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, 30 April 2018 22:29

Movie Review: Paul, Apostle of Christ

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Who else has seen the new movie Paul, Apostle of Christ yet? My wife and I saw it last Saturday morning (but still had to pay $9, ggrrrrrrhh). I was more impressed than I thought I would be. This is not a biography of Paul, but him in a particular time and place: Rome after the fire of 67 AD,...

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 23:48

Concordia Journal, Winter 2018

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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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Friday, 20 April 2018 02:54

Caring for the Body

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image Editor’s note: this the third in a series of posts about natural burial co-written by Kent Burreson and Beth Hoeltke. The first was “Pondering our Death.”

As we noted in our previous post, there is a wide spectrum of burial possibilities available to us today. Our main focus in...

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Friday, 13 April 2018 02:49

ICYMI: The New York Times on Bach’s Bible

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Music scholar Michael Marissen wrote recently in the New York Times on what we can learn about J. S. Bach’s faith and religious views from Bach’s notes in his personal copy of the Bible. That copy happens to reside in the Concordia Seminary Library and has been extensively studied by...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:42

Affirming a Multiethnic Church

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The theme for this year’s annual Multiethnic Symposium is Many Peoples, One Savior, Jesus: Affirming a MultiethnicChurch.

We are blessed to have this annual symposium for the seminary and the church. It is a place where theology and mission meet learning from world-renowned scholars and...

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Friday, 16 March 2018 01:05

ICYMI: Glenn Nielsen on Preaching

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Preach the Word, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s program for fostering excellence in preaching, has released its fourth module: “Applying God’s Word into People’s Lives.” It is presented by Concordia Seminary Prof. Glenn Nielsen.

The module’s goal, as...

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Monday, 05 March 2018 00:48

A Few Reflections on Creation in Genesis 1

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BY DAVID ADAMS & CHARLES P. ARAND

Introductory Note: In the previous posts, we have surveyed three camps in the faith–science debates regarding origins among contemporary Evangelicals. Three issues arise in these debates: (1) the exegesis of Scripture, (2) the methods and conclusions of...

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BY CHARLES P. ARAND

Introductory Note: This series of posts explores the world of “creationism” and the “creationists” among those in the American Evangelical community. Within this world, significant debates are taking place regarding the world’s origins and how we...

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BY CHARLES P. ARAND

Introductory Note: This series of posts seeks to explore the world of “creationism” and the “creationists” among those who generally come under the large umbrella of the American Evangelical community. Within this community, significant debates are taking...

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BY CHARLES P. ARAND

Introductory Note: This series of posts explores the world of “creationism” and the “creationists” who generally come under the large umbrella of the American Evangelical community. Within this world, significant debates are taking place regarding the...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 04:39

Reformation 500 Service Meditations

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On October 31, 2017, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, hosted an overflow crowd who gathered to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The service included reflections by Seminary faculty on four of the “solas” of the Reformation. Below are videos of the four meditations. They...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 05:07

What is the “Verbal Performance of Scripture”?

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Michael Zeigler discusses the “verbal performance of Scripture” with David Schmitt, including his own performative reading of Romans 1–3.

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 23:01

The Gospel–Centered Christian

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Note: The author would like to thank his colleagues, and especially Dr. Peter Nafzger, for reading earlier versions of this paper, and for the many helpful suggestions for improvement that they made.

Introduction

Most Christians would agree that the Gospel, the good news about Jesus, is the saving...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 02:00

Preaching Mark

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Editor’s note: This article is reprinted from the Winter 2018 issue ofConcordia Journal.

For pastors who follow the LSBthree-year lectionary cycle, Series B gives precedence to Gospel pericopes from Mark’s account with readings from John’s Gospel replacing Mark frequently during...

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Pastor Michael Zeigler, who completed his PhD at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 2014, discusses his new book Christian Hope Among Rivals: How Life-Organizing Stories Anticipate the End of Evilwith Chuck Arand.

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As has been made previously known, we received letters from the Rev. Richard Snow, President of the Nebraska District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and Dr. John Jurchen, Associate Professor at Concordia University, Nebraska, in which Dr. Jurchen requested that we...

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We have received the following letters from the Rev. Richard Snow, President of the Nebraska District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and Dr. John Jurchen, Associate Professor at Concordia University, Nebraska, in which Dr. Jurchen has requested that we withdraw his...

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As we continue to develop resources related to the creation debates within Evangelicalism and a “Lutheran option” to those debates, Matthew Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, has offered some good theological reflections on Genesis 1 and...

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Monday, 18 December 2017 00:35

ICYMI: Joel Elowsky on urban life and the church fathers

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Concordia Seminary Professor Joel Elowsky recently published the lead article in the latest Christian History magazine. The article was entitled “Life in the Earthly City,” and reflects on how urban life affected the thinking, practice, and mission of the church fathers during the...

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BY CHARLES P. ARAND

Introductory notes: I believe that one of the purposes of the Concordia Journal is to stay current on the intellectual trends taking place within society and the theological questions they raise for us within the church. The reason for this is that sooner or later,...

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The Summer 2017 issue of the Concordia Journal in partnership with Concordia University, Nebraska, on faith and science has elicited a range of responses and reactions from pastors and lay people. I am thankful for such responses, in part because it means people took the time to read the journal!

On...

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 01:00

Concordia Journal, Fall 2017

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Browse the interactive version above or download this issue in pdf.

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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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 03:40

New Continuing Education Opportunity…in the Holy Land!

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We are pleased to announce an opportunity to walk the steps of the Scriptures in the places where they actually happened. A number of our students have been able to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience over the past four years; now we are offering it to pastors, church workers, and...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 00:38

Your Burial: A Spectrum of Possibilities

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Editor’s note: this is the second in a series of posts co-written by Kent Burreson and Beth Hoeltke. The first was “Pondering our Death.” The coincidence of continuing this conversation on All Saints Day makes it all the more worth our reflection.

In our last post, we encouraged...

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By David Peter,

This sermon is the fourth in the sermon series entitled “Fatherly Encouragement.” It is based on 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18. The Apostle Paul addresses the Thessalonian Christians as his dear children, giving them encouragement in their journey of faith in Jesus.

Fatherl...

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