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Articles by David Schmitt

Proper 13 • Isaiah 55:1–5 • August 3, 2014
July 22, 2014 – 10:00 am | One Comment

By David Schmitt
In 1538, the Dance of Death made its way into the Bible.
In their printing of the Old Testament, the Treschel Brothers included Life after the Fall, a woodcut by Hans Holbein. In his woodcut, Holbein pictured …

Telling God’s Story
May 23, 2014 – 9:00 am | No Comment

David Schmitt’s opening plenary at the 2013 Theological Symposium.

Proper 21 • Revelation 12:7–12 • September 29, 2013
September 17, 2013 – 7:00 am | 2 Comments

By David Schmitt
On the celebration of St. Michael and All Angels, it would be easy to expand a sermon on this text in Revelation into a larger discussion of angels and their service before God. …

Proper 21• Numbers 11:4–6, 10–16, 24–29 • September 30, 2012
September 18, 2012 – 7:00 am | One Comment

By David Schmitt
This narrative selection from Israel’s wilderness wanderings captures a gracious transformation. The story begins in poverty, but ends in abundance. It begins in memory, but ends in hope. It begins in physical need, …

The Preacher’s Studio: Robert Rosin
April 9, 2012 – 3:09 pm | No Comment
The Preacher’s Studio: Robert Rosin

The journey from text to pulpit can be a long and winding road, filled with false starts, surprising discoveries, and hard choices along the way. On a semi-regular basis, the homiletics faculty of Concordia Seminary …

Textual Presence and Sermon Preparation: A Visual Feast
November 30, 2011 – 12:08 pm | 4 Comments
Textual Presence and Sermon Preparation: A Visual Feast

This past Thanksgiving, we were watching The King’s Speech and someone sat on the DVD remote. The screen froze. And in the midst of the commotion of looking for the remote, a funny thing happened…

The Tapestry of Preaching
September 17, 2011 – 8:59 am | One Comment
The Tapestry of Preaching

Dr. David Schmitt explores the various voices, functions, and contexts that interweave to form the “tapestry” of the preaching task. Reprinted from the Spring 2011 CONCORDIA JOURNAL.

Proper 24 • Matthew 22:15–22 • October 16, 2011
August 4, 2011 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

By David Schmitt
Textual Study: At the heart of this text lies an aphorism (v. 21), the saying of Jesus that the Pharisees had hoped to use to entrap him (v.15), but through which he entrapped …

Scriptural Sound Bytes?
July 22, 2011 – 11:38 am | 12 Comments
Scriptural Sound Bytes?

Lectionaries and Limitations

Proper 24 • Genesis 32:22–33 • October 17, 2010
August 23, 2010 – 11:41 am | One Comment

by David Schmitt
Textual Study
The lectionary unfortunately isolates this text from its literary context and there- by masks its climactic nature. As the climax of Jacob’s larger story, this text contains surprising reversals:

Jacob, who has demonstrated …