αὐτῶν ἅψηται⸃· οἱ δὲ μαθηταὶ ⸂ἐπετίμησαν αὐτοῖς⸃.

14 ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἠγανάκτησεν καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Ἄφετε τὰ παιδία ἔρχεσθαι πρός με, μὴ κωλύετε αὐτά, τῶν γὰρ τοιούτων ἐστὶν ἡ βασιλεία τοῦ θεοῦ.

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

16 καὶ ἐναγκαλισάμενος αὐτὰ ⸂κατευλόγει τιθεὶς τὰς χεῖρας ἐπʼ αὐτά⸃.


Literal Translation

Mark 10:2–16

(2) And coming near, the Pharisees asked Him if it is lawful for a man to put away a wife, testing Him.

(3) But answering, He said to them, What did Moses command you?

(4) And they said, Moses allowed "to write a bill of divorce, and to put away." Deut. 24:1

(5) And answering, Jesus said to them, With respect to your hardheartedness he wrote this command to you.

(6) But from the beginning of creation "God made them male and female." Gen. 1:27

(7) "Because of this, a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife,

(8) and the two shall be one flesh;" so that they no longer are two, but one flesh. Gen. 2:24

(9) Therefore, what God yoked together, let not man put apart.

(10) And again, in the house His disciples asked Him about the same.

(11) And He said to them, Whoever may dismiss his wife and marries another commits adultery against her.

(12) And if a woman puts away her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.

(13) And they brought children to Him, that He might touch them. But the disciples rebuked those carrying them.

(14) But seeing, Jesus was indignant. And He said to them, Allow the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them. For of such is the kingdom of God.

(15) Truly I say to you, Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a child may not enter into it, never.

(16) And having taken them in His arms, laying hands on them, He blessed them.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.



Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21B)

(30 September 2018)

Numbers 11:4–6, 10–16, 24–29; Ps. 104:27-35; James 5:1–12, 13–20; Mark 9:38–50

Entrance: LSB 802 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Of the Day: LSB 505 Triune God, Be Thou Our Stay

N.B. This version is God the Father, Be Our Stay:

Offertory: LSB 843 Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive

Distribution: LSB 690 Hope of the World;

Begins 3:01

LSB 768 To God the Holy Spirit Let Us Pray

Closing: LSB 854 Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go

Christ Jesus, the Son of God, Cares for Us and Serves Us with the Forgiveness of Sins

When the people of Israel wept, complaining that they had no meat to eat (Num. 11:4), Moses cried out to the Lord that “the burden of all this people” was too heavy for him and that he was “not able to carry all this people alone” (Num. 11:11–14). So the Lord had Moses gather “seventy men of the elders of Israel” (Num. 11:16), and the Lord “took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders” (Num. 11:25), so that Moses would not carry the burden alone. All who thus labor are honored, and all the people are cared for, in the name of the Lord (Mark 9:39–41). Everything is done with reference to Christ Jesus. So we cling to Him, and we flee from all sins that would separate us from Him (Mark 9:42–48). The life of the Church is one of repentant faith in Christ. Christians confess their sins to one another, and they “pray for one another,” that each would be raised up and healed by the Lord Jesus, who covers “a multitude of sins” and saves our souls from death (James 5:15–20).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - Men Without Hands (Mark 9:38-50)

There are so many transitions going on right now that Greek Tuesday is very late…but it IS here! In our Mark 9:38-50 text for today, the disciples still don’t get that Jesus is going to die. And now things get a bit confusing and context really matters to understand what is going on here!


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Temptations to Sin — 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, 1:07:40, 27.3 MB, 2015-Sept-23)


Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost 19 - Proper 21 - Series B - Mark 9:38–50 with Dr. Peter J. Scaer

Dr. Peter J. Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Mark 9:38–50 (SBLGNT)

38 ⸂Ἔφη αὐτῷ ὁ Ἰωάννης⸃· Διδάσκαλε, εἴδομέν τινα ⸀ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί σου ἐκβάλλοντα δαιμόνια, ⸂καὶ ἐκωλύομεν αὐτόν, ὅτι οὐκ ἠκολούθει ἡμῖν⸃.

39 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν· Μὴ κωλύετε αὐτόν, οὐδεὶς γάρ ἐστιν ὃς ποιήσει δύναμιν ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματί μου καὶ δυνήσεται ταχὺ κακολογῆσαί με·

40 ὃς γὰρ οὐκ ἔστιν καθʼ ⸂ἡμῶν, ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν⸃ ἐστιν.

41 Ὃς γὰρ ἂν ποτίσῃ ὑμᾶς ποτήριον ὕδατος ἐν ⸀ὀνόματι ὅτι χριστοῦ ἐστε, ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ⸀ὅτι οὐ μὴ ⸀ἀπολέσῃ τὸν μισθὸν αὐτοῦ.

42 Καὶ ὃς ⸀ἂν σκανδαλίσῃ ἕνα τῶν μικρῶν ⸀τούτων τῶν πιστευόντων ⸂εἰς ἐμέ⸃, καλόν ἐστιν αὐτῷ μᾶλλον εἰ περίκειται ⸂μύλος ὀνικὸς⸃ περὶ τὸν τράχηλον αὐτοῦ καὶ βέβληται εἰς τὴν θάλασσαν.

43 Καὶ ἐὰν ⸀σκανδαλίζῃ σε ἡ χείρ σου, ἀπόκοψον αὐτήν· καλόν ⸂ἐστίν σε⸃ κυλλὸν ⸂εἰσελθεῖν εἰς τὴν ζωὴν⸃ ἢ τὰς δύο χεῖρας ἔχοντα ἀπελθεῖν εἰς τὴν γέενναν, εἰς τὸ πῦρ τὸ ⸀ἄσβεστον.

44

45 καὶ ἐὰν ὁ πούς σου σκανδαλίζῃ σε, ἀπόκοψον αὐτόν· καλόν ἐστίν ⸀σε εἰσελθεῖν εἰς τὴν ζωὴν χωλὸν ἢ τοὺς δύο πόδας ἔχοντα βληθῆναι εἰς τὴν ⸀γέενναν.

46

47 καὶ ἐὰν ὁ ὀφθαλμός σου σκανδαλίζῃ σε, ἔκβαλε αὐτόν· καλόν ⸀σέ ἐστιν μονόφθαλμον εἰσελθεῖν εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ ἢ δύο ὀφθαλμοὺς ἔχοντα βληθῆναι εἰς ⸀τὴν ⸀γέενναν,

48 ὅπου ὁ σκώληξ αὐτῶν οὐ τελευτᾷ καὶ τὸ πῦρ οὐ σβέννυται.

49 Πᾶς γὰρ πυρὶ ⸀ἁλισθήσεται.

50 καλὸν τὸ ἅλας· ἐὰν δὲ τὸ ἅλας ἄναλον γένηται, ἐν τίνι αὐτὸ ἀρτύσετε; ἔχετε ἐν ἑαυτοῖς ⸀ἅλα, καὶ εἰρηνεύετε ἐν ἀλλήλοις.


Literal Translation

Mark 9:38-50

(38) And John answered Him, saying, Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, who does not follow us. And we forbade him, because he does not follow us.

(39) But Jesus said, Do not forbid him. For there is no one who shall do a work of power in My name, yet be able to speak evil of Me quickly.

(40) For who is not against us is for us.

(41) For whoever gives you a cup of cold water to drink in My name, because you are of Christ, truly I say to you, In no way he will lose his reward.

(42) And whoever causes one of these little ones that believe in Me to offend, it is good for him if rather a millstone be laid about his neck, and he be thrown into the sea.

(43) And if your hand offend you, cut it off. For it is profitable for you to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go away into Hell, into the unquenchable fire,

(44) where their worm does not die, and the fire is not put out.

(45) And if your foot causes you to offend, cut it off, for it is profitable for you to enter into life lame, than having two feet to be thrown into Hell, into the unquenchable fire,

(46) where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

(47) And if your eye offends you, cast it out. For it is profitable for you to enter into the kingdom of God one-eyed, than having two eyes to be thrown into the Hell of fire,

(48) "where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched."

(49) For everyone will be salted with fire, and every sacrifice will be salted with salt.

(50) Salt is good, but if the salt becomes saltless, by what will you season? Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.



Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20B)

(23 September 2018)

Jeremiah 11:18–20; Ps. 34:1-22; James 3:13—4:10; Mark 9:30–37

Entrance: LSB 473 Our Paschal Lamb, That Sets Us Free

Of the Day: LSB 851 Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us

Offertory: LSB 605 Father Welcomes

Distribution: LSB 706 Love in Christ Is Strong and Living;

LSB 725 Children of the Heavenly Father

Closing: LSB 661 The Son of God Goes Forth to War (Starts at 2:20):

Our Father Cares for His Children with the Gospel of His Son

The sinful heart is filled with “bitter jealousy and selfish ambition” (James 3:14), which causes hostility, quarrels and conflicts, even among those who are fellow members of the body of Christ. This should not be so! Rather, God “opposes the proud” with His Law, in order to humble them unto repentance; He “gives grace to the humble,” in order to exalt them by His Gospel of forgiveness (James 4:6–10). This true “wisdom from above” is found in the gentleness, mercy and peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who humbled Himself and sacrificed Himself for the salvation of sinners (James 3:17). He was “like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter,” committing Himself to God, His Father, “who judges righteously, who tests the heart and the mind” (Jer. 11:19–20). Therefore, “after three days,” His Father exalted Him by raising Him from the dead (Mark 9:31). In Holy Baptism, He takes disciples of all ages into His arms like little children. In receiving Him through repentance and faith in His forgiveness of sins, they receive from His Father a share in the glory of His cross and resurrection (Mark 9:36–37).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Mark 9:30–37

Worldview Everlasting - When Vanity Strikes (Mark 9:30-37)

In which Pastor Fisk briefly shares about the recent loss of their unborn son and the comfort they found in Christ through this difficult time. And then we have Greek Tuesday where he goes through Mark 9:30-37! Wherein the disciples just don’t get what Jesus is talking about. He says he’s going to die, so they fight about who is going to be the greatest of them. Silliness. What does it all mean? Watch and find out!


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Who Is the Greatest — 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, 55:05, 22.3 MB, 2015-Sept-14)


Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost 18 - Proper 20 - Series B - Mark 9:30–37 with Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr.

Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr., Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Mark 9:30–37 (SBLGNT)

30 Κἀκεῖθεν ἐξελθόντες ⸀παρεπορεύοντο διὰ τῆς Γαλιλαίας, καὶ οὐκ ἤθελεν ἵνα τις γνοῖ·

31 ἐδίδασκεν γὰρ τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς ὅτι Ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου παραδίδοται εἰς χεῖρας ἀνθρώπων, καὶ ἀποκτενοῦσιν αὐτόν, καὶ ἀποκτανθεὶς ⸂μετὰ τρεῖς ἡμέρας⸃ ἀναστήσεται.

32 οἱ δὲ ἠγνόουν τὸ ῥῆμα, καὶ ἐφοβοῦντο αὐτὸν ἐπερωτῆσαι.

33 Καὶ ⸀ἦλθον εἰς Καφαρναούμ. καὶ ἐν τῇ οἰκίᾳ γενόμενος ἐπηρώτα αὐτούς· Τί ἐν τῇ ⸀ὁδῷ διελογίζεσθε;

34 οἱ δὲ ἐσιώπων, πρὸς ἀλλήλους γὰρ διελέχθησαν ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ τίς μείζων.

35 καὶ καθίσας ἐφώνησεν τοὺς δώδεκα καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς· Εἴ τις θέλει πρῶτος εἶναι ἔσται πάντων ἔσχατος καὶ πάντων διάκονος.

36 καὶ λαβὼν παιδίον ἔστησεν αὐτὸ ἐν μέσῳ αὐτῶν καὶ ἐναγκαλισάμενος αὐτὸ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς·

37 Ὃς ⸀ἂν ἓν τῶν τοιούτων παιδίων δέξηται ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματί μου, ἐμὲ δέχεται· καὶ ὃς ⸁ἂν ἐμὲ ⸀δέχηται, οὐκ ἐμὲ δέχεται ἀλλὰ τὸν ἀποστείλαντά με.


Literal Translation

Mark 9:30-37

(30) And going forth from there, they passed by through Galilee. And He desired that no one know.

(31) For He taught His disciples, and said to them, The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And being killed, He will rise up the third day.

(32) But they did not know the Word, and feared to question Him.

(33) And they came to Capernaum. And having come into the house, He questioned them, What were you disputing to yourselves in the way?

(34) And they were silent, for they argued with one another in the way as to who was greater.

(35) And sitting, He called the Twelve and said to them, If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.

(36) And taking a child, He set it in their midst, and having embraced it, He said to them,

(37) Whoever receives one of such children on My name receives Me. And whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but the One having sent Me.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.



Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 19B)

(16 September 2018)

Isaiah 50:4–10; Ps. 116:1-9; James 3:1–12; Mark 9:14–29

Entrance: LSB 819 Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good

Of the Day: LSB 713 From God Can Nothing Move Me

Offertory: LSB 545 Word of God, Come Down on Earth

Distribution: LSB 533 Jesus Has Come and Brings Pleasure;

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

Closing: LSB 849 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness

Christ Jesus Delivers Us from Sin, Death and the Devil

Those who teach the Word of God “will be judged with greater strictness” (James 3:1) because it is by the Word that saving faith is obtained, whereas false doctrine always threatens to destroy Christian faith and life. The tongue “boasts of great things,” whether for good or evil (James 3:5). In fallen man, “it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8). But anyone who bridles his tongue with the Word of God, who “does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man” (James 3:2). It is Christ who opens His ear to the voice of His Father, so that, with “the tongue of those who are taught,” He is able to sustain the weary “with a word” (Is. 50:4–5). Entrusting Himself to His Father, even to death, He is not put to shame but is vindicated in His resurrection (Is. 50:6–9). By His faith and faithfulness, He casts out the “mute and deaf spirit” from us (Mark 9:25). He has compassion on us and helps us, so that we are not destroyed but cleansed from every evil and raised up from death to life (Mark 9:22–27).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - If Mr. T Can (Mark 9:14-29)

Worldview Everlasting takes on Mark chapter 9:14-29. Plus Mr T's very brief singing career.


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit — 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, 58:15, 23.5 MB, 2015-Sept-08)


Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost 17 - Proper 19 - Series B - Mark 9:14–29 with Dr. David P. Scaer

Dr. David P. Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Mark 9:14-29 (SBLGNT)

14 Καὶ ⸂ἐλθόντες πρὸς τοὺς μαθητὰς εἶδον⸃ ὄχλον πολὺν περὶ αὐτοὺς καὶ γραμματεῖς συζητοῦντας ⸂πρὸς αὐτούς⸃.

15 καὶ ⸀εὐθὺς πᾶς ὁ ὄχλος ⸂ἰδόντες αὐτὸν ἐξεθαμβήθησαν⸃, καὶ προστρέχοντες ἠσπάζοντο αὐτόν.

16 καὶ ἐπηρώτησεν ⸀αὐτούς· Τί συζητεῖτε πρὸς ⸀αὑτούς;

17 καὶ ⸂ἀπεκρίθη αὐτῷ εἷς ἐκ τοῦ ὄχλου⸃· Διδάσκαλε, ἤνεγκα τὸν υἱόν μου πρὸς σέ, ἔχοντα πνεῦμα ἄλαλον·

18 καὶ ὅπου ⸀ἐὰν αὐτὸν καταλάβῃ ῥήσσει αὐτόν, καὶ ἀφρίζει καὶ τρίζει τοὺς ⸀ὀδόντας καὶ ξηραίνεται· καὶ εἶπα τοῖς μαθηταῖς σου ἵνα αὐτὸ ἐκβάλωσιν, καὶ οὐκ ἴσχυσαν.

19 ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς ⸀αὐτοῖς λέγει· Ὦ γενεὰ ἄπιστος, ἕως πότε πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἔσομαι; ἕως πότε ἀνέξομαι ὑμῶν; φέρετε αὐτὸν πρός με.

20 καὶ ἤνεγκαν αὐτὸν πρὸς αὐτόν. καὶ ἰδὼν αὐτὸν ⸂τὸ πνεῦμα εὐθὺς⸃ ⸀συνεσπάραξεν αὐτόν, καὶ πεσὼν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἐκυλίετο ἀφρίζων.

21 καὶ ἐπηρώτησεν τὸν πατέρα αὐτοῦ· Πόσος χρόνος ἐστὶν ὡς τοῦτο γέγονεν αὐτῷ; ὁ δὲ εἶπεν· ⸀Ἐκ παιδιόθεν·

22 καὶ πολλάκις ⸂καὶ εἰς πῦρ αὐτὸν⸃ ἔβαλεν καὶ εἰς ὕδατα ἵνα ἀπολέσῃ αὐτόν· ἀλλʼ εἴ τι ⸀δύνῃ, βοήθησον ἡμῖν σπλαγχνισθεὶς ἐφʼ ἡμᾶς.

23 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Τὸ Εἰ ⸀δύνῃ, πάντα δυνατὰ τῷ πιστεύοντι.

24 ⸀εὐθὺς κράξας ὁ πατὴρ τοῦ ⸀παιδίου ἔλεγεν· ⸀Πιστεύω· βοήθει μου τῇ ἀπιστίᾳ.

25 ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς ὅτι ἐπισυντρέχει ὄχλος ἐπετίμησεν τῷ πνεύματι τῷ ἀκαθάρτῳ λέγων αὐτῷ· Τὸ ⸂ἄλαλον καὶ κωφὸν πνεῦμα⸃, ἐγὼ ⸂ἐπιτάσσω σοι⸃, ἔξελθε ἐξ αὐτοῦ καὶ μηκέτι εἰσέλθῃς εἰς αὐτόν.

26 καὶ ⸂κράξας καὶ πολλὰ σπαράξας⸃ ἐξῆλθεν· καὶ ἐγένετο ὡσεὶ νεκρὸς ὥστε ⸀τοὺς πολλοὺς λέγειν ὅτι ἀπέθανεν.

27 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς κρατήσας ⸂τῆς χειρὸς αὐτοῦ⸃ ἤγειρεν αὐτόν, καὶ ἀνέστη.

28 καὶ ⸂εἰσελθόντος αὐτοῦ⸃ εἰς οἶκον οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ ⸂κατʼ ἰδίαν ἐπηρώτων αὐτόν⸃· Ὅτι ἡμεῖς οὐκ ἠδυνήθημεν ἐκβαλεῖν αὐτό;

29 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Τοῦτο τὸ γένος ἐν οὐδενὶ δύναται ἐξελθεῖν εἰ μὴ ἐν ⸀προσευχῇ.


Literal Translation

Mark 9:14-29

(14) And coming to the disciples, He saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them.

(15) And at once all the crowd seeing Him were greatly amazed. And running up, they greeted Him.

(16) And He questioned the scribes, What are you arguing with them?

(17) And one answered out of the crowd, saying, Teacher, I brought my son to You, having a dumb spirit.

(18) And wherever it seizes him, it dashes him; and he foams and gnashes his teeth. And he wastes away. And I told Your disciples, that they might expel it. And they were not able.

(19) And answering them, He said, O unbelieving generation! How long will I be with you? How long shall I endure you? Bring him to Me.

(20) And they brought him to Him. And seeing Him, the spirit immediately convulsed him. And falling on the ground, he wallowed, foaming.

(21) And He questioned his father, How long a time is it while this has happened to him? And he said, From childhood.

(22) And often it threw him both into fire and into water, that it might destroy him. But if You are able to do anything, help us, having pity on us.

(23) And Jesus said to him, If you are able to believe, all things are possible to the ones believing.

(24) And immediately crying out, the father of the child said with tears, Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief!

(25) And seeing that a crowd is running together, Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, Dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, Come out from him, and you may no more go into him!

(26) And crying out, and convulsing him very much, it came out. And he became as if dead, so as for many to say that he died.

(27) But taking hold of his hand, Jesus raised him up, and he stood up.

(28) And He entering into a house, His disciples questioned Him privately, Why were we not able to cast it out?

(29) And He said to them, This kind can go out by nothing except by prayer and fasting.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.



Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18B)

(09 September 2018)

Isaiah 35:4–7; Ps. 146:1-10; James 2:1–10, 14–18; Mark 7:24–30, 31–37

Entrance: LSB 797 Praise the Almighty

Of the Day: LSB 768 To God the Holy Spirit Let Us Pray

Offertory: LSB 545 Word of God, Come Down on Earth

Distribution: LSB 524 How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds;

LSB 848 Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service

Closing: LSB 528 Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Our Merciful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Does All Things Well

The Lord proclaims the Gospel “to those who have an anxious heart” to comfort and encourage them with His presence. He comes not only with threats of “vengeance” and “recompense,” but with His gracious salvation (Is. 35:4). He opens “the eyes of the blind” and “the ears of the deaf,” and He loosens “the tongue of the mute” to “sing for joy” (Is. 35:5–6). Like water on thirsty ground, He speaks His life-giving Word to people of all nations. With His Word and the touch of His hand, He does “all things well,” so that you may now speak “plainly” (Mark 7:31–37). You confess the truth of God in Christ to the glory of His holy name, and you call upon His name in every trouble, confident that He will hear and answer. As you pray and confess with your tongue, so also “love your neighbor as yourself” (James 2:8). Show your faith “in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory,” by loving without partiality. For God has “chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom” (James 2:1–5).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - The Unworthy Receive Bacon (Mark 7:24-37)

So we’re day late…but we’re not a dollar short! In today’s Greek…Wednesday… we go through Mark 7:24-37 where those who should be receiving Jesus’ word are rejecting him and those who have no business knowing who he is hear his word and keep it. Even the dog gets a sandwich, to sort of paraphrase the text…


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Jesus Heals a Woman and a Deaf Man — 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, 57:14, 23.1 MB, 2015-Aug-31)


Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost 16 - Proper 18 - Series B - Mark 7:24-37 with Dr. David P. Scaer

Dr. David P. Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Mark 7:24-37 (SBLGNT)

24 ⸂Ἐκεῖθεν δὲ⸃ ἀναστὰς ἀπῆλθεν εἰς τὰ ⸀ὅρια ⸀Τύρου. καὶ εἰσελθὼν εἰς οἰκίαν οὐδένα ἤθελεν γνῶναι, καὶ οὐκ ἠδυνήθη λαθεῖν·

25 ⸂ἀλλʼ εὐθὺς ἀκούσασα⸃ γυνὴ περὶ αὐτοῦ, ἧς εἶχεν τὸ θυγάτριον αὐτῆς πνεῦμα ἀκάθαρτον, ἐλθοῦσα προσέπεσεν πρὸς τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ·

26 ⸂ἡ δὲ γυνὴ ἦν⸃ Ἑλληνίς, Συροφοινίκισσα τῷ γένει· καὶ ἠρώτα αὐτὸν ἵνα τὸ δαιμόνιον ἐκβάλῃ ἐκ τῆς θυγατρὸς αὐτῆς.

27 ⸂καὶ ἔλεγεν⸃ αὐτῇ· Ἄφες πρῶτον χορτασθῆναι τὰ τέκνα, οὐ γὰρ ⸂καλόν ἐστιν⸃ λαβεῖν τὸν ἄρτον τῶν τέκνων καὶ ⸂τοῖς κυναρίοις βαλεῖν⸃.

28 ἡ δὲ ἀπεκρίθη καὶ λέγει αὐτῷ· ⸀Κύριε, ⸀καὶ τὰ κυνάρια ὑποκάτω τῆς τραπέζης ⸀ἐσθίουσιν ἀπὸ τῶν ψιχίων τῶν παιδίων.

29 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῇ· Διὰ τοῦτον τὸν λόγον ὕπαγε, ἐξελήλυθεν ⸂ἐκ τῆς θυγατρός σου τὸ δαιμόνιον⸃.

30 καὶ ἀπελθοῦσα εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτῆς εὗρεν τὸ ⸂παιδίον βεβλημένον ἐπὶ τὴν κλίνην καὶ τὸ δαιμόνιον ἐξεληλυθός⸃.

31 Καὶ πάλιν ἐξελθὼν ἐκ τῶν ὁρίων Τύρου ⸂ἦλθεν διὰ Σιδῶνος εἰς⸃ τὴν θάλασσαν τῆς Γαλιλαίας ἀνὰ μέσον τῶν ὁρίων Δεκαπόλεως.

32 καὶ φέρουσιν αὐτῷ κωφὸν ⸀καὶ ⸀μογιλάλον, καὶ παρακαλοῦσιν αὐτὸν ἵνα ἐπιθῇ αὐτῷ τὴν χεῖρα.

33 καὶ ἀπολαβόμενος αὐτὸν ἀπὸ τοῦ ὄχλου κατʼ ἰδίαν ἔβαλεν τοὺς δακτύλους αὐτοῦ εἰς τὰ ὦτα αὐτοῦ καὶ πτύσας ἥψατο τῆς γλώσσης αὐτοῦ,

34 καὶ ἀναβλέψας εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν ἐστέναξεν, καὶ λέγει αὐτῷ· Εφφαθα, ὅ ἐστιν Διανοίχθητι·

35 ⸀καὶ ⸀ἠνοίγησαν αὐτοῦ αἱ ἀκοαί, καὶ ἐλύθη ὁ δεσμὸς τῆς γλώσσης αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐλάλει ὀρθῶς·

36 καὶ διεστείλατο αὐτοῖς ἵνα μηδενὶ ⸀λέγωσιν· ὅσον δὲ ⸂αὐτοῖς διεστέλλετο, αὐτοὶ⸃ μᾶλλον περισσότερον ἐκήρυσσον.

37 καὶ ὑπερπερισσῶς ἐξεπλήσσοντο λέγοντες· Καλῶς πάντα πεποίηκεν, καὶ τοὺς κωφοὺς ποιεῖ ἀκούειν ⸀καὶ ἀλάλους λαλεῖν.


Literal Translation

Mark 7:24-37

(24) And rising up from there, he went away into the borders of Tyre and Sidon. And entering into the house, He desired no one to know, but He could not be hidden.

(25) For hearing about Him, a woman came up, one whose daughter had an unclean spirit. And she fell down at His feet.

(26) And the woman was a Greek, a Syro-phoenician by race. And she asked Him, that He would cast out the demon from her daughter.

(27) And Jesus said to her, First, allow the children to be satisfied, for it is not good to take the children's bread and to throw it to the dogs.

(28) But she answered and said to Him, Yes, Lord; for even the dogs under the table eat from the crumbs of the children.

(29) And He said to her, Because of this word, go. The demon has gone out from your daughter.

(30) And going away to her house, she found the demon had gone out, and her daughter was laid on the couch.

(31) And again going out from the borders of Tyre and Sidon, He came to the Sea of Galilee, in the midst of the borders of Decapolis.

(32) And they brought a deaf one to Him, hardly speaking. And they begged Him, that He put His hand on him.

(33) And taking him away from the crowd privately, He put His fingers into his ears; and spitting, He touched his tongue;

(34) and looking up into Heaven, He groaned and said to him, Ephphatha! (which is, Be opened!)

(35) And instantly his ears were opened, and the bond of his tongue was loosened, and he spoke correctly.

(36) And He ordered them that they should tell no one. But as much as He ordered them, much more abundantly they proclaimed.

(37) And they were most exceedingly amazed, saying, He has done all things well. He makes even the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.



 

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17)

(02 September 2018)

Deuteronomy 4:1–2, 6–9; Ps. 119:129-136; Ephesians 6:10–20; Mark 7:14–23

Entrance: LSB 905 Come, Thou Almighty King

Of the Day: LSB 566 By Grace I’m Saved

Offertory: LSB 665 Be Strong in the Lord

Distribution: LSB 565 Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ

LSB 559 Oh, How Great Is Your Compassion

Closing: LSB 664 Fight the Good Fight

We Are Cleansed and Sustained by the Word of God

Wickedness and evil come “from within, out of the heart,” and that is what defiles a person (Mark 7:21–23). Hence, we cannot save ourselves, because we are sinful and unclean from the inside out. But as the Lord Jesus “declared all foods clean” (Mark 7:19), so He cleanses us by His Word, by the preaching of repentance and the forgiveness of sins. Therefore, “listen to the statutes and the rules” of the Lord, “and do them, that you may live” (Deut. 4:1). For His Word is righteous, and to live according to it is “your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples” (Deut. 4:6). Cling to His Word, and also teach it “to your children and your children’s children” (Deut. 4:9). Put on this “armor of God” by hearing and heeding what He speaks to you, that you may “stand firm” in the evil day (Eph. 6:11–13). Gird yourself with the righteousness of Christ, by faith in the “gospel of peace,” and take up “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” by confessing Christ Jesus and “praying at all times in the Spirit” (Eph. 6:14–18).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - Out of Heart, Does True Poopy Come (Mark 7:14-23)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on Mark 7:14-23


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Proper 17 — 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, 57:20, 52.5 MB, 2018-Aug-28)


Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost 15 - Series B - Mark 7:14-23 with Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr.

Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr., Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Mark 7:14-23 (SBLGNT)

14 Καὶ προσκαλεσάμενος ⸀πάλιν τὸν ὄχλον ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς· ⸀Ἀκούσατέ μου πάντες καὶ ⸀σύνετε.

15 οὐδέν ἐστιν ἔξωθεν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου εἰσπορευόμενον εἰς αὐτὸν ὃ δύναται ⸂κοινῶσαι αὐτόν⸃· ἀλλὰ τὰ ⸂ἐκ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐκπορευόμενά⸃ ἐστιν τὰ κοινοῦντα τὸν ⸀ἄνθρωπον.

16 εἴ τις ἔχει ὦτα ἀκούειν, ἀκουέτω. 

17 Καὶ ὅτε εἰσῆλθεν ⸀εἰς οἶκον ἀπὸ τοῦ ὄχλου, ἐπηρώτων αὐτὸν οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ ⸂τὴν παραβολήν⸃.

18 καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς· Οὕτως καὶ ὑμεῖς ἀσύνετοί ἐστε; οὐ νοεῖτε ὅτι πᾶν τὸ ἔξωθεν εἰσπορευόμενον εἰς τὸν ἄνθρωπον οὐ δύναται αὐτὸν κοινῶσαι,

19 ὅτι οὐκ εἰσπορεύεται αὐτοῦ εἰς τὴν καρδίαν ἀλλʼ εἰς τὴν κοιλίαν, καὶ εἰς τὸν ἀφεδρῶνα ἐκπορεύεται;— ⸀καθαρίζων πάντα τὰ βρώματα.

20 ἔλεγεν δὲ ὅτι Τὸ ἐκ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐκπορευόμενον ἐκεῖνο κοινοῖ τὸν ἄνθρωπον·

21 ἔσωθεν γὰρ ἐκ τῆς καρδίας τῶν ἀνθρώπων οἱ διαλογισμοὶ οἱ κακοὶ ἐκπορεύονται, ⸂πορνεῖαι, κλοπαί, φόνοι,

22 μοιχεῖαι⸃, πλεονεξίαι, πονηρίαι, δόλος, ἀσέλγεια, ὀφθαλμὸς πονηρός, βλασφημία, ὑπερηφανία, ἀφροσύνη·

23 πάντα ταῦτα τὰ πονηρὰ ἔσωθεν ἐκπορεύεται καὶ κοινοῖ τὸν ἄνθρωπον.


Literal Translation

Mark 7:14-23

(14) And calling all the crowd near, He said to them, All hear Me and understand.

(15) There is nothing from outside the man, having entered into him, which is able to defile him. But the things going out from him, those are the things defiling the man.

(16) If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.

(17) And when He entered into a house from the crowd, His disciples questioned Him about the parable.

(18) And He said to them, Are you also so undiscerning? Do you not perceive that all that enters from the outside into the man is not able to defile him?

(19) This is because it does not enter into his heart, but into the belly, and goes out into the waste-bowl, purging all the foods.

(20) And He said, That passing out of the man, it is the thing that defiles the man.

(21) For from within, out of the heart of men, pass out the evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

(22) thefts, greedy desires, iniquities, deceit, lustful desires, a wicked eye, blasphemy, pride, recklessness.

(23) All these evil things pass out from within and defile the man.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.



 

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16B)

(26 August 2018)

Isaiah 29:11–19; Ps. 14:1-7; Ephesians 5:22–33; Mark 7:1–13

Entrance: LSB 822 Alleluia! Let Praises Ring

Of the Day: LSB 585 Lord Jesus Christ, with Us Abide

Offertory: LSB 582 God’s Word Is Our Great Heritage

Distribution: LSB 655 Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word;

LSB 689 Let Me Be Thine Forever

Closing: LSB 865 Lord, Help Us Ever to Retain

The True Tradition of the Church Is the Ministry of the Gospel of Christ Jesus, Her Savior

The true tradition of the Church is the Gospel, which is the preaching and administration of Christ Jesus. Other traditions, although not commanded by God, may serve and support that sacred tradition of the Gospel. But the Church dare not “[reject] the commandment of God” in order to establish or hold to “the tradition of men” (Mark 7:8–9). Sinful people attempt to draw near to the Lord “with their mouth and to honor Him “with their lips,” while their hearts are far removed from Him (Is. 29:13). Yet, He is “the Holy One of Israel,” who brings about salvation by His cross. Therefore, “the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,” but “the deaf shall hear” and “the eyes of the blind shall see” (Is. 29:14–19). This mystery of Christ is profound, for He is the Husband of the Church, and He is her Savior. Not because of any works that she has done, but solely for the sake of His great love, He “gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word” (Eph. 5:25–26).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - Pretenders Making Up Doctrines of Men (Mark 7:1-13)

While the disciples eat with unclean hands, Jesus gets a little snarky with the Pharisees and scribes. And make sure you are using the right Greek lexicon because some might lead you astray in properly understanding words and their context.


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Traditions of Men — 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, 23.3 MB, 2015-Aug-17)


Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost 14 - Series B - Mark 7:1-13 with Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr.

Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr., Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Mark 7:1-13 (SBLGNT)

1 Καὶ συνάγονται πρὸς αὐτὸν οἱ Φαρισαῖοι καί τινες τῶν γραμματέων ἐλθόντες ἀπὸ Ἱεροσολύμων

2 καὶ ἰδόντες τινὰς τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ ⸂ὅτι κοιναῖς χερσίν, τοῦτʼ ἔστιν ἀνίπτοις, ἐσθίουσιν⸃ ⸀τοὺς ⸀ἄρτους—

3 οἱ γὰρ Φαρισαῖοι καὶ πάντες οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι ἐὰν μὴ πυγμῇ νίψωνται τὰς χεῖρας οὐκ ἐσθίουσιν, κρατοῦντες τὴν παράδοσιν τῶν πρεσβυτέρων,

4 καὶ ἀπʼ ⸀ἀγορᾶς ἐὰν μὴ ⸀βαπτίσωνται οὐκ ἐσθίουσιν, καὶ ἄλλα πολλά ἐστιν ἃ παρέλαβον κρατεῖν, βαπτισμοὺς ποτηρίων καὶ ξεστῶν καὶ χαλκίων ⸂καὶ κλινῶν⸃—

5 ⸀καὶ ἐπερωτῶσιν αὐτὸν οἱ Φαρισαῖοι καὶ οἱ γραμματεῖς· Διὰ τί ⸂οὐ περιπατοῦσιν οἱ μαθηταί σου⸃ κατὰ τὴν παράδοσιν τῶν πρεσβυτέρων, ἀλλὰ ⸀κοιναῖς χερσὶν ἐσθίουσιν τὸν ἄρτον;

6 ὁ ⸀δὲ εἶπεν ⸀αὐτοῖς· Καλῶς ἐπροφήτευσεν Ἠσαΐας περὶ ὑμῶν τῶν ὑποκριτῶν, ὡς γέγραπται ⸀ὅτι Οὗτος ὁ λαὸς τοῖς χείλεσίν με τιμᾷ, ἡ δὲ καρδία αὐτῶν πόρρω ἀπέχει ἀπʼ ἐμοῦ·

7 μάτην δὲ σέβονταί με, διδάσκοντες διδασκαλίας ἐντάλματα ἀνθρώπων·

8 ⸀ἀφέντες τὴν ἐντολὴν τοῦ θεοῦ κρατεῖτε τὴν παράδοσιν τῶν ⸀ἀνθρώπων.

9 Καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς· Καλῶς ἀθετεῖτε τὴν ἐντολὴν τοῦ θεοῦ, ἵνα τὴν παράδοσιν ὑμῶν ⸀τηρήσητε·

10 Μωϋσῆς γὰρ εἶπεν· Τίμα τὸν πατέρα σου καὶ τὴν μητέρα σου, καί· Ὁ κακολογῶν πατέρα ἢ μητέρα θανάτῳ τελευτάτω·

11 ὑμεῖς δὲ λέγετε· Ἐὰν εἴπῃ ἄνθρωπος τῷ πατρὶ ἢ τῇ μητρί· Κορβᾶν, ὅ ἐστιν Δῶρον, ὃ ἐὰν ἐξ ἐμοῦ ὠφεληθῇς,

12 ⸀οὐκέτι ἀφίετε αὐτὸν οὐδὲν ποιῆσαι τῷ ⸀πατρὶ ἢ τῇ ⸀μητρί,

13 ἀκυροῦντες τὸν λόγον τοῦ θεοῦ τῇ παραδόσει ὑμῶν ᾗ παρεδώκατε· καὶ παρόμοια τοιαῦτα πολλὰ ποιεῖτε.


Literal Translation

Mark 7:1-13

(1) And the Pharisees were assembled to Him, also some of the scribes, coming from Jerusalem.

(2) And seeing some of His disciples eating bread with unclean, that is unwashed hands, they found fault.

(3) For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash the hands with the fist, holding the tradition of the elders.

(4) And coming from the market, if they do not immerse themselves, they do not eat. And there are many other things which they received to hold: dippings of cups, and of utensils, and of copper vessels, and couches.

(5) Then the Pharisees and scribes questioned Him, Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?

(6) And answering, He said to them, Well did Isaiah prophesy concerning you, hypocrites; as it has been written: "This people honors Me with the lips, but their heart is far away from Me;

(7) and in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men."

(8) For forsaking the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men: immersings of utensils and cups, and many other such like things you do.

(9) And He said to them, Well do you to set aside the commandment of God so that you may keep your tradition?

(10) For Moses said, "Honor your father and your mother;" and, "The one speaking evil of father or mother, let him expire by death."

(11) But you say, If a man says to his father or mother, Corban, (which is, A gift!) whatever you may profit by me.

(12) And you no longer allow him to do anything for his father or mother,

(13) making the Word of God of no effect by your tradition which you delivered. And many such like things you do.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.



Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 15B)

(19 August 2018)

Proverbs 9:1–10 or Joshua 24:1–2a, 14–18; Ps. 34:12-22; Ephesians 5:6–21; John 6:51–69

Entrance: LSB 825 Rise, Shine, You People

Of the Day: LSB 696 O God, My Faithful God

Offertory: LSB 411 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light

Distribution: LSB 811 Oh, That I Had a Thousand Voices;

LSB 625 Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Bread

Closing:LSB 818 In Thee Is Gladness

Jesus Is the Word and Wisdom of God, Who Gives You Life and Light in His Flesh

Jesus is the divine Word by whom all things were made, who has become flesh and dwells among us. He gives His flesh “for the life of the world,” not only as a sacrifice for sin but as “the living bread from heaven (John 6:51). Eat His flesh and drink His blood (John 6:54–57), and no longer walk in the darkness of sin, but walk in His light. “Arise from the dead” and live in Him, because you are “light in the Lord” (Eph. 5:8, 14). Being filled with His Spirit, confess Him to “one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart” (Eph. 5:18–19). Fear, love and trust in Him, “and serve him in sincerity and faithfulness” (Josh. 24:14). For He has brought you “out of the house of slavery” by His cross and resurrection, and now He does “great signs” in your sight (Josh. 24:17). Indeed, He is the divine wisdom, who has built His house, prepared His feast and set His table; He bids you to recline and eat of His bread and drink of the wine He has mixed (Prov. 9:1–5).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - Some People Gotta Learn the Hard Way (John 6:51-69)

When Jesus’ followers start questioning him, he doesn’t make his words easier. He makes them harder. And in this week’s text, John:6:51-69, that means his listeners think he’s going to rip off parts of his body to feed them. So what is Jesus talking about when he says that to be saved you must eat his flesh? Greek Tuesday is here to explain it to you…but the words will still be hard.


ENCORE: Pastors' Roundtable -- I AM the Living Bread & Words of Eternal Life - Issues, Etc.

Pr. David Speers of St. Paul Lutheran, Altamont, Ill., and Pr. John Fiene of Advent Lutheran, Zionsville, Ind, discuss John 6:51-69 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:20, 23.4 MB, 2012-Aug-16)


Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost 13 - Series B - John 6:51–69 with Dr. Charles Gieschen

Dr. Charles Gieschen, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


John 6:51-69 (SBLGNT)

51 ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ ἄρτος ὁ ζῶν ὁ ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ καταβάς· ἐάν τις φάγῃ ἐκ τούτου τοῦ ἄρτου ⸀ζήσει εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα, καὶ ὁ ἄρτος δὲ ὃν ἐγὼ δώσω ἡ σάρξ μού ⸀ἐστιν ὑπὲρ τῆς τοῦ κόσμου ζωῆς.

52 Ἐμάχοντο οὖν πρὸς ἀλλήλους οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι λέγοντες· Πῶς δύναται οὗτος ἡμῖν δοῦναι τὴν σάρκα ⸀αὐτοῦ φαγεῖν;

53 εἶπεν οὖν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ἐὰν μὴ φάγητε τὴν σάρκα τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου καὶ πίητε αὐτοῦ τὸ αἷμα, οὐκ ἔχετε ζωὴν ἐν ἑαυτοῖς.

54 ὁ τρώγων μου τὴν σάρκα καὶ πίνων μου τὸ αἷμα ἔχει ζωὴν αἰώνιον, κἀγὼ ἀναστήσω αὐτὸν τῇ ἐσχάτῃ ἡμέρᾳ.

55 ἡ γὰρ σάρξ μου ⸀ἀληθής ἐστι βρῶσις, καὶ τὸ αἷμά μου ⸁ἀληθής ἐστι πόσις.

56 ὁ τρώγων μου τὴν σάρκα καὶ πίνων μου τὸ αἷμα ἐν ἐμοὶ μένει κἀγὼ ἐν αὐτῷ.

57 καθὼς ἀπέστειλέν με ὁ ζῶν πατὴρ κἀγὼ ζῶ διὰ τὸν πατέρα, καὶ ὁ τρώγων με κἀκεῖνος ⸀ζήσει διʼ ἐμέ.

58 οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ ἄρτος ὁ ⸀ἐξ οὐρανοῦ καταβάς, οὐ καθὼς ἔφαγον οἱ ⸀πατέρες καὶ ἀπέθανον· ὁ τρώγων τοῦτον τὸν ἄρτον ⸀ζήσει εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα.

59 ταῦτα εἶπεν ἐν συναγωγῇ διδάσκων ἐν Καφαρναούμ.

60 Πολλοὶ οὖν ἀκούσαντες ἐκ τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ εἶπαν· Σκληρός ἐστιν ⸂ὁ λόγος οὗτος⸃· τίς δύναται αὐτοῦ ἀκούειν;

61 εἰδὼς δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἐν ἑαυτῷ ὅτι γογγύζουσιν περὶ τούτου οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Τοῦτο ὑμᾶς σκανδαλίζει;

62 ἐὰν οὖν θεωρῆτε τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἀναβαίνοντα ὅπου ἦν τὸ πρότερον;

63 τὸ πνεῦμά ἐστιν τὸ ζῳοποιοῦν, ἡ σὰρξ οὐκ ὠφελεῖ οὐδέν· τὰ ῥήματα ἃ ἐγὼ ⸀λελάληκα ὑμῖν πνεῦμά ἐστιν καὶ ζωή ἐστιν.

64 ἀλλὰ εἰσὶν ἐξ ὑμῶν τινες οἳ οὐ πιστεύουσιν. ᾔδει γὰρ ἐξ ἀρχῆς ὁ Ἰησοῦς τίνες εἰσὶν οἱ μὴ πιστεύοντες καὶ τίς ἐστιν ὁ παραδώσων αὐτόν.

65 καὶ ἔλεγεν· Διὰ τοῦτο εἴρηκα ὑμῖν ὅτι οὐδεὶς δύναται ἐλθεῖν πρός με ἐὰν μὴ ᾖ δεδομένον αὐτῷ ἐκ τοῦ ⸀πατρός.

66 Ἐκ τούτου πολλοὶ ⸀ἐκ ⸂τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ ἀπῆλθον⸃ εἰς τὰ ὀπίσω καὶ οὐκέτι μετʼ αὐτοῦ περιεπάτουν.

67 εἶπεν οὖν ὁ Ἰησοῦς τοῖς δώδεκα· Μὴ καὶ ὑμεῖς θέλετε ὑπάγειν;

68 ⸀ἀπεκρίθη αὐτῷ Σίμων Πέτρος· Κύριε, πρὸς τίνα ἀπελευσόμεθα; ῥήματα ζωῆς αἰωνίου ἔχεις,

69 καὶ ἡμεῖς πεπιστεύκαμεν καὶ ἐγνώκαμεν ὅτι σὺ εἶ ὁ ⸀ἅγιος τοῦ ⸀θεοῦ.


Literal Translation

John 6:51-69

(51) I am the Living Bread that came down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live forever. And indeed the bread which I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

(52) Then the Jews argued with one another, saying, How can this One give us his flesh to eat?

(53) Then Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His blood, you do not have life in yourselves.

(54) The one partaking of My flesh and drinking of My blood has everlasting life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

(55) For My flesh is truly food, and My blood is truly drink.

(56) The one partaking of My flesh and drinking of My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

(57) Even as the living Father sent Me, and I live through the Father; also the one partaking Me, even that one will live through Me.

(58) This is the Bread which came down out of Heaven, not as your fathers ate the manna and died; the one partaking of this Bread will live forever.

(59) He said these things teaching in a synagogue in Capernaum.

(60) Then many of His disciples having heard, they said, This Word is hard; who is able to hear it?

(61) But knowing in Himself that His disciples were murmuring about this, Jesus said to them, Does this offend you?

(62) Then what if you see the Son of Man going up where He was at first?

(63) It is the Spirit that gives life. The flesh does not profit, nothing! The Words which I speak to you are spirit and are life.

(64) But there are some of you who are not believing. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were, the ones not believing, and who was the one betraying Him.

(65) And He said, Because of this, I have told you that no one is able to come to Me except it is given to him from My Father.

(66) From this time many of His disciples went away into the things behind, and no longer walked with Him.

(67) Therefore, Jesus said to the Twelve, Do you also wish to go?

(68) Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the Words of everlasting life.

(69) And we have believed and have known that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.



Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 14)

(12 August 2018)

1 Kings 19:1–8; Ps. 34:1-8; Ephesians 4:17—5:2; John 6:35–51

Entrance: LSB 684 Come unto Me, Ye Weary

Starts at 3:39:

Of the Day: LSB 534 Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor

Offertory: LSB 774 Feed Thy Children, God Most Holy

Distribution: LSB 625 Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Bread;

LSB 641 You Satisfy the Hungry Heart

Closing: LSB 610 Lord Jesus, Think on Me

The Lord Jesus Feeds Us with His Flesh, in Order to Strengthen Us with His Own Life

God the Father sent His Son into the world, so that the world might have life in Him. Now He draws” you to His Son, Christ Jesus, by the preaching of His Gospel. “Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father” comes to Jesus, who will never cast him out but “will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:44–45). He is “the bread of life,” who “comes down from heaven” in the flesh, that you may eat of Him and “live forever” (John 6:48–51). Although “the journey is too great for you,” in the strength of this food you shall come to “the mount of God.” Do not be afraid, and do not despair, but “arise and eat” (1 Kings 19:5–8). And “no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds” (Eph. 4:17), but “walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us” (Eph. 5:2). In Him, you have been “created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:24). Therefore, “be imitators of God, as beloved children” (Eph. 5:1), by “forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Eph. 4:32).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - Ridiculouser and Ridiculouser (John 6:35-51)

We continue in John 6:35-51, as does the people’s unbelief. And as the people get more stubborn in their unbelief, Jesus’ claims seem to get more ridiculous…to which they respond with more unbelief.


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Words of Eternal Life — 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, 57:17, 23.1 MB, 2015-Aug-11)


Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost 12 - Series B - John 6:35–51 with Dr. Charles Gieschen

Dr. Charles Gieschen, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


John 6:35–51 (SBLGNT)

35 ⸀Εἶπεν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ ἄρτος τῆς ζωῆς· ὁ ἐρχόμενος πρὸς ἐμὲ οὐ μὴ πεινάσῃ, καὶ ὁ πιστεύων εἰς ⸀ἐμὲ οὐ μὴ ⸀διψήσει πώποτε.

36 ἀλλʼ εἶπον ὑμῖν ὅτι καὶ ἑωράκατέ με καὶ οὐ πιστεύετε.

37 πᾶν ὃ δίδωσίν μοι ὁ πατὴρ πρὸς ἐμὲ ἥξει, καὶ τὸν ἐρχόμενον πρός ⸀με οὐ μὴ ἐκβάλω ἔξω,

38 ὅτι καταβέβηκα ⸀ἀπὸ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ οὐχ ἵνα ποιῶ τὸ θέλημα τὸ ἐμὸν ἀλλὰ τὸ θέλημα τοῦ πέμψαντός με·

39 τοῦτο δέ ἐστιν τὸ θέλημα τοῦ πέμψαντός ⸀με ἵνα πᾶν ὃ δέδωκέν μοι μὴ ἀπολέσω ἐξ αὐτοῦ ἀλλὰ ἀναστήσω ⸀αὐτὸ τῇ ἐσχάτῃ ἡμέρᾳ.

40 τοῦτο ⸀γάρ ἐστιν τὸ θέλημα τοῦ ⸂πατρός μου⸃ ἵνα πᾶς ὁ θεωρῶν τὸν υἱὸν καὶ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν ἔχῃ ζωὴν αἰώνιον, καὶ ἀναστήσω αὐτὸν ⸀ἐγὼ τῇ ἐσχάτῃ ἡμέρᾳ.

41 Ἐγόγγυζον οὖν οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι περὶ αὐτοῦ ὅτι εἶπεν· Ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ ἄρτος ὁ καταβὰς ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ,

42 καὶ ἔλεγον· ⸀Οὐχ οὗτός ἐστιν Ἰησοῦς ὁ υἱὸς Ἰωσήφ, οὗ ἡμεῖς οἴδαμεν τὸν πατέρα καὶ τὴν μητέρα; πῶς ⸀νῦν ⸀λέγει ὅτι Ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ καταβέβηκα;

43 ⸀ἀπεκρίθη Ἰησοῦς καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Μὴ γογγύζετε μετʼ ἀλλήλων.

44 οὐδεὶς δύναται ἐλθεῖν πρός ⸀με ἐὰν μὴ ὁ πατὴρ ὁ πέμψας με ἑλκύσῃ αὐτόν, κἀγὼ ἀναστήσω αὐτὸν ἐν τῇ ἐσχάτῃ ἡμέρᾳ.

45 ἔστιν γεγραμμένον ἐν τοῖς προφήταις· Καὶ ἔσονται πάντες διδακτοὶ θεοῦ· ⸀πᾶς ὁ ⸀ἀκούσας παρὰ τοῦ πατρὸς καὶ μαθὼν ἔρχεται πρὸς ⸀ἐμέ.

46 οὐχ ὅτι τὸν πατέρα ⸂ἑώρακέν τις⸃ εἰ μὴ ὁ ὢν παρὰ τοῦ θεοῦ, οὗτος ἑώρακεν τὸν πατέρα.

47 ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ὁ ⸀πιστεύων ἔχει ζωὴν αἰώνιον.

48 ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ ἄρτος τῆς ζωῆς·

49 οἱ πατέρες ὑμῶν ἔφαγον ⸂ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ τὸ μάννα⸃ καὶ ἀπέθανον·

50 οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ ἄρτος ὁ ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ καταβαίνων ἵνα τις ἐξ αὐτοῦ φάγῃ καὶ μὴ ἀποθάνῃ·

51 ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ ἄρτος ὁ ζῶν ὁ ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ καταβάς· ἐάν τις φάγῃ ἐκ τούτου τοῦ ἄρτου ⸀ζήσει εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα, καὶ ὁ ἄρτος δὲ ὃν ἐγὼ δώσω ἡ σάρξ μού ⸀ἐστιν ὑπὲρ τῆς τοῦ κόσμου ζωῆς.


Literal Translation

John 6:35-51

(35) Jesus said to them, I am the Bread of life; the one coming to Me will not at all hunger, and the one believing into Me will not thirst, never!

(36) But I said to you that you also have seen Me and did not believe.

(37) All that the Father gives to Me shall come to Me, and the one coming to Me I will in no way cast out.

(38) For I have come down out of Heaven, not that I should do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

(39) And this is the will of the Father sending Me, that of all that He has given Me, I shall not lose any of it, but shall raise it up in the last day.

(40) And this is the will of the One sending Me, that everyone seeing the Son and believing into Him should have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

(41) Then the Jews murmured about Him, because He said, I am the Bread coming down out of Heaven.

(42) And they said, Is this not Jesus the son of Joseph, of whom we know the father and the mother? How does this One now say, I have come down out of Heaven?

(43) Then Jesus answered and said to them, Do not murmur with one another.

(44) No one is able to come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day.

(45) It has been written in the Prophets, They "shall" all "be taught of God." So then everyone who hears and learns from the Father comes to Me;

(46) not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One being from God, He has seen the Father.

(47) Truly, truly, I say to you, The one believing into Me has everlasting life.

(48) I am the Bread of life.

(49) Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and died.

(50) This is the Bread coming down out of Heaven, that anyone may eat of it and not die.

(51) I am the Living Bread that came down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live forever. And indeed the bread which I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.