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Concordia Seminary Newsroom and Press Releases

Faith

By Mark Seifrid In his Preface to Romans, at the beginning of his discussion of faith, Martin Luther complains that “faith is not the human notion and dream that some people call faith.” As every Christian knows, we can say the same thing today! How often do we hear those who experience struggle, disappointment or […]

Professor Emeritus Dr. Juan Berndt enters rest

Dr. Juan G. Berndt, professor emeritus at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, entered eternal rest in Christ Jesus Oct. 18, 2017. Berndt retired in 1996 after 46 years of ministry as a missionary, pastor and teacher. “Dr. Juan Berndt showed us through his life and ministry the wonderful heavenly promise, ‘A great multitude that no one […]

Coast to Coast

By Kim Plummer Krull When friends heard about Rob Bailey’s first call as associate pastor at a Houston, Texas, congregation with more than 2,000 baptized members, many likely pictured him at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, helping with worship and Bible studies. Instead, this new Seminary graduate’s main role is to plant a new church in […]

Q&A: Rev. Steve Carretto (’10)

By Melanie Ave Rev. Steve Carretto’s path to the ministry was a winding one — sometimes fraught with doubt — but today he is ably leading the congregation where he served his vicarage while a student at Concordia Seminary, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Boca Raton, Fla. In this wide-ranging conversation, Carretto shares the ups […]

Graduate to carry the Gospel to Alaska

By Kendra Whittle Standing at the front of the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus, Concordia Seminary’s Director of Placement Dr. Wallace Becker began announcing the list of students and their placements as pastors at congregations around the country. He read the first two names on the list and then, “Dustin Atkinson, Northwest District, […]

Dr. Meyer

From the President

Our seminaries are not graduating enough new pastors. This shortage is serious. Last April more than 60 congregations received the sad news on Call Day that there would be no graduate coming to their church. Some people come to worship rain or shine; almost nothing keeps them away. Others, sadly, have walked away from worship […]

Faculty Books

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 […]