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Overcoming Barriers: Helping Navy Chaplains Understand The Need And Implementation Of Self-Care, Carl Muehler Jun 2019

Overcoming Barriers: Helping Navy Chaplains Understand The Need And Implementation Of Self-Care, Carl Muehler

Doctor of Ministry Major Applied Project

Muehler, Carl B. “Overcoming Barriers: Helping Navy Chaplains Understand the Need and Implementation of Self-care.” Doctor of Ministry. Major Applied Project, Concordia Seminary, 2019. 115 pp.

The Navy Chaplain serves with Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard personnel throughout the world and often in challenging environments including at sea and combat operations. The Navy Chaplain is unique because the chaplain has complete confidentiality and may be the only caregiver with a deployed unit, which can take its toll on the chaplain. Self-care is critical for the chaplain on a personal level and to maintain effectiveness in the support to the personnel ...


A Narrative Inquiry Of The Lived Experience Of Three Female Assemblies Of God Lead Pastors, Ryan Harris May 2019

A Narrative Inquiry Of The Lived Experience Of Three Female Assemblies Of God Lead Pastors, Ryan Harris

Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation

Harris, Ryan L. “A Narrative Inquiry into the Lived Experience of Three Female Assemblies of God Lead Pastors.” Ph.D. diss., Concordia Seminary, 2019. 396 pp.

This study utilizes qualitative narrative inquiry to examine the lived experience of three female Assemblies of God lead pastors. It does so to investigate the following research question: Given the complex and inconsistent history and present reality faced by women in the Assemblies of God, how do the participants in this study narrate their lived experience as lead pastors in Assemblies of God churches?

To engage in this investigation, the study begins by explaining ...


Theological And Financial Integrity In Church Budgeting: A Study Of The Effects Of Budget Theory Education Using A Two Kinds Of Righteousness Framework, R. Brian Stolarczyk May 2019

Theological And Financial Integrity In Church Budgeting: A Study Of The Effects Of Budget Theory Education Using A Two Kinds Of Righteousness Framework, R. Brian Stolarczyk

Doctor of Ministry Major Applied Project

Stolarczyk, R., Brian “THEOLOGICAL AND FINANCIAL INTEGRITY IN CHURCH BUDGETING: A STUDY OF THE EFFECTS OF BUDGET THEORY EDUCATION USING A TWO KINDS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS FRAMEWORK.” Doctor of Ministry. Major Applied Project, Concordia Seminary, 2019. 182 pp.

The operating budget at Lutheran Church of the Cross, Port Charlotte, FL emphasized the management of God’s gifts but did not adequately emphasize their primary relationship with God during the budgetary process and did not strongly connect the budget with their congregational mission. A three-hour seminar was developed to teach budget theory and the Lutheran doctrine of the two kinds of righteousness ...


Congregational Stewardship Education Following A Capital Campaign, Thomas Heren May 2019

Congregational Stewardship Education Following A Capital Campaign, Thomas Heren

Doctor of Ministry Major Applied Project

Heren, Thomas L. “Congregational Stewardship Following A Capital Campaign.” Doctor of Ministry. Major Applied Project, Concordia Seminary, 2019. 170 pp.

This Major Applied Project will examine the effectiveness of the stewardship education process during a recent capital campaign which was held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Washington, IL. The capital campaign was held from May 2013 through April 2016. An assessment of the educational process was made through a variety of means. First, data was collected showing the giving habits of the congregation before, during and after the capital campaign was completed. Second, congregation members that were active members ...


Attending To The Beauty Of Creation And The New Creation, Charles Arand, Erik Herrmann Apr 2019

Attending To The Beauty Of Creation And The New Creation, Charles Arand, Erik Herrmann

ConcordiaPages

The beauty of the earth, in all its intricacies, is a gift of the creator to us. And its value is not practical or ethical, but is given to us simply to delight us even as God delights in it. And it is powerful. N. T. Wright notes that beauty, whether in God’s creation or in human art, “is sometimes so powerful that it evokes our very deepest feelings of awe, wonder, gratitude, and reverence.”1 Beauty blossoms into appreciation for God’s creation and love of the creator.


"Using Luther’S Small Catechism As A Family Devotional" A Study Of Family Prayer At Messiah Lutheran Church Hays, Kansas 2018, Rocco Mallardi Apr 2019

"Using Luther’S Small Catechism As A Family Devotional" A Study Of Family Prayer At Messiah Lutheran Church Hays, Kansas 2018, Rocco Mallardi

Doctor of Ministry Major Applied Project

Mallardi, Rocco J. “Using Luther’s Small Catechism as a Family Devotional.” A study of Family Prayer at Messiah Lutheran Church Hays, Kansas 2018.” Doctor of Ministry. Major Applied Project, Concordia Seminary, 2019. 153 pp.

The goal of this study was to seek an answer to the question: how can a church help parents teach the faith in the home? In search of an answer to this question I studied how Martin Luther answered the question. From this study I developed a Small Catechism based curriculum for families to use as they gather for prayer and the study of God ...


Das Ausleihen Des Geldes Im Lichte Des Gebotes Der Nächftenliebe, Un Known Feb 2019

Das Ausleihen Des Geldes Im Lichte Des Gebotes Der Nächftenliebe, Un Known

Digitized Pamphlets

A pamphlet on loaning money to your neighbor.


Metaphorical Imagery In Colossians: The Narrative Of Christian Living, Paul Muther Jan 2019

Metaphorical Imagery In Colossians: The Narrative Of Christian Living, Paul Muther

Master of Sacred Theology Thesis

Muther, Paul D. “Metaphorical Imagery in Colossians: The Narratives of Christian Living.” STM thesis, Concordia Seminary, 2019. 114 pp.

Although many recent theologians employ conceptual metaphor theory to the Bible’s imagery surrounding the Gospel, few apply the same theory to the metaphors of Christian living. Although many theologians develop models to demonstrate the overall picture of Christian living, few tease out the implications of individual metaphors throughout a given work.

By applying conceptual metaphor theory and Justin Rossow’s narrative analysis tool of the actantial model to the text of Paul’s letter to the Colossians, this STM thesis ...


“Visiting Iniquity Of Fathers Against Sons” In Exodus, Thomas Egger Jan 2019

“Visiting Iniquity Of Fathers Against Sons” In Exodus, Thomas Egger

Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation

Egger, Thomas J. “‘Visiting Iniquity of Fathers against Sons’ in Exodus.” Ph.D. diss., Concordia Seminary, 2018. 665 pp.

In two of the most important passages in Exodus (20:5 and 34:7), Yahweh describes himself as “visiting iniquity of fathers against sons, even against members of the third and fourth generations.” Missing in nearly every treatment of this phrase has been any sustained consideration of the phrase within the context of the Exodus narrative itself. Apart from such interpretive grounding, “visiting iniquity of fathers against sons” has shown itself susceptible to widely varied and contradictory readings and, especially, maximally ...


2018 Advent Devotional, Christian Jones, Austin Wellhousen, Justin Cullen, David Edwards, Benjamin Hayter, Coleman Geraci, Caleb Weight, Brian Muldowney, Kyle Will, Ian Thormodson, Samuel Fink, Will Fredstrom, Bradley Wellik, Nicholas Gonzalez, Ryan Maser, Alex Lahue, Chad Bolosan, Alvaro Witt Duarte, Gregory Moffitt, Adam Rodriguez, Luke Scheele Dec 2018

2018 Advent Devotional, Christian Jones, Austin Wellhousen, Justin Cullen, David Edwards, Benjamin Hayter, Coleman Geraci, Caleb Weight, Brian Muldowney, Kyle Will, Ian Thormodson, Samuel Fink, Will Fredstrom, Bradley Wellik, Nicholas Gonzalez, Ryan Maser, Alex Lahue, Chad Bolosan, Alvaro Witt Duarte, Gregory Moffitt, Adam Rodriguez, Luke Scheele

Other Student Publications

2018 Advent Devotions written by the students of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis


Best Practices In Lcms Congregational Mergers Into Multisite Ministries, Brian Hesse Dec 2018

Best Practices In Lcms Congregational Mergers Into Multisite Ministries, Brian Hesse

Doctor of Ministry Major Applied Project

Hesse, Brian J. “Best Practices in LCMS Congregational Mergers into Multisite Ministries.” Doctor of Ministry. Major Applied Project, Concordia Seminary, 2018. 171 pp.

In this MAP the process of a church merger is evaluated for the development of Best Practices in LCMS Congregational Mergers into Multisite Ministries. These best practices aredeveloped with special considerations towards LCMS ecclesiology, missiology and Martin Luther’s Distinction of God’s Two Kingdoms. Best practice recommendations are included for LCMS church mergers, especially for those congregations considering multisite ministry.


The Eclipse Of Elegance: Towards A Contemporary Lutheran Aesthetics Of Discipleship, Andrew Whaley Dec 2018

The Eclipse Of Elegance: Towards A Contemporary Lutheran Aesthetics Of Discipleship, Andrew Whaley

Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation

WHALEY, ANDREW D. “THE ECLISPE OF ELEGANCE: TOWARDS ACONTEMPORARY LUTHERAN AESTHETICS OF DISCIPLESHIP.” Ph.D. diss., Concordia Seminary, 2018. 214 pp.

It is no secret that, from the time of the Reformation Iconoclast controversy through the period of Pietism, and even into the twentieth century, aesthetics has had a troublesome existence in many, if not most, protestant denominations. This, of course, includes my own denomination, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. In such cases, aesthetics has unfortunately been forgotten, ignored, or viewed with such deep suspicion that its place in theology has been outright denied. The result is that the aesthetic ...


My Eyes Have Seen Your Consolation_ Παρακλησισ In Luke-Acts, Alexandre Vieira Dec 2018

My Eyes Have Seen Your Consolation_ Παρακλησισ In Luke-Acts, Alexandre Vieira

Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation

Vieira, Alexandre Teixeira. “My Eyes Have Seen Your Consolation: Παράκλησις in Luke-Acts.” Ph.D. diss., Concordia Seminary, 2018. 216 pp.

Luke describes Simeon as a faithful Jew who was “awaiting the consolation of Israel.” Many interpreters say that this description conveys Luke’s idea that there is a separate hope for the nation of Israel, which would be made manifest at some point in the future when the Messiah would bring about political deliverance for them. Others argue that, although Luke himself did not think that was the case, Simeon and other Jews in Luke’s narrative did, but the ...


The Myth Of “Righteous Anger” What The Bible Says About Human Anger, Jeffrey Gibbs Nov 2018

The Myth Of “Righteous Anger” What The Bible Says About Human Anger, Jeffrey Gibbs

ConcordiaPages

It is hard not to draw the conclusion that we live in a society that is characterized by constant anger and outrage. While it may not be unique to our current age, what is new is the way in which social media has provided a megaphone for expressing our anger, often to shame others into thinking and acting in ways we find acceptable. Of course, Christians are not immune either to feelings of anger (in so far as we are shaped by original sin) or the use of social media to express our outrage (in so far as we are ...


The Gospel-Centered Christian, Timothy Saleska Nov 2018

The Gospel-Centered Christian, Timothy Saleska

ConcordiaPages

When I was a seminarian back in 1980 we were less than six years distant from the synodical upheavals that came to a head in 1974. One of the documents that every seminarian was required to read in those days was the 1970 report of the LCMS Commission of Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) entitled, Gospel & Scripture. Prof. Harry Huth of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, who served as the primary drafter for the report, penned what is arguably one of the most important reports ever put out by the CTCR. Or at the very least, it was a very formative for an entire generation of seminarians like myself.

That report formed in us a distinctively Lutheran way of approaching the relationships between the Gospel and the Scriptures by identifying two boundaries to avoid within our culture. On the one hand, it distinguished Gospel centrality from Gospel reductionism (Gospel as norm in Scripture versus norm of Scripture) as had all too often happened in more liberal theologies on the left as a way to dismiss difficult passages of Scripture. On the other hand, it distinguished a Lutheran approach to the Bible from fundamentalist approaches on the right that was often modernist and rationalistic. That is to say, “Our view of the Bible is a result of our faith in the Gospel; our faith in the Gospel is not a result of our view of the Bible” (Gospel & Scripture, 15).

The issues it dealt with nearly fifty years ago remain in various forms today. And so here Dr. Timothy Saleska picks up the theses and central ...


Visualizing The Theology Of The Cross, Sarah Bernhardt Sep 2018

Visualizing The Theology Of The Cross, Sarah Bernhardt

Theological Symposia

An Art Exhibition during the 2018 Theological Symposium held in the Hasse Library main floor.

The photos from the Art Exhibit are located at Visualizing the Theology of the Cross.


Just Play: On Being Fully Human In Sport, Amy Gray Bird Aug 2018

Just Play: On Being Fully Human In Sport, Amy Gray Bird

Master of Art Theology Thesis

Bird, Amy, S.G. “Just Play: On Being Fully Human in Sport.” Master’s thesis, Concordia Seminary, 2018. 73 pp.

Is competing in competitive sport worthy of a Christian’s time, energy, and resources? If so, how does one compete in a God-pleasing way? Certainly, several factors are at work here, but to gain a theologically faithful understanding of sport this paper considers two concepts as vital: the Lutheran doctrine of vocation and the concept of leisure as articulated by Catholic moral theologian Josef Pieper. This thesis considers both vocation and leisure and explores how when taken together vocation and ...


Leonardo Boff’S Social-Environmental Ecology Exposition, Analysis, And Appropriation For Lutheran Theology, Alan Furst Jul 2018

Leonardo Boff’S Social-Environmental Ecology Exposition, Analysis, And Appropriation For Lutheran Theology, Alan Furst

Master of Art Theology Thesis

Furst, Alan Diego. “Leonardo Boff’s Social-Environmental Ecology: Exposition, Analysis, and Appropriation for Lutheran Theology.” MA Thesis, Concordia Seminary, 2018. 107pp.

Ecological issues throughout the world present an urgent need for a deepened theological approach to the doctrine of creation. In fact, recent studies have shown that such issues point to a more serious problem with the entire system at work shaping social relations today. This situation calls Christian theologians to rethink the doctrine of creation in light of ecological issues. This includes Lutheran theologians, who still need to address the current situation involving ecological issues and to offer reflections ...


Developing A Mentor-Method Of Evangelism At Redeemer Lutheran Church, Rolla, Missouri, Nathan Kuhlman May 2018

Developing A Mentor-Method Of Evangelism At Redeemer Lutheran Church, Rolla, Missouri, Nathan Kuhlman

Doctor of Ministry Major Applied Project

Kuhlman, Nathan, A. “Developing a Mentor-Method of Evangelism at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Rolla, Missouri.” D.Min. MAP, Concordia Seminary, 2018. 196pp.

Past models of evangelism are not as effective as they once were. To meet a changing, post-Christian culture, a model of evangelism that better speaks in today’s context is necessary. To address this need, this project was born. The purpose of this project was to develop and launch a mentor-method approach to evangelism at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Rolla, Missouri. This was accomplished through the launch of a pilot group of 12 test subjects from Redeemer who worked through ...


Grammars Of Transformation: Saving Evangelical Cultural Engagement, William Watts May 2018

Grammars Of Transformation: Saving Evangelical Cultural Engagement, William Watts

Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation

Watts, William J. “Grammars of Transformation: Saving Evangelical Cultural Engagement.” Ph.D. diss., Concordia Seminary, 2018. 137 pp.

Evangelical Christians have been struggling to offer a thorough and unified account of cultural engagement for the last several decades. H. Richard Niebuhr’s “Christ the Transformer of Culture” type has supplied evangelicals with the most influential rhetoric on the proper relationship of Christians and the church to the culture at large. However, this consensus is collapsing in the wake of new ways of speaking of cultural engagement that largely downplay or altogether avoid the language of transformation. The emergence of these ...


The Power Of God’S Word: Jeremiah Speaks To Kenya Today, Jared Otieno Magero May 2018

The Power Of God’S Word: Jeremiah Speaks To Kenya Today, Jared Otieno Magero

Master of Art Theology Thesis

Magero Jared Otieno “The power of God’s Word: Jeremiah speaks to Kenya today.” Master of Arts Thesis. Concordia Seminary, 2018. 106pp.

This thesis searched what moved Jeremiah to keep proclaiming God’s Word when the people opposed it, when by proclaiming God’s Word Jeremiah himself went through a lot of suffering and persecution, and when the people instead heard and delighted in the words of false prophets. My research explored how the theology of the powerful Word of God and the task of its proclaimer speak to my church in Kenya where, even though we are a confessional ...


Bringing Christ To The Neighbor Introduction- Session 01, Robert Kolb Apr 2018

Bringing Christ To The Neighbor Introduction- Session 01, Robert Kolb

Bringing Christ to the Neighbor

Dr. Kolb introduces the nine part Christian Witness workshop.

Included in this session is a link to download the Study Guide.


Sa Lenten Devotions 2018 "The Beloved Of God" Week 7, Bekah Karolus, Andrew Coop, Joshua Joshua Otterman, Anthony Diliberto Mar 2018

Sa Lenten Devotions 2018 "The Beloved Of God" Week 7, Bekah Karolus, Andrew Coop, Joshua Joshua Otterman, Anthony Diliberto

Other Student Publications

During the seventh week, let us focus our eyes on that cross, and as we see the Beloved hanging there in our place satisfying justice, let us take comfort in knowing that in this action He makes us His beloved children, gives us a new identity, and provides us with rest. And certain of the Resurrection to come, may we go forward in confidence and trust to carry this message of “foolishness” to the world in compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, just as our Lord came to use.


Sa Lenten Devotions 2018 “The Love Of God” Week 6, Daniel Warner, John Karolus, Jonathan Torreson, Elizabeth Pederson Mar 2018

Sa Lenten Devotions 2018 “The Love Of God” Week 6, Daniel Warner, John Karolus, Jonathan Torreson, Elizabeth Pederson

Other Student Publications

During the sixth week our writers explore the theme, “The Love of God” from various angles. It is at once more abundant, more steadfast, more truthful, more tender, and more powerful than ours.


Exploring What It Means To Be A Faithful Christian In Twenty-First Century America, Scott Busacker Mar 2018

Exploring What It Means To Be A Faithful Christian In Twenty-First Century America, Scott Busacker

Doctor of Ministry Major Applied Project

Busacker, Scott, M. “Exploring What It Means To Be a Faithful Christian in Twenty-First Century America.” Doctor of Ministry. Major Applied Project, Concordia Seminary, 2018. 187 pp.

This Major Applied Project seeks to explore what it means to be a faithful Christian in Twenty-First Century America. It explores the Biblical and Confessional Lutheran understanding of faithfulness. It then surveys the unique history of religion in America, highlighting the importance of both religious zeal and individual liberty. Christianity in America is going through a period of change. It is no longer culturally established. Thus, Christians need to deliberately consider how to ...


Sa Lenten Devotions 2018 “The Beloved On The Cross” Week 5, Jared Townley, Sam Handschke, Brad Singer, Cameron Harms Mar 2018

Sa Lenten Devotions 2018 “The Beloved On The Cross” Week 5, Jared Townley, Sam Handschke, Brad Singer, Cameron Harms

Other Student Publications

During the fifth week we take a turn in our meditations, returning again to the cross from our thoughts on discipleship last week. Instead of the foolishness of the cross, we see the beloved Son of God on the cross. We are invited to consider its foreshadowing in the Old Testament. We note the seemingly stark contrast between the beginning of His ministry when he had been called "my beloved Son" by the Father, and this day of his death.


Sa Lenten Devotions 2018 “The Foolishness Of Discipleship” Week 4, Chris Heaton, Bill Grueninger, Jeremiah Jording, Kendall Davis, Ben Spaulding Mar 2018

Sa Lenten Devotions 2018 “The Foolishness Of Discipleship” Week 4, Chris Heaton, Bill Grueninger, Jeremiah Jording, Kendall Davis, Ben Spaulding

Other Student Publications

During the fourth week, with the help of several students, we explore and meditate on some of these calls just a bit, as we consider this “foolishness” of discipleship.


Sa Lenten Devotions 2018 "The Foolishness Of The Cross" Week 3, Hayden Lukas, Jarod Koenig, Daniel Clemens, Joel Newton, Joshua Ulm Feb 2018

Sa Lenten Devotions 2018 "The Foolishness Of The Cross" Week 3, Hayden Lukas, Jarod Koenig, Daniel Clemens, Joel Newton, Joshua Ulm

Other Student Publications

During this third week we consider the “foolishness of the cross” from several vantage points.


Sa Lenten Devotions 2018 "The 'Foolishness' Of God" Week 2, Sam Sessa, Andrew Belt, Jeremiah Jording, Jaron Melin, Noah Kegley Feb 2018

Sa Lenten Devotions 2018 "The 'Foolishness' Of God" Week 2, Sam Sessa, Andrew Belt, Jeremiah Jording, Jaron Melin, Noah Kegley

Other Student Publications

During this second week we take a look at “The Foolishness of God.”


Sa Lenten Devotions 2018 "The Fool" Week 1, Ahren Reiter, Ryan Maser Feb 2018

Sa Lenten Devotions 2018 "The Fool" Week 1, Ahren Reiter, Ryan Maser

Other Student Publications

During this first week we focus on the theme of “The Fool.” May our God bless your Lenten journey!