Editor’s note: This year, sadly, with all of the ambiguities that we continue to experience in the course of this pandemic, we had to cancel our Faith and Film festival. It was especially unfortunate this year since we also had our first ever short-film contest. The theme of the contest was “hope.” And so, because ..
In the United States pragmatism is the very air we breathe. It goes back to our country’s roots with Benjamin Franklin and others. We are continually inundated with videos and blogs and books from self-improvement gurus. There is a lot of pressure on preachers and teachers to make every message about you, your daily life, ..
Here’s the understatement of the New Year: Pastors are busy people! Coming out of the hectic Christmas season, pastors look a bit worn out as Epiphany begins. Yet the tasks and demands of pastoral work are ongoing: Preaching, teaching, worship, spiritual care and visitation, mission and evangelism, leadership and administration, and works of mercy and ..
The journey from text to pulpit can be a long and winding road, filled with false starts, surprising discoveries, and hard choices along the way. On a semi-regular basis, the homiletics faculty of Concordia Seminary invites you to walk the road with the preacher in The Preachers Studio series. Each sermon was preached during chapel services ..
Now I understand Lionel Richie. “Easy like Sunday morning.” While serving in the parish, Sunday mornings were busy, and they gave birth to more activity as conversations with members would prompt follow-up visits. Sunday mornings are far more relaxed now. Christmas, too, was a far more relaxed pace than what I have known in the ..
Browse the interactive version above, download here as a pdf, or purchase print copies at the online store. Going beyond H. Richard Neibuhr’s famous paradox model on “Christ and Culture,” Dr. Paul Raabe contends for a biblical, dynamic tension that exists between the culture and the faith. Using the image of a house, Raabe explores ..
Browse the interactive version above, download here as a pdf, or purchase print copies at the online store. From Dr. Sánchez: According to the United Nations, more than 65 million people (about 23 million of them refugees) are counted as forcibly displaced due to persecution, war, and violence. Only one percent are resettled each year, ..
Browse the interactive version above, download here as a pdf, or purchase print copies at the online store. In this Concordia Pages Dr. Raabe has us focus on the earth as a new creation. He says “‘Daddy, will animals be in heaven?’ That is a common question and a good question. It gets at the ..
Editor’s Note: At the start of this New Year we are pleased to publish this fresh translation of Bonhoeffer’s poem “Von guten Mächten” by Pastor Timothy Boerger. Included below is his translator’s note. Translator’s Note: Dietrich Bonhoeffer included this poem (“Von guten Mächten”) in his final letter to his fiancée Maria von Wedemeyer in December, 1944. ..
I do not regard myself as a movie-buff, by any means. I watch movies but most of the time I only have the energy for a brightly colored Marvel romp or some kind of comedy that makes all of my children fold over in laughter. Thoughtful, philosophical works of art that explore perennial human themes ..
Dr. David Schmitt, the Gregg H. Benidt Memorial Professor of Homiletics and Literature at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, chats with Lutheran theology scholar Dr. Dean Nadasdy about his recent publication of The Beautiful Sermon: Image and the Aesthetics of Preaching. The book is the first title in The Conversations in Preaching Series from Concordia Seminary Press, the publishing arm ..
In this blog post of Forming Lutherans, Dr. Rhoda Schuler, posts a video interview with Rev. Dr. Dien Taylor who explains how one may mark the beginning of the ritual formation of the catechumenate at Advent, the beginning of the church’s liturgical calendar. Dr. Taylor is a pastor at Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx, ..
“Why do we teach Greek and Hebrew at the seminary? Don’t we already have good translations of the Bible?” … We don’t teach Greek and Hebrew so that the students can produce their own translations of the Bible, but so that they can understand the decisions that the translators have made on their behalf
The Multiethnic Symposium committee invites proposals for open sectionals during the annual Multiethnic Symposium, May 3-4, 2022, at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. The theme of the 2022 symposium is “Rise and Enter the City”: The Hopeful Church in the Multiethnic City. “But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are ..
Editor’s Note: For this year’s Profs ‘n Stein, the students suggested that professors write a letter to their 25-year-old selves to read to the group. Here is a recent one, written by Dr. Timothy Saleska, Professor of Exegetical Theology and Dean of Ministerial Formation Dearest Tim, I am dashing off this letter to you from ..
Finding Christ in the Old Testament is the focus of the new Advent Sermon Series, The Bible, Our Book of Advents, written by President Emeritus Dr. Dale A. Meyer and published by Concordia Seminary Press. Available as a downloadable PDF, the series includes four sermons drawing from Old Testament texts that prefigure the advents of Christ. After each ..