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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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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Friday, 06 January 2017 09:34

2015 Theological Symposium Videos

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image Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, hosted its 26th annual Theological Symposium September 22-23, 2015, on the theme, “In Remembrance of Me: Memory and the Life of Faith.”  The symposium brought together scientists, researchers, and theologians to explore what is being learned about...

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Friday, 06 January 2017 08:25

Winter Lay Bible Institute set for Feb. 4, 2017

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The Winter Lay Bible Institute, open to congregational members, students and pastors alike, will feature one of the Seminary’s most renowned Luther experts. “Reformation Reverberations: the Lasting Impact of Martin Luther’s Reforms” is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday,...

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 09:21

A Christmas Sermon on Peace

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As we near Christmas, I am struck by how old the world is, how little it has changed, in spite of our celebration that a new world was beginning in a manger in Bethlehem. The reports from the news of tragedy and turmoil throughout the world continue to shout down my “Christmas...

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“What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’” (Matthew 11:9-10)

image During this season of Advent we Lutherans, along...

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Monday, 12 December 2016 13:10

Preaching: Taking the First Article 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 fourth of these reflections.

In my last reflection, I made the...

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Monday, 05 December 2016 06:20

Concordia Journal, Fall 2016

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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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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 08:34

Making More of Gospel Metaphors

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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 third of these reflections.

I’m working with a PH.D. student on...

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Thursday, 17 November 2016 08:21

Preaching Matthew

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Editor’s note: this essay also appears in the Fall 2016 issue ofConcordia Journal. It is an experiment in providing something a little different from our typical Homiletical Helps, which are still available online. Rather than commenting on individual texts, it gives a longer view of...

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Monday, 14 November 2016 13:46

Rhetoric, Medicine, and Ministry

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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 second of these reflections.

In my previous piece about my visit to...

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Friday, 11 November 2016 14:28

Multiethnic Symposium – January 24-25, 2017

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image Concordia Seminary’s annual Multiethnic Symposium brings together Lutherans of various ethnicities from across the country for two days of workshops, discussions and worship. The symposium explores how the church should engage in ethnic ministry and what it means — and what it will...

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Thursday, 10 November 2016 06:03

Theological #ThrowbackThursday: Ralph Bohlmann

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image Last week, during our All Saints Day chapel service on campus, we remembered, among many others, President Emeritus Ralph Bohlmann who fell asleep in Jesus earlier this summer. Just over fifty years ago, this then 33 year-old man was called to join the faculty of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He...

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