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Lectionary@Lunch Live – Mark 7:24-37
August 26, 2015 – 9:09 am | One Comment

In a special excerpt from his online D.Min. course on Mark, Prof. Jim Voelz discusses the Gospel pericope for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18), in the context of the Year B lectionary.

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Advent 2 • Luke 3:1–14 (15–20) • December 6, 2015
November 24, 2015 – 9:00 am | No Comment

By Dale A. Meyer
Straightforward and familiar, this easy text isn’t easy. John the Baptist, “brood of vipers,” “wrath to come,” “bear fruits . . . and do not say to yourselves,” and the like are …

New Book: Seventeenth Century Lutheran Meditations and Hymns
January 2, 2012 – 8:45 am | No Comment
New Book: Seventeenth Century Lutheran Meditations and Hymns

The full preface to the book, written by Robert Kolb

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