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Ramon Contreras: Faith on the Border

Posted on 7/26/2018 by Magazine Editorial Team - 7 minute read

Ramon Contreras, MA ’04, coordinator of Lutheran Border Concerns Ministries (LBCM) in San Diego, has established a unique partnership with his alma mater, hosting and training groups of CUI students annually as they build homes, serve at orphanages and worship in churches south of the border.

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Tags: community, development, faith, leadership

Virginia Slusser is making a difference

Virginia Slusser: Making a Difference

Posted on 3/22/2018 by Magazine Editorial Team - 5 minute read

Not many people outlive their life insurance policies. At 100 years old, CUI donor Virginia Hoffman Slusser just did.

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Tags: faith, development

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Leaving on a high note: President Krueger announces his retirement

Posted on 3/13/2018 by Magazine Editorial Team - 9 minute read

Kurt Krueger, president of Concordia University Irvine since 2010—and CUI English professor and provost before that—will retire in July, leaving the university in perhaps the strongest state academically, missionally and financially in its history.

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Tags: faith, leadership

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Above the Flood: Servant Leadership Award Recipient Chris Singer

Posted on 3/12/2018 by Magazine Editorial Team - 5 minute read

Rev. Chris Singer ’91, MA ’03, is the recipient of the 2018 Servant Leadership Award, which he will receive at Concordia’s annual Gala of Stars in April 2018.

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Tags: leadership, faith, community

The Reformation: Still Shaping Futures

Posted on 1/8/2018 by Magazine Editorial Team - 3 minute read

The Reformation transformed not only religion but education, in ways that are still shaping the world we live in.

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Tags: faith

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Always Reforming

Posted on 10/30/2017 by Unknown - 2 minute read

Five hundred years ago, an Augustinian monk, reading Scripture, rediscovered Christianity’s central teaching. Salvation does not come from human works or efforts but is a free gift of God’s grace alone, received by faith alone, in Christ alone. Martin Luther was troubled by practices and teachings in his church that obscured this truth. So he tried to open a dialog about these issues, posting theses for discussion and debate. Those theses lit a fire that still burns. The core of the Reformation was simply the proclamation of the Gospel for all.

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Luther and Biblical Interpretation

Posted on 10/23/2017 by Unknown - 1 minute read

The most famous event of 1517 is Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses. However, in the same year Luther reached a milestone that may be even more significant: when he finally abandoned the medieval method of interpreting the Bible.

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We are Beggars. This is True

Posted on 10/13/2017 by Unknown - 1 minute read

His final word was a short note in which he wrote briefly about the riches of Holy Scripture. “Let nobody suppose that he has tasted the Holy Scriptures sufficiently unless he has ruled over the churches with the prophets for a hundred years” (AE 54:76). Having himself translated the Bible into German, taught numerous classes, preached many sermons, and written volumes expositing the Word of God, this was his conclusion. He had not tasted the Word sufficiently. There were still more riches and blessings to be discovered.

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Producing Fruit

Posted on 10/2/2017 by Unknown - 1 minute read

Faith or works? Reformation era debates about the distinction and place of faith and works continue today. The debate rears its head as some insist that Christianity must produce “results.” We see it in Bible studies and Sunday school lessons that confuse the Gospel of Jesus Christ with moral instruction. At its worst, Some Christians think that their salvation is based on their being a “good person.”

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Posted on 9/21/2017 by Unknown - 1 minute read

Martin Luther valued prayer. Once he wrote a short book for his barber, Peter Beskendorf, called “A Simple Way to Pray” (AE 43:193-211). In it, Luther described a pattern of devotions for his friend, noting that it was his own practice. He prayed the Lord’s Prayer, considering how each petition addressed his situation that day. Elsewhere, he demonstrated the same idea with prayers based on the Ten Commandments and the Creed. In these reflections, he looked to each teaching for instruction, thanksgiving, confession, and petition

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