Dr. Steven Hein
Dr. Steven A. Hein currently serves as Director of The Concordia Institute for Christian Studies, an organization that offers auxiliary educational services to pastors and church gatherings across the country and in West Africa. He also serves as an affiliate professor at The Institute of Lutheran Theology and Colorado Christian University.
He has previously served for over two decades as a professor of Theology at Concordia University, Chicago. He earned his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, a Master of Theology in Systematic Theology fromTrinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Historical Theology from St. Louis University.
We are all familiar with Paul’s thematic declaration in Romans that the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16). The Gospel is that power because it does everything that needs to be done to save sinners. It bestows the saving gifts and works faith.
There was a great cartoon that recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal. A bewildered man is depicted in Hell standing in front of a smirking Devil with the caption: How can I be here? I didn’t believe any of this stuff.
There is a tragic parable that repeats itself all too frequently in many of our best parishes and Christian homes. While it has many variations, there are common threads that run through all its versions.
I love Robert Capon’s reference to Luke 14 as containing the Party Parables of Jesus. Luke reports Jesus at a dinner engagement instructing His Pharisee host and guests about the kind of party etiquette that reflects feasting in the Kingdom of God.
Do you know the paradox about the beloved who has the complete love of her lover? She has it all, but she always needs more. She is still in need of his love, not just reminders of his love.
The Parable of the Prodigal Son reflects some of the most outrageous aspects of the grace of God. Wretched living cannot void it and it’s gifted-ness never assumes a shred of individual merit or virtue. Even the most offensive behaviors on our part cannot cancel or diminish God’s desire to treat us with nothing but pure grace.
It was the last thesis in The Proper Distinction between Law and Gospel that C.F.W. Walther declared that the Gospel must predominate the preaching and teaching of Servants of the Word. What did he mean by that, Virginia?
When the work is all done, when the task is completed, when what must be accomplished is achieved, when all is finally finished—well then, it’s time to rest.
Not too long ago when MS Windows operating systems were rather unstable and prone to crash, my computer employed a set of Windows audio sounds and commands taken from one of my favorite TV series, Star Trek: The Next Generation.
What comes to us at Christmas is not a great seasonal bargain to enhance our happy holidays. It is the priceless gift of God’s Son