Doctor of the Church Enters Glory on Good Friday

April 9th, 2013 Post by

On Good Friday, March 29, 2013, Dr. Francis Monseth, Dean of Free Lutheran Theological Seminary, was received into his eternal home at age 71. He earned an STM and ThD from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.  He taught systematic theology: the Lutheran Confessions and Dogmatics at Free Lutheran Seminary since 1971.  He was a “steadfast Lutheran” at a seminary that strives to maintain Orthodox, confessional Lutheran theology, while paying homage to its roots in Scandinavian Lutheran Pietism. His teaching emphasized the proper distinction between law and gospel, justification, the inerrancy and authority of the Scriptures, and the efficacy of the Sacraments. He was also active in Lutherans for Life as a writer and speaker.
Here is an example of one of his sermons, based on John 20:19-29, “Peace to you.”


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  1. John Rixe
    April 9th, 2013 at 18:58 | #1

    Condolences to the Monseth family, the Plymouth seminary, and the AFLC.

    We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. (Psalm 33:20)

  2. Dennis Norby
    April 10th, 2013 at 09:46 | #2

    I studied under Dr. Monseth and was greatly blessed by his ministry to me and the AFLC. His love for the Word of God and humble attitude were obvious to all who came across his path. I would encourage any reading this to pray for the Monseth family and also for the AFLC as a whole.

  3. April 15th, 2013 at 13:22 | #3

    Dr. Monseth was the Pastor who officiated and preached at my wedding, back in 1999. My wife had been a student of his, at the Association Free Lutheran Bible School (AFLBS). Mr. Norby is correct: “Dr. Monseth’s love for the Word of God and humble attitude were obvious to all who came across his path,” and this was most evident to me during the time I had to get to know him, prior to our wedding. It left quite an impression upon me. We were, of course, saddened to hear of his death.

    To this day, I have many connections to the AFLC. Fine Christian people, they have my prayers.

    - Douglas

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