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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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Easter Sunday • Acts 10:34–43 • April 20, 2014
April 8, 2014 – 10:00 am | No Comment

By Joel P. Okamoto
In this pericope, Peter portrays Christ’s resurrection as God’s vindication of his identity and his work. In the resurrection, God gives assurance that Jesus is Lord and the judge of the living and the …

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)

“Ragman” now available on DVD
August 7, 2010 – 1:10 pm | No Comment
“Ragman” now available on DVD

A little over a year ago, I wrote here about the premiere of the short film “Ragman.” Now, with over 25 international film festivals on its cart, two awards and a finalist for a third, “Ragman” is finally available on DVD . The film, directed by local artist Dale Ward (I was the production designer), is a direct adaptation of the well-known parable by renowned writer Walter Wangerin . Simply, it is a subtle story of grace and transformation

NYG—New Orleans II
July 28, 2010 – 7:52 pm | No Comment
NYG—New Orleans II

While at the National Youth Gathering in New Orleans, a gentleman from Southern Illinois approached me after my presentation and asked, “why hasn’t the church taken the lead on issues regarding our responsibility for creation?” It is not the first time that someone has asked me that question. Their questions implied that the church should be at the forefront of advocating for the responsible care of creation. The instincts of these questioners are sound

No more Protestants? Elena Kagan and faith on the Supreme Court
July 22, 2010 – 7:01 pm | No Comment
No more Protestants? Elena Kagan and faith on the Supreme Court

So the story has been kind of buried with all the other news making the headlines, but it’s still worth talking about. With the retirement of John Paul Stevens and the impending confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, the Court faces the prospect of not having a Protestant justice for the first time in its history.

NYG-New Orleans
July 22, 2010 – 5:29 pm | One Comment
NYG-New Orleans

This week I attended my first ever National Youth Gathering in New Orleans. I was impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm of those who played key roles in organizing the event as well as the high energy levels of the youth and and their leaders who came.