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Rev. Todd Wilken to speak at Redeemer Conference 2017

Rev. Todd Wilken will speak to us for two sessions about the Reformation 500 years later.

Here’s a little bit about Rev. Wilken:

Todd Wilken has hosted the radio program Issues, Etc. since 1998. Issues, Etc. is heard weekdays from 3:00-5:00 pm Central time at Issues, Etc. is also heard on AM 850 KFUO in St. Louis, MO and on AM 1380 KNGN in McCook, NE, and weekly on the regional Pilgrim Radio Network covering Wyoming, Nevada, and Northern California. Issues, Etc. is also available on-demand at and at iTunes.

In the last seven years, Issues, Etc. has heard from listeners in over 50 countries around the world.

In 2012, Issues, Etc. also launched a 24/7 Sacred Music radio station called “Lutheran Public Radio” that can he heard at  In 2013, Issues, Etc. added a 24/7 Best of Issues, Etc. station heard at

Wilken serves as assistant Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, IL.

Wilken is a graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Wilken has written articles and essays for Modern Reformation magazine, Higher Things magazine, For the Life of the World magazine, The Lutheran Witness and Teachers’ Interaction. He is author of the booklet, Same-Sex Marriage: Facing the Question, and is a  contributor to Where Christ Is Present:  A Theology for All Seasons on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and The Faith Once Delivered: Meditations on the Apostles’ Creed. He is formerly co-editor of the journal Doctrine and Practice, and editor of the Issues, Etc. Journal. Wilken also hosts a weekly radio podcast “Crossroads with Terry Mattingly,” focusing on media coverage of religion, produced jointly by Issues, Etc. and  He has spoken at numerous Lutheran conferences and served as a guest instructor for Christ Academy at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN and for the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism and Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

Visit our Google Calendar for the day’s agenda.

Redeemer Conference 2017

On Monday, January 16, 2017, members, guests, friends, and colleagues gather at Redeemer Lutheran Church for worship, theology, and comradery.

We had about 90 people last year.

We offer this event free of charge! If you want to drop us a note that you’re coming, great! If you want to play it by ear and show up if whim strikes and weather allows, fabulous! The only expense we ask you to cover is a $5 free-will donation for a scrumptious lunch prepared by the Ragin’ Cajun, John Maxwell.

This year, the Rev. Todd Wilken of the Lutheran radio show, Issues etc, will be our Session leader. He will speak on the topic: Reformation 500 years later.

Here is the schedule this year:
8:00 a.m. Matins
8:30 a.m. Coffee/gathering time
9:00 a.m. Divine Service
10:00 a.m. Coffee and Donuts
10:25 a.m. Conference welcome
10:30-11:45 Session 1
11:45-12:00 Questions for Speaker
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch ($5.00 per person)
1:30-2:15 p.m. Session 2
2:30-3:30 p.m. Presentation on Solemn Vespers
3:30-3:45 p.m. Explanation of Gregorian Vespers from the Brotherhood Prayer Book
4:00-4:45 p.m. Vespers
5:00-8:00 p.m. Gemütlichkeit and Supper in Undercroft (free will offering)

We hope to see all of the usual suspects again this year. We also hope others come to join the festivities. Don’t worry if you have to show up late, just come. (Even if you are committed to the other conferences happening that day, or working, come down for Vespers and Gemütlichkeit).

The 2017 Redeemer Conference

Join us for a day of theology, worship, and conversation. Rev. Todd Wilken from Issues etc. will present at this year’s conference. Join us on Monday, January 16th. You can find the itinerary on  January 16th on our google calendar here. More information to follow at a later date.

Web streaming and archiving back in business

We are streaming our daily Matins services here again. Please join us with your Brotherhood Prayer Books. The Order of Morning Prayer (what we call Matins) is found on page 38 of the BPB. We then turn to our 5 Psalms for the day in the middle of the book. After the Psalms, we turn to our daily propers (p. 349ff) that contain the Responsory to the reading, the Hymn, the Versicle, and the Benedictus. We pray Matins daily at 7:00 a.m. You can join us live, or you can pray it later, since it’s archived for 30 days.

Don’t have a Brotherhood Prayer Book and want one? Visit Emmanuel Press to purchase your copy.

2016 Redeemer Family Retreat Schedule

Join us for the Eighth Annual Family Retreat: August 2-4, 2016

a retreat to refresh, educate, and encourage Christian families
Tuesday August 2 – Thursday August 4, 2016 at Redeemer Lutheran Church (click for map) in Ft. Wayne.
Cost: $35/adults, $25/18-12, 2-11 $10, maximum cost per family: $140.

(Please feel free to bring snacks for your family to enjoy during the retreat, we know that everyone isn’t hungry at the same times and some people need to eat more frequently. There will be free coffee and pitchers of water throughout the retreat and bottled water and pop available inexpensively for purchase.)

Tuesday August 2 

          Check in begins at 10:00 a.m.

11:30 a.m.                          Choir

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.        Opening Communion Service

1:30 pm                              Welcome

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.                  Opening Plenary

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.                  Sectional 1

3:45 p.m.                             Choir

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.                  Vespers

4:45 – 5:15 p.m.                  Choir

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.                   Acolyte Training***

5:30 – 9:00 p.m.                  Supper, Get acquainted, Talent Show

9:00 p.m.                            Compline   


Wednesday August 3

8:15 a.m.                            Choir

8:30 a.m.                             Matins

9:30-10:15 a.m.                   Plenary 2

10:15 a.m.                           Choir

10:30 a.m.                           Communion Service

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.           Lunch (Provided)

1:00-1:45 p.m.                     Sectional 2

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.                   Plenary 3

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.                   Sectional 3

3:45 p.m.                            Choir

4:00 – 4:45 pm                     Vespers

4:45 –5:15 p.m.                    Choir

5:15 – 9:30 pm                     Dinner & English Country Dance

9:30 p.m.                             Compline   


Thursday August 4

8:45 a.m.                              Choir

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.                  Matins

10:00-10:15 a.m.                  Feedback

10:15 -11:00 a.m.                 Sectional 4

11:00 a.m.                            Choir

11:15 a.m.                            Communion Service


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Ordination Sermon full of truth and comfort

This isn’t your typical ordination sermon. Pastor Petersen preaches the truth about growth in a congregation, evangelism, and the false expectations many times found in a congregation and a new pastor. This is comfort for the congregation and the pastor. “We preach Christ crucified, and though it is folly to the world to those who are called—both Jews and Greeks, and even to Americans—Christ and His cross are the power of God and the wisdom of God.”

Read it here.

God’s blessings to Pastor Burfiend as he begins preaching, teaching, and administering the sacraments at New Hope Lutheran Church in Ossian, IN. God’s blessings also to the people he has been called to serve; may they grow in their faith through his preaching and teaching.