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Articles by David Schmitt

Proper 28 • Hebrews 10:11–25 • November 15, 2015
November 3, 2015 – 9:00 am | No Comment

By David Schmitt
Textual Notes
This reading captures a moment in Hebrews when the author moves from proclamation to exhortation.
10:11‒18: These verses capture the close of the writer’s proclamation of the work of Jesus. Jesus is the …

Fred Craddock, In Memoriam
March 10, 2015 – 10:35 am | One Comment
Fred Craddock, In Memoriam

Remembering the life of a preacher, Fred Craddock (1928-2015).

Epiphany 3 • 1 Corinthians 7:29–31 (32–35) • January 25, 2015
January 13, 2015 – 10:30 am | No Comment

By David Schmitt
At the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, there is an installation called Cup by Thomas Skomski. It’s basically a shelf extending out of the wall with a cup at the very end. The shelf is about …

A Time to Listen
September 3, 2014 – 3:17 pm | One Comment
A Time to Listen

Beginning the conversations begun by what’s happened in Ferguson.

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 | 3 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…