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 ..
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, ..
By Leopoldo A. Sánchez M. Becoming a Disciple Two striking contrasts appear in this Easter account of the third appearance or revelation of the risen Jesus to his disciples (vv. 1–14). Each contrast represents a transition in the story from lack to abundance, from not knowing Jesus to belief in him. At the center, Jesus ..
by Leopoldo A. Sánchez M. Testifying in the Courtroom Life is one of the apostle’s favorite images of salvation, and he makes use of it in the assigned text: “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son” (1 Jn 5:11). John speaks of eternal life in a ..
By Leopoldo A. Sanchez M. Our text proclaims the manifestation of the Lord’s “light” and “glory” upon his people (v. 1), and through Israel to the “peoples” of the earth who dwell in “thick darkness” (v. 2a). Isaiah uses the contrast between light and darkness to offer us an image of salvation: The light of the Lord “will ..
“The Gospel and Our Common Witness in the Public Square,” an open forum between the LCMS and NALC on December 16, 2013, at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
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
By Leopoldo Sanchez In his struggle against the pneumatomachians, who denied the divinity of the Holy Spirit by reducing his nature to that of a ministering spirit or angel, St. Basil (c. 329–379) highlights that good angels are “holy” only because the Holy Spirit, who is God, has made them so. The Holy Spirit uses ..
By Leopoldo A. Sánchez M. You Can Kill the Prophet, but You Can’t Kill the Message The text gives a gloomy picture of what happens to God’s prophets. Through Jeremiah, Yahweh has convicted Judah for breaking the covenant he made with their forefathers by turning to false idols and disobeying his word. The response? Men ..
Concordia Seminary Professor Leo Sanchez has been named chair of the Board of Directors of Lutherans in Medical Missions (LIMM)