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

In conjunction with the Spring 2014 issue of Concordia Journal, here is David Schmitt’s opening plenary presentation at the 2013 Theological Symposium. The Symposium theme was “From the Creation to the New Creation: Seeing All Things in Light of the Entire Story.”

You can download the video, along with videos of other Symposium plenaries and sectionals, on iTunes U.

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Proper 13 • Isaiah 55:1–5 • August 3, 2014
July 22, 2014 – 10:00 am | No 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 …

The 4.74 degrees of separation between you and me
November 30, 2011 – 4:00 pm | 3 Comments

So, apparently, the six degrees that used to separate you and me has shrunk. The number of people separating anyone from anyone else in the world is now 4.74.

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…

When social capital trumps theology
November 29, 2011 – 12:10 pm | 3 Comments
When social capital trumps theology

Robert Putnam’s substantive findings on religion and civic engagement give us more than enough food for thought.

Whooping Cranes
November 28, 2011 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

Peter Mathieson, in his book, Birds of Heaven, made the comment that one “one way to grasp the main perspectives of environment and biodiversity is to understand the origins and precious nature of a single living form” (Mathieson, xv). Following that advice, I’ve taken up an interest in whooping cranes and am seeking to learn all that I can them in terms of their life, habitat, and conservation efforts to save them. In addition, I’m hoping to visit various places in this country where those efforts are ongoing and write about them in the future. In the meantime, I ran across this really nice video from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Service that highlights their graceful beauty and sonorous bugling.

Veni, veni
November 23, 2011 – 10:00 am | 2 Comments
Veni, veni

And do it soon, please.

Epiphany 3 • Jonah 3:1–5, 10 • January 22, 2012
November 23, 2011 – 1:00 am | No Comment

by Bruce Schuchard
“Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah, the son of Amittai, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me’” …

The Bible as literature: how a book transforms time and space
November 21, 2011 – 9:35 pm | No Comment

In preparing for a class on “The Bible as Literature,” I discovered again how time and space are transformed by one written word.

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?