Archive for November, 2011

The Unexpected Rend of the Heavens Sermon

November 27, 2011

Isaiah 64:1-9 the appointed Old Testament text for the 1st Sunday in Advent was our focus for this morning. How could Isaiah ask the Lord to rend the heavens and come down? How could Isaiah pray to God and refer to him as “our Father” or “our Redeemer?” Questions like this and others are answered in Isaiah’s text. We also take a look at how our liturgy today points directly to the coming Advent, either the celebration of Christ’s birth or constant reminder that Christ is returning again… We do not know the day or the hour, but we are urgently witnessing to both God’s children and His lost children.

BSLC Florissant Sermon 8:00 am Sunday 11/27/2011 Advent 1 from Jim Steinbruegge on Vimeo.

Thanksgiving: Jesus Christ, the Barrier Breaker

November 26, 2011

What will you be giving thanks for on Thanksgiving? What does the Jesus healing the ten lepers have to do with Thanksgiving? What does MDOT have to do with the lepers? Before sitting down to watch the parades and/or NFL games… before preparing to shop the early sales on Friday… Blessed Savior would like to help you start off Thanksgiving with God’s Word and celebration of Holy Communion. Join us as Vicar Ekong unpacks the “Healing of the Ten Lepers.”

BSLC Florissant Sermon Thursday 11/24/2011 Thanksgiving from Jim Steinbruegge on Vimeo.

Third Multi-Ethnic Symposium Slated for January 2012

November 18, 2011


November 18, 2011

ST. LOUIS—The third Multi-Ethnic Symposium will be held Jan. 30-31, 2012, at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. This year’s topic is “Gifts of Hope,” which will identify the gifts of cultural diversity that inform and enliven the fullness of the Body of Christ in a unity not bound to one culture but embodying the contributions of many cultures.

The symposium will begin with worship in the Seminary’s chapel at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 30 and conclude at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

The keynote introduction on theology and culture will be given by Dr. Leopoldo Sánchez, director of the Center For Hispanic Studies, with reaction and further presentation from the perspective of the social sciences by Dr. Jack Schulz (Concordia University-Irvine) and from a missiological perspective by Dr. Douglas Rutt (Lutheran Hour Ministries).

Reflections from cultural backgrounds will include: Rev. William and Mrs. Patricia Main, co-directors of the Haskell Lighthouse Campus Ministry; Rev. John Deang, Missionary-at-Large to African immigrants for the Nebraska District; Ms. Melissa Salomon, mission planting team of Concordia Lutheran Church, Chula Vista, Calif.; and Rev. Andrew Okai, Rev. Kou Seying, and Rev. Andy Wu, among others.

The symposium will be followed on Tuesday evening by the 7th Annual Lecture in Hispanic/Latino Theology and Missions. The topic will be “Dealing with Culture in Theological Formation,” led by Rev. Gregory Klotz, associate professor at Taylor University. This lecture will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Werner Auditorium on the Seminary campus.

Congregations and church leaders are encouraged to attend. To register, please visit and fill out the registration form found under “Continuing Education.”

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Pre-Lenten Workshop Offered at Concordia Seminary

November 18, 2011

November 17, 2011

ST. LOUIS—Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will offer a one-day pre-Lenten workshop for pastors on Friday, January 20, 2012 called “Seeing is Not Believing: The Passion Story in Mark.”

Those following the three-year lectionary will hear Mark’s unique voice this year. Mid-week Lenten services offer the opportunity to contemplate Mark’s account of Christ’s passion, which is not part of the Sunday lectionary cycle.

Pastors will gather from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Presidents’ Room on the Seminary campus. The morning will focus on an overview of Mark and exegesis of Mark’s passion and resurrection account, led by Dr. James Voelz. Following lunch (included in registration fee), weekly service themes will be explained by Seminary professors Drs. Voelz, Jeffrey Gibbs, Joel Biermann, Charles Arand, and Kent Burreson. Included in the service themes will be Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Registration cost is $50, including all materials and lunch. A registration form can be found at under Continuing Education. For questions, call 314-505-7486 or email

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The Faithful Servant

November 13, 2011

What does it mean to be ready for the second coming? What are we to do with every blessing that God has bestowed upon us? Are we to envy those who have great talents? Is there some sort of gain for trading of our talent to another? The world tells us to not only gather worldly possessions, but to covet them. The world would have us apply our worldly norms on God’s blessing to us. What does that mean for you as Christians?

Seminary Announces New Admissions Event

November 10, 2011

November 10, 2011

ST. LOUIS—Perhaps you have considered the possibility of serving as a “Shepherd of God’s Flock” — a pastor, missionary, or chaplain — but you have questions such as:

How can I know for sure whether or not I should be a pastor?
What does the Bible say about being a pastor?
What does a pastor, missionary, or chaplain do?
What are the joys and challenges that they face?
Is there a need for them?

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, invites you to explore these questions and more in a relaxed, retreat-like atmosphere on the Seminary campus at an event called Shepherds of God’s Flock on January 5, 2012.

Designed for those in college or older, the retreat will focus on the spiritual and personal aspects of the decision-making process. During this one-day event, you will: mine the depths of the Scriptures concerning this office; hear from pastors, missionaries, and chaplains concerning the joys and challenges of their service; talk with other retreat guests from around the country who are contemplating such service; worship with the Seminary community in chapel; and talk with current Seminary students about their decisions to prepare for such service.

There is no cost to attend. All meals and lodging will be provided free of charge. Dress is casual. Please bring a Bible. Wives, fiancées, and girlfriends are also encouraged to attend. Participants are encouraged to stay through Friday, January 6, to attend “Green and Gold Days,” allowing for time to sit in on Seminary classes.

For more information or to register, contact Concordia Seminary admissions at 800-822-9545 or

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