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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. […]

Grace Hits Home

By Mark Seifrid “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part” (2 Cor. 8:1-2 ESV). Paul wants the […]

Luther as reformer of pastoral care

By Erik Herrmann Reformation Day. Each year the day gives us occasion to reflect on the significance of the upheavals of the 16th century — upheavals that changed the religious, social and cultural landscape of the West, especially the Western church. What was at stake? What was it all about? Was it worth it? As […]

Serving God as a deaconess and judoka

By Melanie Ave She stands 5-feet-2, petite by most standards. She smiles easily and laughs often. Many of her clothes just happen to be pink. She uses the word “excited” a lot because she is and “love” because she does. But pull back Deaconess Marissa Arndt’s thick blond hair and place her in a dojo […]

Life With and Without A Pastor

By Jackie Parker Cindy Wittman, a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church in Ulysses, Kan., remembers the Sunday morning when only two people were at a worship service: her and the church’s interim pastor. Over the course of 15 years, Grace’s membership of 50-60 members dwindled to six or eight members most Sundays. But three […]

Helping students fund their Seminary education

By Kendra Whittle Laura Hemmer said if there’s one thing a prospective Concordia Seminary student should not do, it’s look at the price tag of tuition before talking to her. “If you just look at the website and you just look at the portion that tells you about how much it costs to come to […]