How will you be celebrating Reformation this year? Why not come to Minnesota for the Reformation Lectures! Since 1965, Bethany Lutheran College and Seminary in Mankato MN have held Reformation Lectures. The first presenter was Dr. Hermann Sasse, and other past notable Lutheran theologians and historians who have presented include Kurt Marquart, Robert Preus, James Kittelson, and Heiko Obermann. These lectures delve into our Reformation heritage with presentations on the history and theology of the Lutheran Reformation with application to the teaching and practice in the Lutheran church today. The lectures are presented in free conference format, outside the bounds of fellowship. There is no joint prayer or worship as part of the lectures.
Since 2012, the lectures have taken on the name “Bjarne Wollen Teigen” Reformation Lectures, in honor of the late Bethany Lutheran College President B.W. Teigen. He taught at both the college and seminary and was author of The Lord’s Supper in the Theology of Martin Chemnitz and the I Believe Series of studies on the Lutheran Confessions. Teigen was instrumental in the establishment of the lectures.
This year’s B.W. Teigen Reformation Lectures will take place on Reformation Day, Thursday, October 31 and All Saints’ Day, Friday, November 1. Presenters are Prof. Mark Harstad and Dr. Harold Senkbeil. The topic is “Confessional Lutheranism’s Answers to the Challenges of Modern Society.” Prof. Harstad will present on the “The Christian’s Vocation in the Three Estates: Family, Church, and Society.” Prof. Harstad taught Old Testament and Church History several years at Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary and for over 25 has taught religion, history, and Hebrew classes at Bethany Lutheran College. Dr. Senkbeil will speak on “The Christian Faces Contemporary Challenges.” He has written extensively on this topic, especially in such works as Sanctification: Christ in Action and Dying to Live: the Power of Forgiveness. He has taught at Ft. Wayne Seminary and heads up the Doxology project.
Bjarne Wollan Teigen Reformation Lectures 2013
Bethany Lutheran College Mankato MN
Confessional Lutheranism’s Answers to the Challenges of Modern Society
Thursday, Oct. 31st, 10:30AM
Lecture I. The Christian’s Vocation in the Three Estates: Family, Church, and Society
Speaker: Prof. Mark Harstad
Friday, Nov. 1st, 10:30AM
Lecture II. The Christian Faces Contemporary Challenges
Speaker: Dr. Harold Senkbeil