Dig deeper into Scripture with these blog posts and articles curated for pastors. Gain meaningful insights to share with your congregation members.
Why Use the Guided by Truth Enduring Faith Confirmation Journal
Pastor Lee Hopf shares why the Guided by Truth: Enduring Faith Confirmation Journal is unique compared to other confirmation formats. Learn how the journal can help your confirmation students go deepe
Overview of the Books of Moses
This blog post is adapted from the Lutheran Bible Companion. The Hebrew name for the Books of Moses is “Torah.” (The Greek title is “Pentateuch”). The conventional translation of “Torah”...
Jonah: An Overview
The Book of Jonah applies the theme of repentance both to the prophet and to the people of Nineveh. The events related in the book explore the nature of God’s mercy and patience as well as...
Three Tips to Find Focus in a Distracting Culture
Once, my pastor asked me if I liked his reference to Shakespeare in his sermon. I should have been able to laugh with him and comment that I appreciated the way it connected to the Gospel...
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So You Want to Be a Pastor’s Wife? – Part 1
A few months back, I wrote a post about how you can support your pastor’s wife. In it, I mentioned that because the role of the pastor’s wife comes with so many challenging aspects, there...
Digging Deeper into Scripture: John 14:1–14
Having just passed my fiftieth birthday, I am well into adulthood. I noticed several years ago that I not only look but also behave like my father. My hands are an excellent example. The...
Obadiah: An Overview
The book of Obadiah, although the shortest of the twelve minor prophets, has much to teach us today about spiritual arrogance and unfaithfulness. Looking forward to Christ, this short book...
Guiding Students through Confirmation | CPH Podcast with Rev. Lee Hopf
In this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast, Pastor Lee Hopf joins Elizabeth Pittman to discuss the importance of confirmation and how we can help our students to be confident in their i
Digging Deeper into Scripture: Matthew 28:1-10
Can you recall a time when someone assured you that something would happen, and eventually it did? Your mother assures you that continued misbehavior will result in punishment. Your friend...
The Origin of Scapegoat
What does an Old Testament book like Leviticus have to teach us about Jesus' death and resurrection? The Concordia Commentary volume on Leviticus clearly teaches us the connection between...
Lies About Human Nature and the Truth that Sets Us Free | CPH Podcast with Rev. Christopher Esget
Pastor and author Christopher Esget joins Elizabeth Pittman on this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast to discuss his new book (Dis)Ordered: Lies about Human Nature and the Truth That S
An Overview of Amos
Perhaps the most important aspect of biblical interpretation is understanding what the message meant to its original audience and how that translates to life today. The following is an...
Digging Deeper into Scripture: Exodus 17:1–7
I have seen Star Wars too many times. Wait, is that possible? When I say I’ve seen Star Wars, I mean the original movie from May 1977, which started the whole franchise. I am dating myself...
Jesus Said What? | CPH Podcast with Rev. Dr. Chris Kennedy
In this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast, host Elizabeth Pittman is joined by Pastor Chris Kennedy. The duo discuss his new book, Jesus Said What? and some of our Savior’s words that
Joel: An Overview
The time period in which the book of Joel was written is debated amongst scholars, much like the time periods of other prophets. What scholars can agree on is the genre, characters, and...
A Closer Look at Using Walking Together at Your Church
Discipleship is not meant to be done alone. Walking Together: Simple Steps for Discipleship by author Pastor Ted Doering is a Bible study intended for a group setting and written to...
Digging Deeper into Scripture: Matthew 17:1–9
An interesting phenomenon takes place at Halloween. Mom and Dad get dressed up in costume in anticipation of attending a party or taking the children trick-or-treating. Oftentimes their...
Understanding Hosea's Marriage to Gomer
The Lord and Israel are major characters in the Book of Hosea, but the drama of their relationship is acted out in the persons of Hosea and his unfaithful wife, Gomer. She bore him three...
Support for the Pastor’s Wife and Family: Bust the Fishbowl Mentality
I never wanted to marry into the ministry.There. I said it. Whew.The life that corresponds to marrying a church worker—whether pastor, chaplain, missionary, or so on—is messy and...
Digging Deeper into Scripture: Matthew 2:1–12
When I work with couples in premarital counseling, there is a point at which we discuss leaving and cleaving, based on the creation account. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his...