Rev. Travis Scholl
We've been telling stories to my son for years. But this was the first time he told a story back to me.
These past couple weeks have been for me a study in juxtaposition.
One of the joys of working in an academic institution is the opportunity to encounter people who are thinking deeply about important issues. On a seminary campus, there is the added joy of encountering people thinking theologically about those same issues.
Since unforeseeable circumstances kept me from church on Easter, I'm asking the same question Andrew Sullivan is asking.
The Festival of Faith and Writing happens next month. Marilynne Robinson, Jonathan Safran Foer, and 60+ other writers, artists, and "creatives" will be there. I'll be there too.
My second guest post for the Lutheran World Relief (LWR) blog, reflecting on the harsh words of a famous parable.
I don't know what it is, but the past couple days I've been overwhelmed by signs of the apocalypse.
Theodor Geisel (1904-1991), also known as Dr. Seuss, turns 108 today. And today, the movie version of The Lorax opens in theaters nationwide. But the Lorax is an odd creature in the universe of Seuss.
I'm honored to do a little guest blogging for Lutheran World Relief. Here's numero uno, trying to answer the question of why everyone likes to talk innovation but so few actually innovate.
Counting the reasons why the Grammys need to get down on their knees and thank the Black church for anything good in American music.
Tim Tebow won't be there. But don't be surprised if God makes an appearance this Sunday, because we are entering holy days.
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in perhaps the most significant case involving religious liberty and the separation of church and state in decades. But it got me thinking about more than liberty.
The novelist Marilynne Robinson, who always writes eloquently, writes eloquently of the innumerable connections between the Bible and other works of art. I think she's on to something.
The current liturgical church year is a year to read the Gospel of Mark. But what are we to do at Christmastime with the only gospel that says nothing about the nativity?
A second prolific writer and public intellectual has died in the space of a few days. But their lives couldn't have been more different.
So, apparently, the six degrees that used to separate you and me has shrunk. The number of people separating anyone from anyone else in the world is now 4.74.
In preparing for a class on "The Bible as Literature," I discovered again how time and space are transformed by one written word.
Minute by minute, the details of the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State University are becoming more appalling, despicable, and sad. Among other things, Joe Paterno gives us a textbook definition of the sin of omission, with devastating consequences.
Last night, Robert Putnam, America's foremost social scientist, spoke at Wash U about his latest research into the "puzzle" of American religion. Could there perhaps be a paradox at the heart of the puzzle?
The King James Bible is an unparalleled work of English literature. It's high time to celebrate its anniversary.
Many American Lutheran Christians will be marking the 200th birthday of one C. F. W. Walther today. Outside of those circles, very few will even know his name. But there are more than a few reasons why St. Louisans shouldn't forget him.
Last night, Stanley Hauerwas spoke at Fontbonne University, as part of its Carondelet Lecture Series. His lecture was entitled "Disability: An Attempt to Think With." And he was as provocative as ever.
Turns out the United Kingdom isn't the only country that can turn out elaborate fairy-tale royal weddings.
This morning the Nobel committee announced that Leymah Gbowee, along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakul Karman, are the recipients of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. But to know the whole story, hear it in her own words.
Just in time for the campaign season, Concordia Seminary will host its latest Lay Bible Institute (an evening seminar program) on the intricate maze that is religion and politics. Led by Prof. Joel Biermann, it will meet on Wednesday evenings, Oct. 12–Nov. 2.