Let all creation praise by not polluting! – Kathryn Schifferdecker reflects on creation’s ability to praise its Creator. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday October 16-22, Year A (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Isaiah 45:1-7 Psalm 96:1-9 [10-13] 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Matthew 22:15-22 In this week’s Gospel reading from Matthew 22, the religious and political leaders seek to trap Jesus. They ask him if it is lawful to pay taxes. If he answers, ‘yes,’ he will get in trouble with the religious authorities. If he answers ‘no,’ he will be considered a threat to Roman authority. Jesus asks for a RomanRead More →

How do we care for all that God has created?  What happens when our answer differs wildly from others? This year’s speakers at Mid-Winter Convocation will help us navigate the challenges of how we live, what we eat, and our fraught relationship with the land. Melanie Harris, Professor of Religion, Texas Christian University Barbara Rossing, Professor of New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Kathryn Schifferdecker, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Bible Division Chair, Luther Seminary Norman Wirzba, Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology, Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics Register by December 14 for the early-bird rate. Read More →