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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.

“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.

Richer, deeper, and more satisfying
July 22, 2010 – 12:27 pm | 5 Comments
Richer, deeper, and more satisfying

“What would it look like to move from ‘more, bigger, faster’ to ‘richer, deeper and more satisfying?’” No, that quote is not from a church leader of any stripe; it’s from a Harvard Business Review …

The American Mind: Table of Contents
July 15, 2010 – 10:41 am | 2 Comments
The American Mind: Table of Contents

The table of contents of essays in the book, The American Mind Meets the Mind of Christ.

Do We See Ourselves as Creatures?
July 14, 2010 – 5:20 pm | No Comment
Do We See Ourselves as Creatures?

A few friends have recently brought to my attention that many Christians are perhaps not accustomed seeing themselves or thinking of themselves as creatures. That’s somewhat curious. Do most people use the word “creature” to speak exclusively about nonhuman creatures? By contrast, do we refer to ourselves primarily, if not exclusively, as human beings in order to separate and distinguish ourselves from all other forms of life on earth?

The American Mind: Read the Preface by Robert Kolb
July 9, 2010 – 4:02 pm | 3 Comments
The American Mind: Read the Preface by Robert Kolb

An exclusive online reprint of Robert Kolb’s preface to The American Mind Meets the Mind of Christ, a collection of Concordia Seminary faculty essays on American culture.

God Made Room for Them—Can We?
July 8, 2010 – 2:27 pm | No Comment
God Made Room for Them—Can We?

Norman Wirzba develops the theme of extending hospitality to all of God’s creatures in his book, The Paradise of God . He notes that hospitality in the Old Testament involved in part the inviting of sojourners into the home, in brief, making room for them. God carved out spaces (land, air, water) for all of his creatures

The Day the Music Died
July 6, 2010 – 4:10 pm | 4 Comments
The Day the Music Died

Today is the last day that KFUO-FM will broadcast classical music from the campus of Concordia Seminary.