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Concordia Theology website, Concordia Journal redesigned

Just in time for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, Concordia Journal and Concordia Theology’s website,, have a new look. Both recently went through redesigns, which were spurred by results of an online survey conducted last summer. The redesign of the journal and the website will allow the Seminary to better integrate […]

Host congregations serve vital role on campus

Rev. Brad Birtell of St. John Lutheran Church in Columbus, Neb., stood before the Concordia Seminary community in chapel in October. For three days he preached as part of his church’s role as a host congregation of the Seminary for the 2016-17 academic year. He spoke with particular passion during one sermon about the parable […]

Dr. Erik Herrmann emphasizes a point to students during a class in May 2016.

Professor and Reformation scholar makes Luther come alive

Dr. Erik Herrmann devotes significant time and energy at Concordia Seminary studying and talking about a man who lived, worked and died nearly 500 years ago. But to Herrmann, the Seminary’s chairman of the Department of Historical Theology, Martin Luther is a vibrant figure whose impact is still very real. “He was absolutely obsessed with […]

German exchange student invigorated by time in U.S.

By Jackie Parker German exchange student Niklas Brandt is studying abroad for a year much like his father did when he was a seminary student in the 1980s. Brandt is a student in Concordia Seminary’s International Seminary Exchange Program. His father, Hinrich Brandt, is a pastor who spent a year studying at Concordia Theological Seminary […]

Luther: 'The Word Did Everything'

By Erik Herrmann Martin Luther is often described as a theologian of the Word. One can understand this in several ways. First, Luther’s formal vocation was “doctor in Biblia”— a teacher and professor of the Bible. It was not an uncommon calling, yet Luther transformed his work at a small university into a platform for […]

Students Share Hopes for Continuing Reformation's Gospel Message

By Kim Plummer Krull As Lutherans throughout the world celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, Seminary students are preparing to carry forth the Reformation’s Gospel message, each with their own hopes and dreams of preaching and teaching. Here’s what four current students say about how they hope to touch lives and share […]

Preparing Pastors for Today's World

By Jackie Parker During a recent class this winter, first-year students were reminded how the posts they make on social media can have a positive — or negative — effect on a person’s view or understanding of Christianity and the church. Tweets and Facebook status updates carry immense weight in today’s world. “Every interaction you […]

Concordia Seminary to host Harvard’s Gingerich March 21

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis will host Dr. Owen Gingerich as part of the Theological History of Science series at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the Presidents Room on campus. The topic will be “An Introduction to the Rev. Dr. Kepler,” referring to German astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the three laws of planetary motion. […]

Alumni highlight: Rev. Runtsch

Rev. Tim Runtsch (’90) has served as senior pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, Colo., since July 1990. Born in 1963, he was raised in Austin, Minn. Runtsch received his bachelor’s degree in 1986 from Concordia College St. Paul. He then went on to Concordia Seminary. His year of vicarage (internship) was spent […]

Hermann to speak at CU-Wisconsin March 28

Dr. Erik Herrmann will give a presentation at Concordia University Wisconsin’s spring Reformation500 event, part of an ongoing lecture series leading up to a weeklong celebration this October. Herrmann’s talk, “Being Religious: Martin Luther’s Reform of Christian Life and Devotion,” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in the School of Pharmacy, with […]

Dr. John Barclay lecture

Dr. John Barclay will present his lecture “Paul, Grace and Liberation from Human Judgments of Worth” April 4 on campus. Barclay is the Lightfoot Professor of Divinity in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University, Durham, England. He is also the author of the book Paul and the Gift. The free lecture will […]