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, 14 August 2017 08:27

Racism, Dealing with It

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Editor’s note: in the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, a word on dealing with racism from Professor Leo Sánchez.

In a sinful world, racism will not go away. Every so often, it raises its ugly head in public. But rather than merely stating what seems so...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 23:12

The Great American Eclipse – Bible Study

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imageAs we anticipate the Great American Eclipse on August 21, 2017, Professor Charles Arand has prepared a free Bible study to mark the event. Click on the image below to view or download the study. It is suitable for congregations or small groups as either a one-time study or to cover 2-3 sessions....

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One hundred years ago, Concordia Seminary Professor W.H.T. Dau wrote:

“Four hundred years! As the eye sweeps down the vista of centuries, and the dim past rises into view, the mind becomes fascinated by the mighty struggles, the astonishing sacrifices, the noble faith of a heroic age. At...

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Editor’s note: Luther scholars from around the world—Robert Kolb among them—are meeting as we speak in Wittenberg for the 13th International Luther Congress. Professor Kolb offers here some musings on the ongoing 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

My best students when I taught...

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Concordia Seminary, St. Louis alumnus RJ Grunewald discusses his new book, Reading Romans with Luther, with Erik Herrmann, director of the Seminary’s Center for Reformation Research. Organized by significant themes in Romans, Reading Romans with Luther offers highlights from Luther’s...

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Tonight, the feature-length documentary produced by Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, “500: The Impact of the Reformation Today” premieres at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. That’s no small feat, since the Cinema St. Louis jury screens and selects the 15 films with local ties from...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 01:43

Filming “Martin Luther”

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Concordia Seminary, St. Louis Provost Dr. Jeff Kloha interviews Dr. Erik Herrmann, director of the Seminary’s Center for Reformation Research and chairman of the Department of Historical Theology, about his role as historical adviser on the set of the 2017 documentary, “Martin Luther:...

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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 06:59

Schumacher and Raj in latest Lutheran Mission Matters

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image The latest issue of Lutheran Mission Matters (formerly Missio Apostolica) published by the Lutheran Society for Missiology includes two articles by Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, faculty. The theme of the issue “presents a variety of viewpoints on contextualization.” Click on the...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:43

Low Seminary Enrollments

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Editor’s note: The following is President Dale Meyer’s regular editorial for the Summer 2017 issue ofConcordia Journal.

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has a shortage of pastors. For some years now, the Council of Presidents has not been able to fill calls for new pastors from...

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Friday, 16 June 2017 02:44

Six Elephants in the Room

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Imagine seeing six elephants in one area.  Such mammoth creatures would dominate that particular setting.  This image comes to mind when I think of the challenges we face in the U.S. in 2017, challenges that are interconnected.

Elephant 1.  The challenge of a geographical mismatch by...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 01:44

(The) Writing Life

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Hard to believe, but Peter Mead and I are nearing a decade of leading Concordia Seminary’s annual Faith & Writing Workshop. The three-day event arose to replace the discontinued Writing for the Church event hosted by Concordia Publishing House for many years.

Despite the wet-hot heat made...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 05:09

Book Blurbs: Bob Kolb on The Way of Concord

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Bob Kolb discusses with Chuck Arand his new book The Way of Concord: From Historic Text to Contemporary Witness. The book serves as an introduction to the Lutheran Confessions, opening up their historical contexts and relevance for life today. Published by Concordia Seminary Press, it is available...

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 06:18

Church is Not the State

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Editor’s note: Professor Victor Raj composed these thoughts on religion during a recent trip to his native India.

Religions bind people together, to be sure. For millennia, religions have been foundational for various peoples as they live together as families, communities, and societies. In...

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 06:20

Video of “Concordia Seminary and Congregations”

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A convocation, “Concordia Seminary and Congregations,” was held on campus May 17, 2017. The convocation addressed the Master of Divinity program curriculum revision, new student recruitment, the Generations Campaign, financial aid and the library renovation. Learn more at www.csl.edu.

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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 eighth ofthese reflections.

This past March a short post on another...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 07:12

ICYMI: Martin Luther and literacy

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As we continue to mark the 500 anniversary of the Reformation, I came across this recent web essay by Indiana University Professor Richard Gunderman on Martin Luther’s contribution to global literacy.

I thought it was worth sharing, especially as we continue to think about Luther’s...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 00:49

John Barclay on Paul, grace, and human worth

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Editor’s note: noted New Testament scholar John Barclay lectured on campus on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Concordia Seminary’s own noted New Testament scholar Professor Mark Seifrid offers some introductory thoughts below, followed by the video of Dr. Barclay’s full lecture.

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image Editor’s note: As we approach our annual faculty author reception on campus, we thought we’d give our global online community a taste of the brand new book from Professor Joel Biermann,Wholly Citizens: God’s Two Realms and Christian Engagement with the World, with special thanks...

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 02:18

A Geographical Mismatch

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In this short piece my point is simple: there is a geographical mismatch between our church body and the population of the United States. Most of the congregations and schools of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) are located in the middle of the country and in rural areas, but most of...

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 00:05

Concordia Journal, Winter/Spring 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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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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