The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
(19 July 2015)
Jer. 23:1–6; Ephesians 2:11–22; Mark 6:30–44
The Lord Jesus Shepherds His Church on Earth by the Ministry of the Gospel
The Lord rebukes and removes “the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep” (Jer. 23:1). He gathers the flock, brings them back to the fold and sets “shepherds over them who will care for them” (Jer. 23:3–4). He raises up the Son of David, the great Good Shepherd, to “reign as king and deal wisely” (Jer. 23:5). He is “our righteousness,” in whom we “dwell securely” (Jer. 23:6). He has compassion on all of us, who were “like sheep without a shepherd” (Mark 6:34). Not only does He teach us many things, but taking the bread, He blesses and breaks and gives it to the disciples “to set before the people” (Mark 6:41). He abundantly provides for His Church on earth, so that everyone is fed and fully satisfied in body and soul. He preaches peace “to you who were far off,” and “by the blood of Christ,” He brings you near (Eph. 2:13, 17). Though you were “separated from Christ” by your sin, “having no hope and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12), now “you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Eph. 2:19).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: (3-Year Lectionary) Jesus Feeds the 5,000 – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 8 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:36, 23.3 MB, 2015-July-13)
Worldview Everlasting - Everlasting Extras - Greek Tuesday - Mark 6:30-44
Pastor Jonathan Fisk teaching Mark 6:30-44
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 11 - Series B - Mark 6:30-44 with Dr. Walter Maier III
Dr. Walter Maier III, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 8
Mark 6:30-44 και συναγονται οι αποστολοι προς τον ιησουν και απηγγειλαν αυτω παντα και οσα εποιησαν και οσα εδιδαξαν (31) και ειπεν αυτοις δευτε υμεις αυτοι κατ ιδιαν εις ερημον τοπον και αναπαυεσθε ολιγον ησαν γαρ οι ερχομενοι και οι υπαγοντες πολλοι και ουδε φαγειν ηυκαιρουν (32) και απηλθον εις ερημον τοπον τω πλοιω κατ ιδιαν (33) και ειδον αυτους υπαγοντας οι οχλοι και επεγνωσαν αυτον πολλοι και πεζη απο πασων των πολεων συνεδραμον εκει και προηλθον αυτους και συνηλθον προς αυτον (34) και εξελθων ειδεν ο ιησους πολυν οχλον και εσπλαγχνισθη επ αυτοις οτι ησαν ως προβατα μη εχοντα ποιμενα και ηρξατο διδασκειν αυτους πολλα (35) και ηδη ωρας πολλης γενομενης προσελθοντες αυτω οι μαθηται αυτου λεγουσιν οτι ερημος εστιν ο τοπος και ηδη ωρα πολλη (36) απολυσον αυτους ινα απελθοντες εις τους κυκλω αγρους και κωμας αγορασωσιν εαυτοις αρτους τι γαρ φαγωσιν ουκ εχουσιν (37) ο δε αποκριθεις ειπεν αυτοις δοτε αυτοις υμεις φαγειν και λεγουσιν αυτω απελθοντες αγορασωμεν διακοσιων δηναριων αρτους και δωμεν αυτοις φαγειν (38) ο δε λεγει αυτοις ποσους αρτους εχετε υπαγετε και ιδετε και γνοντες λεγουσιν πεντε και δυο ιχθυας (39) και επεταξεν αυτοις ανακλιναι παντας συμποσια συμποσια επι τω χλωρω χορτω (40) και ανεπεσον πρασιαι πρασιαι ανα εκατον και ανα πεντηκοντα (41) και λαβων τους πεντε αρτους και τους δυο ιχθυας αναβλεψας εις τον ουρανον ευλογησεν και κατεκλασεν τους αρτους και εδιδου τοις μαθηταις αυτου ινα παραθωσιν αυτοις και τους δυο ιχθυας εμερισεν πασιν (42) και εφαγον παντες και εχορτασθησαν (43) και ηραν κλασματων δωδεκα κοφινους πληρεις και απο των ιχθυων (44) και ησαν οι φαγοντες τους αρτους ωσει πεντακισχιλιοι ανδρες
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
(12 July 2015)
Amos 7:7–15; Ephesians 1:3–14; Mark 6:14–29
The Lord Jesus Brings His People through Death into Life by the Preaching of Repentance
Amos did not choose to be a prophet, but the Lord took him “from following the flock” and said to him, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel” (Amos 7:15). It was a hard word given him to preach: King Jeroboam would “die by the sword,” and Israel would “go into exile away from his land” (Amos 7:10–11). For this word, Amos was hated and threatened. St. John the Baptist also suffered for his faithful preaching of repentance. King Herod “sent and seized John and bound him in prison,” even though he knew that John “was a righteous and holy man” (Mark 6:17, 20). Out of pride and fear, Herod “sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head” (Mark 6:27). Yet in Christ, St. John the Baptist “has been raised from the dead” (Mark 6:14, 16). For Christ is the destruction of death itself “before the foundation of the world,” and even now by faith, “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” has blessed us in Christ “with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Eph. 1:3–4). Through Baptism into Christ, you also “were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit” for life and salvation (Eph. 1:13).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: Pentecost 7 (3-Year Lectionary) – The Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 7 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:20, 23.2 MB, 2015-July-06)
Worldview Everlasting - Everlasting Extras - Greek Tuesday - Mark 6:14-29
Pastor Jonathan Fisk teaching Mark 6:14-29
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 10 - Series B - Mark 6:14-29 with Dr. Peter Scaer
Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 7
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
(05 July 2015)
Ps. 123:1-4; Ezekiel 2:1–5; 2 Cor. 12:1–10; Mark 6:1–13
LSB 839: O Christ, Our True and Only Light
The Ministers of Christ Are Sent with His Authority to Forgive Sins and Give Life
The Prophet Ezekiel was raised up by the Spirit of the Lord and sent to speak an unpopular Word to the rebellious house of Israel. As a prophet, he was not to speak his own word, but to preach the Law and the Gospel: “Thus says the Lord God,” whether the people “hear or refuse to hear” (Ezek. 2:4–5). So, too, in the footsteps of the Prophets before Him, the Lord Jesus “went about among the villages teaching” (Mark 6:6). In His hometown, as elsewhere, “many who heard Him were astonished,” marveling at His wisdom and at the “mighty works done by His hands,” and yet, “they took offense at Him” (Mark 6:2–3). The offense culminates in His Cross, which is, ironically, the heart and center of His “authority over the unclean spirit” (Mark 6:7). It is by that authority of His Cross that those He sends preach repentance, “cast out many demons,” and heal the sick (Mark 6:12–13). Thus, the Apostle Paul boasts in the Cross of Christ and in his own weaknesses, knowing that God’s grace is sufficient, and that the power of Christ “is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 12:8–9).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: Pentecost 6 (3-Year Lectionary) “The Mercy of God” – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 6 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:35, 23.3 MB, 2015-June-29)
Worldview Everlasting - Everlasting Extras - Greek Tuesday - Mark 6:1-13
Pastor Jonathan Fisk teaching Mark 6:1-13
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 9 - Series B - Mark 6:1-13 with Dr. John Nordling
Dr. John Nordling, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 6
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
(28 June 2015)
Lam. 3:22–33; 2 Cor. 8:1–9, 13–15; Mk 5:21–43
LSB 735: In the Very Midst of Life
The Lord Jesus Is Faithful, and in Mercy He Raises You Up from Death to Life
The Lord is faithful. His steadfast love never ceases, and “His mercies never come to an end” (Lam. 3:22–23). To keep in repentance and to make our faith grow, He causes grief for a while, but He does not cast off forever; in due time, “He will have compassion” (Lam. 3:31–33). Therefore, “hope in Him,” and “wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord,” for “the Lord is good to those who wait for Him” (Lam. 3:24–26). That is what the woman did “who had a discharge of blood,” and the ruler whose daughter “was at the point of death.” Each waited on the mercy of the Lord Jesus, and each received His saving help (Mark 5:21–28). The woman had suffered much for twelve years, and the ruler’s daughter had already died before Jesus arrived. Yet, at the right time, the woman was immediately “healed of her disease,” and the little girl “got up and began walking around” (Mark 5:29, 42). Such is “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,” who humbled Himself, unto the extreme poverty of death, “so that you by His poverty might become rich,” unto life everlasting (2 Cor. 8:9).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: Pentecost 5 (3-Year Lectionary) “Jesus Heals Jairus’ Daughter” – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 5 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:19, 23.1 MB, 2015-June-15)
Worldview Everlasting - Everlasting Extras - Greek Tuesday - Mark 5
Pastor Jonathan Fisk teaching Mark 5
The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
(21 June 2015)
Job 38:1–11; 2 Cor. 6:1–13; Mark 4:35–41
LSB 726: Evening and Morning
The Word of Christ Bestows Peace on His Creation through His Forgiveness of Sins
In his anguish and affliction, Job must be reminded that, as a finite creature, he is in no position to question the Maker of the heavens and the earth. Job’s “words without knowledge” are unable to penetrate the wisdom of the Lord (Job 38:1–2). For the Lord has “prescribed limits” and “set bars and doors,” so that “here shall your proud waves be stayed” (Job 38:9–11). That’s how He humbles us unto repentance. But also by His powerful Word He calms the “great windstorm” and the waves “breaking into the boat.” He does not permit the chaos of this fallen world to overwhelm us or bring us to despair. By the Word of His Gospel, He speaks “Peace” to us, which bestows the “great calm” of His New Creation (Mark 4:37–39). Therefore, do not be afraid, and do not receive this grace of God in vain. “Now is the favorable time,” and “now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:1–2).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: Pentecost 4 (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 4 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:19, 23.1 MB, 2015-June-15)
Worldview Everlasting - Everlasting Extras - Greek Tuesday - Mark 4:35-41
Pastor Jonathan Fisk teaching Mark 4:35-41
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 7 - Series B - Mark 4:35-41 with Prof. Jeff Pulse
Prof. Jeff Pulse, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 4
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)
THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD
(14 May 2015)
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).
SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
(17 May 2015)
1 John 5:9–15
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.
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
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:
Sermon Preparation - System of Exegesis:
Sermon Preparation - Biblical Context of a Passage:
Sermon Preparation - Isogogical Importance:
Sermon Preparation - Sources of Isogogical Information:
Sermon Preparation - Breaking Down the Text's Verses:
Sermon Preparation - Approaching the Language of the Text:
Sermon Preparation - Exegesis with Little or No Greek:
Sermon Preparation - The Writings of Others:
Sermon Preparation - Six Steps of Preparation:
Sermon Preparation - Time Frame of the Six Steps:
 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,  and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them.  And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.  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.”  For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified.  And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.”  And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.  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.
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