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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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2014 Summer Workshops
April 23, 2014 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

The summer 2014 series of workshops for pastors, professional church workers, and interested laypersons, at various locations across the country.

Japan and a father’s death: the “seismic shocks” of life
March 13, 2011 – 10:22 pm | No Comment
Japan and a father’s death: the “seismic shocks” of life

“Seismic Shocks.” That was the eerily prophetic title of this past Friday’s entry in the Lenten devotional booklet I’m reading, What’s Next, God?, by Stephen Carter (published by Creative Communicati

Why I am giving up Facebook for Lent
March 12, 2011 – 6:43 pm | No Comment
Why I am giving up Facebook for Lent

The first time I remember giving something up for Lent I was in the fourth grade. I gave up soda.

Divine Intervention without God: by Jim Voelz
March 11, 2011 – 11:31 am | 3 Comments
Divine Intervention without God: by Jim Voelz

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Msafiri: Ethiopia
March 10, 2011 – 12:32 pm | No Comment
Msafiri: Ethiopia

Africa messes with your head.

Jews and the Death of Jesus: Reading Matthew 27:25 by David Lewis
March 9, 2011 – 11:00 am | 6 Comments
Jews and the Death of Jesus: Reading Matthew 27:25 by David Lewis

“His Blood Be on Us and our Children!”: Joseph Ratzinger on Matthew 27:25

The Pope’s New Teaching on Jews and the Death of Jesus: A Response from Jim Voelz
March 5, 2011 – 9:59 am | One Comment
The Pope’s New Teaching on Jews and the Death of Jesus: A Response from Jim Voelz

“Jews and the Death of Jesus: Thoughts as It Becomes an Issue Once Again” by Dr. James W. Voelz

Pop goes God: Why I write about religion
March 2, 2011 – 10:28 pm | One Comment
Pop goes God: Why I write about religion

I spent some time the other day looking through my “Civil Religion” posts from the past (almost) three years. Strangely enough, I never once wrote generally about what I’m interested in and why I writ

Walter Koehler’s classic is back: read the new foreword
February 28, 2011 – 3:44 pm | No Comment
Walter Koehler’s classic is back: read the new foreword

A new edition of Walter Koehler’s classic book COUNSELING AND CONFESSION is out, with new introduction by Rick Marrs. Plus, read here Harold Senkbeil’s new foreword to the book.

One reason conservatives should keep the estate tax
February 22, 2011 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

Over the holidays, a family friend pointed me to a guest op-ed in The New York Times. Being a lawyer, he schooled me on how the column’s advocacy (by Chicago economist Richard Thaler) of radically al