In this brief observation, Mart Thompson draws out the benefits of the often overlooked practice of individual absolution
Dr. David Maxwell lays out a clear and concise description of Lutheran Christology. He maintains that its fundamental point is to emphasize the unity of Christ. In this article, he explores the 3 different kinds of statements that the Scriptures make about Christ: the genera of communication of attributes
This video conversation takes a fresh look at Luther’s counseling experience and what it shows us about the necessity of soul care
Christians cling to a peculiar hope. Dr. Timothy Saleska writes “As the story of Israel makes clear and as God demonstrated by raising Jesus from the dead, the difference for God’s people is that the darkness has an end.” In the Old Testament God sent preachers to share the promises that bring hope…and he still does today. Concordia Seminary is privileged to form students for this role — preachers of a peculiar hope
Do the words of Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and always” refer to the constancy of the second person of the Trinity or to His constancy in our lives? In this article from the December 2020 issue of Concordia Seminary Magazine, Dr. Jeffrey Oschwald compares two interpretations and comes to a surprising conclusion
The sudden death of Prof. Antti Raunio has saddened the international scholarly community, which valued his important contributions to the study of Martin Luther as well as his generous collegiality and friendship
Concordia Seminary Dean of Theological Research and Publication Dr. Erik Herrmann sits down with Dr. Ronald Mudge, who became provost and chief academic officer in May 2022. Mudge previously served as the Rouse Professor of Pre-Seminary Studies at Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, and is a former missionary to Africa. As part of his duties, Mudge says ..
It is now 500 years since Luther’s translation of the New Testament first appeared. It is no exaggeration or hyperbole to praise Luther’s German Bible as not only one of the most important works in the German language but also as one of the great literary achievements of Western history. It is well known that ..
Paul Raabe reflects on the label “Lutheran” and how, in some contexts, it does not communicate to most Americans. We need to be able to explain ourselves to outsiders in ways intelligible to them. Maybe a church sign should say: “A Gospel-Baptism-Lord’s Supper-Bible-Creedal-Liturgical Church – Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.” These descriptions are the markers of our church body
As well-meaning and pious as they may seem, certain claims about God and His Word fail to meet the standard of truth. Dr. Jeffery Gibbs discusses one such assertion concerning the name of God
The Exegetical Elephant in the Room? The upcoming 32nd Annual Theological Symposium, “Search the Scriptures: Finding Christ and Ourselves in the History of Exegesis,” will compare and contrast the ancient and modern exegetical methods and approaches to reading and interpreting the Scriptures. The symposium is set for Sept. 20-21, 2022, on the Concordia Seminary campus. ..
On May 3-4, 2022, we held our Multiethnic Symposium on campus, in partnership with Concordia University, St. Paul. The theme of the symposium was “Rise and Enter the City“: “But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do” (Acts 9:6 ESV). With these words, Jesus calls Saul of ..
In the fifteenth chapter of his gospel St. John quotes Jesus as saying, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me” (v. 26). Soon afterwards, in the sixteenth chapter of the same gospel, ..
My youngest son will be confirmed this Pentecost Sunday and I had the privilege of being one of his instructors (in addition to the “head of the household” instruction that my wife and I antiphonally carry out). I still have this great picture of him as a little toddler falling asleep with the catechism in ..
The Theological Symposium committee invites proposals for open sectionals during the 32nd Annual Theological Symposium, September 20-21, 2022, at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. The current title and description of the 2022 theme: Search the Scriptures: Finding Christ and Ourselves in the History of Exegesis “You search the Scriptures … it is they that bear witness ..
The physical, spiritual, and emotional rush of Holy Week is behind us now. It remains for me the best week of the year, every year, and having the privilege of serving a congregational vacancy afforded me one more time the absolute delight of direct participation in the delivery of the story and the promises to ..