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Lectionary@Lunch Live – Mark 6:45-56
July 24, 2015 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

In a special excerpt from his online D.Min. course on Mark, Prof. Jim Voelz discusses the Gospel pericope for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 12), in the context of the Year B lectionary.

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Proper 14 • Ephesians 4:17–5:2 • August 9, 2015
July 28, 2015 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

By James Voelz
This pericope is typical of the latter portion of Paul’s letters, that is, it deals with everyday matters of the Christian life (cf. 2 Thes 3). As is the case in most of Paul’s …

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.

Impressions of an Impressionist: Claude Monet at SLAM
November 2, 2011 – 2:30 pm | No Comment
Impressions of an Impressionist: Claude Monet at SLAM

For the first time in decades, the three panels of Claude Monet’s masterful Agapanthus triptych are together at the St. Louis Art Museum and the exhibition is striking.