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Book Blurbs: Robert Kolb on Luther’s use of Scripture
October 17, 2016 – 8:15 am | No Comment

Robert Kolb discusses his forthcoming book Martin Luther and the Enduring Word of God.

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Reformation Day • John 8:31–36 • October 30, 2016
October 18, 2016 – 8:00 am | No Comment

By Travis J. Scholl
Commemorating the sixteenth-century events that came to be called the Protestant Reformation is more complicated than it used to be. Triumphalism—a certain weirdly coiffed presidential candidate notwithstanding—is no longer in vogue. We left …

Temples of the Holy Spirit
January 16, 2012 – 3:17 pm | 17 Comments
Temples of the Holy Spirit

An Epiphany homily to celebrate the work of the Spirit in ordinary lives, and to mark the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Supreme Court, a "minister," and the issue of trust
January 13, 2012 – 8:00 pm | 2 Comments

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in perhaps the most significant case involving religious liberty and the separation of church and state in decades. But it got me thinking about more than liberty.

The Written World
January 6, 2012 – 9:43 am | No Comment
The Written World

Listen to this excellent BBC Radio 4 program

Bach’s Oratorio on a Sunday Morning
January 4, 2012 – 8:51 am | 3 Comments
Bach’s Oratorio on a Sunday Morning

Should we fear that high art, like the music of Bach, might die within the church?

Why a “Lutheran church”?
January 2, 2012 – 11:48 am | One Comment
Why a “Lutheran church”?

Why is there (still) a Lutheran Church? Old perspectives for new questions.

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”