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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

An excerpt from Celebrating the Saints in commemoration of All Saints’ Day

celebrating the saints

With overflowing joy, the Church of Jesus Christ celebrates the Feast of All Saints’ Day.

The Feast of All Saints’ is one of the principal feasts of Christ. Many congregations observe the custom of transferring it to the first Sunday in November each year so that a maximal number of people may join in its joyful celebration.

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.

Who Do You Truly Rely On for Your Well-Being?


Martin Luther explains the First Commandment by saying, “We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.” In the following excerpt from the new CPH title The Unholy Trinity: Martin Luther against the Idol of Me, Myself, and I, author Michael Lockwood dives into a discussion on how misplaced trust and misplaced love are two of the main ways we become our own idols, elevating ourselves above everything else, including the Creator of the universe. “But to think we can provide for ourselves,” Lockwood says, “is an idolatrous deception.”

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.


What People Are Saying about The Unholy Trinity


Michael Lockwood shows that God’s use of the Law—for Christians as well as for non-Christians—includes the sufferings of life that destroy our self-sufficiency, which is the root of all idolatry. His book is full of practical suggestions for pastoral care and evangelistic outreach and will be an enormously helpful resource for pastors.

—Gene Edward Veith, PhD
Professor of Literature, Emeritus
Patrick Henry College

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.

A Devotion to Begin Your Week


From Prison Guard to Pastor, an excerpt from The Executioner’s Redemption

Executioners Redemption

When Tim Carter became a member of the execution squad at a prison in the state of Texas, he signed away his life, his heart, and his very self to a career of brutal violence and routine executions. But in the midst of the darkness of prison life, the light of God’s Word shone in front of him.  The Executioner’s Redemption tells the wrenching yet beautiful story of his transformation from heard-hearted prison guard to pastor and explores the lessons he learned in one of the most brutally violent and emotionally ruthless classrooms on earth.

In the following excerpt from chapter 2, Pastor Carter describes the toxic prison environment and how a series of life events impacted him in a way he never thought possible.

Why Should I Trust the Bible?


You or people you know have likely had tough questions about the Bible at some point or another. Maybe you’ve even heard things like, “The Bible is racist.” Or, “The Bible has too many errors and edits.” Or, “The Bible is merely a mythological story like Homer’s Odyssey.”

Author Trevor Sutton’s newest book Why Should I Trust the Bible? tackles head-on such accusations that question the authority of the Bible. Sutton compares the Bible to writings that have been deemed more credible than the Bible, like the Book of Mormon, encyclopedias, and even Shakespeare’s works. He tests the Bible using the same rigorous standards that have been used to test such other writings. He examines historical evidence, witness accounts, and translation concerns, answering many tough questions and showing that when all other texts fall, the Bible still stands—as completely, undeniably trustworthy.