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Articles by James Voelz

Hermeneutics and Hearing
August 25, 2014 – 9:38 am | 23 Comments
Hermeneutics and Hearing

For the first time ever, I saw someone lead the liturgy from a tablet. What does this mean?

Proper 10 • Isaiah 55:10–13 • July 13, 2014
July 1, 2014 – 10:00 am | No Comment

By James W. Voelz
Preliminary Thoughts
It is easy to treat this text non- or a-historically, preaching a generalized sermon about the word of God and its power, especially in verses 10–11. Such a sermon would not be unorthodox, but …

Proper 10 • Colossians 1:1-14 • July 14, 2013
July 2, 2013 – 9:00 am | No Comment

By James W. Voelz
Editor’s note: An abbreviated form of this Homiletical Help appeared in the Spring 2013 Concordia Journal. The full commentary written by Dr. Voelz is provided here.
Introduction
The book of Colossians has had its authenticity questioned …

On the Death of my Mother
March 29, 2013 – 7:59 am | 4 Comments
On the Death of my Mother

It was the call I was dreading.  The hospice nurse phoned during chapel at the seminary with the news: “Your mother has 24-48 hours to live.”  At 95, my mother had been in decline for …

A Jewish-Christian Dialogue and the Messiah Question
July 18, 2012 – 2:14 pm | 5 Comments
A Jewish-Christian Dialogue and the Messiah Question

Is Jesus the “Messiah” of Isaiah 9-11?

Religion and Politics in America: A Bigger Challenge Than We Think
May 29, 2012 – 9:31 am | 5 Comments
Religion and Politics in America: A Bigger Challenge Than We Think

God’s Masks and a “Christian” Nation

Easter 6 • Acts 10:34–48 • May 13, 2012
May 4, 2012 – 7:00 am | No Comment

By James W. Voelz
Introduction
Perhaps the most critical issue for the early church was the matter of Jews and non-Jews/Gentiles. First and foremost: Did non-Jews have full access to the salvation of God in Jesus Christ? …

The Gracious “Electric Chair” – Part 2
April 11, 2012 – 2:19 pm | One Comment
The Gracious “Electric Chair” – Part 2

And just why do you wear that cross anyway?

The Gracious “Electric Chair”
April 10, 2012 – 10:24 am | No Comment
The Gracious “Electric Chair”

Something to think about the next time you wear an execution device around your neck.

Frederick W. Danker: The Passing of a Giant
February 15, 2012 – 8:14 am | 3 Comments
Frederick W. Danker: The Passing of a Giant

On Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, Frederick Danker, 91, died at St. Louis University Hospital as a result of complications following a fall in his home in early January.  He was in hospice care at the …