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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A conversation…on Luther and the Reformation

Seminary professors Drs. Erik Herrmann and Paul Robinson recently sat down and discussed Martin Luther and the Reformation. Read a few excerpts from their conversation to help put the Reformation in perspective and learn more about Luther, his world and why the Reformation still matters — nearly 500 years later. What was the Catholic church […]

Concordia Seminary offers special tuition award for M.Div. students

In celebration and commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis Board of Regents recently approved a special one-time financial aid award for its residential pastoral ministry students that will completely fund tuition for most Master of Divinity (M.Div.) students next year. The “Reformation Jubilee” award will provide […]

Formation for church leadership in Ethiopia

Kendra Whittle The chance to study in America was an opportunity Tamrat Debessa did not think was possible. The teacher from Ethiopia had returned to his hometown of Hawassa a few years before to work at Tabor Evangelical College, with plans of pursuing his Ph.D. and putting his newly acquired knowledge to work back home. […]