Symposia Series, Jan. 17-20, to mark Reformation anniversary

Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW) will present its annual symposia on exegetical and confessional theology Jan. 17-20 on its campus in Fort Wayne, Ind., and in a live webcast. Both events will relate to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

The theme of the 32nd Annual Symposium on Exegetical Theology, Jan. 17-18, is “The Spirit of Reformation Exegesis Today.

Presenters and their topics include CTSFW faculty:

  • Rev. Dr. Peter J. Scaer, “The Story of Salvation, the Genesis of a New Creation and a Bold Proclamation: Luther Lessons for the Present Crisis.”
  • Rev. Dr. Charles A. Gieschen, “Antichrist in the Scriptures and Lutheran Confessions: The Relevance of Reformation Exegesis of 2 Thessalonians 2:1-10 for the Church Today.”
  • Rev. Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr., “Luther’s Lectures on Hebrews: The Headwaters of the Reformation.”
  • Rev. Ryan M. Tietz, “Waiting is the Hardest Part: Isaiah’s Motif of Waiting in Light of God Hidden and Revealed.”
  • Rev. Dr. Dean O. Wenthe, “Wittenberg University: Intellectual Servant of the Reformation and Model for a Lutheran University.”

Also presenting will be the Rev. Dr. Mark A. Seifrid, professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, on “Christ as Gift: Reflections on a New Testament Theme.”

The 40th Annual Symposium on the Lutheran Confessions, Jan. 18-20, will address “The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation: Continuing the Celebration.”

Presenters and their topics include CTSFW faculty:

  • Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr., “Luther in America.”
  • Rev. Dr. Cameron A. MacKenzie, “The 95 Theses and Why They Are Still Important.”
    Rev. Dr. David P. Scaer, “Will the Real Luther Stand Up?”

Also presenting will be:

  • Dr. Adam S. Francisco, chairman of the Department of History and Political Thought, Concordia University Irvine, Irvine, Calif., “Luther’s Use of Apologetics.”
  • Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, “Old, Cold, Lame and One-Eyed: Luther’s Last Year.”
  • Rev. Dr. M. Hopson Boutot, pastor of Poquoson Baptist Church, Poquoson, Va., “How Did Luther Preach: A Plea for Gospel-Dominated Preaching.”
  • Rev. Dr. Phil Anderas, priest of the Anglican Church in North America and a recent graduate of Marquette University, Oconomowoc, Wis., “Confessing Grace and Holiness: Augustine and the Church of the Reformation.”
  • Rev. Dr. Derek R. Nelson, chairman and associate professor, Department of Religion, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Ind., “Luther’s Ecumenical Connections.”
  • Rev. Dr. (Major) Harold Ristau, Lutheran Church—Canada chaplain with the Canadian Armed Forces, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, “Demonology in Luther’s Theology and in the Presence.”

A panel discussion will address “Expectations at the Half Millennium of the Reformation.”

Registration is $175 for the entire symposia, $100 for the exegetical symposium only and $130 for the confessions symposium only. Also available is a one-day registration for $60. A ticket to the reception and banquet on Jan. 19 is $40. Registration for the live-stream video option is $50.

For information or to register, visit

The seminary’s Lenten Preaching Workshop for pastors is planned for Monday, Jan. 16, with the theme “Preaching the Penitential Psalms in Lent: ‘Lord, Have Mercy.’” Leading the workshop will be the Rev. John T. Pless of the CTSFW faculty. Registration is $40 and includes lunch.

To register, visit For more information, contact Lee Anna Rondot at or 260-452-2204.

Posted December 8, 2016

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