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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 14 • Job 38:4–18 • August 10, 2014
July 29, 2014 – 9:00 am | No Comment

By David R. Maxwell
This text emphasizes the transcendence of God. The question for the preacher is, “Why do we need to know that God is transcendent? How does God’s transcendence function in our theology and our lives?”
In …

Why you’re more likely to find the next revolution in a church pew than on Twitter
November 30, 2010 – 10:19 pm | 2 Comments
Why you’re more likely to find the next revolution in a church pew than on Twitter

I spent some of my Thanksgiving holiday catching up on the stack of magazines that had piled up, mostly issues of The New Yorker and Entertainment Weekly (got to keep an eye on the high and low brows). Perhaps the most thought-provoking read I have come across lately is by The New Yorker ’s Malcolm Gladwell , of Blink and Outlier fame, in his New Yorker article “Small Change” on why social media like Twitter and Facebook will not (despite popular opinion) lead to great movements for social change. His reasoning is based on a sociological distinction between “weak-tie” and “strong-tie” activism.

Reflections on a Soil Motif
November 17, 2010 – 8:29 pm | No Comment
Reflections on a Soil Motif

Not too long ago scholars spoke of the story of salvation in the bible as “salvation- history .” In part this phrase meant that God carried out his work of salvation in history through a historical people and through historical events. This distinguished Christianity from so-called nature religions that too closely identified their gods with nature. We called that pantheism

Starbucks Coffee and the meaning of ritual
November 9, 2010 – 11:38 pm | No Comment
Starbucks Coffee and the meaning of ritual

I gave up my Starbucks addiction a long time ago. (In a previous life, the Webster/Old Orchard Starbucks was a near-daily stop on my way to work until I realized that it was part of the reason I gained 25 pounds and lost most of the cash in my wallet.) But I couldn’t help seeing Starbucks’ still new ad campaign while I was recently in the airport. “Take Comfort in Rituals.” Does it bring to mind visions of a hot cup of chai?

Another New Bible in English
November 1, 2010 – 10:21 am | 16 Comments
Another New Bible in English

They’re changing my Bible again??!!?

Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Thy Word
October 28, 2010 – 7:37 pm | 6 Comments
Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Thy Word

Sola Fide and some really old guys

“Major reorganization” of Interfaith Partnership and the state of religious nonprofits
October 15, 2010 – 10:48 pm | No Comment
“Major reorganization” of Interfaith Partnership and the state of religious nonprofits

From the 2009 Interfaith Partnership Annual Dinner. Photo credit: www.interfaithstl.org.

Arand’s Stopover
October 11, 2010 – 7:24 pm | No Comment
Arand’s Stopover

It’s fall. And the Fall migrations are underway.

Galilean Neighbor On My Mind
October 10, 2010 – 2:10 am | 14 Comments
Galilean Neighbor On My Mind

Defining missions without some concrete neighbor in mind helps no one. All mission talk should claim some neighbor. The Ablaze!® movement often spoke of the “unreached” and the “uncommitted.” The most common biblical designation, of …

Strange coincidence? Obama talks about his faith & religious illiteracy in America
October 7, 2010 – 5:52 pm | 2 Comments

So, on the same day last week, President Obama stood in a backyard in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and gave a lengthy answer to the question “Why are you a Christian?” while the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released the findings to its survey on Americans’ basic religious knowledge . The survey has already been discussed here and in many other places, but I’ll only point out that virtually all Americans basically flunked the test.

New “Bach at the Sem” season opens this Sunday, Oct 10
October 7, 2010 – 3:42 pm | No Comment
New “Bach at the Sem” season opens this Sunday, Oct 10

The first Bach at the Sem concert of the season will take place this Sunday, October 10, at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on the Concordia Seminary campus