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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.

Burning Coals and Korans
September 11, 2010 – 8:00 am | 2 Comments
Burning Coals and Korans

What to do with enemies?

Christwire: “The Onion” for Christians?
September 10, 2010 – 8:10 pm | One Comment
Christwire: “The Onion” for Christians?

Christwire.org has become a popular Web site for news and reporting with an ultraconservative Christian slant. And it’s all one big joke. I have to confess I was completely unaware of Christwire until I ran across the New York Times article that outed the identities of Christwire’s founders, Bryan Butvidas and Kirwin Watson

A Lesson from 1927
September 9, 2010 – 2:04 am | No Comment
A Lesson from 1927

It’s that time of year. Most of the the birds at our feeders are house sparrows. They descend upon the feeders in flocks and consume nearly all the food within a day or so in the feeders.  So how can I get rid of them? After all, they are not as colorful as Cardinals, Goldfinches, and Indigo Buntings.

More on Chickens
September 2, 2010 – 2:42 am | No Comment
More on Chickens

In his introduction to Wendell Berry’s recent book, Bringing it to the Table, Michael Pollan observes that one of Berry’s favorite quotes comes from British agronomist, Sir Albert Howard. He urges us to think of “the whole problem of health in soil, plant, animal and man as one great subject” (p.

Together With All Chickens
August 31, 2010 – 2:28 pm | 3 Comments
Together With All Chickens

Urban chickens and the Kingdom of God

Wetlands in Kansas?
August 28, 2010 – 7:05 pm | No Comment
Wetlands in Kansas?

When I think of the great plains, I think of wide open spaces, undulating landscapes like waves of an ocean, corn and wheat. I don’t think of wetlands. Yet on my way back from a workshop in Atwood, KS (where Don and Bonnie White were wonderful hosts), I stopped at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge .

Check it Out!
August 26, 2010 – 4:51 pm | One Comment
Check it Out!

The summer issue of the Concordia Journal (published by the faculty of Concordia Seminary) has just come out and its centered on the theme of “Caring for God’s Groaning Earth.”  It’s a terrific issue (of course, I am a bit biased). In addition, it provides a balance Biblical approach to the topic. It doesn’t say everything that could be said but does chart out some directions that we need to pursue. Its contents include “The Cathedral of Creation” (by President Dale Meyer), “Caring for God’s Groaning Earth” (by yours truly), Yahweh versus Marduk: Creation Theology in Isaiah 40-55” (by Dr

The Bible as literature: David, Elvis, and the cult of celebrity
August 18, 2010 – 5:41 pm | One Comment
The Bible as literature: David, Elvis, and the cult of celebrity

King David, The King, Bono, and the cult of celebrity. Did the story arc of celebrity start with the biblical figure of David?

The American Mind: About the Cover
August 12, 2010 – 2:58 pm | No Comment
The American Mind: About the Cover

The artist He Qi explains the art that appears on the cover of The American Mind Meets the Mind of Christ, and its connection to the events of 9/11.

It’s Hot in Kansas!
August 9, 2010 – 2:52 pm | No Comment
It’s Hot in Kansas!

I like the wide open spaces of the great plains, with the wavy hills and the big sky with its incredible cloudscapes.  Perhaps it is because I don’t feel claustrophobic. Perhaps it is the size of place puts everything in perspective. This past Spring I traveled through Nebraska to see the SandHill Crane migration.  Last summer it was Iowa (I was leading a workshop in West DesMoines). This summer it is Kansas (for a workshop in Colby)