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PILGRIMAGE Concordia Theological Seminary Admission Bulletin OFFICE OF ADMISSION CONTACT INFORMATION Phone Numbers E-mail (800) 481-2155 (260) 452-2155 DEAN OF STUDENTS Rev. Thomas Zimmerman DIRECTOR OF ADMISSION Rev. John Dreyer ADMISSION COUNSELORS Rev. Randall Wurschmidt Rev. Andrew Yeager RELOCATION COORDINATOR Marsha Zimmerman WEBPAGE Any information is subject to change without notice. If you would like to be placed on the Pilgrimage mailing list, please contact the Admission Office by phone, e-mail or write: Office of Admission Concordia Theological Seminary 6600 North Clinton Street Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825 Fall 2012 Volume Fifteen, Issue Three Preaching in Nineveh and Athens By Rev. Andrew T. Yeager he Book of Jonah opens with a mighty tempest. We read of the sailors on Jonah’s boat, described as “mariners [who] were afraid, and each cried out to his god.”1 In the Book of Acts, we see St. Paul pressing through crowds in Athens, happening upon an altar raised to an unknown god.2 T Both of these passages have something in common. Luther himself taught that our natural reason knows of God vaguely. We know of God through His rule over this world. But when we try to imagine God, when we really try reach up to heaven and grasp who He is, our minds, being corrupted by original sin, will always miss the mark. Jonah’s compatriots worshiped an array of gods—none were real; Athens’ god was one whom had, as the Athenians themselves admitted, hidden himself from them. Today, there are so many different conceptions of god that modern life has been called a totality that says nothing because it tries to say everything. Our theories about God are as subjective and up-in-the-air as they’ve always been. But the God of whom we can be totally certain is the God who comes to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. He is the God who comes to us now in the Divine Service. ere, all our doubts and apprehensions meet an end as we receive what is real and sure and firm– our Incarnate Savior, Mighty Lord and His 1 Jonah 1:5. Acts 17:23. 3 Jonah 3:4. 2 promise of forgiveness. is God is all about the surety of faith, the confidence of a soul captivated by the will of his own Creator and Redeemer. ere is God–not hidden, but revealed–the place where He Himself speaks, where He Himself wills to be for you. ere the Words do what they say; create faith in us, causing us to place our certain trust on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ. So, how is all of this related to the vocation of pastor? Because the Word we receive in the Divine Service is a Word embodied, coming through one of God’s own creatures–your pastor. Your pastor, who has been given the preaching office (German: predigtamt), is called and sent, not by man but by God, to convict you of sin and forgive you by the Holy Absolution. God’s own voice is found in his. God’s will toward you is manifest in the proclamation of His preacher, as it had been throughout all the company of the Holy Prophets and Apostles before you. In this preaching you can finally rest assured. Aer Jonah received the command from God saying, “call out to [Nineveh] the call I am about to speak to you,” Jonah enters Nineveh’s streets, warning the city that “Yet in forty days, Nineveh is about to be changed.”3 God’s Word

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