West Pastors’ Conference 2019 – Unsheathing the Spirit’s Sword

West Pastors’ Conference 2019 – Unsheathing the Spirit’s Sword: Strategies for a Life in the Word – Playlist

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“Hi, my name is Pastor _______ and I’ve lost my knowledge of Greek and Hebrew.” Given the demands of the ministry, keeping the use of the original languages intact is a definite challenge. Yet as Luther says, “Let us zealously hold to the languages … God caused his Scriptures to be set down [in Hebrew and Greek] … We will not long preserve the gospel without the languages. The languages are the sheath in which this sword of the Spirit is contained” (AE 45:359). This conference will provide an opportunity for pastors to get together—not to be berated but to endeavor to revitalize our use of the biblical languages in the ministry. To lead us through this challenge, Drs. James Voelz and Paul Raabe will provide us with tips, tools, and strategies for reinvigorating and honing this particular task of the exegete and preacher.


  • Greek Part 1 – Dr. James W. Voelz
  • Greek Part 2 – Dr. James W. Voelz
  • Hebrew Part 1 – Dr. Paul R. Raabe
  • Hebrew Part 2 – Dr. Paul R. Raabe
  • President’s Report – Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier


Dr. James W. Voelz
Professor of New Testament Theology 
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.

Dr. James W. Voelz is the Dr. Jack Dean Kingsbury Professor of New Testament Theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. A faculty member since 1989, he is graduate professor of Exegetical Theology. His areas of focus are the Greek language, hermeneutics, and the synoptic Gospels, but he also has taught the Pauline epistles and Acts of the Apostles. Dr. Voelz holds a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, in St. Louis, Mo. (1971) and a Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Cambridge University in Cambridge, England (1978).

Dr. Paul R. Raabe
Professor Emeritus
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.

Dr. Paul R. Raabe is a professor emeritus at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. He retired in 2018 after 35 years of service as professor of Exegetical Theology. He also served as the chairman of the Department of Exegetical Theology (1998 to 2010). His areas of interest and expertise include the Hebrew prophets and poetry, Old Testament theology, and biblical theology.

He received his M.Div. from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. (1979). He also holds a master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis (1979) and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (1989).