- The David P. Scaer Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology
- Editor of CTQ
Dr. David Scaer is a professor of Systematic Theology and New Testament and The David P. Scaer Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana. At the Seminary since 1966, he serves as Editor of the Concordia Theological Quarterly (1969–1994; 1999–present) and was Academic Dean (1984–1989) and the Chairman of Systematic Theology (1989–1993, 1996–2019). He has served as the organizer of the annual Concordia Theological Seminary Symposium on the Lutheran Confessions since 1978.
He taught for 10 years as a part time instructor in religion at the University of Illinois (Champaign) from 1966–1976 and served as pastor at congregations in Gillespie, Illinois, and Rockville, Connecticut.
For nine years he served on The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) Commission on Theology and Church Relations as chairman of the committee on theology and was the principle author of several reports later adopted by the LCMS. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Institute for Biblical Research, the Alliance of Confessional Evangelicals, and the Christianity Today Institute, for which periodical he also serves as a research scholar. Twice he was awarded the prestigious John W. Behnken Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award by AAL for study in Europe (1969, 1986).
A third generation LCMS clergyman, Scaer was brought up in Brooklyn, New York, where his father, the late Reverend Paul H. Scaer, served his lifetime ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church of Flatbush. He and his wife Dorothy have been married since 1960 and have five children.
Works of Note
Dr. Scaer has written extensively, and his articles have appeared in Concordia Theological Quarterly, Christianity Today, Lutheran Forum, Logia (contributing editor), Forum Letter, Lutheran Witness, Modern Reformation (contributing editor), Cresset, the journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Grace Theological Journal, Issues in Christian Education and many more.
|Infant Baptism in 19th Century Lutheran Theology, upcoming|
|Law and Gospel and the Means of Grace, The Luther Academy, St Louis, Missouri, 2008|
|Understanding Four Views on the Lord’s Supper (Counterpoints: Church Life) by Russell D. Moore, I. John Hesselink, David P. Scaer, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2007|
|Discourses in Matthew: Jesus Teaches the Church, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Missouri, 2004|
|In Christ, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Missouri, 2004|
|Sermon on the Mount, Concordia Publishing House. St. Louis, Missouri, 2000|
|James: The Apostle of Faith, Wipf & Stock Publishers, Eugene, Oregon, 2004|
|Baptism, The Luther Academy, St Louis, Missouri, 1999|
|What Do You Think of Jesus?, Concordia Theological Seminary Press, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1999 (reprint)|
|Christology, The Luther Academy, St. Louis, Missouri, 1989|
|Luther’s Catechisms—450 Years: Essays Commemorating the Small and Large Catechisms of The Apostolic Scriptures, Concordia Theological Seminary Press, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1979|
|Dr. Martin Luther, Concordia Theological Seminary Press, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1979|
|A Latin Ecclesiastical Glossary for Francis Pieper’s Christian Dogmatics, Concordia Theological Seminary Press, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1978|
|Getting Into the Story of Concord: A History of the “Book of Concord”, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Missouri, 1977|
|The Lutheran World Federation Today, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Missouri, 1971|
|“The Doctrine of the Sacraments in the Theology of Johann Gerhard” Protestant Scholasticism: Essays in Reassessment, edited by Carl R. Trueman and R. Scott Clark, Carlisle (UK): Paternoster, 1999|
|“Francis Pieper: His Theology and Legacy Unmatched Stature,” The Pieper Lectures: The Office of the Ministry (Saint Louis: Concordia Historical Institute, 1997), 9-41.|
|“Francis Pieper: His Theology and Legacy,” The Pieper Lectures, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, Missouri. February 22, 1996|
|“Francis Pieper”, Handbook of Evangelical Theologians. ed. by Walter A. Elwell. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House [1993(4)].|
|“How Lutherans Do Theology”. Doing Theology in Today’s World, Essays in Honor of Kantzer.ed. by Thomas McComiskey and John Woodbridge. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Academie Books, and New York: Harper and Row, 1991.|