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Richard Stuckwisch, MDiv, STM, PhD
Dr. Stuckwisch is pastor of Emmaus Lutheran Church in South Bend, Indiana, where he has served since his ordination in May 1996. He received his PhD in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame (2003), and completed his STM in church history from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, that same year. His doctoral dissertation investigated the work of the InterLutheran Commission on Worship in the 1960s and 70s, and the subsequent LCMS publication of Lutheran Worship in 1982, with a particular focus on the eucharistic rites. He is now working on a book that will trace the history of LCMS service books and hymnals from the Synod’s inception to the present day. Dr. Stuckwisch served on the Lutheran Service Book project (1998–2006), on both the Lectionary Committee and the Lord’s Supper work group. Since 2003, he has also served on the Indiana District’s Committee on Worship and Spiritual Care, and as the chairman since 2005. He and his wife, LaRena, have ten children, and have also entered upon the joys of grandparenting.
Liturgical Theology and Practice
What are the theological foundations and practical considerations for Lutheran worship? This discussion will focus on Lutheran worship as it is rooted in Trinitarian doctrine and Christology, and centered in the divine institutions of preaching, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper.
Catechesis and First Communion
This presentation will discuss ongoing catechesis, its purpose and practice, and its relationship to ﬁrst communion, as one of the most central aspects of pastoral care.
Marriage and Family
This presentation will focus on the theological, pastoral, and practical considerations of human relationships, with a view toward dating and courtship, engagement and holy marriage.
Confession and Absolution
This presentation will focus on reclaiming Confession and Absolution as the central place and practice of the Christian faith and life, and as a means of pastoral care and catechesis. Approached not just from a theological and historical perspective, it will also engage pastoral and practical concerns with tangible suggestions and guidance gained by experience.
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Other topics include:
LCMS Hymnal Projects (including Lutheran Service Book) The Catechetical and Liturgical Signiﬁcance of Hymnody The Catechetical and Liturgical Signiﬁcance of the Church Year and Its Lectionaries The Cultural, Societal, and Familial Significance of Fatherhood
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Rev. Larry L. Beane II, MDiv
Rev. Larry Beane has served as pastor of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gretna, Louisiana, since August 2005 (a week before Hurricane Katrina), also teaching Latin to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in the parochial school. He has served as the dean of the Society of St. Polycarp since 2005. Since 2008, he has been one of the editors of Gottesdienst Online, and since 2010 has also been the sermons editor of the print edition. His translation of an article by Swedish Bishop Bo Giertz (”Arguments Against Women Priests”) was published in A Hammer for God—a 2011 English language Bo Giertz reader. In 2011, he was invited by by Bishop Vsevolod Lytkin to lecture at summer seminars in Russia, where he spent 22 days, visited seven congregations, spoke at three seminars, and preached at St. Andrews in Novosibirsk. He also spoke at the Gottesdienst: Chicago conference in 2011. Pastor Beane has a BA in History from Thomas Edison State College (2000) and an MDiv from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana (2004). He formerly worked as an IT consultant and corrections ofﬁcer. He has been published several times by Lew Rockwell, writing on topics of history and economics. He lives in historic Gretna, Louisiana, with his wife Grace, son Leonidas, and six cats.
Chaplain (Colonel) Jonathan E. Shaw
Jonathan E. Shaw is a U.S. Army Chaplain (Colonel) currently assigned as Command Chaplain, Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He has served LCMS parishes in Guadalajara, Mexico, and in Virginia. As a U.S. Army Chaplain, he has served in units from Battalion to Department of the Army, with deployments to Honduras, Panama, and Iraq. His academic work includes BA, Political Science, (Wheaton College, Illinois, 1978); MDiv and STM, Systematic Theology (Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1984 and 2004); MA, Ethics (Vanderbilt, 1999); Ethics Instructor for U.S. Army Ofﬁcers (1999-2002); in residence, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 2002-2003; and MSS (U.S. Army War College, 2010). He has published in theological and military journals in the areas of U.S. Army religious support doctrine, world religions, ethics, liturgics, homiletics, exegesis, and systematic theology. Chaplain Shaw is a founding editor of the journal Gottesdienst (1990), and has served as Chairman, Board for District and Congregational Services of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. He and his wife Brenda have two daughters, Susan and Christine, and one son, Jonathan II, married to Chelsea.
Tradition and Traditionalism
What is tradition? When is tradition a bad thing? Is there a role for tradition among evangelical Lutherans? What about traditionalism? Can tradition and traditionalism serve the Gospel?
Remembrance in the Lord’s Supper: Who’s Remembering Whom?
A study of Old Testament and New Testament texts shows that remembering in the Sacrament embraces past deliverance, present help, and future promise. This seminar examines the interplay between human remembering and God’s remembering of humanity, whereby He acts to save.
Why the Augsburg Confession is Relevant Today
What does a document written in 1530 have to say to Lutherans today? Does the Augsburg Confession have a role in settling differences among Lutherans? “We are not heretics. We are Catholic Christians. And here’s why!”
The Role of Religion in National Security Policy since 9-11
With a “wall of separation between church and state,” can U.S. national security policy address religion? How can it not, when U.S. adversaries use religion to motivate terrorists? This seminar examines the enduring role of religion and conﬂict, the nature of Islam, and multiple options for including religion as a component of national security policy.
Blessing, Exorcism, and Spiritual Warfare
How do you deal with the supernatural and the occult in an evangelical way? What tools does a Lutheran pastor have at his disposal to carry out this part of his ministry faithfully? Is this something that should be addressed by our seminaries?
Islam and Christianity as Universal Religions: Hard versus Soft Power
Islam and Christianity are universal religions. Each of these religions conceives of its message as intended for all humanity. This seminar examines the differences in these religions by contrasting the intended means for spreading the religions—Islam through hard (coercive) power, and Christianity by soft (drawing) power.
Pastoral Practice in a Litigious Society
Practical advice from a pastor to other pastors or congregational leaders about how to go about serving the Lord’s kingdom in a culture that is increasingly willing to resort to lawsuits as a means to resolving conﬂict. How to be innocent as doves and yet wise as serpents.
Other topics include:
Life and Death as Blessing: Luther’s Structure for Bioethical Discernment Ethics: Philosophical, Theological, and Lutheran Liturgical Creativity and the Lutheran Confessions: Freedom or Folly? Prayer in the Public Square Preaching on the Historic Gospels: Limitation or Illumination?
Are the Confessions Prescriptive or Descriptive?
The division of the Book of Concord into that which is “prescriptive” over and against that which is “descriptive” is often used to justify “contemporary worship.” Should the Confessions be divided this way? How do we interpret the Confessions, especially in matters of worship?
Rev. Karl F.H. Petersen, MDiv David Fabrizius, PhD
Jonathan E. Shaw is a U.S. Army Chaplain (Colonel) currently assigned asbeen pastor of Rev. David H. Petersen has Command Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne,Fort Chaplain, Combined Arms Center and Indiana, since August of 2000. In additionserved LCMS Leavenworth, Kansas. He has to carrying out his pastoralin Guadalajara, Mexico, and in Virginia. parishes duties, he also ﬁnds time to be a proliﬁc writer and a magazine editor. He currently His military service began in 1974. As a U.S. serves as an editor ofhas served in units Journal Army Chaplain, he Gottesdienst: The from of Battalion to Department of the writes with life Lutheran Liturgy, for which he Army, on the and liturgy of the Church, andPanama, English deployments to Honduras, teaches and Iraq. part time at Ivy Tech Community College. He also His academic work includes B.A., Political served for ten years as an editor and columnist Science, (Wheaton College, IL, 1978); M.Div. writing on basic Christian doctrine for Higher and S.T.M., Systematic Theology (Concordia Things, an LCMS youth-oriented magazine. Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, 1984 and 2004); M.A., Ethics has been published in many Pastor Petersen (Vanderbilt, 1999); Ethics other journals as well—both scholarly and popular—and is much inArmy Command and Instructor for U.S. Army Ofﬁcers (1999–2002); in residence, U.S. demand as a speaker and retreatStaff College, 2003; and in History from Central Michigan 2010). He has published General leader. He earned a BS M.S.S. (U.S. Army War College, University and a MDiv from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he majored in New extensively in professional journals and in military publications in the areas of U.S. Army Testament studies. doctrine, world religions, ethics, liturgics, homiletics, exegesis, and religious support systematic theology. Chaplain Shaw is a founding editor of the journal Gottesdienst Pastoral Renewal for ChairmanPreaching District and Congregational Services, of (1990), and has served as Better of the Board, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. pastors into reporters or academic writers. The weekly grind of preaching can turn This presentation will show pastors how to use spiritual discipline and visitation as a means not only for personal spiritual renewal but also for a renewal in preachingWhom? Remembrance in the Lord’s Supper: Who’s Remembering that will beneﬁt the entire congregation. A study of Old Testament and New Testament texts shows that remembering in the Overcoming Sermon Writer’s Block help, and future promise. This seminar Sacrament embraces past deliverance, present examines the interplay between human remembering and God’s remembering of humanity, Every writer faces writer’s block. Seasoned writers learn how to overcome it. This whereby He acts to save. presentation will focus on sermon preparation as writing from a mechanical point of view, with an emphasis on writing as a National Security Policy Since 9-11. break The Role of Religion in process, and present techniques to help pastors through creative slumps. With a “wall of separation between church and state,” can US national security policy Ceremonies of How Divine Service as Catechesis and to motivate terrorists? address religion? the can it not, when US adversaries use religion Confession This seminar examines the enduring role of religion and conﬂict, the nature of Islam, and Ceremonies matter. That is why the guards wouldn’t leave the tomb of the unknown multiple options for including religion as a component of national security policy. soldier during Hurricane Irene. This presentation will discuss how to use ceremonies deliberately so that they don’t distract, but undergird catechesis, and also give Islam and Christianity as Universal Religions: Hard versus Soft Power. parishioners non-verbal ways to confess. Islam and Christianity are universal religions. Each of these religions conceives of its Rethinking intended for all humanity. This seminar examinesInterpretation these message as and Redeeming Allegory for Biblical the differences in religion by contrasting the intended means for spreading the religions--Islam through hard Preachers who preach that Jesus calms the storms of our lives as He calmed the (coercive) power, and Christianity by soft (drawing) power. storm on the Sea of Galilee are reading the Bible allegorically. This presentation will take a brief tour though allegorical interpretation in the Church, noting abuses, and seek to Prayer in the Public Square. reclaim it, so that it can be used to mine the Scriptures fully in a disciplined manner. How can one pray in the public square, where atheists, heretics, Confessional Lutherans, and many others stand shoulder to shoulder? Should public prayer be eliminated or be generic? Is Christian prayer in public a responsibility, a right, a wrong, a strategic choice, or a proclamation of Christ? The seminar examines prayer in military and civilian contexts.
Rev. Heath R. Curtis, MDiv, MA
A former adjunct professor of theology at Concordia University—Chicago, Pastor Curtis currently serves two rural parishes in southern Illinois where he lives with his wife and six children. He also serves as an assistant editor for the works of Johann Gerhard and is the translator of some of the sermons in vol. 69 of Luther’s Works. He is a regular contributor to theological journals (Logia, Lutheran Forum, Concordia Journal), theological symposia (at St. Louis and Fort Wayne), and Issues, Etc. radio. His recent books include Ordering Our Days in His Peace (CPH), Daily Divine Service Book: A Lutheran Daily Missal (Lulu Press), and Stewardship Under the Cross: Stewardship for Confessional Lutheran Parishes (Lulu Press).
Freed from the Shopkeeper’s Prison
What is the connection between evangelism and the doctrine of election? Can we really increase the population of heaven with our better efforts at evangelism? This is a four-part presentation: Evangelism and Election; Evangelism in the Book of Acts and Election in the Formula of Concord; What Is the Pastor’s Job Anyway; and How to Run a Lutheran Evangelism Program. Originally presented at the 2011 Spring Pastors’ Conference, Indiana District’s North Region.
Exploring the Holy Ministry: Apostolic Succession and the Sacrament
The doctrine of the Holy Ministry is one of the most controversial in contemporary Lutheranism. Pastor Curtis approaches this issue by reexamining the Lutheran understanding of apostolic succession and sacramental validity. Originally presented at the CSL and CTS Theological Symposia series in 2007 and 2008.
Stewardship for Theologians of the Cross
Stewardship is the problem that won’t go away for many pastors and congregations. But every stewardship program on the market seems to have its roots in the most unLutheran of principles: a theology of glory. Pastor Curtis walks participants through his own parish’s struggle with stewardship and outlines a practical, step-by-step, and Lutheran model for a congregational stewardship program. Based on his book Stewardship Under the Cross: Stewardship for Confessional Lutheran Parishes (2010).
Women in Combat
With three wars currently raging the question of women in the military has never been more relevant. Pastor Curtis was originally asked to present on this topic by Dr. Uwe Siemon-Netto at the 2008 conference of the Center for Lutheran Theology and Public Life on the campus of CSL.
The Order of Creation
Are the differences between male and female important? Do they go back to the creation? What does it all mean for the argument over the ordination of women? Pastor Curtis responds in this presentation which expands on his 2007 reply to Dr. Todd in the pages of Logia.
Ethics: Philosophical, Theological, and Lutheran.
Rev. Burnell F. Eckardt Jr., STM, PhD
Burnell F. Eckardt Jr. is pastor of St. Paul’s Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Kewanee, Illinois, and has been editor-in-chief of Gottesdienst: The Journal of Lutheran Liturgy (see www.gottesdienst.org) since 1995. He holds a PhD in historical theology from Marquette University, and a Master of Sacred Theology from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is the author of The New Testament in His Blood: A Study of the Holy Liturgy of the Christian Church (Kewanee, IL: Gottesdienst, 2010), Every Day Will I Bless Thee: Meditations for the Daily Ofﬁce (Sussex, WI: Concordia Catechetical Academy, 1998), and Anselm and Luther on the Atonement: Was It Necessary? (New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 1992). Dr. Eckardt has been a pastor since 1982, and served parishes in Virginia and Wisconsin prior to his move to Kewanee in 1995. Since 2007 he has been teaching online courses in Major World Religions, in Philosophy, and in Logic and Critical Thinking, for John Wood Community College in Quincy, Illinois. Besides his regular work with Gottesdienst, he has over the years had numerous speaking engagements both at home and abroad, and has written many published articles, as well as several hymns, two musical plays performed in Lutheran schools, and a Christmas cantata. His parish is also host to an annual Oktoberfest conference and gathering in Kewanee, Illinois. He and his wife, Carol, have six sons, three daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren.
Rev. Karl F. Fabrizius, PhD
Rev. Karl Fabrizius has been the pastor of Our Father Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenﬁeld, Wisconsin, since July 1984. He became an editor of Gottesdienst: The Journal of Lutheran Liturgy (see www.gottesdienst.org), in 1995. He holds a PhD in historical theology from Marquette University, and an MDiv from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is the author of the ten volume set, Bible Stories for Daily Prayer (Sussex, WI: Concordia Catechetical Academy). Since the summer of 2008 he has been teaching at the seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. In his annual visit, he preaches in congregations and teaches the seminarians liturgical preaching and catechesis. In addition, he has spoken on preaching at the 2009 Northern Indiana pastors’ conference and at the 2011 Association of Confessional Lutherans conference. He and his wife, Darcy, have three sons.
Why I Am Not Green: Creation, Incarnation, and Proclaiming the Gospel
This seminar will force preachers to be confronted by Old Testament prophetic sermons on the Creation narrative and the need to proclaim this Creator in opposition to the green Christ offered by many churches today. Many children of the 60s and 70s have been “guilted” into an environmentalist religion that is now handed down as holy doctrine to their children and grandchildren in the public school systems. How will the preacher confront this idolatry and proclaim the Incarnate Christ as the only Redeemer of the world?
Preaching Christ without a Net
This seminar is dedicated to the preaching of the Gospel, with a look at a particular preaching technique that at one time was virtually universal: preaching without a manuscript, preaching the “language of faith.” How did the Fathers prepare sermons? What can we learn about sermon preparation and technique from the sermons we ﬁnd in the New Testament? What speciﬁc tools did the Church’s great preachers of the past use to proclaim Christ? What is it about preaching that makes it sacred? This study is homiletical, exegetical, and historical.
Preaching in a Different Language
This seminar provides a historical treatment of preaching in the Church and the need for the Church to have its own language. Whether the preacher is American, Ghanaian, or any other nationality, there is a need for the Church to teach its own language. That language is found in the Biblical text and unites the Church of Christ even as on the Day of Pentecost. This seminar will be exegetical and historical in its considerations of preaching.
Chalcedonian Christology and Why It Matters Today
This seminar is devoted to looking at the Christological controversies that led to the Council of Chalcedon in AD 451; the critical role played by Leo the Great; the biblical roots of Chalcedonian Christology; and the importance these matters have for the Church of the 21st century. This study is historical, exegetical, and practical.
Why Have We Rejected the Lord’s Words?
This seminar is an in-depth look at the Sacraments and the way Lutherans are drifting further away from the Lord’s words. The seminar will provide a historical reﬂection upon the incremental way American cultural Christianity has “embarrassed” us into rejecting the Lord’s own words. The challenge is to strengthen our own understanding of the Lord’s words and be bolder about that message to a world that is longing for “salvation experiences.” This seminar will also provide insights into African Christianity and the Lutheran presence in the “Fourth World.”
The Creation Account as Catechetical and Christological
This seminar seeks to look in great detail at the ﬁrst three chapters of the Book of Genesis, in much the same light as was done by early and medieval scholars, namely, using it as a catechetical tool for teaching the Christian faith. Where do we ﬁnd Christ in these chapters, and what do they tell us about our life? This study is exegetical and catechetical.
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