Preaching the Voices (from the Edge)

Evidently, Concordia Seminary preacher and professor David Schmitt has been listening to a lot of voices from the edge.

First, watch Eldad and Medad speak through his chapel sermon on the first lesson from a couple weeks (Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29), delivered during the Day of Exegetical Reflection, September 17, 2012:

[FMP]https://concordiatheology.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Schmitt-12-09-17.mp4[/FMP]

You’ll notice that, in addition to his words, Preacher Schmitt’s movements embody the very way the text itself moves us from center to edge and back again.

John the Baptizer, on the edge (from artwork in David Schmitt's sermon series, "Voices from the Edge")

Second, check out the Advent-Christmas sermon series he has written, Voices from the Edge: Advent Encounters Preparing the Way. He invites us to invite our congregations into an encounter with prophets and apostles who were “on the edge,” who will bring us to the edge of the manger that swaddles the Christ child.

That cliche (“on the edge”) has a wide range of meanings, does it not? It connotes those who are left behind, who are “edged out.” It connotes the sharp line where things drop off, the “edge of the cliff.” It connotes technology and progress, to be “on the cutting edge.” It connotes an “edgy” state of mind that is either irritable, hip, or both.

All this, and more, in a cliche.

Leave it to David Schmitt to make the cliche holy. And to show us how the ancient edges of the Scriptures still speak today.

Related posts

Arand and Herrmann, Living in the Promises and Place of God

Arand and Herrmann, Living in the Promises and Place of God


Arand and Herrmann, Living in the Promises and Place of God

Browse the interactive version above, download here as a pdf, or purchase print copies at the online store. This Concordia Pages explores how locating the story of salvation within the broader, biblical story of creation impacts our witness in the world. In particular, it considers how...

ICYMI: The Rites of Faith Formation

ICYMI: The Rites of Faith Formation


ICYMI: The Rites of Faith Formation

Kent Burreson's latest thoughts on faith formation, the adult catechumenate, and congregational education.

Jeffrey Gibbs, “Christ is Risen, Indeed”

Jeffrey Gibbs, "Christ is Risen, Indeed"


Jeffrey Gibbs, "Christ is Risen, Indeed"

Browse the interactive version above, download here as a pdf, or purchase print copies at the online store. About “Christ Is Risen, Indeed: Good News for Him and for Us,” Jeff Gibbs writes: Good Friday and Easter (along with Ascension and Pentecost) go together, one event, in a sense...

2 Comments

  1. pete October 11, 2012
    Reply

    just ordered it – thank you gentlemen

  2. Gary October 15, 2012
    Reply

    Excellent use of movement in preaching. This sermon spoke to me! I have ordered and will use the Advent series. Thank you!

Leave a comment