Travis Scholl

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If the cover didn't give it away, this issue of Concordia Journal is a special theme issue celebrating the 25 years of Concordia Seminary's Center for Hispanic Studies, formerly the Hispanic Institute of Theology. Perhaps nothing more needs to be said than that.

Why? Because the articles speak for themselves, representing, at least metaphorically, the past, present, and future of the Latino experience of Lutheranism and, more broadly, Christianity in the Americas. And the editorial roundtable speaks with urgency about what the Latino contribution to American Lutheranism will mean within a society that will soon have no majorities, but a plurality of ethnic minorities.

More to the point, their words speak to the growing sense that much of what will drive global Christianity in the next 25 years is and will be coming from the global South, cultures that don't fall neatly into some of our "post" categories: post-Christian, post-church, postmodern. Though the)• certainly fall into one: postcolonial. All of which can be a breath of fresh air. Why read this when you could be reading that?

So, perhaps nothing more needs to be said than that. Except to say that it is a necessary blessing to have a Center for Hispanic Studies at a place like Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. It is a necessary blessing to the church to have a center that is preparing pastors, deaconesses and leaders for the present and future of what is the most rapidly growing ethnic population in North America. And it is a necessary blessing to have a center where critical issues related to Hispanic/Latino theology and missions are addressed and applied to the challenges of Christian mission and ministry today. This is, literally, life and work along the borders, but it affects us all, from the margin to the center and back again.

In conjunction with this issue, you will find podcasts on ConcordiaTheology.org that also mark the occasion with thoughtful reflection and relevant conversation. And it also coincides with a new release of the Center's own web site (http://chs.csl.edu), which showcases a wide range of new resources and features related to the global South and to Hispanic/Latino issues and ministry.

Much has happened in 25 years. Much more is still to come. But this is at least one milestone worth marking along tl1e way.

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Matthew 21:17-18; Jeremiah 29:7; John 1:14; Matthew 1:23; Matthew 28:20; Matthew 10:52; Mark 5:1-20; Mark 2:40-45; Ephesians 2:13-22; Ephesians 4:1-6; Luke 6:20; Matthew 8:20; Romans 10:17; Isaiah 55:10-11; 1 Kings 19:1-8; 1 Kings 1:1-18; John 6:35-51; Mark 1:13; Matthew 4:11; Joshua 24:1-2, 14-18; Jonah 24:13, 15, 17; John 15:16; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 1:3-4; Isaiah 29:11-19; Genesis 2:7; Exodus 3:20; Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Romans 13:9-10; Colossians 2:16-17; Mark 7:18-23; Matthew 19:5-8; Numbers 25:1-9; Exodus 34:6; Exodus 6:7; Psalm 119:150-151; Isaiah 35:4-7; Isaiah 50:4-10; Jeremiah 11:18-20; Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29; Genesis 2:18-25; Amos 5:6-7; Ecclesiastes . 5:10-20; Matthew 5:9-19; Revelation 14:6-7; Revelation 7:2-17;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars

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