Pastors and basketball are on my mind these days. Last month Concordia Seminary held its fifth annual “Hoops for Hope” alumni event. Twenty former “Preachers” (yes, that’s our mascot) laced up their sneakers and stepped back onto the hardwood at Eldon Pederson Fieldhouse. With more than twenty players on the current squad, we divided the ..
“And they will all be taught of God”: Martin Luther’s Biblical Translation at 500It 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 ..
Who Has Ever Even Heard of the Missouri Synod?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
Pious Nonsense: “The Ancient Name of God Is the Sound of Our Breathing”I’m writing this post for two reasons. First and generally, it is simply not helpful when Christians pass along claims about what something in the Bible “really means” when those claims are based on faulty or inaccurate information. Truth matters, and good information is important. Christians should avoid saying things that are inaccurate, if for ..