The Labyrinth and the Gospel

The Labyrinth and the Gospel


The Labyrinth and the Gospel

Travis Scholl, editor of our own Concordia Journal, has recently published a new book that takes us on the winding path of Mark’s Gospel. Travis’ rediscovery of the ancient labyrinth one Lenten season led him to reflect on the pilgrimage of faith, especially as one follows Him whose path leads to the cross. A devotion, a spiritual auto-biography, an ..


All Saints’ Day • Revelation 7:9–17 • November 2, 2014


All Saints’ Day • Revelation 7:9–17 • November 2, 2014

By Erik Herrmann The celebration of saints has a checkered history in the church: raucous festivals around martyrs’ graves, prayers to saints to escape various kinds of sufferings, fantastical stories of their lives, and even trust in their merits. The reformers in the sixteenth century were concerned about these abuses and how such focus on the saints could supplant preaching ..

Cranach: Luther’s Painter

Cranach: Luther’s Painter


Cranach: Luther’s Painter

No particular anniversary of Lucas Cranach is near on the horizon, but since Steven Ozment will soon be at the Seminary to lecture on “How Cranach Saved Luther,” it seemed appropriate to highlight a little more information on the famous Wittenberg painter of Luther portraits and … naked women … (separate paintings, of course).  See ..

Bugenhagen’s Day

Bugenhagen’s Day


Bugenhagen’s Day

Yesterday was the anniversary of Johannes Bugenhagen’s sleep in the Lord … but yesterday was about waking, not sleeping  (Christus resurrexit: vere resurrexit: Alleluia!). Still, Bugenhagen is worth remembering. Pastor at Wittenberg, he was, among other things, a brave soul. If you think preaching in seminary chapel is intimidating, imagine preaching with Luther sitting in ..

Steven Ozment to lecture on Luther and Cranach

Steven Ozment to lecture on Luther and Cranach


Steven Ozment to lecture on Luther and Cranach

The third Reformation500 annual speaker series at Concordia Seminary will feature Steven Ozment, McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Harvard University. This year the Reformation500 event will be held on Friday afternoon, April 25 at 4:00 pm in Werner Auditorium on the campus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Professor Ozment is well known to ..

New Reformation500 Website

New Reformation500 Website


New Reformation500 Website

As part of its efforts to commemorate the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation (2017), Concordia Seminary has launched “Reformation500”–a website dedicated to providing reflection and resources on this “Copernican revolution” of church history. The website features an interactive timeline, biographies, upcoming events, and a variety of perspectives on the ongoing significance of the Reformation. ..

Hearing Lutheran Voices in Reformed Pulpits

Hearing Lutheran Voices in Reformed Pulpits


Hearing Lutheran Voices in Reformed Pulpits

Those who try to follow the pulse of American Christianity would be familiar with the name Tullian Tchividjian (even if it takes a little practice to pronounce it correctly!). Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Tchividjian represents a growing trend in evangelicalism to engage a broad spectrum of orthodox Christian writers and theologians. On the ..

Lessons and Carols

Lessons and Carols


Lessons and Carols

On the last day before Christmas break, campus chapel had a brief service of Lessons and Carols–a bit of proleptic Christmas joy in the midst of Advent repentance and expectation. The music was both solemn and celebratory and included bells, guitar, clarinet, violin, piano, percussion, upright bass, and organ. We cannot share the music here, but the outline of the service and the special collects written for the occasion are reproduced below–a Christmas gift to you, our readers