CTS Faculty Response to Oklahoma Disaster

It seems that each day brings more news of tragedy, sometimes through human hands and other times from natural disasters. It is understandable that in these times we have difficult questions. We wonder what we can do to care for those who are suffering, how we can best share the hope of Christ in times of pain and we ponder anew the question of why we suffer at all. While there are no simple answers, we are not alone; there is hope in the cross of Christ. In these uncertain times, and especially in the light of the recent tornado in Oklahoma, two members of the Concordia Theological Seminary faculty offer words of comfort and peace.

Dr. John D. Reynolds
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions

John 15:12: “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
The recent tornado in Oklahoma serves as a reminder that the things of this earth are fleeting. Our very homes can be taken away in an instant. Some have survived with only the clothes on their backs. Some have perished. The grief in the days, months and years to come will not be for the lost homes and businesses as much as it will be for the loved ones now lost. (Read more)


Dr. David P. Scaer
Professor and Chairman of Systematic Theology

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
When an unanticipated tragedy strikes a community, two questions may come to mind. First, why does a good God allow such horrible evil? Or is God punishing the inhabitants for sins? Devastation by tornado in Moore, Okla., is hardly the first time these questions have been raised. (Read more)