Posts tagged “Concordia Theological Seminary

Sermo Dei: St. Mark’s Day 2017

Posted on April 25th, 2017

Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana 2 Timothy 4:5-18 April 25, 2017 “The time of my departure has come.” Springtime at seminary prompts such thoughts. But your ministry will not be what you expect. For St. Paul, departure meant death. So it is for you. Your call is to go and die. It’s the call of Baptism. “Follow Me.” “Take up your cross.” Come and die. Paul summarizes his service as having been “the good fight.” More literally, “the beautiful, noble agony.” What is this good fight? What is the noble agony? The fight is not with the people God gives you to serve. Sure; we may find evil men fighting us. St. Paul mentions one, Alexander the Coppersmith. He hurt Paul. People will…

Sermo Dei: Commemoration of Blessed J.K. Wilhelm Loehe

Posted on January 2nd, 2013

Tonight we remember a man whose impact on American Lutheranism is both profound, and deeply under-appreciated. Johann Konrad Wilhelm Loehe lived in nineteenth-century Germany, serving as pastor in a Bavarian town called Neuendettelsau. Although he never visited the United States, he had a deep impact on the growth of orthodox Lutheranism here by training men who were sent as missionary pastors here (as well as to Brazil and Australia). Some of these pastors became the founding fathers of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. He financed a teachers college in Saginaw, Michigan, as well as a seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which today is called Concordia Theological Seminary, a school I’m proud to call my alma mater. Loehe was also deeply dedicated to works of mercy,…

Tweeting John Kleinig

Posted on September 24th, 2012

I just returned from a wonderful week at CTSFW studying at the feet of John Kleinig, the Australian scholar who is an expert in Old Testament theology, Hebrew ritual, and Lutheran liturgy and spirituality. It was a joy to stay with good friends and catch up with others while at the seminary. I started tweeting some of the pithy sayings and insights of Dr Kleinig last week, while I have quite a few more yet to come over the next week or so. You can view them under the hashtag Kleinig.

A Whole New Can of Worms

Posted on February 25th, 2012

The faculty of my alma mater, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, has released a statement on the HHS Mandate. Playing off of Luther’s famous stand at the Diet of Worms, it is cleverly titled “A Whole New Can of Worms.” It reads in part: According to this unconstitutional mandate, Christians who own insurance companies will be forced to offer contraceptives and abortifacients. Christian institutions will be forced to buy insurance from companies that will also have to provide their workers contraceptives and abortifacients. While we do not share with the Catholic Church the same teaching on contraceptives, we do honor their right, according to the First Amendment, to practice their beliefs according to their conscience. Furthermore, we do stand with them entirely on the…

The Pastor Draft

Posted on May 9th, 2011

I learned on Sunday that our choir had blown off their rehearsal the previous week to watch the Placement Service at CTS. Apparently as names were called and assignments given, info popped up beneath the video, reminding them of the NFL Draft; thus the term “Pastor Draft” was coined. What if we did it that way? Any good ideas for how to rank the churches for who picks first? Or would you go Naval Academy style, and let the top seminarians take their pick of the postings?