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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 …

Clinging to the Old, Rugged Cross?
June 24, 2010 – 6:03 pm | 10 Comments
Clinging to the Old, Rugged Cross?

Did Jesus really die on a cross?

Craniac Haven!
June 24, 2010 – 2:29 pm | No Comment
Craniac Haven!

I grew up in Wisconsin but never realized all that was there. I didn’t know that it was home to Aldo Leopold (didn’t know who he was at the time either). I didn’t pay much attention to Horicon Marsh or Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. And I didn’t know that Baraboo Wisconsin was home to the International Crane Foundation

NEW off the Sem Press! The American Mind Meets the Mind of Christ
June 20, 2010 – 11:10 am | 3 Comments
NEW off the Sem Press! The American Mind Meets the Mind of Christ

The newest book is hot off the Concordia Seminary Press! The American Mind Meets the Mind of Christ, edited by Robert Kolb. Here’s the synopsis from the back cover:

Whether it is an altar to an …

Looking for a summer read? The American Mind Meets the Mind of Christ
June 19, 2010 – 9:35 pm | No Comment
Looking for a summer read? The American Mind Meets the Mind of Christ

…is the title of the newest book from the Concordia Seminary Press. The American Mind Meets the Mind of Christ is a collection of essays edited by renowned scholar Robert Kolb . Here’s the synopsis from the back cover: Whether it is an altar to an unknown god or the New Atheists, Christians have always faced the challenge of translating the Gospel message within the surrounding culture. This is no less true for the tangled web that is 21st century America

Environmentalism as Religion?
June 17, 2010 – 12:48 am | No Comment
Environmentalism as Religion?

There are various reasons why Christians may approach environmental issues with a skeptical eye and be reluctant to embrace them. One is the concern that it is an alternative religion to Christianity.

The Bible as literature: the King James, Psalm 46, and Shakespeare
June 15, 2010 – 4:56 pm | No Comment
The Bible as literature: the King James, Psalm 46, and Shakespeare

The “Chandos portrait” of Shakespeare Last night I taught our first class in a course entitled “The Bible as Literature” in Wash U’s University College . So don’t be surprised if there’s a few posts here over the next weeks with that title before the colon. One of my basic theses for the course is that perhaps the most foundational event in the history of English-speaking literature was the translation of the Bible into the Authorized Version, otherwise known as the “King James.” Shakespeare is a very close second. To illustrate my point, we played a famous little game with the King James version of Psalm 46

A Changed Confession
June 15, 2010 – 2:58 pm | 3 Comments
A Changed Confession

Last February I changed the confession of sins that was to be used in the worship services.  I regularly assist at Grace Lutheran Chapel in Bellefontaine Neighbors (a north suburb of St. Louis), and that …

John Nunes on “Where is God in Times of Tragedy?”
June 10, 2010 – 11:28 am | One Comment
John Nunes on “Where is God in Times of Tragedy?”

Always provocatively and confessionally Lutheran, a link to Rev. John Nunes’ good words in answer to the question “Where is God in times of tragedy?” For your reading pleasure.

Thank you, BP, for deconstructing my faith in technology
June 7, 2010 – 10:15 pm | 2 Comments
Thank you, BP, for deconstructing my faith in technology

Technology trying to save technology. (Photo credit: Reuters) The recent capping of the oil well in the Gulf of Mexico aside, now the Coast Guard says the clean up will take years . And even with the cap, oil is still spilling into the Gulf

Oil Disaster—What Might We Learn?
June 7, 2010 – 9:31 pm | No Comment
Oil Disaster—What Might We Learn?

I’ve been thinking about the meaning or lessons to be drawn from the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Many others have as well.