Kleinig to Lead Continuing Education
Course in Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, IN (CTS)— We are pleased to announce that Dr. John Kleinig will present From Slavery to Divine Service: The Foundation of Israel as a Liturgical Community in Exodus, September 17–21, 2012, on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary, 6600 N. Clinton Street, Fort Wayne. This course is open to all professional church workers, as well as laypeople.

In Exodus God institutes the divine service for the Israelites at the tabernacle and establishes them as His holy people, a unique liturgical community dependent upon Him for its existence. In fact, He had rescued them from slavery, Pharaoh and the Egyptian gods so that He could be their God, dwell in their midst and meet with them daily in the divine service to bless them and share His holiness with them. This course will examine the book of Exodus as a founding story for Israel and discuss its relevance for the theology and performance of the divine service in the Lutheran church. For more information on this course, or to register, go to www.ctsfw.edu/CE, e-mail CE@ctsfw.edu or phone 260-452-2103.

Dr. John W. Kleinig is retired after teaching for 26 years at Luther Seminary in Adelaide, South Australia. In the last 20 years he has taught at many different Lutheran seminaries in North America and Asia. Earlier this year he lectured at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Pretoria in South Africa. He is an Old Testament theologian with an M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Cambridge University in England and an honorary doctorate from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne.

His published doctoral dissertation was “The Lord’s Song: The Basis, Function and Significance of Choral Music in Chronicles." Dr. Kleinig’s commentary on Leviticus for Concordia Publishing House explores how the people of God share in His holiness through their participation in the divine service. He has published two books on spirituality, a congregational study, Prayer: We Speak to God, and a handbook on Lutheran piety called Grace upon Grace: Spirituality for Today (Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, 2008).