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Preaching Matthew (Part 1)
December 19, 2013 – 12:00 pm | 3 Comments

Editor’s Note: Originally taped in 2011, we are highlighting this “Preaching Matthew” podcast as we once again enter Year A in the lectionary.

David Schmitt, Jeff Gibbs, and Ron Rall form a Preachers Roundtable on preaching Matthew (from which the Gospel readings for LSB Lectionary Series A are largely taken). Part one of two. Here’s part two.

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Easter Sunday • Acts 10:34–43 • April 20, 2014
April 8, 2014 – 10:00 am | No Comment

By Joel P. Okamoto
In this pericope, Peter portrays Christ’s resurrection as God’s vindication of his identity and his work. In the resurrection, God gives assurance that Jesus is Lord and the judge of the living and the …

The Bible as literature: Marilynne Robinson on "the book of books"
December 29, 2011 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

The novelist Marilynne Robinson, who always writes eloquently, writes eloquently of the innumerable connections between the Bible and other works of art. I think she’s on to something.

Five inner demons, four better angels . . .
December 24, 2011 – 11:36 am | 2 Comments
Five inner demons, four better angels . . .

 . . . and a more peaceful 2012? That’s not yet another take on the 12 Days of Christmas, it’s what Steven Pinker, Harvard Psychologist, concludes in his most recent book The Better Angels of …

Finding Christmas in an incomplete sentence
December 22, 2011 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

The current liturgical church year is a year to read the Gospel of Mark. But what are we to do at Christmastime with the only gospel that says nothing about the nativity?

A “Church” that Never Saw “Christmas”
December 20, 2011 – 9:40 am | 26 Comments
A “Church” that Never Saw “Christmas”

Ancient ruins and our not-so-ancient “Christmas”

In memoriam: Vaclav Havel
December 19, 2011 – 2:45 am | No Comment

A second prolific writer and public intellectual has died in the space of a few days. But their lives couldn’t have been more different.

Losing Face[book]
December 15, 2011 – 2:50 pm | 6 Comments
Losing Face[book]

Why I abandoned the third largest “country” in the world.

The Calling – A Growing Interest in Vocation
December 13, 2011 – 8:13 am | No Comment
The Calling – A Growing Interest in Vocation

I’ve been watching a documentary on PBS called The Calling. It follows “seven young religious students — Muslim, Catholic, Evangelical Christian, and Jewish — who are on a dramatic journey as they train to become …

Performance of the Lectionary in Worship
December 13, 2011 – 8:00 am | 2 Comments
Performance of the Lectionary in Worship

Being Engaged by the Word

New Book on the History and Theology of the Formula of Concord
December 12, 2011 – 8:22 am | One Comment

And soon, another on the Creeds and the other Lutheran Confessions

Peter Rollins’ “Insurrection”
December 8, 2011 – 9:00 am | One Comment
Peter Rollins’ “Insurrection”

The latest book from a prominent figure in the “Emergent Church Movement”