Divine Service at the 2011 BJS Conference

February 14th, 2011 Post by

One of the questions going around at the Conference this past weekend was …. what does Pastor Fisk look like in real life? Does he have the Samurai Swords behind him, does he jump around as he goes from phrase to phrase, is he really that hyper?

So .. for those who weren’t able to make the conference, I thought that I’d get a quick clip up showing Pastor Fisk in person.

For more about him, see WorldView Everlasting

Sorry for the poor quality audio; we may be able to generate videos with better audio in a few days/weeks.

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  1. Kelly
    February 14th, 2011 at 16:48 | #1

    Clearly this video has been ‘doctored’ to make him appear so out of character… ;)

  2. Young Blood
    February 14th, 2011 at 17:08 | #2

    The Quest for the Historical Fisk.

  3. Todd Wilken
    February 14th, 2011 at 17:37 | #3

    more flesh-toned mini mics…

  4. Barb Szofran
    February 14th, 2011 at 17:49 | #4

    My husband and I travelled up from St. Louis for the conference. We are devoted viewers of Worldview Everlasting and had similar questions about what will a Rev. Fisk sermon sound like. Short answer: sounded like the Word of God.

    We were truly edified by his teaching, blessed by the Word proclaimed, and pleased with the solemnity and exhortation of Law and the sweet, sweet delivery of the Gospel brought to us by Rev. Fisk. Only my husband was a little sad that there were no kitties pounding out on the organ.

    The Divine Service was truly the highlight of the conference as God’s gifts were so richly bestowed in proclamation and Holy Supper, and the people could all reply “amen” through the liturgy, psalms, and hymns.

  5. Kari
    February 14th, 2011 at 19:42 | #5

    I sure wish I could have been there!

  6. boaz
    February 14th, 2011 at 19:51 | #6

    Ick, cowo houseplants.

  7. February 14th, 2011 at 19:53 | #7

    @Todd Wilken #3

    I think it’s the same flesh-toned mini mic I saw you wearing there last year . . . :)

  8. revfisk
    February 14th, 2011 at 20:01 | #8

    Hilarious thing is: I forgot to turn it on. So the first 5 min of the sermon had not amplification till the sound crew figured out what an idiot I am and turned on the lecturn mike.

    So…nasty flesh toned mike, and all in VAIN!!!! :)

  9. Kebas
    February 14th, 2011 at 21:00 | #9

    Is it Palm Sunday already? :)

  10. helen
    February 14th, 2011 at 21:30 | #10

    As long as the palms aren’t plastic, they (visually) break up what appears to be an expanse of rather plain wall. Is that bad?

  11. February 14th, 2011 at 21:34 | #11

    They are real plants. We picked them because they go so well with the flesh colored mics. :)


  12. February 14th, 2011 at 22:05 | #12

    He wore the same mini mic when he preached Sunday morning. He wouldn’t let me take his picture with my kids until he took it off. I think by then it was starting to feel like a maxi mic.

    And if I could “like” comment #7, I would.

  13. Todd Wilken
    February 14th, 2011 at 22:06 | #13

    Tim, nothing goes well with flesh-toned mics… not even flesh. TW

  14. Rev. Allen Strawn
    February 14th, 2011 at 23:49 | #14

    @Todd Wilken #3
    technology hater


    I use one, because the sound doesn’t fluctuate like lav’s do when you turn your head. My congregation has noticed and appreciated the difference.

  15. Johannes
    February 15th, 2011 at 08:10 | #15

    Not to go too far afield, but I appreciated Rev. Fisk’s “take” on TCN–he sees right thru it, and in ways I had not considered. But that wasn’t during his sermon either….


  16. Nathan
    February 15th, 2011 at 11:15 | #16

    As a fan of WE, it was kind of shocking to not see a samurai sword, dragon, and rather abrupt movements and speech. I was half expecting various pictures of cats, monkeys, and theologians to randomly appear behind him as well.

  17. Eric Ramer
    February 15th, 2011 at 11:36 | #17

    He was still pretty animated compared to most Lutheran Pastors I know. I’m glad you included the portion where he whacked the pulpit mike. I really enjoyed the sermon. Thanks for explaining why we, as Lutherans can feel so free to announce our sinful nature, My evangelical friends never do, and they chide me for “bragging” about being sinful. Now I have a simple answer to them.

    I really enjoyed meeting you, Pastor Fisk. Christian Groupie love!

    Eric Ramer

  18. PPPadre
    February 15th, 2011 at 14:00 | #18

    Here I thought he had been enlisted in God’s Secret Service (protecting the people of God from the attacks of the Devil with the Word of God).

    ***PSHHHT*** Base to Area 3 – SITREP please. ***PSHHHT***
    ***PSHHHT*** Area 3 to Base – Status normal at the pulpit. He’s 10 minutes into his sermon and going strong. ***PSHHHT***

  19. Cradle Lutheran
    February 15th, 2011 at 14:38 | #19

    I’m so sorry I couldn’t be in attendance either! In the right ear, was he keeping up with ESPN Radio while preachin’? lol … (Don’t know how to make the laughing faces on here! lol…). I, too, like Nathan in #16, expected to see a switch to cats drumming on boxes videos and portraits of Martin Luther appear beside him as he talked and the jerky edits as he is on camera! So, that goes to prove he’s really not Max Headroom … that’s disappointing! lol … :)

  20. Rev. Weinkauf
    February 15th, 2011 at 16:36 | #20

    Is there any doubt if the air-traffic controller mics had been around at the time of Luther, it would have been condemned in the Augustana? Along with Chancel vegetation.

  21. February 15th, 2011 at 16:52 | #21

    With Pastor Fisk’s hand up in the air, it looks like he is about to deliver an Austin Powers-esque Judo chop. So without swords the ninja persona is still maintianed :)

  22. Mrs. Hume
    February 15th, 2011 at 20:28 | #22

    Our family has benefitted from Rev. Fisk’s WE video blog. It got my son teen son excited about reading the Book of Concord. Now he and my husband read it together along with their daily Bible reading. Yes, there is comic relief in the videos which for us has served to break the ice and lead to great discussions.

    I have also listened to some of Rev. Fisk’s sermons online and felt that in that context, he did nothing to call attention to himself personally, rather was very faithful in communicating and directing the listener’s attention to the message.

    Obviously, it isn’t possible to do a more informal one man video blog without people noticing the one man. He seems to manage very well to step out of that video blog mode and into his role as pastor in the service.

  23. James
    February 16th, 2011 at 17:05 | #23

    If Rev. Fisk were to ever organize the material from his podcasts into topical themes for a DVD series, it would give NOOMA some real competition!

  24. Abby
    February 16th, 2011 at 21:34 | #24

    James @23: “If Rev. Fisk were to ever organize the material from his podcasts into topical themes for a DVD series, it would give NOOMA some real competition!”

    Please, please, please, please, please!

  25. February 17th, 2011 at 21:48 | #25

    What a pleasure it was to meet Pastor Fisk. He delivered a wonderful sermon, although, I kept expecting a video take during his sermon. WorldView Everlasting has been a blessing for many members in our congregation. Thanks Pastor Fisk!

    For the record, and in his defense, I recall Pastor Wilken using a hand mic last year and the year before out of refusal to use the flesh-toned mic.

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