Lecture 104- The Gospel According to Isaiah Chapter 9 Part 2

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 9 Part 2

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we continue our study on Chapter 9. Christ comes to bring oppression to an end.

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Lecture 103- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 9 Part 1

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 9 Part 1

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we begin our study on Chapter 9 and talk about the Light coming into the Darkness.

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Christ in the Old Testament- Micah 3

Christ in the OT 2Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Micah chapter 3. In this chapter we learn about false leaders who lead the people away from Christ. They follow the internal word and the visions from their hearts. On the other hand, Christ comes to us with the external word. (click here to listen to the interview on Issues, Etc.)

Lecture 102- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 8 Part 4

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 8 Part 4

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we continue our study on Chapter 8 and talk about being a disciple and a child of God.

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Isaiah- Chapter 8 Part 4

Christ in the Old Testament – Psalm 46

Luther MosaicPastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Psalm 46 which is the basis for the hymn “A Mighty Fortress.” Luther writes, “But for us fights the valiant One, Whom God Himself elected. Ask ye, Who is this? Jesus Christ it is, Of Sabaoth Lord, And there’s none other God.” (click here to listen to the interview on Issues, Etc.)

Christ in the Old Testament – Isaiah 45

Christ in the OT 2Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Isaiah chapter 45. In this chapter we learn that every knee shall bow and every tongue shall swear allegiance to Yahweh. Using this text in Philippians chapter 2, the Apostle Paul teaches us that every knee shall bow to Jesus and every tongue confess that Jesus is Yahweh. (click here to listen to the interview on Issues, Etc.)

Lecture 101- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 8 Part 3

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 8 Part 3

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we continue our study on Chapter 8. In particular, we will look at the Apostle Peter’s use of Isaiah  chapter 8 in his first letter.

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Lecture 100- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 8 Part 2

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 8 Part 2

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we continue our study on Chapter 8 which further explains the promise of the Christ who saves. He is Immanuel, that is, God with Us.

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Isaiah- Chapter 8 Part 2

Christ in the Old Testament- Isaiah 5

Christ in the OT 2Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Isaiah chapter 5. Isaiah writes, “For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are His pleasant planting; and he looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed; for righteousness, but behold, an outcry!” (Isaiah 5:7) Jesus says, “There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard… …When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his fruit… …Finally He sent his Son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my Son.’ But when the tenants saw the Son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill Him and have His inheritance.’” (Matthew 21:37–38) (click here to listen to the interview on Issues, Etc.)

Lecture 99- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 8 Part 1

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 8 Part 1

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we begin our study on Chapter 8 which further explains the promise of the Christ who saves. He is Immanuel, that is, God with Us.

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Isaiah- Chapter 8 Part 1

Christ in the Old Testament- Ezekiel 18

Christ in the OT 2Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Ezekiel chapter 18. The chapter closes with this pivotal words: “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord Yahweh; so turn, and live.”” (Ezekiel 18:32) This desire is fully realized in the mystery of the incarnation. Yahweh “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim. 2:4-5) (click here to listen to the interview on Issues, Etc.)

LampLight Conversations

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Millais, John Everet – The Wedding FeastThis week on LampLight Conversations, Pastor Brian Kachelmeier, who serves at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Los Alamos NM, and also hosts the Redeemer Theological Academy, joined our conversation on the lessons for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, which are:
Isaiah 25:6–9
Psalm 23
Philippians 4:4–13
Matthew 22:1–14

 

Lecture 98- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 7 Part 3

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 7 Part 3

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we complete our study on Chapter 7.

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Lecture 97- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 7 Part 2

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 7 Part 2

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we continue our study on Chapter 7. We focus on the term sign as found in the Bible. King Ahaz refuses to pick a sign. God gives a sign to the House of David.

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Christ in the Old Testament- Ezekiel 33

Christ in the OT 2Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Ezekiel chapter 33. In this passage we learn about the role of the Watchman warning of the coming sword. After hearing that Jerusalem has fallen, the hearer is prepared for the next chapter in which the coming Christ is proclaimed. The LORD says, “And I will set up over them one Shepherd, my Servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their Shepherd.” (Ezekiel 34:23). (click here to listen to the interview on Issues, Etc.)

Lecture 96- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 7 Part 1

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 7 Part 1

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we begin our study on Chapter 7. We will discuss the historical background of chapter 7 that leads up to the promise of Immanuel born of the Virgin.

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Lecture 95- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 6 Part 3

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 6 Part 3

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we complete our study on Chapter 6. The Triune God sends Isaiah to speak and the people of Israel will not listen, they will not see, and they will not believe.

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Isaiah- Chapter 6 Part 3

Lecture 94- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 6 Part 2

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 6 Part 2

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we continue our study on Chapter 6. We will focus on the burning coal touching the lips of Isaiah and atoning for his sin.

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Lecture 93- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 6 Part 1

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 6 Part 1

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we begin our study on Chapter 6. We take a look at the first five verses. In these verses, we hear the words, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD of Hosts” testifying to the doctrine of the Blessed Holy Trinity.

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Christ in the Old Testament- Isaiah 55

Christ in the OT 2Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Isaiah chapter 55. Yahweh says,“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price” (Isaiah 55:1).  Jesus says, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). Jesus is Yahweh.

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Pseudepodcast Episode 8: All Along the Watchtower

Please join the pseudepodcasters for an audio exploration of the world of Jehovah’s Witnesses with special guest Pr. Brian Kachelmeier. Click here to listen.

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Three young-ish, well-read-ish, and enthusiastic (but not in the bad way) Lutheran laymen talking theology: Trent Demarest, Levi Nunnink, and Matt Fenn are the amateurs in question.

Wait. Amateurs? What does this mean? Why would I want to listen to self-proclaimed “amateurs” talk theology?

 

A marvelous question! Let us consider what is meant by the term “amateur.” The word comes to us from the Latin — via the French, mind you — from amator, “lover”, which itself derives from amo, amare “to love.” In the most basic sense to be an amateur is to be a lover of a thing for its own sake. This is what we mean when we bill our show as “amateur theology,” although we will be quick to admit that it is also true that we are not experts or professional theologians. But let’s say that this changes, and we do become some shade of expert, or at least “professional” in the literal sense of the term (*cough*…Trent and Matt are starting seminary this fall…*cough*). Well, if this does happen, we hope that it will augment our status as amateur theologians, as lovers of theology for its own sake, not replace it.

Christ in the Old Testament- Zechariah 9

Christ in the OT 2Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Zechariah chapter 9. In this episode we emphasize the truth that the Apostles are mot taking verses out of context. Throughout the book, the prophet proclaims the coming Christ who will establish His Kingdom by entering Jerusalem on a donkey (ch. 9), being abandoned by His disciples (ch. 13), being pierced (ch. 12), and converting the Gentiles (ch. 9 and  ch.14). (click here to listen to the interview on Issues, Etc.)

Lecture 92- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 5 Part 3

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 5 Part 3

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we conclude our study on Chapter 5. We will continue to discuss the “woes” against the blind leaders who are leading the people to forsake the Holy One of Israel. Also, we will discuss the “signal” that is lifted up.

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Christ in the Old Testament- Isaiah 44

Christ in the OT 2Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Isaiah chapter 44. In this chapter we learn about Jeshurun, that is, the people of Israel and their unfaithfulness. On the other hand, we rejoice in Christ who is the faithful servant. He is the One who blots out transgression for His own sake justifying the ungodly through faith.   (click here to listen to the interview on Issues, Etc.)

Is Islam a Christian Heresy?

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Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on this episode of Issues Etc. He discusses the Christology of Islam that is rooted in the heretical teachings about the person and work of Christ found in Gnosticism, Arianism, and Nestorianism. John of Damascus (8th century) was the first theologian to identify Islam as a Christian heresy. Click here to listen.

Christ in the Old Testament- Jeremiah 28

Christ in the OT 2Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Jeremiah chapter 28. In this chapter we learn about the imagery of the yoke meaning a rule and reign. Yahweh had broken the yoke of Egypt freeing the His people. However, Israel broke the yoke of Yahweh refusing to serve Him. Thus, Yahweh will put the people under the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar. Jeremiah was sent to proclaim this truth. Hananiah the false prophet claims that the yoke of Babylon has been broken. Which prophet proclaims Christ?   (click here to listen to the interview on Issues, Etc.)

June 27- Cyril of Alexandria, Pastor and Confessor

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In 412, Cyril became the Bishop of Alexandria. Cyril followed in the footsteps the Great Alexandrian theologian Athanasius who was the defender of the doctrine of the Holy Blessed Trinity against Arius. In 428, a Syrian monk named Nestorius became the Bishop of Constantinople. Nestorius followed in the footsteps of the Antiochene theologians such as Diodore of Tarsus and Theodore of Mopsuestia. In response to Arianism, which denied the divinity of Christ, the Antiochene theologians began using the terminology of “Two Sons” in order to teach about Christ’s divinity and humanity. The Son of God was utilized to confess the divine nature of Christ. The Son of Man was utilized to confess the human nature of Christ. The language became sloppy and they began to talk about the Divine Logos as “associated with” or “conjoined to” the man Jesus of Nazareth. Nestorius began to push the need for speaking in this way. Furthermore, he refused to ascribe both the divine and the human attributes and characteristics to the one person of Christ. Nestorius ascribed the divine attributes only to the Son of God and the human attributes only to the Son of Man. Therefore, Nestorius refused to say that Mary was the Mother God and that God died upon the cross.

For Cyril of Alexandria, this refusal by Nestorius was seen as the rejection of the mystery of the incarnation. In the holy incarnation, there is not a mere “association” or “conjoining” of the two natures, but rather a “union” of the two natures in the one Christ. The Eternal Logos did not merely join with a man, but rather united with humanity. Cyril rejected the new Nestorian idea of a man alongside of the Divine Logos. Instead, Cyril confessed that the Divine Logos assumed the human nature, that is, He became flesh. The invisible one becomes visible in the incarnation. The immortal One takes upon mortality in order to die. The immaterial One is made flesh.

In the book On the Unity of Christ, Cyril addresses the issues caused by Nestorianism in the setting of a dialogue between two people. The new ideas and thoughts by Nestorius are addressed by comparing them to the sacred scriptures. Cyril declares that the God-inspired scriptures cry out against these manmade doctrines. As an “Ambassador of Truth,” the sacred scriptures show forth the falsehood of these two new teachings.

Cyril opens this dialogue by declaring Nestorianism to be the twin of Arianism. Arian teaching robbed the Only-begotten Word of His true divinity before the incarnation. Nestorian teaching robbed the Only-begotten Word of His true humanity after the incarnation. In this way, the Son of God comes along side of the man Jesus of Nazareth in almost the same way that God was with other saints of old. For Example, He was with Moses and Joshua to bring deliverance to the people of God. However, Cyril notes that none of the saints of old were given the special name Immanuel, that is, “God with us.”  In Christ alone, the fullness of God dwells bodily.

St. Cyril notes that Immanu9780881411331el does not merely mean that God is with us as He was with other saints of old. Instead, Immanuel means that God was made man. Immanuel is actually God Himself with humanity. For this reason, Mary did not give birth to the man Jesus of Nazareth like any other human birth. The Only-begotten Son of God was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. This was no ordinary birth brought about through the conception of a husband joining with a wife. Mary gave birth to God who became man. The Evangelist John writes, “And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the Only-begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

Now when St. Cyril articulates the mystery of the incarnation, he uses phrases such as “The Son of God became flesh” or “The Only-begotten Word became man.” In this way, Cyril wants his reader to understand that the Second person of the Blessed Holy Trinity appropriated a human body to Himself in such a union that it is His very own body. We call this the hypostatic union or the personal union. Likewise, to be clear that the Eternal Logos did not merely take the place of the rational human soul and dwell in the human body like a house, Cyril states that in the incarnation He was made like us being endowed with both a body and a rational soul being truly human. Thus, the Only-begotten Word became man without ceasing to be God.

Cyril of Alexandria explains the economy of salvation in this way. The poverty of our fallen humanity is a result of being enslaved to sin and death. In the holy incarnation, the Son of God became flesh in order to abolish the curse and punishment. He became flesh in order to overthrown the dominion of death and to put an end to the reign of sin. He emptied Himself. The Apostle Paul teaches that Christ “who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:6–7). And again the Apostle Paul teaches, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). In Christ, we gain the freedom from sin and death becoming rich in righteousness and life.

Cyril goes on to describes the economy of salvation in this way: The Invisible One became visible in the flesh. The One who blesses all creation was accursed. The One who is the Righteous One was numbered with the transgressors. The One who is life came in the appearance of death.  All of this the Son of God underwent in order to reconcile and restore our human nature. He came to redeem us.Yet in all of this, the Son of God remained what He is in the divine nature.  Thanks to Cyril recognizing the weakness and danger of the new teachings of the Nestorians, we are able to clearly confess that Christ is the true and natural Son of God who became man so that we too might be able to call God our Father and remain free from the corruption of the human nature inherited from our first father Adam.

 

Lecture 91- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 5 Part 2

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 5 Part 2

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we continue our study on Chapter 5. We will discuss the “woes” against the leaders who  are leading the people to forsake the Holy One of Israel. Of course, the Holy One is the Son of God who is called the Holy One of God in the New Testament scriptures.

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Lecture 90- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 5 Part 1

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 5 Part 1

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we being our study on Chapter 5. We will focus on the imagery of the vineyard pointing to Jesus as the True Vine.

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Isaiah- Chapter 5 Part 1

Christ in the Old Testament- Genesis 1

Christ in the OT 2Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Genesis chapter 1. In this passage we learn that in the beginning was the Word who is Christ our Lord. Christ is rightfully called the Creator of all things. Therefore, we confess in the Nicene Creed that we believe in one Lord Jesus Christ by whom all things were made.   (click here to listen to the interview on Issues, Etc.)