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theology, religious education, church history, ecumenical dialogue, and
church leadership. All courses are grounded in the evangelical and
catholic heritage of the Lutheran tradition, nourishing the life of the
whole Church through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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Easter Term Courses, 2014
Course PD 106
THE REFORMATION FOR TODAY
A One-day Workshop, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
10:00 a.m. Registration
10:30 a.m. "The Lutheran Reformation: Whatís to Celebrate 500 Years
Later?" Looking at documents that sparked the Reformation, participants
will see how profoundly Luther reshaped Christian thought and practice.
Celebrate, commemorate or ignore? These
are three of the most popular options when it comes to 2017. Professor
Wengert will examine why celebration need not be a (politically)
incorrect term and why commemoration provides a way of avoiding certain
excesses of past anniversaries. By looking at several of the documents
that sparked the Reformation, participants will have an opportunity to
see how and why Martin Luther reshaped Christian thought and practice so
Afternoon topic: "Using Lutherís
Teaching to Renew Your Congregationís Life" By exploring Lutherís
pastoral genius, participants will find up-to-date, revolutionary ways
to return to the heart of congregational life.
In the sixteenth century, Martin Luther
and his supporters revitalized the basics in pastoral work: preaching,
teaching, presiding and caring. By ignoring this pastoral side of the
Reformation, congregations and leaders today not only run the real risk
of returning to certain late-medieval patterns but also miss the
opportunity to exploit the pastoral genius of Luther's legacy.
Participants will discover that Instead of having to run to the newest
emerging church growth guru, Luther and his followers offer up-to-date,
revolutionary ways to return to the heart of congregational life.
7:00 p.m. Public Lecture (free): "Why
Being Lutheran (Still) Matters" "Taste again for the first time" the
powerful, comforting witness to the Good News that formed the center of
Reformation theology and practice.
In the 1950s, an American Church
historian labeled American Lutheranism as the best-kept secret on this
country's religious scene. Since then, a variety of events have left
some Lutherans wondering. For this presentation, Prof. Wengert will help
folks "taste again for the first time" the powerful, comforting witness
to the Good News that formed the center of Reformation theology and
practice from that time to this.
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Timothy
Wengert, retired professor, Lutheran Theological Seminary at
Timothy J. Wengert retired in January 2014 as professor of Church
History at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, then
teaching primarily in the fields of Reformation history and the Lutheran
Confessions. A parish pastor for over seven years in Minnesota and
Wisconsin, he received his doctorate from Duke University in 1984 and
joined Philadelphia's faculty in 1989. He has written many scholarly
articles on the Reformation and discovered and published contemporary
notes on two of Martin Luther's sermons from 1520. Besides his published
dissertation on Philip Melanchthon's interpretation of John's Gospel,
Professor Wengert is co-editor (with Robert Kolb of Concordia Seminary,
St. Louis) of the English edition of The Book of Concord.
Trinity Lutheran Church (both the workshop and the lecture are at
14088 Clayton Road (Clayton Rd. at Hwy.141)
Chesterfield, Missouri 63017
Workshop Tuition: $40 (includes lunch)
Public Lecture is free but pre-registration is appreciated.
Course PD 104
RETHINKING RESURRECTION: A Study of "Surprised by Hope," a Book by N.T.
The instructor will guide study and
discussion of the book Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the
Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church by award-winning author and
Anglican bishop, N.T. Wright. The course will consider questions such as
what happens after we die and how does our answer to this question
impact how we live?
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Bill Pierce, Parish pastor of Peace Lutheran
Church, Belleville, Illinois, doctorate from Lutheran School of Theology
4 Tuesdays: 7:00-9:30 p.m.
April 29 through May 20, 2014
Bethel Lutheran Church
7001 Forsyth Boulevard
(Forsyth at Big Bend Blvd.)
St. Louis, Missouri 63105
Book available at Amazon for approximately $12
Course PD 105
WHERE FAITH AND SCIENCE MEET:
Exploring How We Know and Create Meaning for our Lives.
Must science and religion be enemies or
could they represent two, equally valid ways of finding meaning? Can we
really know anything objectively? This class will consider ways that
modern science and theology may work together to make sense of the
Session topics include: Physics Old and
New, Cosmology: Freedom, Love and Beauty, Evolution or Intelligent
Design; and Technology and Stewardship of the Planet.
Classical physics and Cartesian
epistemology assumed the objectivity of reality. The knowing subject or
scientific observer could stand apart from the known object and observed
system. Modern science has shown us that there is no objective
standpoint from which to observe the universe. Observer and observed are
inextricably entwined. Postmodern epistemology likewise has shown that
the act of knowing in some senses constructs the reality known. Both
science (in its theoretical aspects) and theology are attempts to
construct a meaningful universe, simply operating in different realms of
that reality. Modern theoretical science has significantly moderated the
claims it is willing to make about realms of reality outside its
purview, allowing that other ways of constructing meaning are equally
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Dan Handschy
is Rector (pastor) of Church of the Advent (Episcopal) in Crestwood,
Missouri, Adjunct Professor at Eden Theological Seminary, and Dean of
the Episcopal School of Ministry. He has an undergraduate degree in
Physics (1980) from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has
maintained an interest in theoretical physics since his undergraduate
work. He also has a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School
(1985) and a PhD in Historical Theology from St. Louis University
4 Tuesdays: 7:00-9:30 p.m.
April 22 through May 13, 2014
St. Mark Lutheran/ St. Georgeís
105 East "D" St.,
Belleville, Illinois 62220
Registration is appreciated two weeks
before the beginning of a class or workshop.
Our online registration form is currently down. You may register by
email, phone, or posted mail.
EMAIL: Email your name, address, phone number with the number of the
class you want to take. Include a preferred email if it is different
than the one you use to register. Email to:
PHONE: Call 314-725-9710. The
office is open Wednesdays 9:00 A. M. to 12:00 P. M. At other times leave
a phone message with your name, address, phone number, email, and the
number of the class you want to take.
POSTED MAIL: Send your name,
address, phone number and email and the number of the class you want to
take. You may want to use the form on the brochure, if you received one.
Send to: Lutheran School of Theology, 6325 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO
PAYMENTS: Payments may be made
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to: LST, 6325 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63119.
QUESTIONS AND INFORMATION: For
further information call 314-725-9710 and leave a message, if no one is
able to take your call. Or, you may email