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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 …

Can religion and politics make us more civil?
November 21, 2011 – 2:18 pm | No Comment
Can religion and politics make us more civil?

E.J. Dionne raised the question at a recent lecture at nearby Washington University. Perhaps the better question to ask is this: Can I love my neighbor?

Visualizing the Anthropocene
November 20, 2011 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

In the last post, I mentioned a few examples of human influence on earth that have prompted many to now speak of the Anthropocene Epoch, the age of human transformation of the planet. But as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words (or more. Since then, I’ve run across several things that help us to visualize the extent of our impact upon the earth, both for good and ill

Compassion, Mercy, and Diakonia
November 16, 2011 – 2:18 pm | 7 Comments
Compassion, Mercy, and Diakonia

What happens when we use the term “mercy” to describe our actions toward our neighbor or the church’s orientation to the world?

And now…The Anthropocene Epoch, or The Age of Man
November 15, 2011 – 3:44 am | No Comment

We’ve done it. We’ve remade creation according to our own needs, desires, and vision. And so it is now different than it has ever been before

Greek Zombies
November 10, 2011 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

The disciples inspected the oars, while Jesus made a bench. It gets dark after that . . .

The fall of Joe Paterno
November 10, 2011 – 8:40 am | 2 Comments

Minute by minute, the details of the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State University are becoming more appalling, despicable, and sad. Among other things, Joe Paterno gives us a textbook definition of t

WDJT?
November 9, 2011 – 7:55 am | 2 Comments
WDJT?

What Did Jesus Teach? And what does that have to do with Christianity?

How Shall We Live?
November 7, 2011 – 5:04 am | No Comment

Seven billion people as of Oct 31, Reformation Day. The world’s population has more than doubled in my lifetime. For that matter, it’s increased three billion since I was in high school. It has increased by one billion in the last twelve years.

Hearing Robert Putnam on the puzzle of American religion
November 3, 2011 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

Last night, Robert Putnam, America’s foremost social scientist, spoke at Wash U about his latest research into the “puzzle” of American religion. Could there perhaps be a paradox at the heart of the p

Old Sermons
November 3, 2011 – 10:01 am | 5 Comments
Old Sermons

Ouch.