Pr. Steven Parks, University Hills Lutheran Church, Denver, Colo., discusses The Reformation and Its Theology with Pr. Todd Wilken

  1. Word (Scripture) Alone (mp3, 40:27, 16 MB, 2009-Oct-19)

  2. Faith Alone (mp3, 40:29, 16 MB, 2009-Oct-20)

  3. Grace Alone (mp3, 54:16, 22 MB, 2009-Oct-21)

  4. Christ Alone (mp3, 40:31, 16 MB, 2009-Oct-22)

Dr. Lawrence White, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas, discusses The Reformation Today with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 40:18, 16 MB, 2009-Oct-23)


Pr. William Weedon, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hamel, Ill., discusses the Nicene Creed with Pr. Todd Wilken

  1. Origin of the Creed and God the Father (mp3, 53:59, 22 MB, 2009-Oct-05)

  2. God the Son and the Incarnation (mp3, 54:00, 22 MB, 2009-Oct-06)

  3. The Work of the Son (mp3, 53:59, 22 MB, 2009-Oct-07)

  4. God the Holy Spirit (mp3, 53:59, 22 MB, 2009-Oct-08)

  5. The Church and the Life of the World to Come (mp3, 54:00, 22 MB, 2009-Oct-09)

Dr. Richard Stuckwisch, pastor of Emmaus Lutheran Church, South Bend, Ind., discusses a core set of hymns that all congregations should sing and know with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 28:30, 11.4 MB, 2009-Sep-28)

Dr. Stuckwisch lists the core congregational hymns here and here, and hymns he would not recommend here.


Pr. William Weedon, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hamel, Ill., discusses Things We See in Worship with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 45:53, 21.3 MB, 2003-Oct-30)

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 Phone number and address mentioned are no longer valid.

Pr. J. Bart Day discusses proper reverence during the celebration of the Lord's Supper with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues, Etc., Classics (mp3, 23:16, 6.8 MB, 2007-May-07).

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 Phone numbers and address mentioned are no longer valid.

Higher Things Magazine: Mining the Riches: Take, Eat!
by Pr. J. Bart Day
Is there a right or wrong way to receive the Lord's body into your mouth at Communion? Should you be given it from your pastor's hand or take it from your own? Is one way more Lutheran? Pastor Day explains the importance of reverence during Communion, what the Church has said about it through the ages, and the gifts we are given by receiving it.


"(T)he pastor is to preach from the Bible text how the death of Christ can save even a Christian! Of the many possible themes in Scripture that may be preached, he is particularly to preach as central the forgiveness of sins wrought by Christ on our behalf.

"If the pastor does anything else that eclipses this, he is guilty of forsaking his call. If, for example, he uses the Bible text only for a call to deeper Christian living, he has forsaken his call. If he only placards Christ as an example of what we Christians are to emulate by the power of the Holy Spirit within us, he has forsaken his call. If he only preaches Christ as an answer to some perceived need we may have, other than the forgiveness of sins, he has forsaken his call. If he preaches only some laudable social or political action the congregation should take, he has forsaken his call. If he only does solid Bible-based education on some tangential topic in the Scriptures, he has forsaken his call." (emphasis in the original)

-- Dr Rod Rosenblatt, Christ Alone, Wheaton, Ill., Crossways Books, 1999, pp. 38-39. Dr. Rosenblatt is a professor of Theology at Concordia University, Irvine, Calif. He is also an ordained minister in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and a co-host of the program, White Horse Inn, which can be heard in this area on KDCR (88.5 FM) Sundays at 8:30 pm.

Guests discuss the 9 parts of The Lord's Prayer with Pr. Todd Wilken:

  1. Our Father Who art in heaven - Pr. Peter Bender, Peace Lutheran Church and Concordia Catechetical Academy, Sussex, Wisc. (mp3, 53:59, 22 MB, 2009-Aug-03)

  2. Hallowed be Thy Name - Pr. Paul McCain, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Mo. (mp3, 54:00, 22 MB, 2009-Aug-04)

  3. Thy Kingdom come - Dr. Laurence White, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Houston, Tex. (mp3, 53:59, 50 MB, 2009-Aug-05)

  4. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven - Dr. Scott Murray, Memorial Lutheran Church, Houston, Tex. (mp3, 53:59, 22 MB, 2009-Aug-06)

  5. Give us this day our daily bread - Pr. Bill Cwirla of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Hacienda Heights, Calif. (mp3, 53:59, 22 MB, 2009-Aug-07)

  6. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us - Pr. William Weedon, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hamel, Ill. (mp3, 54:00, 22 MB, 2009-Aug-10)

  7. Lead us not into temptation - Dr. Steven Hein, Concordia Institute for Christian Studies, Monument, Co. (mp3, 53:59, 22 MB, 2009-Aug-11)

  8. Deliver us from evil - Pr. Steven Parks, University Hills Lutheran Church, Denver, Co. (mp3, 54:29, 22.2 MB, 2009-Aug-12)

  9. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen. - Dr. John Saleska, Concordia University Wisc., Mequon, Wisc. (mp3, 54:29, 22.2 MB, 2009-Aug-13)

Mr. Greg Koukl of Stand To Reason discusses the historical Jesus with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 26:30, 10.66 MB, 2009-Sep-08)

The internet is full of allegations that the historical records of the life of Jesus are examples of a kind of religious plagiarism rehashing dying-and-rising-god fictions of ancient mythology. Read Mr. Koukl's article in Solid Ground magazine about the false connections being made of Jesus to mythology. (pdf , 352 KB, 4 pgs)


Pr. Daniel Preus of Luther Academy discusses Christ-Centered Theology with Pr Todd Wilken:

  1. Law and Gospel (mp3, 35:02, 14 MB, 2009-May-06)

  2. Baptism and Lord's Supper (mp3, 28:30, 11 MB, 2009-May-13)

  3. Conversion (mp3, 33:25, 13 MB, 2009-May-20)

The above discussions are based on Pr. Preus' book, Why I Am a Lutheran: Jesus at the Center

Why I Am a Lutheran: Jesus at the Center by Pr. Daniel Preus

In Defense of Historical Worship - From a Former Advocate of Contemporary Worship

By Pastor Sean L. Rippy

As one who has written contemporary worship (CW) services in three different congregations, started it in one congregation, who has been raised on much of its music through radio and worship services, who sought for something in CW that he thought could not be found in LW, who actually likes much of the music of CW and who believed firmly that you could make contemporary worship, Lutheran, but has now rejected CW as profane, allow me to chime in.

Pastor Sean Rippy, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, a former advocate of Contemporary Worship, discusses the differences between historic and contemporary Christian worship, highlighting where contemporary worship falls short. (mp3, 53:48, 25 MB, 2003-Oct-23)

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.

See also Pastor Rippy's article "In Defense of Historical Worship - From a Former Advocate of Contemporary Worship"

The Sheep Judge Their Shepherds - Dr. C.F.W. Walther (12 pgs, 198 kb) Booklet (6 pgs, 193 kb) printable Click "printable" for PDF version

The Judgment of the Sheep Over Their Shepherds

Matthew 7:15-23
Eighth Sunday after Trinity
C. F. W. Walther
(Translated by Rev. Donald E. Heck)

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Dear friends in Christ Jesus.

God's Church on earth has always been a militant Church. She has always been oppressed and persecuted by the world and its mighty; even within the Church herself men have continually arisen, who have spread false doctrine, obtained a following, and thus harassed the Church, causing division and offense. In the Church of Adam was self-righteous Cain; in the Church of Noah, Ham who despised his father; in the Church of Abraham, the mocker Ishmael; in the Church of the prophets many false prophets who preached and the Lord had not sent them, who falsely comforted the people and misled them into idolatry. Almost everywhere even in the apostolic Church where the Gospel was preached arose heretics who caused splits, yes, often destroyed whole flourishing congregations. St. Paul classes among those especially Alexander the silversmith, Hymenaeus, and Philetus. St. John names the entire sect of the Nicolaitans. Thus it has continued until this very day.

Mrs. Colleen Campbell discusses the sexualization of girls with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 14:29, 5.9 MB, 2009-Aug-27)


Mr. Craig Parton, author of The Defense Never Rests, discusses Evangelical Style and Lutheran Substance with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 25:58, 4.5 MB, 2008-Jul-01)


Pr. Wilken: "Can we talk about evangelical style and Lutheran substance and really make any sense?"

Mr. Parton: "Somebody who says they're going to do Lutheran substance and evangelical style generally means they don't know anything about either subject. So you ask them, 'What is Lutheran substance?' and you get a vacuous stare, a couple of things said, unlikely correct. Then you ask them, 'What's evangelical style?' And they'll inevitably be wrong because if they're Lutherans, they're thirty years behind the times, and their idea of evangelical style is not what's being done out here in California at the leading evangelical centers."

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 37:27, 13 MB, 2008-Jun-30)

See also Dr. Fickenscher's article: "Are Today's Ears Hearing The Timeless Message?: Preaching And Hearing Law And Gospel In Today's Culture"


Mrs. Rebekah Curtis on Issues, Etc. discusses How Girls Dress with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 26:00, 10.5 MB, 2008-Sep-22)

See also Mrs. Curtis' article, "Hey Good Lookin'," in the Summer 2008 issue of Higher Things Magazine:

A girl's wardrobe can explain a lot about her. (I mean, Kathy Luder wears ladybug necklaces. What does that say?) So how should a Christian young lady dress? Can she wear a mini-skirt or does she have to wear a dress the size of a tent? If you're interested in maintaining your modesty, Mrs. Curtis is here to help.



Criteria for Discerning the Usefulness of Praise Songs

Determining the truth of what someone is saying is impossible if the person isn't actually saying anything. This is the great difficulty of assessing praise songs commonly used in the church. The nature of modern praise songs makes them difficult to make them useful judgments regarding their fitness for use in the church's worship. Often the songs are written in sentence fragments, thought and phrases rather than a regular sentence with an subject, verb and object. Simple questions are often unanswerable: “Who is this talking about?” “What does this mean?” “What is the relationship between one phrase and another?”

When I was a child we would play a game on the 4th of July. Some smarty would take a tub of Vaseline and slather up a watermelon and toss it into the swimming pool. Dozens of kids would try to get it out of the water. Any time you thought you had a hold of the melon it would squirt out of your arms. This is something of the difficulty in making a clear judgment about such ambiguous lyrics. (Of course this ambiguity is a big part of the problem.)

What is needed, then, is an objective method of judging the usefulness of a praise song for edifying the Lord's church and bringing the comfort of the forgiveness of sins.

Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller, Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, Co. discusses Lutheran Evangelism with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 26:32, 10.4 MB, 2009-Jun-23)

Pr. Wolfmueller is author of the article A Lutheran Theology of Evangelism, and co-host of the program, Table Talk Radio.


Pr. Wilken: "Is it possible to care more about evangelism than the evangel?"

Pr. Wolfmueller: "I think that distinction, right there, is just precisely outlining the difference between a pastor and a church bureaucrat, or maybe a Christian and a church bureaucrat. For one of the Lord's Christians, the thing, the theological blood that beats through our heart is the evangel, the good news that Jesus lived and died on the cross for our sins, that He rose again for our justification, and that even now He stands before the Father pleading our case, on our behalf, that this good news, that everything that God has done for us, this is what makes a Christian.

"If you start to care more about spreading that news or getting that news out there, and you care about that more than the news itself, then I really think you've finally become a church bureaucrat and what you're interested in is organizing people or aligning people to be busy about the news of telling the Gospel but you never actually get around to telling the Gospel itself, to speaking the forgiveness of sins."


UPDATED! Pastor William Weedon was recently interviewed by Pastor Todd Wilken on the Historic Liturgy (24 Parts):

  1. Part 1: Introduction (mp3, 57:20, 23 MB, 2012-May-10)

  2. Part 2: Confession (mp3, 57:19, 22.9 MB, 2012-May-25)

  3. Part 3: Absolution (mp3, 57:20, 22.9 MB, 2012-May-31)

  4. Part 4: Introit and Gloria Patri (mp3, 57:20, 22.9 MB, 2012-Jul-12)

  5. Part 5: Kyrie (mp3, 57:21, 22.9 MB, 2012-Jul-19)

  6. Part 6: Gloria (mp3, 57:16, 22.9 MB, 2012-Jul-26)

  7. Part 7: Worthy Is Christ (mp3, 57:20, 52.8 MB (128 kbps), 2012-Aug-02)

  8. Part 8: The Salutation and The Collect (mp3, 57:20, 23.4 MB, 2012-Aug-09)

  9. Part 9: The Readings and the Old Testament Reading (mp3, 58:20, 23.4 MB, 2012-Aug-16)

  10. Part 10: The Gradual and the Alleluia (mp3, 58:20, 23.3 MB, 2012-Aug-23)

  11. Part 11: The Epistle and the Gospel (mp3, 58:20, 23.3 MB, 2012-Sep-20)

  12. Part 12: The Creed (mp3, 58:20, 23.3 MB, 2012-Sep-27)

  13. Part 13: The Sermon Hymn and Hymns in the Divine Service (mp3, 58:20, 23.3 MB, 2012-Oct-04)

  14. Part 14: The Sermon (mp3, 58:19, 23.3 MB, 2012-Oct-11)

  15. Part 15: The Intercessions and Prayers (mp3, 57:20, 23.4 MB, 2012-Nov-15)

  16. Part 16: The Offertory and Offering (mp3, 57:20, 23.4 MB, 2012-Nov-23)

  17. Part 17: The Preface and Proper Preface (mp3, 57:20, 23.4 MB, 2012-Nov-29)

  18. Part 18: The Sanctus (mp3, 58:51, 23.5 MB, 2012-Dec-06)

  19. Part 19: The Our Father and the Verba (mp3, 1:11:20, 29 MB, 2012-Dec-13)

  20. Part 20: The Pax Domini and the Agnus Dei (mp3, 57:19, 23.1 MB, 2013-Jan-10)

  21. Part 21: The Distribution and the Distribution Hymns (mp3, 57:19, 23.1 MB, 2013-Jan-31)

  22. Part 22: The Nunc Dimittus and Post Communion Collects (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013-Feb-07)

  23. Part 23: The Benediction (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013-Feb-28)

  24. Part 24: Conclusion (mp3, 57:30, 23.2 MB, 2013-Mar-07)

Pr William Weedon, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Hamel, Ill., discusses the Historic Liturgy with Pr Todd Wilken (10-part series):

  1. What is the Historic Liturgy? (mp3, 53:47, 25 MB, 2003-Jun-10)

  2. Preparatory Service: Invocation, Confession and Absolution (mp3, 53:49, 25 MB, 2003-Jun-17)

  3. Word Service: Introit, Kyrie, Gloria, Salutation and Collect (mp3, 54:14, 31 MB, 2003-Jul-17)

  4. Word Service: Scripture Readings - Old Testament, Epistle, Holy Gospel (mp3, 53:44, 31 MB, 2003-Jul-22)

  5. Word Service: Creed, Hymn of the Day, Sermon/Homily (mp3, 53:44, 37 MB, 2003-Aug-05)

  6. Word Service: Prayer of the Church, Offertory, Offering (mp3, 53:39, 37 MB, 2003-Aug-19)

  7. Sacrament Service: Preface, Proper Preface, Sanctus (mp3, 53:43, 31 MB, 2003-Aug-26)

  8. Sacrament Service: Lord's Prayer, Verba, Pax (mp3, 53:45, 31 MB, 2003-Sep-02)

  9. Sacrament Service: Agnus Dei, Distribution, Nunc Dimittis (mp3, 53:43, 31 MB, 2003-Sep-09)

  10. Sacrament Service: Thanksgiving, Salutation, Benedicamus, Benediction (mp3, 53:43, 31 MB, 2003-Sep-16)

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

Dr Steven Hein, Concordia Institute for Christian Studies, Monument, Co., discusses the Attributes of God with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 54:47, 21.9 MB, 2008-Nov-26)


Pr. Wilken: "Are you worshiping the true God?

(I)f your preacher doesn't get you to the cross every Sunday,
he hasn't gotten you to the true God.
He's gotten you to a reasonable facsimile,
but not the true God.

If he doesn't get you to the suffering, the bleeding, the dying of Jesus Christ for you at the cross,
(he) may have said many true things about God,
but God has not revealed Himself to you, yet.

This is why whether you are preaching or praying or singing on Sunday morning,
when you go to worship God,
make sure it's the true God
and not just your preacher's reasonable facsimile
or a god of your own invention.

Make sure it is Christ and Him crucified, raised from the dead, for you and for your salvation."