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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This summer was the 13th International Congress of Luther Research. The Congress is generally held every 5 years, and continues be the venue for the world’s most prolific and influential Luther scholars. This year was particularly special because it coincided with the 500th anniversary of...

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Editor’s note: David Schmitt provides this homiletical help as the second of four in a sermon series on the lectionary’s successive readings from Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

By David Schmitt,

Textual Connection

Paul’s separation from the Philippians causes him...

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Editor’s note: David Schmitt provides this homiletical help as the first of four in a sermon series on the lectionary’s successive readings from Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

By David Schmitt,

In a culture that is redefining what it means to be family, the Christian church...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 05:14

Proper 19 · Romans 14:1–12 · September 17, 2017

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Editor’s note: the following homiletical help is taken from David Schmitt’s sermon series “God’s Greater Story: A Sermon Series on Romans 6–14,” which is available for download here.

By David Schmitt,

This morning, Paul’s words to us are strange....

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:22

ICYMI: Translating Luther into Chinese

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Concordia Seminary Professor Emeritus Henry Rowold recently talked about the ongoing work of translating Luther’s Works into the Chinese language on the LCMS Asia podcast hosted by Roy Askins.

As we continue to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, it is vital to learn how the...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 00:00

Proper 18 · Romans 13:1–10 · September 10, 2017

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Editor’s note: the following homiletical help is taken from David Schmitt’s sermon series “God’s Greater Story: A Sermon Series on Romans 6–14,” which is available for download here.

By David Schmitt,

At the time Paul wrote this letter, Nero publicized his...

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Friday, 08 September 2017 06:43

Pondering Our Death

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image Editor’s note: this is the first in a series of posts co-written by Kent Burreson and Beth Hoeltke.

Most of us, at least on a regular basis, don’t spend our days considering our own death and burial. We might take the time to prepare our wills or perhaps consider our funeral rite, but...

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Sunday, 03 September 2017 00:00

Proper 17 · Romans 12:9–21 · September 3, 2017

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Editor’s note: the following homiletical help is taken from David Schmitt’s sermon series “God’s Greater Story: A Sermon Series on Romans 6–14,” which is available for download here.

By David Schmitt,

Our text from Romans today is challenging. Paul writes to...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 03:23

500: The Impact of the Reformation Today – Bible Study

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A free Bible study to accompany the documentary “500: The Impact of the Reformation Today” is available now. It was written by Reformation scholar and Concordia Seminary Professor Tim Dost. The study was written to accompany the five parts of the documentary, but can be adjusted to...

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Editor’s note: the following homiletical help is taken from David Schmitt’s sermon series “God’s Greater Story: A Sermon Series on Romans 6–14,” which is available for download here.

By David Schmitt,

Consider Paul’s vision.

You know how sometimes when...

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The following op piece from one of our former professors could have been written yesterday.  It was written in 1952.  It seems like the either/or that we so often experience in our synodical fellowship today has been with us for a very long while. But Martin Franzmann has put his...

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The following op piece from one of our former professors could have been written yesterday.  It was written in 1952.  It seems like the either/or that we so often experience in our synodical fellowship today has been with us for a very long while. But Martin Franzmann has put his...

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 02:44

Symposium Preview: Sectionals

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As we seek to better understand the doctrine of “justification,” we must ask the Lutheran question, “What does this mean” for us today? But Luther also asked, “How is this done?” In the Symposium sectionals Concordia Seminary faculty, staff, and guest speakers...

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 02:44

Symposium Preview: Sectionals

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As we seek to better understand the doctrine of “justification,” we must ask the Lutheran question, “What does this mean” for us today? But Luther also asked, “How is this done?” In the Symposium sectionals Concordia Seminary faculty, staff, and guest speakers...

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 02:41

Symposium Preview: Special Events

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LCMS Foundation Golf Tournament

Participants are invited to arrive a day early for the LCMS Foundation Golf Tournament, Monday, Sept 18. The event includes a complimentary golf tournament at Highlands Golf and Tennis Center in Forest Park. There will be contests for the longest drive and closest to...

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 02:39

Symposium Preview: Worship

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Concordia Seminary Dean and Professor John H.C. Fritz (1874-1953) once wrote:

“Luther says that David in the 119th Psalm gives unto him who would be a theologian a threefold rule, which he chooses to express in three words: oratio, meditatio, tentatio(prayer, study and personal experience)....

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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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