By David R. Maxwell New Creation, New Identity In this reading, Paul employs two dominant themes: 1) new creation and 2) reconciliation. Are these the same thing? Or does reconciliation correlate with justification, while new creation correlates with sanctification? Or is there some other distinction being made here? I would suggest that new creation and ..
By David Wollenberg In our text the Apostle Paul is addressing the issue of how we live as brothers and sisters in Christ in this evil age. His concern is with those (both in Corinth and in our own day and places) who claim to “possess knowledge.” “This ‘knowledge,’” he says, “puffs up, but love ..
Concordia Seminary has published three free Bible Studies for use in congregations. These studies include videos, leader guides, and handouts for discussions. These studies are all available for free here on concordiatheology.org, or may be purchased as a DVD containing the videos and PDFs for offline use via our online store. The Psalms and Life ..
By Robert Kolb Introductory thoughts “Walk this way,” Mel Brook’s Igor the hunchback said (from the movie Young Frankenstein). Following in his footsteps, Doctor Frankenstein imitated his awkward gait. Children imitate their parents, sometimes to their parents’ pleasure, sometimes to their embarrassment. Models of faithful following of Jesus are significant parts of the Holy Spirit’s ..
Read more from the original source: First thoughts on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI
UPDATED. The lecture by Hispanic leader M. Daniel Carroll Rodas will take place as part of the 3rd triennial Hispanic Lutheran Theological Consultation, March 11-12. The topic is timely: immigration
Benedict XVI is the first pope to resign since Celestine V did so in 1294 after little more than 5 months in office. (Some commentators name Gregory XII, who resigned in 1415, as the most recent papal retiree. It all depends on how voluntary one thinks resigning is. Gregory stepped down under tremendous pressure as ..
Thinking about the decision to rescind the limitations of women in combat
By Joel P. Okamoto Notes on the pericope This pericope is a portion of Paul’s lengthy discussion of the salvation of both Jews and Gentiles in his letter to the Romans. At this point in the discussion, Paul is explaining how the Jews, who pursued righteousness, could fail to attain it when Gentiles, who did ..
Invitation to a February 6 Forum by Maxwell
By Glenn Nielsen Goal: That the hearers are more confident in the hope we have in the One deserving of all glory. The writer to the Hebrews wants us to have confidence, and the courage to stand strong in our hope. A confidence that doesn’t back down in the face of opposition. A courage that ..