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Faculty books, articles published in 2016-17

Faculty members who wrote or contributed to books published during the past academic year were honored at an annual reception co-hosted by Concordia Publishing House May 16, 2017. The professors’ published prose explored the Reformation, Martin Luther and a variety of theological themes. Honored were: Dr. Joel Biermann, Waldemar A. and June Schuette Professor of […]

Ben Haupt holds a Homiletics I class

Revised curriculum

By Joel Okamoto We will debut our revised Master of Divinity (M.Div.) curriculum this fall. As chair of the M.Div. curriculum review committee, I have received a lot of questions. Many were about what we were going to teach. How many new courses are there? What courses are you dropping? Will you still teach “Religious […]

Sem ambassador in the parish

Rev. Eric Ekong’s parish in Jackson, Mich., is about 480 miles away from the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Despite the miles, he continues to find ways to be connected to his theological alma mater. A 2013 graduate, Ekong has been back on campus as a guest preacher, serving at the 2016 Multiethnic Symposium. His church […]

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

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 discovered that his great-great-great […]

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 […]

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 […]