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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Friday, 13 September 2019 00:35

Faith Film

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To tell you the truth, I never really thought about those two words—faith and film—in the same sentence. But one of the great things about working in Continuing Education at Concordia Seminary is that I am continually learning new things myself, not only about theology but about all the...

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Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:16

Word and Work: What Does It Mean to Be Devoted?

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In Word and Work: An Intersection, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis President Dr. Dale A. Meyer explores the topic of “devotion” and “devoted” with Dr. David Schmitt, the Gregg H. Benidt Memorial Professor of Homiletics and Literature. Schmitt is a plenary speaker at the...

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Thursday, 05 September 2019 01:28

Word and Work: Preaching as Worldmaking

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In Word and Work: An Intersection, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis President Dr. Dale A. Meyer explores the topic of preaching with Assistant Professor Dr. Peter Nafzger, whose research and teaching focuses on homiletics. The two men delve into an article Nafzger wrote in the Concordia Journal Winter...

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Thursday, 29 August 2019 01:01

Word and Work: The Spirit at Work

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In Word and Work: An Intersection, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis President Dr. Dale A. Meyer dives into the new book Sculptor Spirit: Models of Sanctification from Spirit Christology(InterVarsity Press) with its author, Dr. Leopoldo A. Sánchez M. Sánchez is the Werner R. H. and...

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 01:00

Reflections on the LCMS Youth Gathering

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image “You are real. You are present. You are God.”

I can still hear the stadium full of young Lutherans singing these words at the top of their lungs. It was a vigorous and unified confession of faith. A song of praise and honor to Jesus. To call it encouraging would be an understatement.

It...

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Thursday, 22 August 2019 02:05

Word and Work: The Gospel in Papua New Guinea

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In Word and Work: An Intersection, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis President Dr. Dale A. Meyer interviews Dr. Ronald Rall, retired pastor of Timothy Lutheran Church in St. Louis and missionary to Papua New Guinea, about his life and ministry and the many experiences he has had over the years in Papua...

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Thursday, 15 August 2019 01:40

Word and Work: Music Making Community

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In Word and Work: An Intersection, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis President Dr. Dale A. Meyer chats with Dr. James Marriott, the Seminary’s director of Musical Arts and the Kreft Chair for Music Arts, about the annual Concordia Seminary Concert Series, the musical offerings at the Seminary,...

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Friday, 02 August 2019 02:28

Erik Herrmann, “Sola Fide”

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This two-part publication presents Erik Herrmann’s essay on the ongoing relevance of Martin Luther’s Reformation in light of its 500th anniversary, as well as his...

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Monday, 29 July 2019 02:36

Think and Speak in Greek

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I just returned from a 3-week Greek immersion program in Virginia designed to teach students to speak and think in koine and classical Greek. Perhaps someone might ask, “Are you crazy? No one speaks ancient Greek!” I will let others decide if I am crazy, but there actually are people...

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Friday, 19 July 2019 01:35

Book Blurbs: Leo Sánchez, Sculptor Spirit

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Leopoldo A. Sánchez M. discusses his new book, Sculptor Spirit: Models of Sanctification from SpiritChristology with Erik Herrmann.Dr. Sánchez is the Werner R. H. and Elizabeth R. Krause Professor of Hispanic Ministries. In the book, he carefully crafts a Spirit...

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USA Today (7/15/19) reports that an ELCA bishop in Baltimore together with a network of interfaith leaders “monitor ICE activity.” A Lutheran bishop monitoring a federal government agency carrying out its governmental duties. What’s wrong with this picture? Such activity reveals...

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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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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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