But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 00:05

Concordia Journal, Winter/Spring 2017

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image The full catalog of back issues of Concordia Journal (1975-present), along with the indexed volumes of its predecessor Concordia Theological Monthly(1949-1974), are available online at ATLASerials® (ATL...

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image This is the third and last of a series of posts in which I identify words or phrases to be omitted from public prayers. Previously, I discouraged the inappropriate uses of the words “just” and “be with” in making supplication to the Lord. In this post I identify another...

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Sunday, 23 April 2017 11:42

Augsburg Confession Booklet Download

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The Augsburg Confession has throughout my days in ministry been a source of great comfort and occasional rebuke. It has consistently taken my eyes off of myself and the world and placed them firmly on the Christ of the cross and empty tomb. It was my initial idea to hand out copies of the Augsburg...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:12

Preacher’s Studio: Todd Jones

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image The journey from text to pulpit can be a long and winding road, filled with false starts, surprising discoveries, and hard choices along the way. On a semi-regular basis, the homiletics faculty of Concordia Seminary invites you to walk the road with the preacher in the Preacher’s Studio&...

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image This is the second of a series of posts in which I identify words or phrases which should be omitted from public prayers. This is not only because they typically are stock phrases which have become over-worn clichés. They also are inappropriate because they can communicate sloppy or...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 02:07

Today … Paradise.

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imageEven though our winter was mild this year, spring always seems delayed. The cold … a brief warming … cold again. It makes one ache for spring. But spring is finally here and I’m glad. The ground has warmed and the grass has greened. My family and I spent some time last week...

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image The theme for the midweek Lent services this year at the church I attend was titled “Teach Us to Pray.”  It was a series focusing on the seven petitions of the Lord’s Prayer.  It has the goal to guide members to the practice of prayer.  I have participated in these...

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 04:38

New Video Resource on the Reformation

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It has been 500 years since a lone monk’s actions ignited a firestorm that changed the religious, social, and political landscape of the West. Concordia Seminary has produced a new video resource that explores how the Reformation has shaped the world around us, perhaps more than we realize.

Hos...

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Monday, 03 April 2017 22:36

Call Day 2017 set for April 26

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Concordia Seminary, St. Louis invites the public to share in the excitement of Call Day Wednesday, April 26, during two services in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on campus, 801 Seminary Place, Clayton, Mo.

Concluding students will...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 01:32

Remembering Jack Faszholz

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image Since we’re a couple days away from the annual rite of Opening Day—the Cardinals will host the Cubs on ESPN Sunday night to resume baseball’s best rivalry—and since Concordia Seminary’s fantasy baseball league will have its official draft tonight, I thought it good,...

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See, no, hear the Gospel of Mark as the apostle meant it to be experienced in a dramatic presentation of the second book of the New Testament by Concordia Seminary, St. Louis faculty and alumni during The Gospel of Mark’s 2017 tour.

The presentation uses principally...

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Monday, 27 March 2017 01:24

Preacher’s Studio: Ron Rall

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image The journey from text to pulpit can be a long and winding road, filled with false starts, surprising discoveries, and hard choices along the way. On a semi-regular basis, the homiletics faculty of Concordia Seminary invites you to walk the road with the preacher in the Preacher’s Studio&...

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Friday, 24 March 2017 02:51

Reading Notes: Faith Alone

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image Editor’s note: Zondervan Academic recently invited Concordia Seminary Professor Erik Herrmann to contribute to their Common Places blog, as they gather reflections on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation:

In September 1530, while Philip Melanchthon was at the Diet of Augsburg engaged in a...

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By David Schneider

Editor’s note: This word study comes to us from longtime LCMS missionary David Schneider. In 35 years of foreign mission service in five different countries, his work was evenly divided between serving as local pastor and seminary teacher. He received Concordia...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 23:57

Miroslav Volf on Luther, Memory, and Reconciliation

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image Yale theologian Miroslav Volf spoke at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, as part of the Reformation500 speaker series on April 11, 2016. The full series of videos can be see on the Reformation500 website. The series will culminate with Robert Kolb’s lecture on April 18, 2017.

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Editor’s note: Professor Glenn Nielsen is on a partial sabbatical this year, maintaining his vicarage/internship responsibilities, but catching up on reading and writing occasional reflections on those readings. This is the seventh of these reflections.

My last essay ended rather abruptly. It...

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“Martin Luther, inwendig voller Figur” Michael Mathias Prechtl

In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis will host the final lecture in the REFORMATION500 Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in Werner Auditorium. The...

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 05:49

Preaching: Taking the Saved Seriously

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The Good Samaritan, as depicted by the artist He Qi.

Editor’s note: Professor Glenn Nielsen is on a partial sabbatical this year, maintaining his vicarage/internship responsibilities, but catching up on reading and writing occasional reflections on those readings. This is the sixth of these...

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image Tonight is the LCMS premier of a new movie, “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World.” The film is a made-for-television documentary about the person, teachings, and impact of Martin Luther.

Martin Luther remains one of the most important and influential people in the...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 06:33

Toward a Theology of Hospitality

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image A few weeks ago, Concordia Seminary hosted the annual Multiethnic Symposium, this year with the theme of “Reformation Across Borders.” Under the leadership of Kou Seying, John Loum, Leo Sanchez, Marcos Kempf (and others), this symposium drew nearly 150 pastors, church leaders, and...

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Monday, 06 February 2017 13:11

Erik Herrmann on making “Martin Luther”

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Prof. Herrmann served as a historical consultant for the forthcoming movie “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World.”

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Saturday, 04 February 2017 07:45

The Refugees Among Us

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John Loum (left), director of Concordia Seminary’s Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology, with one of St. Louis’ Syrian refugee families. Photo: Send Me St. Louis.

The last few weeks have been somewhat depressing or discouraging as I think about where things are within our country and...

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Friday, 03 February 2017 08:04

Coming to a town near you: LAUDAMUS choir

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image The Laudamus men’s choir from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis will begin its spring tour in February and make six stops in four states through mid-March.

Laudamus is a select choir of seminarians preparing for full-time service as pastors in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS)....

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image What is my greatest hope for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation?

Like Lutherans everywhere, I look forward to 2017 and remembering the 16th-century Reformation with thanksgiving to the Lord of the church.  I hope that Christians throughout Christendom will want to learn more about the...

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 12:43

Preaching: Taking the Scriptures Seriously

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image Editor’s note: Professor Glenn Nielsen is on a partial sabbatical this year, maintaining his vicarage/ internship responsibilities, but catching up on reading and writing occasional reflections on those readings. This is the fifth of these reflections.

In an earlier reflection, I made the...

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