Pr. Brian Kachelmeier discusses Christ in Isaiah 50 with Pr Todd Wilken (mp3, 30:40, 12.5 MB, 2014-Apr-10)


Pr. Will Weedon, Director of Worship for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, discusses Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 57:49, 23.3 MB, 2014-Mar-04)

The Transfiguration of Our Lord

Exodus 24:8–18; 2 Peter 1:16–21; Matthew 17:1–9

God Manifests His Glory in the Body of Christ Jesus, Transfigured for Us by His Cross

The Transfiguration confirms “the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place” (2 Pet. 1:19). The divine glory of Jesus is manifested in the word of His apostles, who were “eyewitnesses of His majesty” (2 Pet. 1:16). “He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun” (Matt. 17:2). Moses and Elijah witnessed the fulfillment of the Old Testament in this Lord Jesus, and the Father testified concerning Him: “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 17:5). By His own blood, shed on the cross, Jesus makes and seals the new covenant with us. Hence, “the appearance of the glory of the Lord” is no longer “like a devouring fire” (Ex. 24:17), but is graciously revealed in His own body. As “Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel” went up the mountain with Moses and “beheld God, and ate and drank” (Ex. 24:9, 11), we also behold the Lord our God in Christ Jesus, and we abide with Him as we eat and drink His body and blood at the altar.

Exodus 24:8–18

Pastor Brian Kachelmeier of Redeemer Lutheran, Los Alamos, N.M., discusses Christ in the Old Testament: Exodus 24:8-18 with Pastor Todd Wilken on Issues, Etc. (mp3, 22:30, 9.2 MB, 2014-Feb-27)

2 Peter 1:16–21

Matthew 17:1–9

Pr. Christian Tiews of Grace Lutheran-Tulsa, OK and Pr. Kirk Clayton of Zion Lutheran-Mascoutah, IL, discuss The Transfiguration, Matthew 17:1-9 with Pastor Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013-Jan-16)

Pr. Randy Asburry of Hope Lutheran-St. Louis, MO and Pr. Jim Roemke of Good Shepherd Lutheran-Middleville, MI discuss the Transfiguration in Matthew 17:1-9 with Pastor Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 54:29, 21.9 MB, 2012-Jan-26)

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

16 February (feh-brew-air-ee) 2014

Deuteronomy 30:15–20; 1 Corinthians 3:1–9; Matthew 5:21–37

Christ Sets Life before Us so that We Can Walk in His Ways

The God who reveals Himself in His incarnate Son promises life and blessing to all who obey His commandments “by loving the LORD your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules” (Deut. 30:16). However, we are “people of the flesh” and “infants in Christ” (1 Cor. 3:1) among whom “there is jealousy and strife” (1 Cor. 3:3). Jesus must instruct us against the human ways of anger, adultery, divorce, and false witness (Matt. 5:21-37), because all who live in these ways “shall surely perish” (Deut. 30:18). On the cross He died to forgive our sins and free us from the ways of curse and death. Since Jesus Christ is our “life and length of days” (Deut. 30:20), we can be reconciled to our brother, live in chastity and marital faithfulness, and speak with honesty. He who serves from His cross also offers His gift of reconciliation at His altar, and we can be at peace with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are “God’s field, God’s building” (1 Cor. 3:9).

Old Testament

Pr. Brian Kachelmeier, Redeemer Lutheran, Los Alamos, N.M., discusses Christ in the Old Testament Deuteronomy 30:15–20 with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 27:33, 11.2 MB, 13-Feb-2014)


Pr. Jonathan Fisk explains 1 Corinthians 3:1–23:

New Testament

Pr. Jonathan Fisk explains Matthew 5:21–37:

John 16:13, “The Holy Spirit Declaring Things to Come”

Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller, Hope Lutheran, Aurora, Colo. (mp3, 29:17, 11.9 MB, 2014-Feb-13)

Isaiah 43:18-19, “Behold! I am Doing a New Thing”

Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller, Hope Lutheran, Aurora, Colo. (mp3, 29:59, 12.2 MB, 2014-Feb-06)

John 10:10, “I Came that They Might Have Life and Have it Abundantly” 

Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller, Hope Lutheran, Aurora, Colo. (mp3, 45:41, 18.5 MB, 2014-Jan-08)

Proverbs 29:18, "Blessed is he who keeps the law"

Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller, Hope Lutheran, Aurora, Colo. (mp3, 28:30, 11.5 MB, 2010-Feb-09)

2 Chronicles 7:14, "If My people ..."

Dr. Dan Gard, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind. (mp3, 27:00, 10.9 MB, 2010-Jan-20)

Matthew 3:13-15, Jesus' Baptism

Pastor Steven Parks, University Hills Lutheran, Denver, Colo. (mp3, 29:00, 11.7 MB, 2010-Jan-13)

Romans 8:16, “We are children of God”

Pastor Brent McGuire, Our Redeemer Lutheran, Dallas, Tx. (mp3, 26:32, 10.7 MB, 2009-Feb-24)


Old Testament

Pr Brian Kachelmeier discusses Is. 9:1-4 with Dr Ken Schurb on Issues Etc (mp3, 28:10, 11.5 MB, 2014-Jan-23)

Is. 9:1-4 (ESV):

But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.

You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.

For the yoke of his burden,
and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.


Pr Tom Baker discusses Matt. 4:12-25 with Pr Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 37:10, 14.9 MB, 2014-Jan-21)

Matt. 4:12-25 (ESV):

Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

“The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
the people dwelling in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death,
on them a light has dawned.”

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them. And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.

Advent 4 (22 December 2013)

Isaiah 7:10–17; Romans 1:1–7; Matthew 1:18–25

God’s Word Is Fulfilled for Us in the Flesh and Blood of Christ Jesus, the Son of Mary

The Fourth Sunday in Advent turns our attention toward the Nativity of Our Lord. With the blessed Virgin Mary we await the coming of the Christ, her Son, conceived in her womb by the Word and Spirit of God. This fulfillment of the sign once given to the house of David, that “the virgin shall conceive and bear a son” (Is. 7:14), is now given to us in the Gospel. It declares that salvation is by His grace alone, entirely His work and a free gift. It also is the way and means by which the Lord our God is Immanuel, “God with us.” The almighty and eternal Son of God is conceived and born of Mary and is thus “descended from David according to the flesh” (Rom. 1:3). He comes in this way to save us with His own flesh and blood; He is called “Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). As Joseph received this sign in faith and immediately “did as the angel of the Lord commanded him” (Matt. 1:24), we also live by faith in this holy Gospel.

The Gospel Lesson

Pr. Jonathan Fisk explains Matt. 1:18-25 (with a little bit of Isaiah 7):

The Epistle Lesson

Pr. Jonathan Fisk explains Rom. 1:1-7:

The Old Testament Lesson

Pr. Brian Kachelmeier discusses Christ in the Old Testament: The Sign of the Messiah with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 27:20, 11.1 MB, 18-Dec-13)

Pr. Brian Kachelmeier discusses Christ in the Old Testament: Revelation 7 and Isaiah with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 28:28, 11.6 MB, 1-Nov-13)


Advent 3 (15 December 2013)

Isaiah 35:1–10; James 5:7–11; Matthew 11:2–15

The Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ Brings True Rejoicing, Even Under the Cross

Sometimes life requires the astonishing patience of Job. Like him, we are to rejoice in the midst of affliction, be grounded in repentance under the cross of Christ and hope relentlessly in His resurrection, that we might see “the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful” (James 5:11). Therefore, in the promise of the Gospel, “be patient” and “establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand” (James 5:8). Like John the Baptist, whatever your own kind of prison or suffering may be, call upon Jesus and receive the strength of His Word from those He sends to you. For as “the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up” (Matt. 11:5), so is the Good News of Jesus preached to you also. He comes and restores the fortunes of Zion, His holy Church, so that “sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Is. 35:10).

The Gospel Lesson

Pr. Jonathan Fisk on Matthew 11:2-15:


Issues, Etc., Pastors Roundtable on Matthew 11:2-15:

Pastors Kevin Golden and Steven Briel discuss John the Baptist with Pastor Todd Wilken on Issues, Etc. (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013-Dec-10)

The Epistle Lesson

Pr. Jonathan Fisk on James 5:7-11:

The Old Testament Lesson 

Pr. Brian Kachelmeier discusses Is. 35:1-10 with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 30:21, 12.3 MB, 2013-Dec-12)

Pr. Brian Kachelmeier, Redeemer Lutheran, Los Alamos, N.M., discusses Isaiah 11:1-10 with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 25:42, 10.5 MB, 2013-Dec-05)


Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses Biblical Themes for Worship with Dr. Ken Schurb (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013-Nov-08)


Issues, Etc. 24

Broadcast on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, 2013

Major Themes in the Psalms


1. Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Creation (mp3, 2:01:45, 48.9 MB)


2. Pr. Will Weedon, Zion (mp3, 1:54:08, 45.9 MB)


3. Dr. John Saleska, Descriptive Praise (mp3, 1:59:56, 48.2 MB)


4. Dr. Peter Scaer, Wisdom (mp3, 1:59:17, 48.0 MB)


5. Pr. Bill Cwirla, Messiah/King (mp3, 1:57:11, 47.1 MB)


6. Pr. Jonathan Fisk, Enemies (mp3, 2:01:19, 48.8 MB)


7. Pr. Tom Baker, Individual Praise (mp3, 1:58:26, 47.6 MB)


8. Dr. John Kleinig, Community Praise (mp3, 2:01:19, 48.8 MB)


9. Dr. Joel Humann, Liturgical Psalms (mp3, 1:46:22, 42.8 MB)


10. Pr. Peter Bender, Personal Laments (mp3, 1:56:26, 46.8 MB)


11. Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller, Trust (mp3, 1:54:54, 46.2 MB)


12. Pr. Brian Kachelmeier, Community Laments (mp3, 2:03:14, 49.5 MB)

2010 Issues Etc 24

2011 Issues Etc 24

2012 Issues Etc 24

2014 Issues Etc 24

2015 Issues Etc 24

Pr. Brian Kachelmeier of Redeemer Lutheran, Los Alamos, NM, discusses the Importance of Preaching with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 27:21, 11.1 MB, 2013-Sep-11)


Pr. William Weedon and Pr. Todd Wilken discuss the liturgy of Holy Baptism:

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Part 1 (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013-Aug-07)

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Part 2 (mp3, 57:51, 23.3 MB, 2013-Aug-15)


Part 3 (mp3, 57:15, 23.1 MB, 2013-Aug-22)

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Part 4 (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013-Sep-05)



Pr. William Weedon, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Hamel, Ill, discusses the Liturgy of Holy Baptism with Pr. Todd Wilken:

  1. What is Baptism?, Exorcism, and Sign of the Cross (mp3, 53:50, 24.65 MB, 2003-Oct-14)

  2. Luther's Flood Prayer, Gospel Reading, and The Lord's Prayer (mp3, 53:51, 24.66 MB, 2003-Oct-21)

  3. Blessing, Renunciations, and The Apostles' Creed (mp3, 53:04, 24.30 MB, 2003-Nov-04)

  4. The Baptism, and Our Daily Remembrance (mp3, 53:51, 24.66 MB, 2003-Nov-11)

  5. Robe, Candle, Exhortation to Sponsors, and Concluding Prayer (mp3, 38:55, 17.82 MB, 2003-Nov-18)

Issues, Etc., Classics (before June 30, 2008) originated at KFUO-AM in St. Louis, and were broadcast on other stations around the country. Phone numbers and address mentioned are no longer valid.


Chris Rosebrough and Pastor Daniel Price discuss the Biblical texts that teach the Lutheran Doctrine of Baptism on Fighting for the Faith (mp3, 2h 47m 46s, 76.9 MB, 06-Aug-2013)

See also the Printed Version (pdf, 30 pgs, 246 KB)



Chris Rosebrough discusses questions about the previous episode with Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller. (mp3, 2h 18m 49s, 63.6 MB, 12-Aug-2013)

Pastor William Weedon, Director of Worship, Chaplain of the International Center, LCMS, discusses Daily Prayer with Pastor Todd Wilken

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2. Vespers (mp3, 57:50, 23.3 MB, 2013 Apr 25)

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3. Evening Prayer (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013 May 02)

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4. Compline -- Prayer at the Close of the Day (mp3, 1:11:19, 28.7 MB, 2013 May 09)

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5. Matins (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013 May 16)

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6. Morning Prayer (mp3, 57:50, 23.3 MB, 2013 May 23)

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7. Responsive Prayer (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013 June 06)


Pastor Peter Bender, Peace, Sussex, Wisc., discusses The Office and Responsibilities of a Pastor with Pastor Todd Wilken.


Part 1: Catechesis and Confession (mp3, 57:17, 23.1 MB, 2013-Feb-20)


Part 2: Visitation (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013-Feb-25)


Part 3: Admonition to Holy Living (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013-Feb-27)


Part 4: Study of Scripture and the Confessions, Prayer (mp3, 57:50, 23.3 MB, 2013-Mar-06)


Pastor David Petersen, Redeemer Lutheran, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses Lenten Preaching with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 57:50, 23.3 MB, 2013-Feb-11)



Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller, Hope Lutheran, Aurora, Colo., discusses distinguishing Law and Gospel with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 57:20, 23.3 MB, 2013-Feb-07)