I’m Done with Content, and You are Too

By David Barr The consumption of digital content is now an immensely important topic for all of us. In the wake of a pandemic still reverberating in our communities, souls, and psyches, one of the inheritanc... Read More...

This Also Is Thou: Neither Is This Thou

By William N. McKeachie The most esoteric of the Inklings, Charles Williams, used the adage serving as the title of this essay as the epigraph for his many-dimensional history of Christendom, The Descent of ... Read More...

A Tale of Two Sermons

By Calvin Lane For Martin Luther, preaching the “word” meant a living message. “It is a wonderful thing,” Luther wrote, “that the mouth of every pastor is the mouth of Christ.”  In the Large Catechism (1529), he reflected on the link between preaching, the ... Read More...

Interpreting a Strange New World

Rather than acting as a signpost to the strange new world of Scripture, the sermon all-too-often obstructs our view of the Bible’s terrain. We have lost sight of the strange; our pews remain fixed in the familiar.

Of Pulpits and Preaching

The dignity of the pulpit, whether it is centrally located or off to one side, reflects the importance of the preaching office in the life of the Church.

The Word, Given to Death

Toward the end of Luke's Gospel, we find Jesus running urgently toward Jerusalem for his triumph and betrayal.

Martin Luther on the gospel and the Church

For Luther, there is a beautiful ambiguity, a chicken-and-egg phenomenon, even a tension, in which the Church is ever being created and recreated by its gospel proclamation.