Pastor Brian Kachelmeier, Redeemer Lutheran, Los Alamos, New Mexico, discusses Isaiah 45 with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 38:12, 15.5 MB, 2014-Oct-16) 


Dr. Rod Rosenbladt, Concordia University Irvine Calif, spoke at Faith Lutheran Church, Capistrano Beach, Calif.:

Pastor Christopher Esget, Immanuel Lutheran, Alexandria, Va., discusses Chanting in Worship with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 29:22, 11.9 MB, 2014-Jul-31)


[Esget:] Chanting is a form of reading [on a tone or pitch], a form of carrying the text [of Scripture], so that it can be declaimed to the people. Chanting of the Words of Institution [of the Lord's Supper] is distinctly Lutheran, and it's not Roman Catholic. It was done for the purpose of people being able to hear the Words of Institution in a way that they couldn't before that. (3:11 - 3:30)

[Esget:] The thing about chanting is that it forces you to stay within a certain set of parameters and it forces you to slow down. And I'm sure that you've been in places where the pastor gets to the Words of Institution and either because he's not thinking about it or he's worried about when people are getting out of church on time and he starts in [quickly]: "Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to the disciples and said ..." and this becomes almost like an auctioneer was there. And it is as though we have to check this box and get it out of the way. This kind of practice actually says, "You know, those Words really are not all that important." And the chanting of them says, "These Words are profoundly important and everybody needs to hear them, and we need to sit down or kneel, stop and think about what our Lord Jesus is giving to us here, and that's what chanting does for us. (9:08 - 9:55)

[Esget:] We understand that we need to do this [chanting/liturgy/worship] with something like a wedding: we'll gather everybody, and here's where you're going to stand, and here's how the processional's going to go. Well, that's the same thing with all these aspects of worship, the chanting and everything else that we're going to do. When a pastor hasn't prepared, when he's rushing in there at the last minute, when his pages aren't marked, when he doesn't know what's going to happen, what that's really communicating to the people is: This isn't all that important. What's important is the other stuff that I do, my personality, what I'm going to add to it. But, this stuff [chanting/liturgy/worship], I'm not going to take all that seriously. (20:10 - 20:40)

Dr. John Kleinig, Australian Lutheran Seminary, discusses The Pastoral Purpose of the Historic Liturgy with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 53:12, 21.5 MB, 2014-Jul-29)


Dr. Robin Leaver, Westminster Choir College, discusses The Origins of Reformation Music with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 57:50, 23.3 MB, 2014-Jul-30)


Pastor Larry Peters, Grace Lutheran, Clarksville, Tenn. discusses The Liturgy as Pastoral Care with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 28:21, 11.5 MB, 2014-Jul-31)


Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller, Hope Lutheran, Aurora, Colo. and co-host of Table Talk Radio, discusses Preaching in the Conscience with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 28:54, 11.8 MB, 2014-Jul-30)


Dr. Richard Stuckwisch, Emmaus Lutheran, South Bend, Ind., discusses a Sacramentally-Shaped Life with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 29:01, 11.8 MB, 2014-Jul-31)

Pastor Brian Kachelmeier of Redeemer Lutheran, Los Alamos, NM, discusses Christ in the Old Testament: Isaiah 44 with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 40:40, 16.5 MB, 2014-July 17)


Pastor David Fleming of Our Savior Lutheran, Grand Rapids, Mich., discusses the Scriptural Content of the Historic Liturgy with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 57:50, 23.3 MB, 2014-Jul-16)



Pr. Jordan McKinley, St. Paul Lutheran, Bennett and Stanwood, Iowa, discusses Fathers Teaching Their Children the Catechism with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 26:42, 10.9 MB, 2014-Jul-04)

Dr. Ed Grimenstein, Associate Executive Director of Office of International Mission for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, discusses Christian Preaching with Pastor Todd Wilken.


1st Part: Preaching Christ (mp3, 57:14, 23.1 MB, 2014-Jun-13)


2nd Part: Martin Luther on Preaching (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2014-Jul-04)


3rd Part: Law and Gospel (mp3, 57:49, 23.3 MB, 2014-Jul-07)


4th Part: Modern Preaching (mp3, 57:45, 23.3 MB, 2014-Sep-26)


5th Part: A Positive Way Forward (mp3, 57:19, 23.1 MB, 2014-Oct-01)



Pr. Brian Kachelmeier discusses Christ in Isaiah 8 & 28 and 1 Peter 2 with Pr Todd Wilken (mp3, 31:31, 12.8 MB, 2014-May-15)


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.