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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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Fall Lay Bible Institute – Wednesdays, October, 2014
August 29, 2014 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

Fall Lay Bible Institute – Wednesdays, October, 2014

Back by popular demand: David Peter presents “Decoding the Apocalypse: Part Two.”

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

Frankenfish Salmon
October 5, 2010 – 1:50 am | No Comment
Frankenfish Salmon

So, what do you think of the genetically modified salmon that has been nicknamed Frankenfish? Various news agencies reported last week that the company AquaBounty is asking the FDA to approve as safe the farm raised genetically modified salmon. It apparently grows much faster and much larger (2-3 times) than your average salmon

It’s Out!
October 1, 2010 – 12:41 pm | No Comment
It’s Out!

A month ago or so, I mentioned that a “small catechism” version (about thirty pages or so) of Together With All Creatures: Caring for God’s Living Earth appeared in time for our church’s National Youth Gathering (on right and below). Well, this past week the “large catechism” version (on left) is now out and has been sent to our pastors and congregations. It provides a more thorough treatment of the subject. The first half explores where we fit within creation by providing brief historical overview and then developing a theology of our place within creation for today.

On churches, ladders, and living in community
September 29, 2010 – 3:27 pm | No Comment
On churches, ladders, and living in community

I drive passed it every morning and evening to and from work. First Presbyterian Church in University City currently displays a massive sculpture of ladders in its front lawn at Delmar Blvd and Midland Blvd. Assembled by sculptor Charlie Brouwer , they’re calling it Transcend2010 . I finally got a chance to walk through it this past weekend.

Creation Care and Scripture
September 27, 2010 – 9:40 pm | No Comment
Creation Care and Scripture

Last week, Concordia Seminary hosted its annual symposium and dealt with the topic regarding the function of Scripture within the church. I was asked to reflect on how I used Scripture in working on various reports for our church’s Commission on Theology and Church Relations. In other words, how did my assumptions shape or even pre-determine the outcome of those reports. In other words, I had to do some self-reflection, something I’m not sure I’m always very good at doing.

The American Mind: Dale Meyer, Will Ferrell, and Baby Jesus
September 24, 2010 – 1:52 pm | No Comment
The American Mind: Dale Meyer, Will Ferrell, and Baby Jesus

What do Concordia Seminary President Dale Meyer, Will Ferrell/Ricky Bobby, and Baby Jesus have in common? You’re about to find out, because that just happened.

Great Overview
September 17, 2010 – 2:42 am | No Comment
Great Overview

As a systematician, I like the big picture. I like to see how all the individual pieces fit into the entire picture. It helps me to grasp—as much as I can—what’s going on. That’s partly why the field of ecology intrigues me as well