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Barbara Shippy

Barbara Shippy was an associate editor at Concordia Publishing House. She attended the University of Missouri—Columbia, where she studied journalism and French. Barbara and her husband enjoy going to baseball games, traveling, and playing on the worship team at church.

Recent Posts by Barbara Shippy

Q&A with Rev. Matthew Harrison and Rev. John Pless, General Editors of Closed Communion?

Rev. Matthew Harrison and Rev. John Pless teamed up together to offer the Church a wonderful collection of essays that brings together the best of the old and the new on the topic of closed Communion. Featuring essays from Luther, Elert, Sasse, Pieper, and a variety of contemporary authors—including practical essays that address today's ministry context—this book serves to assist pastors and laity in understanding the biblical and confessional basis for closed Communion.

First Look: The Necessary Distinction

What happens when the distinction between the Law and Gospel in the Bible is blurred? Arrogant sinners gain a false sense of security toward God based on their own works and self-righteousness. Broken sinners see God's lofty standards and despair that they will ever be free of their guilt and sin. Congregations begin adopting the views of the culture around them. It may not seem like a big deal, but keeping these two main teachings of Scripture clear and distinct is essential to know where we stand with God.

First Look: Confessing the Gospel: A Lutheran Approach to Systematic Theology

Confessing the Gospel: A Lutheran Approach to Systematic Theology is a new, two-volume dogmatics that is the culmination of a decades-long project that began in the 1980s. It has been almost a century since the Missouri Synod last published a new dogmatics, the most recent being Francis Pieper’s three-volume Christliche Dogmatik, which was published between 1917 and 1924.

First Look: Martin Luther’s Basic Exegetical Writings

Luther’s Reformation is often seen through the lens of his formal theological writings, such as the Ninety-Five Theses, Babylonian Captivity of the Church, Freedom of a Christian, and Bondage of the Will. These important and significant works belong to any study of the Reformation. Often overlooked, however, are Luther’s many lectures, sermons, and commentaries on the Bible. In Luther’s day, the ordinary pastors and laypeople of Germany came to know and embrace the Reformation because of Luther’s lectures at the University of Wittenberg and his sermons at the city church. Although many excellent anthologies of Luther’s theological writings exist, until now there has not been a comparable volume of Luther’s commentaries on the Bible. Martin Luther’s Basic Exegetical Writings fills this gap by providing significant excerpts from the reformer’s career as an interpreter of Scripture.

Q&A with Rev. Dr. John Kleinig, Author of the Hebrews Concordia Commentary

Rev. Dr. John Kleinig is an esteemed theologian who is a pastor of the Lutheran Church of Australia. He is also a professor emeritus at the Australian Lutheran College in the University of Divinity, Adelaide, Australia. In addition to being a published author, Rev. Kleinig has taught pastors and missionaries serving in various countries, including the United States, Canada, New Guinea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, India, and South Africa.

Q&A with Dr. Alvin J. Schmidt, Author of Hallmarks of Lutheran Identity

Since the time Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Lutheran theology has survived centuries of political, religious, and societal pressures that challenged its foundational teachings. But this question remains: Do Lutherans today understand their theological heritage well enough to maintain and defend their unique beliefs when outside pressures dismiss them as irrelevant to modern-day Christianity?

In his latest work, Hallmarks of Lutheran Identity, author Alvin Schmidt sets forth more than twenty important practices, doctrines, and beliefs that distinguish the Lutheran Church from all other denominations to deepen your understanding of Lutheran theology and its rich historical traditions. After reading this book, you will be able to confidently answer the question “What do Lutherans believe?”

Check out our Q&A with Rev. Dr. Alvin Schmidt to learn more about him, his latest book, and his passion for teaching others about the Lutheran Church and its historic teachings and beliefs.