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Being accountable in God’s household of creation

When “Noah” came out starring Russell Crowe, a number of Christians took issue with the movie for never mentioning the word “God.” Instead, Noah referred to God throughout the movie simply as the “Creator.” There is something both basic and profound about speaking of Jesus as both Creator and Redeemer. Not the least of which […]

Helping the Seminary be accountable in a diverse world

Rev. Laokouxang (Kou) Seying says his heart is in education and his passion is mission work. Seying joined the faculty of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in September as associate dean for urban and cross-cultural ministries and the Lutheran Foundation Professor of Urban and Cross-Cultural Ministry. He oversees the Seminary’s two ethnic-focused pastoral formation programs, the […]

'This is what I’m made for'

By Melanie Ave James Kirschenmann was a pastor’s kid who spent five years of his childhood at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church—College Hill, on the outskirts of downtown St. Louis. It was a turbulent time in the neighborhood, filled with much racial tension. But something about his time there from 1963-68 left a lasting impression on […]

‘It’s not about me. It’s about God’

By Kim Plummer Krull Christine Ouko’s gentle voice grows soft when she recalls the survivors she counseled as a social work intern at a women’s hospital in Nairobi. When post-election violence rocked Kenya seven years ago, she listened to stories of abuse, longing to offer more than she was equipped for with only a bachelor’s […]

Concordia Seminary volunteers raise $10K for St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis raised $10,700 at the St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving fundraiser held Jan. 28 in Koburg Hall, surpassing its goal of $10,000. Thirty-one “shavees,” including Concordia Seminary President Dr. Dale A. Meyer, various faculty and staff members, students and additional supporters from the St. Louis community participated in the event. St. Baldrick’s head-shaving […]

‘It makes the commitment worthwhile’

“This is what I’m going to be seeing. This is it.” That’s what Ryan Schnake has to say about the year he spent in Resident Field Education (RFE) and how it cemented his commitment to full-time pastoral ministry. “It showed me the end goal of my commitment, helping bring people to the Gospel,” said Schnake, […]

The Word is living and active

A pastor begins work on his sermon. He opens his Bible and reads the passage. And God’s Word goes to work. This sermon will not merely delve into the content of the passage. It will not be just about what the text says, nor will it only be an informative speech.   No, the Word […]

Recruiting with a personal touch

“Hi there. Good to see you.” On the first day of orientation in September, fidgety and excited new students filed into Sieck Hall to get their pictures taken and retrieve their mailbox numbers. Rev. Bill Wrede worked his way through the hallway, smiling and shaking hands along the way. “How are you doing?” For the […]

Five faculty installed in three new endowed chairs

Five faculty members were installed as occupants of three new endowed chairs during the Seminary’s Opening Service in September in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus. Dr. James W. Voelz, graduate professor of exegetical theology, was installed as the first occupant of the Dr. Jack Dean Kingsbury Chair of New Testament Theology. Dr. […]

Proclaiming the Gospel in a digital world

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis alumnus Rev. Matt Peeples (’09) was no digital communication or social media expert when he started The Point Church in Knoxville, Tenn., five years ago. But today his Lutheran church is sharing the Gospel far beyond its walls through the use of social media and other digital tools. The Point, which […]

A bountiful harvest

Farming and the church are both deeply ingrained in Steve Struecker’s life. It would be hard to leave one for the other. Fortunately, he doesn’t have to. A student in the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) program at Concordia Seminary, Struecker is a lifelong farmer born and raised in West Bend, Iowa, two and a half […]

Walking the walk in faith

Farm equipment is not a typical sight in the city. But Chris Paavola has walked over 100 miles in University City near downtown St. Louis, praying as he goes, praying what he sees. And when he looks down at his feet, he sees plowshares. “On our very first prayer walk,” Chris said on his blog, […]