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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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
Tuesday:  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday:  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 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.