CPH wishes to congratulate Dr. Curtis P. Giese on being named Humanities Division Chairman at Concordia University Texas. Dr. Giese, a professor of religion at Concordia Texas, is New Testament editor in the Concordia Commentary series and author of the 2 Peter and Jude commentary in the same series. His new role as chairman, supporting faculties in English, History, Theology, and Foreign Languages, will officially begin July 1, 2013. Dr. Giese has been at Concordia Texas for nine years, teaching Greek and New Testament. Previously, he served seven years at Concordia University Ann Arbor and four years in the parish prior to Ann Arbor. He is co-author of Called to Be God’s People: An Introduction to the Old Testament (2006) and has contributed to Concordia Pulpit Resources, the Lutheran Study Bible, and German devotions for Tägliche Andachten and Feste Burg Andachtsbuch.
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Martin Luther’s preaching during Eastertide in 1544 and 1545 provided his listeners with four sermons on 1 Corinthians 15, the great resurrection chapter of St. Paul. “It would be better,” Luther wrote, “to give this season its due and, between Easter and Pentecost, for the instruction and comfort of the people, to give a thorough exposition of the article concerning both Christ’s resurrection and our own—that is, the resurrection of all the dead—on the basis of the preaching of the apostles, such as the fifteenth chapter of St. Paul’s first Epistle to the Corinthians, all of which deals with the resurrection of the dead” [WA 21:349–50]. The sermons emphasized the assurance of the general resurrection; the ways in which Christians can “read” nature and be assured of God’s miraculous power to bring life out of death; and the unity of Christ’s resurrection with the resurrection of Christians, which means Christ’s victory over death also belongs to Christians.
For your Eastertide reflection, the following is a condensed version of the third sermon, on 1 Cor. 15:51–53. Here Luther contrasts the “bearable” divine speech in the present preaching of the Word with the unbearable sounds of the Last Day: the shout of the angel and the trumpet of God. The Christian should always keep the Last Day in mind, Luther says, as they fulfill their vocations in the world faithfully, remembering the last trumpet while enjoying the “eating, drinking, good cheer, and happiness” that God grants as a benevolent Father—but not mocking God and the last judgment with security amid unrepentant sin. [Read more…] about An Eastertide Reflection from Martin Luther