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New pastors, deaconesses, church leaders receive calls

Capping years of preparation and a day of excitement, 119 Concordia Seminary, St. Louis students took part in Call Day today, learning their placement of first calls to pastoral and diaconal ministry, and assignments as vicars and deaconess internships. Fifty-six students received their first calls to serve as pastors, chaplains and missionaries for The Lutheran […]

Sowing the seeds of the Gospel

The brilliance of the Christian message is that it communicates directly with people — sinners and saints — where they are living and making a living in ordinary, everyday life situations. Christians know that their lives lay bare before a gracious and caring God who made them, performed for them His redeeming act uniquely in […]

Following in first graduate’s historic footsteps

By Kim Plummer Krull When Joel Heckmann needed to write a research paper on a “topic of interest” for his LCMS history class at Concordia Seminary, no subject immediately came to mind — until he mentioned the assignment to his grandparents, who suggested he look no further than his own family tree. That’s when Heckmann […]

The Reformation and Politics

The Reformation had to be a political event. Though we might think of the Reformation in spiritual terms and view its legacy primarily as a renewed understanding of the Gospel, the work of Christ, and the role of Scripture in the life of the church, the reformers themselves had no choice but to be involved […]

Meeting, serving people where they are

On Thursday nights in the Denver metropolitan area, about 125-200 people, many of them homeless and struggling in their lives, come to The Table for a free meal and hope. “A lot of them have fallen and are looking for an answer, some kind of hope,” said Trevor Freudenburg, a vicar at Bethlehem Lutheran Church […]

Alumni highlight: Rev. Steve Carretto (’10)

Rev. Steve Carretto was born in Beatrice, Neb., the son of an LCMS pastor. While the family members moved three times when Carretto was a child, they never ventured out of the state of Nebraska. Carretto attended Concordia University Nebraska, Seward, from 2001-05, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in geography and a minor in […]

Renowned astronomer gives lecture

The Seminary hosted Dr. Owen Gingerich March 21 in the Presidents Room as part of the Theological History of Science series. Gingerich delivered his lecture “An Introduction to the Rev. Dr. Kepler,” referring to Lutheran astronomer Johannes Kepler, who developed the three laws of planetary motion. Gingerich, professor emeritus of astronomy and history of science […]

Dear alums

Dear alums, Jesus Christ is alive! That’s the message you share with so many, so often, and that means our Lord is actively leading His church into the future. We see this on Call Day, April 26. Those of us farther along in life rejoice to see the Lord raising up pastors and deaconesses to […]

Summer workshops offered nationwide May through August

All pastors, church workers and laity are invited to Concordia Seminary’s Summer Workshops to explore contemporary topics that influence the practice of ministry. Hosted by congregations across the country May through August, and led by Seminary faculty, the 19 workshops offer an opportunity to delve deeply into topics ranging from the teachings of Martin Luther […]

Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) program students celebrate first calls

Eight students in the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) program at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis celebrated their first call assignments in chapel today. The students, who began the SMP program in spring 2015, were on campus this week for their spring residential seminar. SMP students receiving calls include: Anthony Arias, Grace Lutheran Church, Arcadia, Fla. Charles […]

Call Day 2017 set for April 26

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis invites the public to share in the excitement of Call Day Wednesday, April 26, during two services in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on campus, 801 Seminary Place, Clayton, Mo. “Call Day is always a joy, but especially this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation,” said Seminary President […]