Category Archives: Pastoral Formation

articles related to seminary, pastoral education, and pastoral formation

Reading Luther

As we enter this 500th year celebration of the Reformation, the danger is that we might read about Martin Luther. However, how refreshing it might be to read what Luther actually wrote. Obviously Luther wrote more than most of us … Continue reading

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Not Chosen? — Chosen!

I am teaching Ephesians in ALTS this quarter, the third time I have done so. Instead of getting bored with it, I find that Paul’s letter is deeper than when I first read it 55 years ago, deeper than when … Continue reading

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Framework: Two Kinds of Righteousness

One of the key insights that Luther and others highlighted is this topic. In their study of the Scripture they saw that Scripture talks about righteousness in two different ways: righteousness before God and righteousness before people. Coram Deo (before … Continue reading

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Framework for Lutheran Theology

Theological Prolegomena—the name of our one our seminary courses. That’s a mouthful. So what is it? Crudely translated: “Forward to Theology.” As I began developing the courses for our seminary my focus was on the core courses in the four areas … Continue reading

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Law and Gospel Intro

C. F. W. Walther had taught at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. But he also gave evening lectures of a more practical nature. In the fall of 1884 he began a series of lectures on Law and Gospel, not doctrinal lectures, but … Continue reading

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Pastoral Formation and Churchmanship

I had posted this a year ago last month. But I think it needs to be read again… by me and other church leaders. ============== When someone raises the issue of pastoral formation and seminary education, the focus always leans to … Continue reading

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Abuse and Hermeneutics

Note: If this article hits too close to home—stop reading and call your counselor or pastor now. ======================================= Wow! What a combination! How can either of these be related? I have considered this for the past few weeks and hope … Continue reading

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