Learn with Your Seminary: Comforting the Heart of Hearing

Dr. Jady Koch.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTSFW)—The Pastoral Ministry and Missions Department at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, is hosting a public convocation on Wednesday, October 24 at 11:00 a.m. in Loehe 7. The Rev. Dr. John D. Koch, Jr. will speak on “Comforting the Heart of Hearing: Distinguishing Law and Gospel as Pastoral Care.” The convocation will last about an hour and is open to the public.

Dr. Koch received his doctorate in Systematic Theology at the University of Humboldt in Berlin, Germany, in 2014, focusing his thesis, “The Distinction Between Law and Gospel as the Basis and Boundary of Theological Reflection” (Mohr Siebeck 2016), on the interrelationship between the doctrine of justification by faith alone and the preaching and teaching ministry of the Church. “The doctrine of justification by faith and the distinction between law and gospel protect both the Church’s proclamation and an awareness of the person to whom that proclamation is directed,” Dr. Koch wrote in his thesis, “namely, sinners in the midst of lives marked by Anfechtung” (Anfechtung is a German word used by Luther, meant to convey the concept of temptation, trial, affliction, and tribulation in the life of a Christian). Dr. Koch has served churches in Berlin and Vienna, Austria, and currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where he is working on speaking and writing projects.

An audio recording of this lecture will be available at https://video.ctsfw.edu about a week after the convocation takes place. To learn more about the public convocations and other continuing education opportunities offered at CTSFW, email CE@ctsfw.edu or call (260) 452-2103.