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, 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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Monday, 30 October 2017 00:34

ICYMI: More Kolb on the Reformation

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As if you could ever get too many pearls from Robert Kolb on Martin Luther and the Reformation. This one comes via Credo magazine, highlighting Prof. Kolb’s contribution to the book, Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary.

Kolb’s chapter concerns “The Church.”

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By David Peter,

This sermon is the third in a series, entitled “Fatherly Encouragement,” based on texts from 1 Thessalonians. In this epistle the Apostle Paul encourages the Christians of Thessalonica who are young in the faith. He acts as their spiritual father. Today’s theme is...

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Friday, 20 October 2017 07:20

The Reformation … on Your Coffee Table

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image As we are rapidly closing in the culmination of the Reformation anniversary celebration on October 31, it is worth looking back at the year in terms of contributions and consider what among those will continue to serve as resources for scholars, pastors, and lay people, that can continue to...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 00:03

Book Blurbs: A Festschrift in Honor of James Voelz

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Andy Bartelt, Paul Raabe, and James Voelz discuss The Press of the Text: Biblical Studies in Honor of James W. Voelz. The book was edited by Bartelt, Raabe, and Jeff Kloha with an international range of writers, including colleagues, students, and friends of Prof. Voelz, to honor his legendary and...

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By David Peter,

This is the second in a series of sermons based on texts from 1 Thessalonians. The series is entitled “Fatherly Encouragement.” Paul writes as the spiritual father to his children who need guidance and encouragement to grow in faith and faithful living.

Fatherly...

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Monday, 16 October 2017 06:10

Is the Goal To Be “Distinctively Lutheran”?

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In the latest issue of For the Life of the World (Fall 2017), William C. Weinrich expresses his interest in reading what others say about being “distinctively Lutheran.” Here are some of my reflections.

During this 500th anniversary Lutherans rightly take pride in the Wittenberg...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 23:08

ICYMI: Luther on immigration

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Concordia Seminary Professor Leopoldo Sánchez recently published an article with the Jesuit (Catholic) magazine America, entitled “What Would Martin Luther Say about Today’s Migrant and Refugee Crises?”. Yes, you read that right. The Jesuits wanted to know a little more...

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By David Peter

This Sunday begins a series of several weeks in which the Epistle readings are taken from 1 Thessalonians. In this lectio continua much of the content of Paul’s letter is covered. This provides the opportunity for an expository sermon series based on the appointed Epistle...

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Monday, 09 October 2017 07:35

The Credibility of Our Gospel Witness

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image One of the reasons that we devoted an entire issue of the Concordia Journalto the subject of science and faith lay in our concern for the Gospel…but not in the way that you might think.

For much of the 20th century, the focus has often been (and nearly exclusively so) on the question of...

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:02

ICYMI: How Martin Luther Changed Bible Study

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Robert Kolb recently published an article for Bible Studymagazine, for their special issue on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. We are all accustomed to his expertise on all things Luther and the Reformation, but this is but one example of how his expertise reaches beyond our usual...

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

By David Schmitt,

Textual Connection

In Paul’s closing exhortations, he encourages the...

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Friday, 29 September 2017 02:45

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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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 05:57

Concordia Theology at the International Luther Congress

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Editor’s note: This past summer, Concordia Seminary Professor Erik Herrmann was invited to give a plenary paper at the International Congress for Luther Research in Wittenberg, Germany. This Is not an insignificant matter. The International Congress for Luther Research meets only once every...

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

By David Schmitt,

Textual Connection

At this point in his letter, Paul opens his heart and...

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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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