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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, […]

Sent to serve

In the very early chapters of Acts, God brings people from various places to Jerusalem in order to connect them with the life-saving message of the risen Christ. So, for example, in Chapter 2 (verses 9-11), people are gathered from the east (“Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia”), from the north (“Cappadocia, […]

Partnering to help teachers lead with the Gospel in Ethiopia

“What we are being asked to do in Ethiopia plays exactly to our strengths as a seminary.” So explains Dr. William W. Schumacher about Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s partnership with Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa, half the world away in Ethiopia. Schumacher, professor of historical theology and director of […]

From refugee to ‘phenomenal’ ministry leader

In 1993, a 26-year-old South Sudanese Christian arrived in the United States after what he humbly calls “a very difficult time.” Losing two siblings and many relatives and friends to murder and starvation in his war-torn homeland, Matthew Both knew he must flee with his wife, Rebecca, and daughter, Leah, if his family was to […]

Connecting through language

The global community has never been more connected, thanks to mobile phones, tablets, and the Internet. As globalization brings people together, it’s important for ease of communications to know multiple languages. That said, Concordia Seminary students are learning there is a unique benefit to using a native language when it comes to connecting with congregations […]

Bach at the Sem New Conductor Builds on Legacy

The 2014-2015 season of Bach at the Sem is the first conducted under the baton of new music director, Dr. Maurice Boyer, only the second full-time director of Concordia Seminary’s acclaimed concert series. Boyer’s leadership builds on the rich history of choral music at the Seminary and the dedicated musicians specializing in the heritage of […]

Course in Israel brings Bible to life

Last August, a group of 17 students and two professors left Concordia Seminary for a 14-day class in Israel. At the time, there was much concern in St. Louis, and the country, about unrest in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer. In fact, the day they […]

Three pursuits for a thoughtful professor

Dr. Joel Okamoto has long been known at Concordia Seminary for his challenging questions and courses. As a professor of systematics, it is his job to teach students to explain God and Scripture in a rational, “systematic” way. But more specifically, it has become his passion to teach students to craft answers to the real […]

Alumni to Return to Concordia Seminary

All alumni who have graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in years ending in “0” or “5,” as well as the spouses and widows of those individuals, are invited to an alumni reunion June 9-11, 2015, on campus. This reunion of pastors and theology students from across decades and across the world will be rooted […]