Faith and Film and a Fan of Sci-Fi

Faith and Film and a Fan of Sci-Fi


Faith and Film and a Fan of Sci-Fi

I do not regard myself as a movie-buff, by any means.  I watch movies but most of the time I only have the energy for a brightly colored Marvel romp or some kind of comedy that makes all of my children fold over in laughter.  Thoughtful, philosophical works of art that explore perennial human themes ..

Conversations in Preaching: A New Book Series

Conversations in Preaching: A New Book Series


Conversations in Preaching: A New Book Series

We are delighted to announce that Concordia Seminary Press has launched a new series on homiletics entitled “Conversations in Preaching.”  Dr. David Schmitt, the series editor and the seminary’s Gregg H. Benidt Endowed Memorial Professor in Homiletics and Literature, writes in the introduction: “The Conversations in Preaching series is an opportunity for preachers to reflect ..

What Sound Does the Holy Spirit Make?

What Sound Does the Holy Spirit Make?


What Sound Does the Holy Spirit Make?

In celebration of Pentecost, we reprise two reflections by Dr. David Maxwell on the “sound” of the Holy Spirit.  The first is a sound recording of a chapel sermon on Acts 2 from 2005, asking the very question, “What sound does the Holy Spirit make?”. The second is a video of Dr. Maxwell on the ..

ICYMI: Chanting Luke’s Passion

ICYMI: Chanting Luke’s Passion


ICYMI: Chanting Luke’s Passion

Every year now, for nearly 20 years, I have chanted one of the Synoptic passion narratives in our chapel service for the Monday of Holy Week. I have also received requests from pastors every year for a copy of my notation of the text, remembering it chanted when they were here as students.  I’m always ..

He Came Down To Earth From Heaven

He Came Down To Earth From Heaven


He Came Down To Earth From Heaven

Welcome all wonders in one sight ! Eternity shut in a span! Summer in winter! Day in night! Heaven in earth! And God in man! Great little one, whose all-embracing birth Lifts earth to Heaven, stoops Heaven to earth! (Richard Crashaw, Quem Vidistis Pastores) Adventus Domini: The coming of the Lord—it is the great theme ..

Good Beer is Likely a Mortal Sin

Good Beer is Likely a Mortal Sin


Good Beer is Likely a Mortal Sin

The following is from a “soapbox” talk at the Student Association’s “Prof n’ Stein,” a regular convivial gathering of students and professors for the sake of enjoyment, laughter, and theological levity. Corresponding to the Theological Symposium, Prof. Erik Herrmann was asked to give the soapbox on Martin Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation. September 18, 2018. Good beer is ..