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

Editor’s note: every three years (year A of the three-year lectionary), the Pentecost season invites us into an extended series of readings in Paul’s letter to the Romans (Propers 6-19). In 2014, David Schmitt, Concordia Seminary’s Gregg H. Benidt Memorial Professor in Homiletics...

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Wednesday, 03 June 2020 05:10

RACISMO, cómo enfrentarlo a la luz de Cristo

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Editor’s note: in 2017, Professor Leo Sánchez wrote the essay “Racism, Dealing with It” for this website. In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, the essay has been re-circulating on social media. Here, Dr. Sanchez provides his own Spanish translation.

En un mundo...

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Wednesday, 03 June 2020 04:56

PANDEMIA, enfrentándola a la luz de Cristo

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Editor’s note: on March 23, 2020, Professor Leopoldo Sánchez wrote the essay “Pandemic, Coping with It” in English for this website. Here he provides the essay in his own Spanish translation.

Este no es el momento ni el lugar para repetir las noticias ni repasar los efectos,...

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Sunday, 31 May 2020 03:48

What Sound Does the Holy Spirit Make?

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imageIn celebration of Pentecost, we reprise two reflections by Dr. David Maxwell on the “sound” of the Holy Spirit.  The first is a sound recording of a chapel sermon on Acts 2 from 2005, asking the very question, “What sound does the Holy Spirit make?”. The second is a...

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Friday, 29 May 2020 02:41

A Tribute to Kou Seying

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Rev. Kou Seying, the Lutheran Foundation Professor of Urban and Cross-Cultural Ministry, associate Dean for Urban and Cross-Cultural Ministry, and associate professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, entered eternal rest in Christ on Nov. 23, 2019. He was 55 years old.

At the...

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Thursday, 28 May 2020 02:35

From Wittenberg to the World

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In Word and Work: An Intersection, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, President Dr. Dale A. Meyer sits down with Dr. Robert Kolb, professor emeritus, about his writings on Luther and how, through Kolb’s travels and teaching, he has helped bring the Seminary to the world.

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Erik Herrmann talks with Richard “Rick” Marrs about Marrs’ new book, Making Christian Counseling More ChristCentered, which focuses on the relevance of a Lutheran law and gospel dynamic in Christian counseling. Marrs is the director of the Master of Divinity and Residential...

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 00:12

Concordia Journal, Spring 2020

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Browse the interactive version above or download this issue as a pdf.

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®&...

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Monday, 18 May 2020 06:05

In Memoriam: David P. Daniel

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Editor’s note: This essay was co-written by Robert Rosin, professor emeritus of historical theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and Richard Blythe, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Trenton, Michigan, and former missionary in Central Europe for LCMS World Mission.

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 04:51

Feeding on the Scriptures

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In Word and Work: An Intersection, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, President Dr. Dale A. Meyer talks with Dr. Thomas Egger, associate professor of Exegetical Theology. The two men talk about the Old Testament and lessons we can learn from the Scriptures to endure during the ongoing pandemic. Egger...

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This coming Saturday, May 16, the electors will be electing the 11th president of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in a special meeting of the Board of Regents. We would like to invite the whole church to pray for Concordia Seminary as this important milestone is taken. Our Dean of Chapel Dr. Kent...

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Thursday, 07 May 2020 04:43

Faith and Film: Phil Hohle

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Philip Hohle, adjunct faculty member at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, talks about how we can understand the culture of film through the lens of Christian theology. Dr. Hohle gave the keynote address at Concordia Seminary’s first Faith and Film Festival in January 2020, “Unsalted...

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Friday, 01 May 2020 00:25

Returning Our Bodies to the Ground

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Editor’s note: this is the latest in a series of posts about natural burial co-written by Kent Burreson and Beth Hoeltke. Their free, downloadable Bible study “Natural Burial: The Final Journey” (which also includes a burial planning guide) is available here: https://concordiatheol...

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Friday, 24 April 2020 06:55

ICYMI: Rick Marrs on the Daily Struggle

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Concordia Seminary Professor Rick Marrs was recently interviewed on the KFUO Radio show Sharper Iron, hosted by Timothy Appel. He discussed the Christian’s struggle between the old self and the new self, especially as Paul presents it in the epistle to the Romans.

This topic is also covered in...

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Friday, 17 April 2020 02:48

ICYMI: Spiritual Care in a Time of Social Distancing

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LCMS Pastor Matt Peeples recently hosted a webinar on the theme “Spiritual Care in a Time of Social Distancing.” The panel included Concordia Seminary Professors Rick Marrs and Bruce Hartung (emeritus), as well as Pastor Jeff Cloeter. The description:

In times of crisis, people look to...

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Thursday, 16 April 2020 04:19

Plagues, Then and Now

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In Word and Work: An Intersection, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis President Dr. Dale A. Meyer talks about the early Christian church father, Cyprian, who was bishop of Carthage in the third century, as well as plagues that affected the early church with Dr. Joel Elowsky, professor of historical...

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Monday, 13 April 2020 02:46

ICYMI: Kolb on Luther and Pandemic

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Robert Kolb was recently interviewed on the radio show/podcast “Majoring in the Majors” hosted by retired pastor and author S. J. Munson. The topic was “Martin Luther and Today’s Pandemic.”

You can listen to the interview below:

 

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Thursday, 09 April 2020 01:33

Into Your Hands, O Lord

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     [Author’s Note: This is a sermon written for the Tre Ore service for Blessed Savior Lutheran Church in Florissant, MO, this year only streaming online live.]

On most nights my family prays Luther’s evening prayer which ends—”in to your hands I commend my...

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Wednesday, 08 April 2020 01:41

ICYMI: 2019 Theological Symposium Videos

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The 30th Annual Theological Symposium took place Sept. 17-18, 2019, around the theme “Devoted: (Re)forming the Devotional Life”:

What does devotion look like in the modern world? When we have instantaneous access to material goods, and those very goods are often dispensable, what does it...

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Thursday, 02 April 2020 05:51

Responding to COVID-19

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In Word and Work: An Intersection, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis President Dr. Dale A. Meyer sits down with Dr. Julie Gary, the Seminary’s health and wellness coordinator. Dr. Gary is a U.S. Army veteran with a bachelor’s degree in premedical studies from the University of Notre Dame,...

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Friday, 27 March 2020 03:04

Table Talk: Family Devotions

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Table Talk is a series of short devotions that can be used by families, households, small groups, church staffs, or youth. Originally developed by Tony Cook and Jason Broge, each devotion follows a simple format of prayer, Scripture reading, reflection, and conversation. Each of the 60 devotions is...

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Thursday, 26 March 2020 05:00

Noah the Comfort Dog

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In Word and Work: An Intersection, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, President Dr. Dale A. Meyer chats with Professor of Practical Theology Dr. Glenn Nielsen and his wife, Sue, handlers for Noah Comfort Dog. The couple share how they got involved in the Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dog Ministry...

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020 02:20

Dealing with Stress and Worry

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Editor’s note: Concordia Seminary Professor Rick Marrs recently posted the following on Facebook. During these difficult days, we thought it was worth sharing more broadly.

Lutheran Hour Ministries and I did a program called “Stress and Worry in the Life of a Christian” a few years...

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Monday, 23 March 2020 04:21

Pandemic, Coping With It

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This is not the time or place to rehearse the life-changing and, in some cases, devastating effects COVID-19 has been having on people’s lives near and far—in our families, churches, communities, workplaces, and neighbors around the nation and world. But how do Christians cope with this...

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Thursday, 12 March 2020 05:00

Word and Work: Life and Ministry with Youth

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In Word and Work: An Intersection, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, President Dr. Dale A. Meyer sits down with Rev. Ron Roma (’80), chaplain at the Lutheran Church Extension Fund, who retired last year from Lutheran High School South in St. Louis after 43 years of service. Roma served as an...

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