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)


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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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1. Introduction (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013 Apr 18)

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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)



Pr Tim Pauls discusses his Lutheran Witness article, 10 Reasons It's Awesome to Be Lutheran, with Pastor Todd Wilken (mp3, 29:59, 12.2 MB, 2013-Feb-04)


Dr. Ken Bailey, Lecturer in Middle Eastern New Testament Studies, New Wilmington, Penn., discusses the First Christmas with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 54:39, 21.9 MB, 2008-Dec-24)

N.B. Address mentioned is no longer valid.


Dr. Joseph Herl, Concordia University, Nebraska, discusses the Incarnation of Jesus in Handel's "Messiah" with Pr. Todd Wilken. (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2012-Dec-27)


Issues, Etc. annual 24-hour marathon was Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3.

The guests and topics:

  1. 1. Dr. Carl Fickenscher -- The Trinity (mp3, 48.8 MB, 2h 01 m 53s)

  2. 2. Dr. Ken Schurb -- Christ (mp3, 48.0 MB, 2h 00m 03s)

  3. 3. Pr. Peter Bender -- Original Sin, Free Will and Conversion (mp3, 47.6 MB, 1h 58m 51s)

  4. 4. Pr. George Borghardt -- Justification (mp3, 46.5 MB, 1h 56m 05s)

  5. 5. Pr. Bill Cwirla -- Law & Gospel (mp3, 47.9 MB, 1h 59m 47s)

  6. 6. Pr. Tom Baker -- New Obedience and Good Works (mp3, 46.5 MB, 1h 56m 05s)

  7. 7. Dr. John Kleinig -- The Church (mp3, 49.9 MB, 2h 04m 45s)

  8. 8. Pr. Jonathan Mumme -- The Ministry and The Keys (mp3, 45.3 MB, 1h 53m 06s)

  9. 9. Pr. Brent Kuhlman -- Baptism (mp3, 46.8 MB, 1h 56m 51s)

  10. 10. Pr. Jonathan Fisk -- The Lord's Supper (mp3, 47.0 MB, 1h 57m 30s)

  11. 11. Dr. Larry Rast -- Confession and Absolution (mp3, 46.9 MB, 1h 57m 07s)

  12. 12. Dr. Laurence White -- Christ's Return to Judgment (mp3, 49.0 MB, 2h 02m 22s)

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2013 Issues Etc 24

2014 Issues Etc 24

2015 Issues Etc 24

Dr. Dean Wenthe, President Emeritus, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses The Sacramental Nature of Old Testament Life with Pastor Todd Wilken. (mp3, 58:20, 23.3 MB, 2012-Oct-18)


Dr. Lane Burgland, author “Reading the Bible with Understanding”, discusses biblical interpretation with Pastor Todd Wilken.


Part 1: How We Got the Bible – Sept 10, 2012 (mp3, 58:20, 23.3 MB, 2012-Sep-10)


Part 2: The Plain Meaning of the Text, Scripture Interprets Scripture & Context – Sept 11, 2012 (mp3, 58:20, 23.3 MB, 2012-Sep-11)


Part 3: The Rule of Faith, Interpreting the Text Christologically, & Law and Gospel – Sept 12, 2012 (mp3, 58:20, 23.3 MB, 2012-Sep-12)


Part 4: The Then and There Meaning, Poetry & Prophecy – Sept 13, 2012 (mp3, 58:21, 23.3 MB, 2012-Sep-13)


Part 5: Parables, Apocalyptic Writing & Bible Tools – Sept 14, 2012 (mp3, 58:20, 23.3 MB, 2012-Sep-14)