Lectionary Podcast - Proper 6 - Series B - Mark 4:26-34 with Prof. Jeff Pulse

Dr. Jeff Pulse, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses Mark 4:26-34

Everlasting Extras - Greek Tuesday - Mark 4

Pr. Jonathan Fisk, St. John's Lutheran, Oakes, No Dak, discusses the reading from Mark 4

Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: Pentecost 3 (3-Year Lectionary) “The Growth of the Church” – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 3 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:21, 23.2 MB, 2015-June-11)

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Propers for Ascension Day and the Seventh Sunday of Easter with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 57:18, 23.1 MB, 2015-May-13)


(14 May 2015)

Acts 1:1–11

Ephesians 1:15–23

Luke 24:44–53

The Ascended Lord Jesus Is with Us Always in His Church on Earth

After He rose from the dead, the Lord Jesus presented Himself alive to the apostles, “appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3). When He ascended to the right hand of the Father, He did not orphan His Church, but He fills all things in heaven and on earth and gives gifts to His disciples. Even now, through His Church, He continues “to do and teach” (Acts 1:1), preaching “repentance and forgiveness of sins” (Luke 24:47), even “to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Though the cloud hid Jesus from the sight of His disciples then, and He remains hidden from sight even now, He remains with His people through His Gospel and Sacraments. He comes to us by the word of His apostles, by the promise of His Father and by the power of the Holy Spirit, whom He pours out upon “the church, which is his body” (Eph. 1:22–23). In this holy, Christian Church, we bless God and worship Christ with joy, for in His Church He blesses us with forgiveness, lifts us up in His hands and seats us with Himself “in the heavenly places” (Eph. 1:20).


(17 May 2015)

Acts 1:12–26

1 John 5:9–15

John 17:11b–19

Our Great High Priest Preserves Us in the Name of His Father

On the eve of His Passion, Christ Jesus intercedes for the disciples as their merciful and great High Priest. He prays that His Father would protect them “from the evil one” and preserve them in His name (John 17:11–12, 15). Along with His prayer, Christ Himself comes to the Father by His self-sacrifice upon the cross, thereby consecrating Himself for the sake of His disciples, “that they also may be sanctified in truth” (John 17:19). To that same end, He speaks to them in the world and gives them His Father’s Word, that is, Himself. His apostles, in turn, have written these things “to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). For “this life is in his Son,” whom He has given by His Word, and “whoever has the Son has life” (1 John 5:11–12). By this apostolic testimony, disciples are gathered together “with one accord,” as one Body in Christ, “devoting themselves to prayer” and waiting upon the Lord in “the upper room” of His Church on earth (Acts 1:13–14).



1. Pastor Todd Wilken, Host of Issues Etc., Making the Case for Confessional Christianity, 2013-June-14 (mp3, 57:21, 23.2 MB, 2015-May-08)


2. Pr. Will Weedon, Director of Worship for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Making the Case for Classical Christian Worship, 2013-June-15 (mp3, 57:19, 23.1 MB, 2015-May-08)


3. Dr. Alvin Schmidt, Illinois College, Making the Case Against Islam, 2013-June-15 (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2015-May-07)


4. Dr. Rod Rosenbladt, "The White Horse Inn," Making the Case against Pietism, 2013-June-15 (mp3, 57:19, 23.1 MB, 2015-May-04)


5. Pastor Chris Rosebrough, Fighting for the Faith, Making the Case against Post-Modernism in the Church, 2013-June-15 (mp3, 1:19:11, 31.9 MB, 2015-May-06)


6. Suzanne Venker, Making the Secular Case Against Feminism, 2013-June-15 (mp3, 57:20, 23.2MB, 2015-May-25)


7. Dr. Rod Rosenbladt, "The White Horse Inn," Making the Case for Christ Alone, 2013-June-15 (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2015-May-05)


Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Propers for the Sixth Sunday of Easter with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 57:21, 23.2 MB, 2015-May-04)


Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Propers for the Fifth Sunday of Easter with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 57:16, 23.1 MB, 2015-Apr-27)


Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Propers for Good Shepherd Sunday with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 57:18, 23.1 MB, 2015-Apr-21)


Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary-Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the 2nd Sunday in Easter Propers with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 59:05, 23.9 MB, 2015-Apr-13)


Pastor David Petersen of Redeemer Lutheran, Ft.Wayne, Ind. discusses the Propers for Miseriacordia Sunday with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 57:13, 23.1 MB, 2015-Apr-15)

Pr. David Petersen, Redeemer Lutheran, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the ordinaries and the readings for Quasimodo Geniti Sunday with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 57:46, 23.3 MB, 2015-Apr-09)


The Sheep Judge Their Shepherds - Dr. C.F.W. Walther (12 pgs, 198 kb) Booklet (6 pgs, 193 kb)

The author of this message, Dr. C.F.W. Walther, was the first president of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and of the Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America. He was a towering theologian and, for many years, professor and president of Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis. Concordia Cyclopaedia refers to him as the “most commanding figure in the Lutheran Church of America during the nineteenth century,” and as being the author of numerous theological books and articles, “enough to make a full–sized five–foot bookshelf.”

This sermon should be distributed throughout the length and breadth of this nation in order that it might experience a new birth under God. Send this tract to all the members of your congregation and to all your loved ones everywhere.

See also:

How to Judge Doctrine - Walther's "Judgment of the Sheep Over Their Shepherds"

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind. discusses Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 1:14:44, 30.1 MB, 2015-Mar-30)


The Brothers of John the Steadfast 2015 Conference held at Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, Illinois, Feb 20-21

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If your preacher isn't following these steps in sermon prep, you are being short-changed.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, explains sermon prep to those preparing to preach. (These are 11 parts of a larger homiletics series.)

Sermon Preparation - Introduction:

Video - Pt 13 (30:22, 132 MB)  Transcript - Pt 13

Sermon Preparation - System of Exegesis:

Video - Pt 14 (19:12, 84 MB)  Transcript - Pt 14

Sermon Preparation - Biblical Context of a Passage:

Video - Pt 15 (08:39, 37.5 MB)  Transcript - Pt 15

Sermon Preparation - Isogogical Importance:

Video - Pt 16 (03:25, 14.5 MB)  Transcript - Pt 16

Sermon Preparation - Sources of Isogogical Information:

Video - Pt 17 (06:05, 26.1 MB)  Transcript - Pt 17

Sermon Preparation - Breaking Down the Text's Verses:

Video - Pt 18 (04:56, 21 MB)  Transcript - Pt 18

Sermon Preparation - Approaching the Language of the Text:

Video - Pt 19 (10:12, 44.4 MB)  Transcript - Pt 19

Sermon Preparation - Exegesis with Little or No Greek:

Video - Pt 20 (11:53, 51.7 MB)  Transcript - Pt 20

Sermon Preparation - The Writings of Others:

Video - Pt 21 (15:29, 67.7 MB)  Transcript - Pt 21

Sermon Preparation - Six Steps of Preparation:

Video - Pt 22 (12:15, 53.3 MB)  Transcript - Pt 22

Sermon Preparation - Time Frame of the Six Steps:

Video - Pt 23 (04:16, 18.2 MB)  Transcript - Pt 23

Mark 9:2-9:

The Transfiguration

[2] And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, [3] and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. [4] And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. [5] And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” [6] For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. [7] And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” [8] And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only. [9] And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.



Pastor Larry Peters of Grace Lutheran, Clarksville, Tenn., discusses Liturgical Legalism with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 29:28, 12.0 MB, 2015-Jan-23)


The Rev. Prof. John Pless of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses Infant and Toddler Communion with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 57:20, 23.2 MB, 2015-Jan-23)