"Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Thy Word"
The Bible is the very Word of God. It points to Jesus as the heart and center of Scripture and as the key to its true meaning. Of course, there are those who see the Bible as a book of myths or fables or merely as a book of rules. There are those who think that the concerns of our modern culture determine truth. But the Bible alone is the final determining factor in what we believe and teach.
God used human beings to write the Bible. God is the author behind the authors. Therefore, the Bible is accurate, truthful, and free of error. God created faith in us by speaking it into being through His Word. This same Word feeds and sustains faith in Christ. May we hold God’s Word sacred and may we gladly hear and learn it for it points us to Jesus and it brings us comfort and peace in Christ.
Dr. Cameron MacKenzie is a professor at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana and the chairman of the Department of Historical Theology. Before joining the faculty in 1983, he served St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Detroit, Michigan, as pastor (1975–1983) and as headmaster of its school (1972–1983). Dr. MacKenzie received his B.A. from the University of Detroit (1969), a M.A. in History from the University of Chicago (1970), a M.A. in Classics from Wayne State University (1979), a S.T.M. in New Testament from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (1984), and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Notre Dame (1992).
The Rev. Dr. Martin R. Noland is the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Evansville, Indiana. He was the Director of Concordia Historical Institute (2002-2008), St Louis, Missouri, an associate editor of “Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology” (since 1996) and an officer of the Board of Directors of the Luther Academy (1993-2008) and a current board member of the Lutheran Concerns Association. He received his M.Div. degree from Concordia Theological Seminary (1983), an S.T.M. degree from the same school (1986), and a Ph.D. degree from The Union Theological Seminary in New York (1996).