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Sarah Steiner

At CPH since 2009, Sarah Steiner was a production editor for the professional and academic book team. She worked on many academic titles, including coordinating the peer review books, and also helped out with Bible resource projects.

Recent Posts by Sarah Steiner

Q&A with Dr. Andrew Steinmann, Author of Concordia Commentary: 1 Samuel

Dr. Andrew SteinmannWe are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the thirty-first volume in the Concordia Commentary series, 1 Samuel, written by Dr. Andrew Steinmann. In addition to being a prolific author (this is his fourth commentary in the series and only one of many other books he has written), Dr. Steinmann is also the Distinguished Professor of Theology and Hebrew at Concordia University Chicago. Read the Q&A below to find out more about Dr. Steinmann, his ministry, and his newest commentary.

Lutheran Church Father Conrad Dieterich on the Importance of Teaching the Faith


Featuring detailed biographical sketches and first-time English translations of some of the most well-known and respected writings from the era of Lutheran Orthodoxy (1580–1700), Lives and Writings of the Great Fathers of the Lutheran Church offers today’s readers a treasure chest of knowledge and insight into the great teachers and their writings from this oft-forgotten and misunderstood era of the Lutheran Church.

The following was excerpted from Gerhard Bode’s chapter, in which he offers a thoughtful and comprehensive biography of Lutheran educator and pastor Conrad Dieterich (1575–1639), a man best known for his educational and catechetical writings, as well as a select translation of Dieterich’s Catechismus Predigt.

Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare in America


October 31 means different things to different people—Protestant Christians celebrate Reformation and prepare for All Saints’ Day, while secular society celebrates Halloween. But Christians also get caught up in the secular celebrations of Halloween, usually “all in good fun,” yet sometimes that “fun” can be to our detriment. We must remember that “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14 ESV) and is “the father of lies” (John 8:44 ESV). Therefore, we are called to look to Christ to resist the schemes of the devil, which often manifest themselves on days like today.

Q&A with Michael Lockwood, author of The Unholy Trinity

In the newest release from Concordia Publishing House, The Unholy Trinity: Martin Luther against the Idol of Me, Myself, and I, Rev. Dr. Michael Lockwood draws upon Martin Luther’s key insights on the theology of idolatry in order to unmask contemporary idol worship and its futility.


A Letter in Honor of Pastor Appreciation Day

Letters from a Pastors Heart


Love Your Pastor

“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” (Hebrews 13:17)

A Year of Reformation Reading

The coming year presents a unique opportunity as anticipation of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation builds. Not only is it a ripe opportunity to proclaim Christ with Reformation-focused services throughout the year (for example, The Presentation of the Augsburg Confession on June 25 falls on a Sunday), but it is also an apt occasion for deepening our knowledge of the Christian faith as confessed by the reformers. Formal Bible studies will serve that purpose well.

In Commemoration of Bernard of Clairvaux

The Real LutherOn August 19th, the Church commemorated Bernard of Clairvaux (1069–1153), Hymnwriter and Theologian. Bernard was a French abbot who reformed the Cistercian order of monks. In The Real Luther: A Friar at Erfurt and Wittenberg, Franz Posset explores the often neglected area of Luther research—the influence of Bernard of Clairvaux upon Luther. Posset gets into the primary-source documents and alters how scholars have traditionally ordered events in the early part of the Reformation. The following excerpt, based on information gleaned from Melanchthon’s firsthand accounts of Luther’s early life, describes the impact one of Bernard’s sermons had upon Luther:

“The Promise From Which Prayer Flows,” an excerpt from Praying Luther’s Small Catechism

Praying Luthers SCYou, your family, and your church are invited to return to the riches of the Small Catechism. Beyond its purpose as a handbook and outline of Christian teachings, Luther’s Small Catechism is also a prayer book for every age. Not a textbook, a homework assignment, or a friend for children only.

In his book, Praying Luther’s Small Catechism: The Pattern of Sound Words, author John T. Pless takes readers on a journey through the Six Chief Parts of Luther’s Small Catechism as well as the Daily Prayers and Table of Duties. Discover how these scripturally sound words (2 Timothy 1:13) shape your praying for a lifetime in the following excerpt.

An Excerpt from Sexual Morality in a Christless World

Sexual Morality in a Christless WorldA year after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, we have a carefully considered response to our culture’s sexual ethics: Matthew Rueger’s Sexual Morality in a Christless World. Rueger demonstrates how Christians have been countercultural since the beginning, contrasting Christian views on sex with the Roman and Jewish cultures. An analysis of specific Bible passages that have guided Christian thought and practice demonstrates how biblical sexual morality, being both compassionate and Christ-centered, affects real people. Rueger continues by answering common secular objections and concludes with various arguments to make the case for the biblical understanding of human sexuality.

In the following excerpt, Rueger provides a marvelous explication of the much misunderstood term eunuch, giving us a Christian answer for those who have been led to question their own sexuality in light of the tremendous pressure placed upon them by society.

Why the Church Struggles with Confirmation

teachingthefaithathomeWhen children are in their early elementary school years, their minds are actually at the peak time for easy rote memorization. And yet, many Protestant churches begin formal confirmation instruction years after this formative period. What are the effects of this lapse in time? Too often, young teens fall away from their church after confirmation—a trend that will hurt future generations of families.

After assessing current trends in the faith development of youth, Dr. David Rueter wrote Teaching the Faith at Home: What Does This Mean? How Is This Done? to reveal why the historic model of teaching the catechism early in the home is key in keeping families connected to the Church. Part 1 focuses on laying a foundation for understanding the history, purpose, and theological reasons for catechesis. And Part 2 takes a practical look at strategies and models for catechetical instruction that can be shared at church and used in the home.

The following excerpt from chapter 3, “What Went Wrong?,” discusses how postmodernism has affected the way many people think, which in turn has affected the way they approach religion.