A Meditation on Earthquakes

A Meditation on Earthquakes


A Meditation on Earthquakes

Two big earthquakes recently hit, one in Taiwan (7.4) and one on the east coast centered in New Jersey (4.8). This provides the opportunity to think about earthquakes from a biblical perspective. What does an earthquake mean? It means that human creatures are not in total control of planet earth. Earthquakes are neither caused by ..

Theological Symposium – Call for Papers

Theological Symposium – Call for Papers


Theological Symposium – Call for Papers

The Theological Symposium committee invites proposals for open sectionals for the 34th Annual Theological Symposium, September 17-18, 2024, at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. The title this year is “Technology and the Church: Promise and Peril.” Major technological advances are not for gamblers. They often fail to live up to their promises, but they never fail ..

Lutheran Theology: Direct the Passions

Lutheran Theology: Direct the Passions


Lutheran Theology: Direct the Passions

This is part five in a series of posts by Dr. David Maxwell. The first was “What Should You Do With Anger and Desire?” The second was “Gregory of Nyssa: Direct the Passions.” The third was “Cyril of Alexandria: Lull Your Passions to Sleep.” The fourth was “Lutheran Theology: Kill Your Passions.” I said in the last post that I ..

Lutheran Theology: Kill Your Passions

Lutheran Theology: Kill Your Passions


Lutheran Theology: Kill Your Passions

This is part four in a series of posts by Dr. David Maxwell. The first was “What Should You Do With Anger and Desire?” The second was “Gregory of Nyssa: Direct the Passions.” The third was “Cyril of Alexandria: Lull Your Passions to Sleep.” My sense is that Lutheran spirituality leans more in the Stoic ..

Gregory of Nyssa: Direct the Passions

Gregory of Nyssa: Direct the Passions


Gregory of Nyssa: Direct the Passions

This is part two of a series of posts from Dr. David Maxwell. The first post was “What Should You Do With Anger and Desire?”  Gregory of Nyssa’s On the Soul and the Resurrection is a treatise that demonstrates what a Platonic spirituality of the passions looks like when Christians adopt it. The dialogue is ..

Book Blurbs: Paul Raabe, Isaiah 13-27

Book Blurbs: Paul Raabe, Isaiah 13-27


Book Blurbs: Paul Raabe, Isaiah 13-27

Concordia Seminary’s Dean of Theological Research and Publication Dr. Kevin Golden sits down with Professor Emeritus Dr. Paul Raabe to discuss Raabe’s newly published book in the Concordia Commentary Series, Isaiah 13-27 (Concordia Publishing House, 2023), in this Concordia Journal Book Blurbs segment. “It’s profound theology, even in these chapters,” Raabe says. “These chapters are ..

Concordia Journal Winter 2024

Concordia Journal Winter 2024


Concordia Journal Winter 2024

Browse the interactive version above or download this issue as a pdf. The full catalog of back issues of the Concordia Journal (1975-present), along with the indexed volumes of its predecessor Concordia Theological Monthly (1949-1974), are available online at AtlaSerials® (Atlas®). Atlas is an online full-text collection of major religion and theology journals used by libraries, librarians, scholars, theologians, clergy, ..

Book Blurbs: James W. Voelz, Principles of Biblical Interpretation for Everyone

Book Blurbs: James W. Voelz, Principles of Biblical Interpretation for Everyone


Book Blurbs: James W. Voelz, Principles of Biblical Interpretation for Everyone

Concordia Seminary’s Dean of Theological Research and Publication Dr. Kevin Golden talks with Graduate Professor of Exegetical Theology Dr. James W. Voelz about his recent book, Principles of Biblical Interpretation for Everyone (Concordia Seminary Press, 2023), in this Concordia Journal Book Blurbs segment. Voelz has designed this inventive text for lay people who are intensely ..

Book Blurbs: Robert Kolb, Face to Face

Book Blurbs: Robert Kolb, Face to Face


Book Blurbs: Robert Kolb, Face to Face

Concordia Seminary’s Dean of Theological Research and Publication Dr. Kevin Golden chats with Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Kolb about his forthcoming book, Face to Face: Martin Luther’s View of Reality (Fortress Press, 2024), in this Concordia Journal Book Blurbs segment. The book provides an overview of Luther’s thought proceeds from the perspective of his use ..

Doce me!

Doce me!


Doce me!

Over seventy years ago, Martin Franzmann blessed the Church with an article entitled “The Marks of the Theologian” found within the February 1953 edition of Concordia Theological Monthly. The article is comprised of a series of three chapel addresses delivered at Concordia Seminary-St. Louis. Theologians are called to be fools, children, and slaves. None of ..

How Much Dignity Does a Maggot-sack Have?

How Much Dignity Does a Maggot-sack Have?


How Much Dignity Does a Maggot-sack Have?

The following paper was delivered by Dr. Joel Biermann at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society on November 14, 2023. There are few foundational axioms as pervasive and powerful as the declaration of human dignity and the corresponding affirmation of inherent human rights. The charter of the United Nations exemplifies this thinking as ..

Book Blurbs: Mark Rockenbach, Unforgivable

Book Blurbs: Mark Rockenbach, Unforgivable


Book Blurbs: Mark Rockenbach, Unforgivable

Concordia Seminary’s Dean of Theological Research and Publication Dr. Kevin Golden sits down with Associate Professor of Practical Theology Dr. Mark Rockenbach about his recent book, Unforgivable: How God’s Forgiveness Transforms Our Lives (Concordia Publishing House, 2024), in this Concordia Journal Book Blurbs segment. Rockenbach, whose background is in counseling, co-authored the book with Ted ..