Continuing Education 2015

Locations

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Detailed site information and online registration will become available for each site as information is finalized.

 

Albuquerque, New Mexico

July 27–31, 2015
Hermann Sasse as Pastoral Theologian

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Prof. John T. Pless
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Brochure
Hermann Sasse (1895-1976) was perhaps the most important confessional Lutheran theologian of the 20th century. This course will engage his writings on pastoral issues such as closed communion, the office of the ministry, liturgy, church fellowship and women’s ordination. Pastors will read and discuss key essays from The Lonely Way – Vol. II. (3 CEU)

Please refer to the brochure for a list of suggested reading material. 

Coordinator:
Rev. Warren Graff
505-823-9100
wwgraff@gmail.com

Location:
Grace Lutheran Church
7550 Eubank Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87122

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Austin, Texas

June 22–24, 2015
The Mysteries of Mark:
The Churchly Gospel

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Dr. Peter J. Scaer
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Brochure
Mark's Gospel is perhaps the most mysterious and least appreciated. Largely ignored by the early church and underestimated by modern scholarship, Mark has much to offer today's church. His portrait of Jesus is strange but compelling. His teaching on the cross and Christ's Gospel message should resonate especially with Lutherans, providing a bridge to the Pauline Epistles. Even more, Mark accentuates the powerfully sacrametal character of our Lord’s ministry. For Mark, Christ's power manifests itself in Baptism and His enduring presence is to be found in the Bread of the Eucharist. For a church that so often appears like a boat tossed about on the sea, facing persecution and riddled with doubt, the Gospel of Mark may very well be the Gospel for the 21st century church. (1.5 CEU)

Please refer to the brochure for a list of suggested reading material. 

Coordinator:
Rev. Mark Nuckols
512-472-8301
mark.nuckols@stpaulaustin.org

Location:
St. Paul Lutheran Church
3501 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78705

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Camp Okoboji, Iowa

May 18–20, 2015
The Gospel in Philippians

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Dr. John G. Nordling
Concordia Theological Seminary,
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Brochure
Written to thank Christians at Philippi for their generous gift to him, Paul gives hearty utterance in the letter to the Gospel of Christ Jesus: his thanksgiving to God for the Philippians’ partnership in his ministry (1:5), his being torn between going on and living in the body or departing to be with Christ (1:21-24), his joy amid the imprisonment (throughout), the Christ hymn (2:5-11) and the nature of their gift itself and its implications for their life together (4:14-19). The present course covers all these themes, and then some, and relates them to practical considerations in the parish and ministry. (1.5 CEU)

Please refer to the brochure for a more complete course description, as well as a list of suggested reading material.

Coordinator:
Lori Gamble – Camp Okoboji
1531 Edgewood Drive
Milford, IA 51351
712-337-3325
Lorigamble02@gmail.com

Location:
Camp Okoboji
1531 Edgewood Drive
Milford, IA 51351

Housing:
Lodging and meals for Camp Okoboji need to be reserved by calling 712-337-3325. (The cost for meals and lodging is $190.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Cedar Falls, Iowa

July 13–15, 2015
Isaiah 1-39

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Dr. R. Reed Lessing
Brochure
Located on the front of the historic Trinity Church in Boston are the sculptures of six men. At the center are the four Gospel writers who are flanked on the right by St. Paul and on the left by Isaiah. Isaiah’s presence in this distinguished “cloud of witnesses” speaks volumes about his importance. This class will look at the prophet’s first 39 chapters with a special eye towards preaching and teaching from these texts. (1.5 CEU)

Please refer to the brochure for a more complete course description, as well as a list of suggested reading material.

Coordinators:
Pastor Versemann
319-352-2314
pastorversemann@msn.com
and
Rev. John Wegener
319-266-1274
prwegener@cfu.net

Location:
College Hill Lutheran Church
2322 Olive Street
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Cheyenne, Wyoming

June 15–19, 2015
The Office of the Church

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Dr. K. Detlev Schulz
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Brochure

This course takes a close look at references to the pastoral office from Scripture, the Lutheran Confessions and famous Lutheran theologians. We will discuss the Old Testament Levite priesthood, the pre- and post-Easter apostolic office and then proceed to draw out references to various offices in the epistles, especially in the Pastoral letters. We will also look at the discussions on the one office of the church in Lutheranism, especially the nuances on call and ordination offered by 19th century Lutherans such as Vilmar, Loehe and Walther. Finally, we will include a discussion on 21st century challenges to that office. (3 CEU)  

Please refer to the brochure for a list of suggested reading material.

Coordinator:
Rev. Mark Maas
307-632-1241
mmaas@wyoming.com

Location:
King of Glory Lutheran Church
8806 Yellowstone Road
P.O. Box 2195
Cheyenne, WY 82009

Housing:

Please contact Rev. Maas regarding motel options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Council Bluffs, Iowa

August 10–14, 2015
The Preexistence of the Son:
The Rest of the Story of Jesus

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Dr. Charles A Gieschen
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Brochure
The Old Testament traditions about the Angel of YHWH, the Name of YHWH, the Glory of YHWH and the Word of YHWH will be studied as the basis for early expressions of the divine identity of Jesus Christ within the eternal mystery of YHWH. Select portions of the Gospels, the Pauline Epistles, the Epistle to the Hebrews, and Revelation will be examined in order to encourage pastoral teaching and preaching of preexistent Christology. (3.0 CEU)

Please refer to the brochure for a list of suggested reading material. 

Coordinator:
Rev. Ray Smith
712-322-4729
dropset54@hotmail.com

Location:
St. Paul Lutheran Church
239 Frank St.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503-4545

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Denver, Colorado

August 17–21, 2015
Hebrews as a Liturgical Sermon

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Dr. John W. Kleinig

Brochure

The letter to the Hebrews is a written sermon, a word of encouragement to a dispirited congregation that shows its members how they have access to God’s gracious heavenly presence in the divine service through Jesus their great high priest. There they listen in on the conversation between God and His Son. There Jesus not only brings God’s word and His good gifts to them but also brings them and their offerings to God. By His blood He cleanses their conscience from all impurity for participation with the angels in the heavenly liturgy and sanctifies by their participation in it. This unit explores the rich liturgical teaching of this sermon. (3 CEU)

Please refer to the brochure for a list of suggested reading material.

Coordinator:
Rev. Adrian Sherrill
303-548-1495
pastorsherrill@go2trinity.com

Location:

Trinity Lutheran Church
4225 W. Yale Ave.
Denver, CO 80219-5710

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Flathead Lake, Montana

August 3–7, 2015
The Gospel of John: A Sacramental Catechesis

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Dr. William C. Weinrich
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Brochure

Although the Gospel of John is frequently interpreted to be without sacramental meaning or reference, the manner in which the story of Jesus is told reveals a pervasive christological, sacramental and ecclesial perspective. The narrative about Jesus is a narrative about the life of the church grounded in and instantiated in Baptism and the Eucharist. Thus, the story of Jesus is descriptive of the Way, that is, of the manner of life begun and sustained through the sacraments of the church; it is descriptive of the Truth, that is, of the reality of grace and faith established in the sacraments of the church; it is descriptive of the Life, that is, of the life of God which in Jesus has become the life of man. (3 CEU)

Please refer to the brochure for a list of suggested reading material.

Coordinator:
Rev. Michael Warmbier
503-522-2611
mwarmbier@cu-portland.edu

Location:

Trinity Lutheran Camp
On the shores of Flathead Lake, near Bigfork, Montana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Gallatin, Tennessee

June 8–10, 2015
Are Today's Ears Hearing the Timeless Message?:
Communicating Law and Gospel in Today's Culture

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Dr. Carl C. Fickenscher II
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Brochure
A discussion of how today’s preacher can speak Law and Gospel effectively to hearers who may well be different from yesterday’s. Begins with a survey of how preachers of the past have responded to changing audiences, considers which elements of preaching and hearing never change and then offers very practical criteria for responding to today’s scene. (1.5 CEU)

Please refer to the brochure for a list of suggested reading material.

Coordinator:
Rev. T. David McMinn III
615-646-3150
pastor@sothlutheran.org

Location:

Trinity Lutheran
720 Lock 4 Rd.
Gallatin, TN 37066-3466

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Grand Rapids, Michigan

June 8–12, 2015
The Gospel in Philippians

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Dr. John G. Nordling
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Brochure
Written to thank Christians at Philippi for their generous gift to him, Paul gives hearty utterance in the letter to the Gospel of Christ Jesus: his thanksgiving to God for the Philippians’ partnership in his ministry (1:5), his being torn between going on and living in the body or departing to be with Christ (1:21-24), his joy amid the imprisonment (throughout), the Christ hymn (2:5-11) and the nature of their gift itself and its implications for their life together (4:14-19). The present course covers all these themes, and then some, and relates them to practical considerations in the parish and ministry. (3 CEU)

Please refer to the brochure for a more complete course description, as well as a list of suggested reading material.

Coordinator:
Rev. North Sherrill
616-581-8353
north.sherrill@att.net

Location:
Our Savior Lutheran Church
2900 Burton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Grass Valley, California

August 10–14, 2015
Christianity in Conflict:
Second Century Faith as Model
for the 21st Century Church 

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Dr. James G. Bushur
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Brochure
This course will consider the acts of early Christian martyrs and the theology of the second century, including Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp, the martyrs of Lyons, Sts. Perpetua and Felicitas, Irenaeus of Lyons and others. Special emphasis will be placed on their relevance for today. As our contemporary American culture progresses toward a pagan worldview, questions of Christian identity become of paramount importance. In this study, we will have the opportunity to consider these questions and benefit from the wisdom of our early Christian fathers as they preached the Gospel in a hostile environment. (3 CEU)

Please refer to the brochure for a list of suggested reading material. 

Coordinator:
Rev. Kent Schaaf
530-273-7043
pastor.schaaf@gmail.com

Location:
Grace Lutheran Church
1979 Ridge Rd.
Grass Valley, CA 95945

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Knowles, Oklahoma

June 8–10, 2015
Heresies Old and New: How Ancient False Teachings Resurface in Contemporary Spirituality

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Dr. James G. Bushur
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Brochure

This course offers an opportunity to study ancient heresies that challenged the early church to articulate her confession of Christ with greater clarity. By understanding the essential character of these heresies and the theological response of orthodox Christians, this course seeks to help pastors and their congregations recognize the theological challenges that confront the orthodox confession of the faith in contemporary culture. This course gives special attention to the Apostles’ Creed and the challenge of Gnosticism, as well as the Nicene Creed and the challenges of Arianism, Eunomianism, Nestorianism and Monotheletism. Thus, this course seeks to reconnect the church to her creedal foundations so that she is prepared to confess her faith effectively in the 21st century. (3 CEU)

Please refer to the brochure for a list of suggested reading material.

Coordinator:
Rev. Mark Wescoatt
580-338-2563
wescoattmd@gmail.com

Location:

Lutherhaven Retreat Center (LRC)
in Knowles, Oklahoma. Please contact
Rev. Wescoatt for lodging information. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

August 3–5, 2015
Toward a Pastoral Theology of Suffering:
Responding to the Why Questions

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Prof. John T. Pless
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Brochure
Theodicy has occupied theologians and pastors for long time. What can we say in the face of suffering in the light of the cross? What are the resources available for preaching and pastoral care? This course will engage these and other questions which pastors and laity no doubt encounter. (1.5 CEU)

Please refer to the brochure for a list of suggested reading material.

Coordinator:
Rev. Luke Zimmerman
717-636-1545
revzimmerman@gmail.com

Location:

Calvary Lutheran Church
208 Woods Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Plano, Texas

June 16–18, 2015
Lutheranism and the Word of God:
Prolegomena and Interpretation in an
Age of Skepticism

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Dr. Roland F. Ziegler
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Brochure

What do we mean when we say that the Bible is true in everything it asserts? What is the function of Scripture in the church? What role does the community play in the understanding of Scripture? Is there one stable meaning of the text? Are the positions defended in the “Battle for the Bible” a generation ago sufficient for the challenges of the present time? We will revisit the classical Lutheran view of Scripture and look at contemporary questions in regard to inspiration, inerrancy and hermeneutics. (1.5 CEU)

Please refer to the brochure for a list of suggested reading material.

Coordinator:
Rev. James Woelmer
972-423-7447
jwoelmer@verizon.net

Location:
Faith Lutheran Church
1701 E. Park Boulevard
Plano, TX  75074

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Rochester, Minnesota

June 1–3, 2015
The Mysteries of Mark:
The Churchly Gospel 

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Dr. Peter J. Scaer
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Brochure
A worldview is a network of our most basic beliefs about the world and life within it. Observing and analyzing the dominant motifs of the most pervasive worldviews in America not only help Christians make sense of why people think and act as they do, but also provides some of the necessary equipment for interaction with those who do not share basic Christian convictions and beliefs. (1.5 CEU)

Please refer to the brochure for a list of suggested reading material. 

Coordinator:
Rev. Scott R. Schilbe
507-289-0271
pastor@christrochester.org

Location:
Christ Lutheran Church
2904 20th St. SE
Rochester, MN 55904

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Rogue River, Oregon

July 20–22, 2015
Are Today's Ears Hearing the Timeless Message?:
Communicating Law and Gospel in Today's Culture

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Dr. Carl C. Fickenscher II
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Brochure

A discussion of how today’s preacher can speak Law and Gospel effectively to hearers who may well be different from yesterday’s. Begins with a survey of how preachers of the past have responded to changing audiences, considers which elements of preaching and hearing never change and then offers very practical criteria for responding to today’s scene. (1.5 CEU)

 

Please refer to the brochure for a list of suggested reading material.

Coordinator:
Rev. Evan C. Goeglein
541-582-0457
Pastor@faithrogueriver.org

Location:
Faith Lutheran Church
8582 Rogue River Highway
Rogue River, OR 97537

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Seattle, Washington

June 29–July 3, 2015
Law and Gospel According to Luthers Great Galatian Lectures

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Dr. Naomichi Masaki
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Brochure
During the days of seminary education and now in the ministry, we may not have had many opportunities to engage in the writings of Dr. Luther. In this course, we will attempt, as much as the time allows, to immerse ourselves in one of the major writings of Dr. Luther, the Great Galatian Lectures. Particular attention will be devoted to the doctrine of the proper distinction between Law and Gospel. The treasure of his teachings should assist our ongoing work of the Office of the Holy Ministry. (3.0 CEU)

Please refer to the brochure for a list of suggested reading material.

Coordinator:
Rev. Ernie V. Lassman
206-524-0024
lassman@messiahseattle.org

Location:
Messiah Lutheran Church
7050 35th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Shawano, Wisconsin

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July 6–8, 2015
Formula of Concord in the Life of the Church

Dr. Naomichi Masaki
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Brochure
The Book of Concord is central to the life of our church, but it is often found underused or even misused. In this course, we will focus our attention on the Formula of Concord. Amazingly contemporary and invaluable, the Formula will be found as practical a handbook as the Small Catechism. This rich confession of the Gospel is open for anyone, pastors and the people of God. (1.5 CEU)

Please refer to the brochure for a list of suggested reading material.

Coordinator:
Rev. Travis Kleinschmidt
715-524-4347
trkleinschmidt@gmail.com

Location:
St. Jakobi Lutheran Church
N6386 E. Hazel Dr.
Shawano, WI 54166

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

July 8–10, 2015
Theological Anthropology

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Dr. K. Detlev Schulz
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Brochure
For as long as humans exist they have attempted to answer these questions: What is so special about us humans? From where do we originate and what distinguishes us from the rest of creation? What are we made up of? What is our purpose and destiny in life? Philosophers, Christian theologians, anthropologists and scientists all have something to say. We will address these important questions from a biblical and theological perspective. Some topics will include:
- The origin of man
- The status of man within creation
- Luther and his "Disputation on Man" (1536)
- The image of God and its implications for today
- Dualism: Soul and body
- The battle of spirit and flesh
- The dialogical relationship with God and the rest of creation
- Contemporary discussions on man's origin and destiny
(1.5 CEU) 

Please refer to the brochure for a list of suggested reading material.

Coordinators:
Chris Croghan and
Sarah Stenson
sarah.stenson@augie.edu
605-274-5488

Location:
The Luther House of Study
Sioux Falls Seminary
2100 South Summit Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57197

Housing:

For lodging options in the Sioux Falls
area please visit: 

www.augie.edu/admission/visiting-campus/lodging-and-dining-options

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

St. Cloud, Minnesota

May 27–29, 2015
Luther's Antinomian Disputations

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Dr. Roland F. Ziegler
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Brochure
“The distinction between the Law and the Gospel is a special brilliant light, which serves to the end that God’s Word may be rightly divided and the Scriptures of the holy prophets and apostles may be properly explained and understood.” (Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration V,1). We will look at Luther’s “Antinomian Disputations” (published in English translation by Lutheran Press under the title Only the Decalogue is Eternal in 2008) as a help in today’s struggle to faithfully preach the word of God and rightly divide Law and Gospel without falling into the errors of antinomianism and legalism. (1.5 CEU)

Please refer to the brochure for a list of suggested reading material.

Coordinator:
Rev. Blake A. Rickbeil
218-924-4050
n0wsh@juno.com

Location:
Redeemer Lutheran Church
2719 3rd St. N
St. Cloud, MN 55603

Schedule:
Each day begins with devotions
Wednesday:  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday:  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. to noon

Lodging:
Mention “Continuing Education for CTSFW” at the Days Inn in St. Cloud, 320-253-4444 (70 37th Ave. S) for the discounted price. Two double beds: $59.96. One single bed: $43.96. Includes complimentary breakfast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Twin Cities/West Metro Area, Minnesota

July 20-22, 2015
Understanding Islam

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Dr. Adam S. Francisco
Concordia University
Irvine, California
Brochure
Since the turn of the century information on Islam has become widely available and accessible. Yet, public discourse on Islam remains uninformed and at times misleading. This course examines the key historical events and theological motifs that have shaped the contemporary Muslim world. The life of Muhammad, composition and content of the Qur’ān, rise and fall of Muslim empires and 20th century Islamic resurgence are all covered in order to provide students with a broad yet precise understanding of Islam. (1.5 CEU)

Please refer to the brochure for a list of suggested reading material. 

Coordinator:
Dr. Lucas Woodford
952-657-2566
lucas.woodford@gmail.com

Location:
Zion Lutheran Church
209 Bluejay Ave.
Mayer, MN 55360

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

West Bend, Wisconsin

June 15–17, 2015
Luke and the Christian Life

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Dr. Peter J. Scaer
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Brochure
Having become Christians, people often ask, “What now?” In this course we will discuss Luke’s vision for the Christian life. In particular, we will discuss the Christian’s role as family member, citizen and neighbor. See how Luke’s theology of the cross is applied to daily living. (1.5 CEU)

Please refer to the brochure for a list of suggested reading material. 

Coordinator:
Rev. Christopher Seifferlein
920-994-9005
pastor@emmanueladell.org

Location:
Pilgrim Lutheran Church
462 Meadowbrook Dr.
West Bend, WI 54166