A Proposal for Confirmation Sunday

A Proposal for Confirmation Sunday


A Proposal for Confirmation Sunday

My youngest son will be confirmed this Pentecost Sunday and I had the privilege of being one of his instructors (in addition to the “head of the household” instruction that my wife and I antiphonally carry out).  I still have this great picture of him as a little toddler falling asleep with the catechism in ..

Short-Film Winners

Short-Film Winners


Short-Film Winners

Editor’s note:  This year, sadly, with all of the ambiguities that we continue to experience in the course of this pandemic, we had to cancel our Faith and Film festival. It was especially unfortunate this year since we also had our first ever short-film contest. The theme of the contest was “hope.”  And so, because ..

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 ..