On January 2, the Church commemorates the life and work of Wilhelm Loehe. Although Loehe lived his entire life in Germany, his teaching and mission efforts affected the world. His work was formative in the establishment of many American congregations as well as Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne.
Erika Geiger’s The Life, Work, and Influence of Wilhelm Loehe, 1808–1872, translated from the German by Rev. Wolf Knappe, outlines the impact Loehe had throughout his life. The following excerpt describes Loehe’s meeting with C. F. W. Walther and Friedrich Wyneken (the first and second presidents, respectively, of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod) during their trip to Germany. [Read more…] about In Commemoration of Wilhelm Loehe
Psalmody: Psalm 102:13–17
Additional Psalm: Psalm 85
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 2:1–22
Additional Reading: Isaiah 3:1–4:6
New Testament Reading: 1 Peter 1:13–25
Prayer of the Day
Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (L02)
Upon a person’s death, his assets are generally divided among his family members. His spouse along with his children will receive certain portions of his estate as stipulated by his will. These portions are usually referred to as inheritances. [Read more…] about A Devotion for November 28
Coming soon from Concordia Publishing House, Concordia Commentary: 1 Samuel contains author Andrew Steinmann’s original translation of the Book of 1 Samuel, verse-by-verse analysis of the Hebrew text, and a theological exposition of its message, both in its original setting in ancient Israel and for the Church today. Throughout the commentary, Steinmann provides extensive background information about the history, chronology, geography, archaeology, and culture that is needed to understand this biblical book.
Read the following excerpt to get a sneak peek at this newest addition to the Concordia Commentary series.
Introduction to the Book of Samuel
Some of the most memorable accounts from Israel’s history are found in the book of Samuel: Hannah’s prayer for a son, God calling to the boy Samuel at night in the tabernacle, the capture of the ark of the covenant and the death of Eli, the ark causing disease and panic in Philistia, Saul seeking to pin David to the wall of his palace with his spear, David and Goliath, and David and Bathsheba. These incidents are told with skill, allowing readers to feel the tension, pathos, triumphs, and failures of Israel and its kings.
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the thirty-first volume in the Concordia Commentary series, 1 Samuel, written by Dr. Andrew Steinmann. In addition to being a prolific author (this is his fourth commentary in the series and only one of many other books he has written), Dr. Steinmann is also the Distinguished Professor of Theology and Hebrew at Concordia University Chicago. Read the Q&A below to find out more about Dr. Steinmann, his ministry, and his newest commentary.
Featuring detailed biographical sketches and first-time English translations of some of the most well-known and respected writings from the era of Lutheran Orthodoxy (1580–1700), Lives and Writings of the Great Fathers of the Lutheran Church offers today’s readers a treasure chest of knowledge and insight into the great teachers and their writings from this oft-forgotten and misunderstood era of the Lutheran Church.
The following was excerpted from Gerhard Bode’s chapter, in which he offers a thoughtful and comprehensive biography of Lutheran educator and pastor Conrad Dieterich (1575–1639), a man best known for his educational and catechetical writings, as well as a select translation of Dieterich’s Catechismus Predigt.