Archive for April, 2011

CSLNEWS Latest: SEMINARY STUDENTS ANTICIPATE CALL DAY

April 27, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2011

ST. LOUIS—Concordia Seminary’s fourth-year and second-year students will receive their calls and vicarage assignments, respectively, into the ministry at this year’s Call Day services on Wednesday, May 4. The vicarage assignment service will take place at 3:00 p.m. CDT and the call service will take place at 7:00 p.m. CDT.

“I truly do believe that God is behind this process,” said Benjamin Vogel, pastoral candidate. “My wife and I are looking forward to going wherever the church decides to send us!”

Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) congregations seeking pastors sent more requests this year for the Seminary’s graduates than the number available, “indicating the appreciation the church has for Concordia Seminary graduates,” commented Dr. Robert Hoehner, director of placement and alumni relations at the Seminary. “Join us in thanking God for His goodness and pray for Concordia Seminary as it carries out its important mission of helping to form workers in God’s Kingdom.”

For the second year, Concordia Seminary has created a special Call Day website which has many features that family members, friends, and parishioners all over the world can enjoy. On the site, http://callday.csl.edu/, viewers can watch live streaming video of both the vicarage and call services, read and print the service folders to follow along, and view maps that will pinpoint where each student is called or assigned through the use of interactive mapping technologies. Each pinpoint will include the student’s photo and the church’s information. (The map will not be available until after the services.)

This year, all of the 93 eligible Concordia Seminary pastoral ministry students will receive calls. One student will complete her studies for the deaconess ministry and receive her placement. Eight graduates from the Center for Hispanic Studies (three pastoral candidates and five deaconess candidates) one DELTO student, and six Cross-Cultural Ministry Center students (out of Concordia University Irvine) will receive placements. Additionally, 76 second-year Seminary students will learn of their vicarage assignments.

“I really value the Seminary experience and the brilliance of the instruction that I received here,” commented pastoral candidate Ronald Millard Jr. “I was inspired to view this process as a strengthening of my relationship with God and to view our learning as an adventure that leads to peace that truly is found only in Jesus Christ.”

“Our men and women in our various programs have demonstrated their academic abilities, their commitment to Jesus Christ, and their love for people,” said Dr. Dale A. Meyer, president of Concordia Seminary. “They will serve very well, just as previous graduates have.”

For more information, contact creative services at communications@csl.edu or 314-505-7379.

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CONCORDIA HISTORICAL INSTITUTE TO HOST MÜHLENBERG EXHIBIT

April 21, 2011

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April 21, 2011

ST. LOUIS—The Concordia Historical Institute, in cooperation with Concordia Seminary, will host a traveling exhibition from April 26 through May 20 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Henry Melchior Mühlenberg, the patriarch of colonial American Lutheranism.

A special set of lectures by Dr. Robert Kolb, “‘So Much Began in Halle,’ The Mission Program That Sent Mühlenberg to America,” and Dr. Gerhard Bode, “Man on a Mission: Henry Melchior Mühlenberg and the Lutherans in America,” will open the exhibit on Tuesday, April 26, from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., at the Fuerbringer Library, across the street from the Concordia Historical Institute. A wine and cheese reception will follow the lectures at the Institute’s facilities where visitors may view the exhibit.

There is a $3.00 admission fee to view the exhibit. The Concordia Historical Institute is located on the campus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, at 804 Seminary Place. The hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 314-505-7900 or email chi@lutheranhistory.org.

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Holy Week Reflections

April 20, 2011

Every once in a while there are days or weeks were it is quite noticeable to us to that their is a change in our lives. We all go through changes in our day to day lives. However, what I am speaking of right now is that sequence of moments that literally changes us. This Holy Week has thus far been one of those weeks for me.

Palm Sunday marked the first time in a long time, I was able to sit back and watch the people closest in my life serve God in their own unique ways. It is not that they don’t do it at other times. It just so happens I am right serving him leading the way. Very rarely do I get to sit back and observe my family serve their Lord with the gifts they have been blessed. Linda for first time since we moved to Saint Louis, MO sang with Faith Worship Team for three services. Linda is a vocalist on campus for one of the chapel worship teams. However, this is a little different in my eyes. When we moved for this next step in our lives, Linda literally took a step back from singing in church. Some of it had to do with schedules, life adjustments, and quite possibly culture shock. Needless to say, my heart jumped for joy watching her using her God given gift of music again.

On top of Linda singing, for the 9:15 a.m. service Hannah, Jonathan, Hailey, and Jocelyn ALL participated and sang as part of Faith’s Kidnection which included children in the grades ranging from preschool to sixth grade. For those of you who have multiple children, this may hit home a bit more for you. You will understand the struggles of getting multiple children to stand still and smiling for pictures. Many times it can be harder for young children to stand up, even amongst their peers, in front of a congregation to sing. i am here to report that no one cried, whined, or had an down right meltdown. All stood up there dressed in their Sunday best. They opened their mouths and sang to God. As I stood in the back, I fought back the tears like any proud father, it occurred to me to take a picture of all the children. Little moments like this help to wipe away all the doubts of effective parenting. With Linda up front, it meant for once I was all by myself in the midst of the church with the children. Another one of those things that has not happen since before we moved here.

Holy Monday brought a wonderful chapel service, but it was the Tenebrae service in the chapel that left a lasting effect. Four seminarians and Dean Burresson read the Gospel lesson, Matthew 26:1-27:66. For some reason the way each part was broken up conveyed a new understanding of the text. It is a different realization of just reading the text or hearing someone else read it from the lectern. The betrayal, disappointment, denial, suffering, and death all meant so much more. I found myself re-reading this text a few more times after returning home. It is no secret, that I enjoy hearing my fellow seminarians preach. On Monday, 4th year seminarian delivered a very soul convicting and thought provoking sermon. I have been in a couple of classes with Sam throughout the year. He is one of those guys where you always know where you stand in his eyes. His sermon was much of the same approach. His sermon cut straight to the core of the matter.

Holy Wednesday (today) yield a chapel service patterned after the chief service for Good Friday. Dr. Bode preached, but I think the earlier readings, kneeling, and prayers took my mine elsewhere. Mine has lingered on the Good Friday sermon I have been preparing for a few weeks now. Something cleared up my mind locking in the missing part of the sermon for me. Not to worry, my mind was not on something else for long. I managed to link back into his message. I will just say there has been more reflection than in years past throughout Lent. Maybe it is the upcoming Call Day, baby births, weddings, or graduations that has caused the reflection. I know all the instruction I have received thus far, the praying, and the studying have and will continue to have a lasting effect… Yes, I know that is what “formation” is all about… Knowing it and realizing it is happening to you when it is happening to you are two different things.

I know all to well that God continues to take care of my family and I in every way. I have watched personally how he works in the lives of friends and family, both here at seminary and back home. I read scriptures, only to be left in awe in chesed/hesed (steadfast love) God has for us. What is next? The rest of Holy Week. Pray for me as I deliver my first Good Friday message. I am pretty excited to see how God will use me on Friday. I wonder how I will be formed next? Who am I fooling? I am pretty excited to see what He has prepared for me next!

How can I end this post without a countdown to Call Day and Vicarage Service: 13 Days, 18 Hours, 29 minutes, 30 seconds

CONCORDIA SEMINARY REDESIGNS ITUNES U WEBSITE

April 20, 2011

CONCORDIA SEMINARY REDESIGNS ITUNES U WEBSITE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 20, 2011

ST. LOUIS—Concordia Seminary’s iTunes U website has been redesigned to be more user-friendly. The site contains all the content from the previous version, but now includes new features like a “What’s New” section, as well as “Faculty Picks.”

In addition, there is a new section that highlights themes that run across the spectrum of resources. Right now that section highlights “What Lutherans Believe.” Future themes might include preaching resources, Bible studies, cross-cultural ministry, and more. The new content areas include archives, Bible studies, community events, conferences, courses, and interviews.

Users can come here to download Lectionary@Lunch, chapel sermons, Bible studies, Concordia Journal Currents podcasts, and popular courses like the Greek and Hebrew introductions.

Concordia Seminary’s iTunes U site currently hosts 150,000 downloads per month. There are more than 3,000 downloadable video, audio, and print files, which amasses to more than 30 GB of content. To access Concordia Seminary’s iTunes U site, please visit http://itunes.csl.edu. For questions or more information, call 314-505-7117.

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Like Scrubbing Of Doctor’s Hands

April 12, 2011

The distinguished pastor of the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York, Dr. Maltbie Babcock was approached by a physician, a member of his congregation, who was concerned about his health. Handing Dr. Babcock some theater tickets he said, “Take these. You need the recreation of going to this play.” His pastor looked at them. Seeing they were tickets to a play of the kind he could not conscientiously attend, he said kindly, “Thank you, but I can’t take them. I can’t go.” “Why not?” the physician asked.

“Doctor, it’s this way. You’re a physician; a surgeon, in fact. When you operate, you scrub your hands meticulously until you are especially clean. You wouldn’t dare operate with dirty hands. I’m a servant of Christ. I deal with precious human souls. I wouldn’t dare to do my service with a dirty life.”
—The Expositor

Tan, P. L. (1996). Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times. Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc.

Our lives are constantly changing from day to day. The real question is if the changes are for the better or worse. One of the caveats of sin is that we can easily rationalize away accountability for sins. However, this is not the life of one saved through the work of Christ on the cross. We are called to not only repent from these sins, but to also turn away from these sins. In this turning we fix our eyes back to the Cross.

I ran across this illustration while preparing for an upcoming sermon. It evoked thoughts of television, music, movies, etc… that we readily consume for our own selfish purposes. I remember long ago a pastor speaking similar words in regards to a movie a group of us were planning to see. It was one of “those” man movies and as such included the deadly cocktail of sex, drugs, violence, and profanity. I remember distinctly him, he would not pollute his mind, body, or soul… that this time could and should be better spent in God’s Word.

I admit in my early years I was guilty to listening to DMX, Eninem, Eazy-E, NWA, etc to get ready for… church league basketball games. I look back on that time and see the effects the beats and lyrics had on my mindset. Every once in a while I have tried to harness that effects of the music to workout and the results are much different. It is more distracting and weakening of my overall being. To say this change is simply the by product of growing up. In reality it is the life altering/changing of God’s Word in my life.

When I was younger I did foolish things, but as I have grown older I have put those foolish things aside. There is work to be done, lost sheep to be found, and God’s Word to proclaim… Time is short and Jesus could come back at any time. Do you really have time to be wasting on things contrary what the Lord has taught us.

Thoughts???


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