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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Wednesday, 10 July 2019 02:10

Book Blurbs: David Peter, Maximizing the Midsize Church

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Erik Herrmann interviews David Peter about his recent book, Maximizing the Midsize Church: Effective Leadership for Fruitful Mission and Ministry. In the book, Dr. Peter draws on years of research and pastoral ministry to navigate the specific needs of midsize churches—congregations with an...

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Thursday, 04 July 2019 04:00

Word and Work: Gibbs on Matthew

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In Word and Work: An Intersection, Dale A. Meyer interviews Jeffrey Gibbs, professor of exegetical theology, about the recent publication of Matthew 21:1-28:20 in the Concordia Commentary series for Concordia Publishing House (CPH). The volume concludes Gibbs’ trilogy of commentaries on the...

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Friday, 28 June 2019 00:29

More Bach from the Organ Bench

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David Maxwell shares some insights about the hymn arranged by Johann Sebastian Bach, “Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now” (LSB 902), from the organ in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus.

Previously, Dr. Maxwell reflected on Bach’s Pentecost hymn, “Come, Holy Ghost,...

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Erik Herrmann chats with Kent Burreson and Beth Hoeltke about their new six-session Bible study, Death, Heaven, Resurrection, and the New Creation, from Concordia Publishing House (CPH). Burreson is dean of chapel and the Louis A. Fincke and Ann B. Shine Professor of Systematic...

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Wednesday, 19 June 2019 23:57

Word and Work: Faith, Writing, and Life

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In Word and Work: An Intersection, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis President Dr. Dale A. Meyer interviews Dr. Travis Scholl, managing editor of Concordia Journal and Seminary Publications, about his role at the Seminary as well as with the Seminary’s Faith and Writing Workshop and continuing...

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Monday, 17 June 2019 01:34

Concordia Journal, Spring 2019

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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® (At...

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When I was a student at the seminary, a member of my church asked me, “Why do they teach Greek and Hebrew at the seminary? Don’t we already have good English translations?” I wasn’t sure how to answer at the time. We didn’t really expect that students would be writing...

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Thursday, 06 June 2019 23:37

ICYMI: Sánchez on the “Spiritual Life”

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Concordia Seminary Professor Leopoldo Sánchez recently spoke at the 2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship on the campus of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He spoke on the topic of “Inviting North American...

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Thursday, 06 June 2019 00:00

J. S. Bach on the Holy Spirit

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Dr. David Maxwell, the Louis A. Fincke and Anna B. Shine Professor of Systematic Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, shares some insights about the Pentecost hymn, “Come, Holy Ghost, Creator Blest” (LSB 498), from the organ in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus. He shares how...

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Amazon, YouTube, and Pandora know what you like. They can predict it thanks to artificial intelligence. Furthermore, in the last few years A.I. has made significant advances in voice and facial recognition. As artificial intelligence continues to advance, it is likely to raise some interesting...

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 02:35

“What Can We Learn from Them?”

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BY DALE A. MEYER AND LAWRENCE R. RAST, JR.

Editor’s Note: The following essay, co-written by the presidents of the two seminaries of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, appears in the Spring 2019 issue of the Concordia Journal. Presidents Meyer (right) and Rast (left) are pictured above...

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Thursday, 09 May 2019 06:44

Word and Work: Leading Midsize Congregations

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In Word and Work: An Intersection, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis President Dr. Dale A. Meyer interviews Dr. David Peter, dean of faculty and professor of practical theology, about his new book, Maximizing the Midsize Church: Effective Leadership for Fruitful Mission and Ministry with Kregel...

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Thursday, 25 April 2019 01:51

Concordia Journal, Winter 2019

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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® (At...

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 05:00

Word and Work: The Gospel Across Cultures

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In this episode of Word and Work: An Intersection, Dr. Dale Meyer is joined by Rev. Kou Seying, associate dean for Urban and Cross-Cultural Ministry, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, to talk about cross-cultural ministry. Seying reveals the important implications of second-generation immigrant...

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Friday, 12 April 2019 06:09

Word and Work: Theology Across the Atlantic

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In this episode of Word and Work: An Intersection, Dr. Dale Meyer is joined by two distinguished professors from Lutherische Theologische Hochschule, Oberursel, Germany: Dr. Christian Neddens, professor of systematic theology, and Dr. Christoph Barnbrock, rector and professor of practical theology....

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About Charles Arand & Erik Herrmann’s “Attending to the Beauty of Creation and the New Creation,” Travis Scholl writes:

It is easy to see “beauty” in things we...

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Monday, 08 April 2019 00:47

Preachers Studio: Peter Nafzger

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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 inThe Preachers Studio series....

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Friday, 05 April 2019 07:13

Word and Work: Global Christianity Next Door

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In this episode of Word and Work: An Intersection, Dr. Dale A. Meyer explores the life and work of Dr. John Loum, director of Concordia Seminary’s Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology (EIIT). The EIIT program offers specialized curriculum for men and women who want to serve immigrant and...

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Erik Herrmann interviews Robert Kolb on his latest book, Martin Luther as He Lived and Breathed. Kolb discusses not only his biography among other eminent biographies of Luther, but how he went about describing Luther’s life through the unique voices of those who actually knew Luther...

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Friday, 22 March 2019 02:30

Word and Work: Church (Worker) Wellness

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In this episode of Word and Work: An Intersection, Dr. Dale A. Meyer talks with John Eckrich, M.D., a physician who has provided integrated health care to many pastors, teachers, seminarians and their families for more than 35 years. Eckrich is also the founder of Grace Place Wellness...

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Friday, 15 March 2019 03:55

ICYMI: Chanting Luke’s Passion

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imageEvery year now, for nearly 20 years, I have chanted one of the Synoptic passion narratives in our chapel service for the Monday of Holy Week. I have also received requests from pastors every year for a copy of my notation of the text, remembering it chanted when they were here as students....

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Monday, 11 March 2019 23:58

Preachers Studio: Bob Sundquist

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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 Preachers Studio ser...

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 22:02

Word and Work: The Music in Ministry

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In this episode of Word and Work: An Intersection, Dr. Dale A. Meyer interviews Dr. James Marriott, director of musical arts at Concordia Seminary and the Kreft Chair for Music Arts. Marriott shares how the transition from parish to seminary life impacted his family, and discusses the impact the...

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The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) is strong on doctrinal topics but weak on the books of the Bible. After teaching at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis for 35 years I’ve come to that conclusion. In the Synod those trained theologically can typically articulate our orthodox doctrinal...

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About the image: Detail from Pieter Bruegel’s depiction of “The Fight Between Carnival and Lent” (1559).

On March 9, 1522 (Invocavit Sunday), a printer in Zurich named Christoph Froschauer shared supper with some of his employees. Since it was Lent, they ate the traditional Fasnacht...

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