The Gospel of John
1. Introduction and 1:1-18 — Dr. William Weinrich, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind. and Author, John 1:1–7:1 Concordia Commentary
1.mp3, 2:05:47, 50.6 MB)
2. 1:19–3:36 — Pr. David Petersen, Redeemer Lutheran, Ft. Wayne, Ind. and Gottesdienst: The Journal of Lutheran Liturgy
2.mp3, 1:58:00, 47.5 MB)
3. 4:1–5:47 — Pr. William Weedon, Director of Worship for LCMS and Chaplain of the International Center
3.mp3, 1:46:25, 42.8 MB)
4. 6:1–7:36 — Pr. Bill Cwirla, Holy Trinity Lutheran, Hacienda Heights, Calif. and The God Whisperers
4.mp3, 1:59:24, 48.0 MB)
5. 7:37–8:59 — Pr. Jonathan Fisk, Worldview Everlasting and St. John Lutheran, Oakes, ND.
5.mp3, 1:59:17, 48.0 MB)
6. 9:1–10:42 — Pr. Chris Rosebrough, Fighting for the Faith and Kongsvinger Lutheran, Oslo, Minn.
6.mp3, 1:59:07, 47.9 MB)
7. 11:1–12:50 — Dr. Ken Schurb, Zion Lutheran, Moberly, Mo.
7.mp3, 1:55:40, 46.5 MB)
8. 13:1–14:31 — Pr. Peter Bender, Peace Lutheran, Sussex, Wisc. and Concordia Catechetical Academy
8.mp3, 1:56:53, 47.0 MB)
9. 15:1–16:33 — Pr. Tom Baker, Law and Gospel
9.mp3, 1:53:47, 45.8 MB)
10. 17:1-26 — Dr. John Kleinig, John Kleinig website
10.mp3, 1:58:16, 47.6 MB)
11. 18:1–19:42 — Dr. Lane Burgland, Author, Reading the Bible with Understanding
11.mp3, 1:51:06, 44.7 MB)
12. 20:1–21:25 — Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
12.mp3, 2:05:32, 50.5 MB)
Last Sunday of the Church Year
(22 November 2015)
Isaiah 51:4–6 or Daniel 7:9–10, 13–14; Psalm 93:1-5; Jude 20–25 or Revelation 1:4b–8; Mark 13:29–37 or John 18:33–37
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).
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - Mass Hysteria Is Upon Us (Mark 13:29-37)
Are we at the end now? What are the signs that the end is actually present and upon us? What are the signs that the final end of the world is here?
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): Last Sunday of the Church Year – Dr. Carl Fickenscher -- Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and the propers for the Last Sunday of the Church Year with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:18, 23.1 MB, 2015-Nov-18)
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 29 - Series B - Mark 13:29-37 with Dr. Charles Gieschen
Dr. Charles Gieschen, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for the Last Sunday in the Church Year
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.
Mark 13:29-37 Apostolic Bible Polyglot Literal Translation
29 So also you, whenever you should see these taking place, know that it is near at the doors!
30 Amen I say to you that, in no way should [2pass by 1this generation], until of which time all these things should take place.
31 The heaven and the earth shall pass away; but my words in no way shall pass away.
32 But concerning that day and of the hour no one knows, not even the angels, the ones in heaven, nor the son -- only the father.
33 Take heed, be awake and pray! [2you know not 1for] when the time is.
34 It is as a man going abroad leaving his house, and giving to his servants the authority, and to each one his work; and to the doorkeeper he gave charge that he should be vigilant.
35 Be vigilant then! [2you know not 1for] when the master of the house comes -- at evening, or at midnight, or at the crowing of a rooster, or in the morning;
36 lest coming suddenly he should find you sleeping.
37 And what shall I say to you -- to all I say, Be vigilant!
To be recognized as deserving to exist on my own terms is the highest hunger of fallen humanity. But God would not have the sinner die, and so he assaults this self-faith with his own Gospel of who Jesus is and what he has done. In this presentation, Pastor Fisk seeks to drive home how scandalous this "grace and faith alone" is to our flesh and its passions, as well as expose you to a deeper child-like faith in the simplicity of salvation that is done "for you.”
Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller, Hope Lutheran, Aurora, Colo., and co-host of Table Talk Radio, gave a presentation on Christian Suffering at the 2015 Fall Conference on Theology at Calvary Lutheran Church, Elgin, Illinois:
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25th Sunday after Pentecost
(15 November 2015)
Daniel 12:1–3; Psalm 16:1-11; Heb 10:11–25; Mark 13:1–13
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).
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!
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - 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.
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): The Close of the Age – Dr. Carl Fickenscher -- Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for the 25th Sunday after Pentecost with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:20, 23.2 MB, 2015-Nov-11)
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 28 - Series B - Mark 13:1-13 with Dr. Arthur Just
Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 25
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.
Mark 13:1-13 Apostolic Bible Polyglot Literal Translation
1 And as he was going forth from out of the temple, [3says 4to him 1one 2of his disciples], Teacher, behold what stones and what constructions!
2 And Jesus responding said to him, You see these great constructions; in no way shall there be left stone upon stone which shall not be broken up.
3 And as he was sitting in the mount of olives opposite the temple, [8asked 9him 10in 11private 1Peter 2and 3James 4and 5John 6and 7Andrew],
4 Tell to us when these things will be, and what the sign is whenever [3are about 1all 2these things] to be completed!
5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed that not anyone should mislead you!
6 For many shall come in my name, saying that, I am he . And [2many 1they shall mislead].
7 But whenever you should hear of wars and reports of wars, be not alarmed! for it is necessary to take place, but not yet is the end.
8 For shall rise up nation against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be earthquakes in different places, and there will be famines and disturbances; [2 the beginnings 3of pangs 1these are].
9 [3take heed 1And 2you] to yourselves! for they shall deliver you up unto sanhedrins; and in synagogues you shall be flayed; and before governors and kings you shall be stood because of me, for a testimony to them.
10 And unto all the nations must first be proclaimed the good news.
11 And whenever they should lead you being delivered up, do not be anxious beforehand what you should speak, nor meditate upon! But what ever should be given to you in that hour, this speak! [4not 1for 3are 2you] the ones speaking, but the [2spirit 1holy].
12 [3shall deliver up 1And 2brother] brother unto death, and a father a child; and [2shall rise up 1children] against parents, and shall put them to death.
13 And you will be a thing being detested by all on account of my name; but the one remaining unto the end, this one shall be delivered.
24th Sunday after Pentecost
(08 November 2015)
1 Kings 17:8–16; Psalm 146:1-10; Heb 9:24–28; Mark 12:38–44
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.
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): The Widow's Mite – Dr. Carl Fickenscher -- Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for the 24th Sunday after Pentecost with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:21, 23.2 MB, 2015-Nov-02)
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 27 - Series B - Mark 12:38–44 with Dr. David Scaer
Dr. David Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 24
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!
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.
Mark 12:38–44 Apostolic Bible Polyglot Literal Translation
38 And he said to them in his teaching, Take heed of the scribes, of the ones wanting [2in 3robes 1to walk], and greetings in the markets,
39 and first seats in the synagogues, and first place at the suppers,
40 the ones devouring the houses of the widows, and making an excuse [2long 1for praying] -- these shall receive more extra judgment!
41 And Jesus having sat down over against the treasury, viewed how the multitude cast money into the treasury. And many rich cast much.
42 And having come, one [2widow 1poor] threw [2leptas 1two], which is a quadrans.
43 And having called his disciples, he says to them, Amen I say to you that [3widow 1this 2poor 5more 6than all 4cast] of the ones casting into the treasury;
44 for all from out of their abundance cast; but this woman from her deficiency [2all 3as much as 4she had 1cast], [2entire 3livelihood 1her].
Pr. Jonathan Fisk, St. John's Lutheran, Oakes, ND, and Worldview Everlasting discusses Pop Culture with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc.
1. Introduction and Television - 2015-Sept-16 (mp3, 34:40, 14.1 MB)
2. Christian Skepticism and the Media - 2015-Sept-29 (mp3, 32:03, 13.0 MB)
3. Technology in the Church 1 - 2015-Oct-13 (mp3, 35:10, 14.3 MB)
4. Technology in the Church 2 - 2015-Oct-27 (mp3, 32:03, 13.0 MB)
5. Facebook, YouTube and Twitter – 2015-Nov-10 (mp3, 32:32, 13.2 MB)
6. Christmas and Pop Culture – 2015-Dec-08 (mp3, 31:31, 12.8 MB)
7. The Presidential Race and Pop Culture – 2016-Jan-05 (mp3, 33:16, 13.5 MB)
8. Pop Culture as a Culture of Death – 2016-Jan-26 (mp3, 37:55, 15.4 MB)
9. Culture and the Arts – 2016-Feb-09 (mp3, 23.53, 9.8 MB)
10. College Culture – 2016-Feb-23 (mp3, 35:46, 14.5 MB)
11. Feminist Culture – 2016-Mar-08 (mp3, 34:04, 13.8 MB)
12. A Sports-Centered Culture, Part 1 – 2016-Apr-05 (mp3, 25:36, 10.4 MB)
13. A Sports-Centered Culture, Part 2 – 2016-Apr-19 (mp3, 30:59, 28.6 MB)
14. A Culture of Apocalypses — 2016-May-03 (mp3, 40:25, 37.2 MB)
All Saints Day
(01 November 2015)
Rev 7:2–8, 9–17; Psalm 149:1-9; 1 John 3:1–3; Matt 5:1–12
Saints Are Blessed in the Eternal Presence of Christ
“A great multitude 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).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): All Saints Day – Dr. Carl Fickenscher -- Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Reformation Sunday with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:16, 23.1 MB, 2015-Oct-26)
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - No Mo' BEEcursitudes - Matt. 5:1-12
Matthew 5, Blessings, Beatitudes, All Saints, All Hallows, Rejoice and Be Glad.
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.
Matt. 5:1-12 Apostolic Bible Polyglot Literal Translation
1 And beholding the multitudes, he ascended into the mountain. And he having sat, there came forward to him his disciples.
2 And having opened his mouth, he taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor to the one in spirit, for of them is the kingdom of the heavens.
4 Blessed are the ones mourning, for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are the ones hungering and thirsting for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the clean in heart, for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they [sons of God shall be called].
10 Blessed are the ones having been persecuted because of righteousness, for of them is the kingdom of the heavens.
11 Blessed are you whenever they should berate you, and persecute, and shall say every wicked saying against you in lying, because of me.
12 Rejoice and exult, for your wage is great in the heavens! for so they persecuted the prophets before you.
Issues, Etc. Reformation Week
October 26-30, 2015
Monday, October 26
Challenges to Lutheranism: Pietism
Dr. Larry Rast, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN
(mp3, 57:03, 23.0 MB)
Tuesday, October 27
Challenges to Lutheranism: Rationalism
Dr. Martin Noland, Trinity Lutheran, Evansville, IN
(mp3, 1:16:58, 31.0 MB)
Wednesday, October 28
Challenges to Lutheranism: Unionism
Pr. Matt Harrison, President of the LCMS
(mp3, 1:19:59, 32.2 MB)
Thursday, October 29
Challenges to Lutheranism: Missionalism
Dr. Ken Schurb, Zion Lutheran, Moberly, MO
(mp3, 57:10, 23.1 MB)
Friday, October 30
Challenges to Lutheranism: Postmodernism
Dr. Angus Menuge, Concordia University Wisconsin
(mp3, 57:10, 23.1 MB)
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Reformation Sunday (Observed)
(25 October 2015)
Revelation 14:6–7; Ps. 46:1-11; Romans 3:19–28; John 8:31–36 or Matthew 11:12–19
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).
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - Violent and Free Reformation Madness! - John 8:31-36 & Matt. 11:12-19
Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! ReformationRAMA! Worldview Everlasting takes on the texts appointed for the celebration of the Reformation.
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): The Eternal Gospel – Dr. Carl Fickenscher -- Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Reformation Sunday with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:20, 23.2 MB, 2015-Oct-19)
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.
John 8:31–36 Apostolic Bible Polyglot Literal Translation
31 [3said 1then 2Jesus] to the [2believing 3in him 1Jews], If you should stay in [2word 1my], truly [2disciples 1you are my].
32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall free you.
33 They answered him, [2seed 3of Abraham 1We are], and to no one have we been a slave to at any time. How do you say that, [2free 1You shall become]?
34 [2answered 3to them 1Jesus], Amen, amen, I say to you that, Every one committing the sin is a slave of the sin.
35 And the manservant does not abide in the house into the eon; the son abides into the eon.
36 If then the son should free you, really you will be free.
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.
Matt. 11:12-19 Apostolic Bible Polyglot Literal Translation
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until just now the kingdom of the heavens is forced, and [2by assailants 1is snatched].
13 For all the prophets and the law [2until John 1prophesied].
14 And if you want to receive, he is Elijah, the one being about to come.
15 The one having ears to hear, let him hear!
16 But what shall I liken this generation? It is likened to boys in a market sitting down and calling out to their companions.
17 And they say, We piped for you, and you did not dance; we wailed for you, and you did not beat your chest.
18 [3came 1For 2John] neither eating nor drinking, and they say, [2a demon 1He has].
19 [2came 1The son of man] eating and drinking, and they say, Behold, the man is a glutton and a winebibber, [2of tax collectors 1a friend] and sinners. And [2was 3justified 1wisdom] by her children.
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
(18 October 2015)
Eccl 5:10–20; Psalm 119:9-16; Heb 4:1–13, 14–16; Mark 10:23–31
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).
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 24 - Series B - Mark 10:23–31 with Dr. John Nordling
Dr. John Nordling, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 21
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.
Mark 10:23–31 Literal Translation
Mar 10:23 And Jesus having looked round, saith to his disciples, `How hardly shall they who have riches enter into the reign of God!'
Mar 10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words, and Jesus again answering saith to them, `Children, how hard is it to those trusting on the riches to enter into the reign of God!
Mar 10:25 It is easier for a camel through the eye of the needle to enter, than for a rich man to enter into the reign of God.'
Mar 10:26 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying unto themselves, `And who is able to be saved?'
Mar 10:27 And Jesus, having looked upon them, saith, `With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.'
Mar 10:28 And Peter began to say to him, `Lo, we left all, and we followed thee.'
Mar 10:29 And Jesus answering said, `Verily I say to you, there is no one who left house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or fields, for my sake, and for the good news',
Mar 10:30 who may not receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and fields, with persecutions, and in the age that is coming, life age-during;
Mar 10:31 and many first shall be last, and the last first.'
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - It's All About Camels - Mark 10:23–31 (but, really, all of chapters 9-10)
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): Earthly Riches and the Kingdom of Heaven” – Dr. Carl Fickenscher -- Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 21 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:19, 23.1 MB, 2015-Oct-14)
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
(11 October 2015)
Amos 5:6–7, 10–15; Heb 3:12–19; Mark 10:17–22
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).
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - 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?
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): “Jesus and the Rich Young Man” – Dr. Carl Fickenscher -- Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 20 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:11, 23.1 MB, 2015-Oct-07)
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 23 - Series B - Mark 10:17–22 with Dr. John Nordling
Dr. John Nordling, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 20
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.
Mark 10:17–22 Literal Translation
Mar 10:17 And as he is going forth into the way, one having run and having kneeled to him, was questioning him, `Good teacher, what may I do, that life age-during I may inherit?'
Mar 10:18 And Jesus said to him, `Why me dost thou call good? no one is good except One--God;
Mar 10:19 the commands thou hast known: Thou mayest not commit adultery, Thou mayest do no murder, Thou mayest not steal, Thou mayest not bear false witness, Thou mayest not defraud, Honour thy father and mother.'
Mar 10:20 And he answering said to him, `Teacher, all these did I keep from my youth.'
Mar 10:21 And Jesus having looked upon him, did love him, and said to him, `One thing thou dost lack; go away, whatever thou hast--sell, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and come, be following me, having taken up the cross.'
Mar 10:22 And he--gloomy at the word--went away sorrowing, for he was having many possessions.
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
(04 October 2015)
Amos 5:6–7, 10–15; Psalm 90:12-17; Heb 3:12–19; Mark 10:17–22
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).
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - 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!
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary) – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Let the Little Children Come to Me” – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 19 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:22, 23.2 MB, 2015-Sept-28)
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 22 - Series B - Mark 10:2–16 with Dr. Peter Scaer
Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 19
2 Καὶ ἐπηρώτων αὐτὸν εἰ ἔξεστιν ἀνδρὶ γυναῖκα ἀπολῦσαι, πειράζοντες αὐτόν. [Alt: και προσελθοντες οι φαρισαιοι επηρωτησαν αυτον ει εξεστιν ανδρι γυναικα απολυσαι πειραζοντες αυτον] 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.
Mark 10:2–16 Literal Translation
Mar 9:38 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.
Mar 10:2 And coming near, the Pharisees asked Him if it is lawful for a man to put away a wife, testing Him.
Mar 10:3 But answering, He said to them, What did Moses command you?
Mar 10:4 And they said, Moses allowed "to write a bill of divorce, and to put away."
Mar 10:5 And answering, Jesus said to them, With respect to your hardheartedness he wrote this command to you.
Mar 10:6 But from the beginning of creation "God made them male and female."
Mar 10:7 "Because of this, a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife,
Mar 10:8 and the two shall be one flesh;" so that they no longer are two, but one flesh.
Mar 10:9 Therefore, what God yoked together, let not man put apart.
Mar 10:10 And again, in the house His disciples asked Him about the same.
Mar 10:11 And He said to them, Whoever may dismiss his wife and marries another commits adultery against her.
Mar 10:12 And if a woman puts away her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.
Mar 10:13 And they brought children to Him, that He might touch them. But the disciples rebuked those carrying them.
Mar 10:14 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.
Mar 10:15 Truly I say to you, Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a child may not enter into it, never.
Mar 10:16 And having taken them in His arms, laying hands on them, He blessed them.
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
(27 September 2015)
Num 11:4–6, 10–16, 24–29; Jas 5:1–12, 13–20; Mark 9:38–50
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).
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - 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!
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary) – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Temptations to Sin – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 18 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 1:07:40, 27.3 MB, 2015-Sept-23)
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 21 - Series B - Mark 9:38-50 with Dr. Peter Scaer
Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 18
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. 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. 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.
Mark 9:38-50 Literal Translation
Mar 9:38 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.
Mar 9:39 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.
Mar 9:40 For who is not against us is for us.
Mar 9:41 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.
Mar 9:42 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.
Mar 9:43 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,
Mar 9:44 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not put out.
Mar 9:45 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,
Mar 9:46 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.
Mar 9:47 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,
Mar 9:48 "where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched." Isa. 66:24
Mar 9:49 For everyone will be salted with fire, and every sacrifice will be salted with salt.
Mar 9:50 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.
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
(20 September 2015)
Jer. 11:18–20; James 3:13—4:10; Mark 9:30–37
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).
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - 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!
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary) – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Who Is the Greatest? – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 17 with Dr. Ken Schurb on Issues Etc (mp3, 55:05, 22.3 MB, 2015-Sept-14)
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 20 - Series B - Mark 9:30-37 with Dr. Arthur Just
Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 17
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.
Mark 9:30-37 (Literal)
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.
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
(13 September 2015)
Isaiah 50:4–10; James 3:1–12; Mark 9:14–29
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).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary) – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 16 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 58:15, 23.5 MB, 2015-Sept-08)
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 19 - Series B - Mark 9:14-29 with Dr. David Scaer
Dr. David Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 16
Mark 9:14-29 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.
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - If Mr. T Can - Mark 9:14-29
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
(06 September 2015)
Introit: Psalm 28:1-2, 6-7; Is 35:4–7a; Psalm 146:1-10; James 2:1–10, 14–18; Mark 7:24–37
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).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: (3-Year Lectionary) – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Jesus Heals a Woman and a Deaf Man – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 15 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:14, 23.1 MB, 2015-Aug-31)
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - 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…
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 18 - Series B - Mark 7:24-37 with Dr. David Scaer
Dr. David Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 15
Mark 7:24–37 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.
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
(30 August 2015)
Introit: Psalm 51:2, 7, 10-12; Deut 4:1–2, 6–9; Psalm 119:129-136; Ephesians 6:10–20; Mark 7:14–23
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).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: (3-Year Lectionary) – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – What Defiles a Man – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 14 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:50, 23.4 MB, 2015-Aug-24)
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - You Aren't What You Eat - Mark 7:14-23
What is evil? What is good? What makes one unclean? In today’s Greek Tuesday episode, Pastor Fisk continues going through Mark 7 and Jesus’ discourse with the Pharisees. But this time, he’s out to make the point that no only are the Pharisees not clean by what they eat, but the Gentiles are also going to be cleansed!
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 17 - Series B - Mark 7:14-23 with Dr. Arthur Just
Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 14
Mark 7:14-23 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. 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.
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
(23 August 2015)
Isaiah 29:11–19; Psalm 14:1-7; Ephesians 5:22–33; Mark 7:1–13
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).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: (3-Year Lectionary) Traditions of Men – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 13 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:49, 23.3 MB, 2015-Aug-17)
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - 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.
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 16 - Series B - Mark 7:1-13 with Dr. Arthur Just
Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 13
Mark 7:1-13 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.
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
(16 August 2015)
Prov 9:1–10 or Josh 24:1–2a, 14–18; Eph 5:6–21; John 6:51–69
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).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: (3-Year Lectionary) The Words of Eternal Life – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 12 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:17, 23.1 MB, 2015-Aug-11)
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - 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.
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 15 - Series B - John 6:51-69 with Dr. Charles Gieschen
Dr. Charles Gieschen, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 12
John 6:51-69 εγω ειμι ο αρτος ο ζων ο εκ του ουρανου καταβας εαν τις φαγη εκ τουτου του αρτου ζησεται εις τον αιωνα και ο αρτος δε ον εγω δωσω η σαρξ μου εστιν ην εγω δωσω υπερ της του κοσμου ζωης 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.
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