CTSFW

Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

CTSFW

Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

Continuing Education

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Clothed in Christ: Paul's Letter to the Church in Ephesus

Dr. Thomas M. Winger
August 01-05, 2016

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians was considered by our forefathers to be one of the core books of the New Testament. The epistle will be carefully placed into the life of Paul and the setting of the Ephesian congregation. Via a close reading of the entire text of the epistle, this exegetical seminar will delve into its key Gospel themes, centering on its message of baptismal unity in Christ. (3 CEU)

Council Bluffs, Iowa

Influenced by a Cloud of Witnesses: Reading the Psalms for Spiritual Strength

Dr. Timothy Saleska
August 08-12, 2016

In this workshop, we approach the Psalms with the assumption that reading them is more like having a conversation with other people than analyzing an object or mining for jewels. The shift of perspective makes it more difficult to keep the Psalm at arm’s length and opens us up to being influenced and changed by the voices we hear speaking to us. During the workshop, we will have the opportunity to read and meditate on individual psalms, and we will discuss questions such as: “Why is there poetry in the Bible?” “How do we read the poetry of the Psalms?” “What am I doing as I read and listen to the speakers in the Psalms?” “What is the speaker doing to me as I listen to him?” “How do we meditate on the Psalms?” “How can we teach others to use the Psalms for their own spiritual growth?” It is hoped that our time together will bring us closer to each other as well as closer to our Lord, who speaks to us in and through the Psalms. (3.0 CEU)

Denver, Colorado

“The Weightiest Consolation and Doctrine” (Ap. 28, 19): A Study of the Doctrine of the Office of the Holy Ministry

Dr. Naomichi Masaki
August 22-26, 2016

The Apology of the Augsburg Confession calls the doctrine of the Office of the Holy Ministry, “the weightiest consolation.” This course will attempt to encourage pastors by taking a fresh look at the Scriptures, Confessions and Lutheran fathers on the Office of the Holy Ministry. Such a study may be beneficial for the baptized, too, since it is sometimes difficult to learn about the pastoral office from their own pastors. (3 CEU)

Elgin, Illinois

Contemporary Issues in Prolegomena

Dr. Roland F. Ziegler
August 01-03, 2016

Theology teaches the faith once delivered to the saints which will not change. Theology teaches this faith today to people in their cultural setting. Thus, theology never ignores the contemporary situation. In this class we will think about the challenges and opportunities of teaching the faith in our present setting with integrity. What is a Christian view of the present situation? What is a faithful articulation of our understanding of theology? Which cultural shifts are important for the theological task? (1.5 CEU)

Flathead Lake, Montana

OMOΘYMA∆ON: Community and Leadership in the Acts of the Apostles

Dr. Jeffrey A. Oschwald
August 01-05, 2016

In Acts 1:14, Luke describes the fellowship of apostles, family and followers of the Risen Lord as devoting themselves “with one accord” to prayer. In Acts, the people of God not only pray, they also attend worship, lift up their voices, pay attention, come to decisions and remain “together, with a single desire.” We will study the book of Acts together to learn what we can of this community whose members and leaders lived and worked with but one purpose. This will not only require us to discover what Acts has to tell us about this group and its leaders, it will also require us to know what Acts is about as a whole and how it is that narrative (as a genre) can work to guide our thinking and teaching and living. We will focus on the leaders of this community, but we will look at them within the context of the life of the community and discover what Luke has to teach us about living and leading in the Church of the Risen Lord. (3 CEU)

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Preaching from Hebrews

Dr. John W. Kleinig
October 03-07, 2016

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 consciences from all impurity in preparation 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. (3.0 CEU)

Grass Valley, California

Christ and His Supper in the Old Testament

Dr. Daniel J. Brege
August 08-12, 2016

This course will consider the basics of Old Testament sacrifices and their relationship to Christ. Emphasis will also be placed on their relationship to the Sacrament of the Altar. The Hebrew will not be emphasized as much as the Septuagint and New Testament Greek. (3 CEU)

Hickory, North Carolina

Judaica and the Jewish Context of the New Testament

Dr. Dean O. Wenthe
September 12-14, 2016

Recent scholarship has benefited from the discoveries at Qumran and refined methodologies for the analysis of a variety of Second Temple texts. It has become increasingly clear that the cultural milieu of Palestine in the New Testament period was a complex mixture of Judaism and Hellenism. This fresh data provides textual, social and political information on the world of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus’ words and actions take on fresh meaning in light of the contexts which we can now more fully describe. Focus will fall on readings from the Talmud, Midrashim, Pesharim, Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha and Qumran documents which provide additional insights into the biblical witness for teaching and preaching. (1.5 CEU)

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

1 Corinthians and a Pauline Model for Ministry

Dr. Peter J. Scaer
August 01-03, 2016

This course aims to take a fresh look at Paul the pastor, especially as he dealt with the many problems which beset the congregation at Corinth. In this regard, we will discuss the ways in which secular values began to infiltrate Corinthian theology. We will take special note of the way in which Paul dealt sensitively with the matter of Apollos, who, though a great teacher, introduced some unsound notions to the Corinthian congregation. By studying Paul as a pastor, we will offer suggestions as to how a pastor might firmly but sensitively lead his congregation in the way of the Lord. A pastoral approach to such topics as closed communion and speaking in tongues will be considered. (1.5 CEU)

Rogue River, Oregon

Luther's Theology in Today's World

Dr. Cameron A. MacKenzie
July 25-27, 2016

Is Lutheran theology as Luther himself developed it still relevant today? In a post-modern world that challenges the very existence of truth, can Lutherans still make use of Luther? After reading some of Luther's most significant writings and recalling their context in Luther's life and career, students will explore the Reformer's insights that are still important and discuss ways in which today’s Lutherans can demonstrate their relevance to contemporary society. (1.5 CEU)