ACL/Luther Academy Conference in Minneapolis Includes Two BJS Speakers

(We have received the following from the ACL and the Luther Academy and encourage you to make plans to attend. The lineup of excellent speakers includes BJS blogger Klemet Preus and our BJS Quarterly Editor Fritz Baue.)

“Who Is God?” You know Him, of course, but others claim to know Him, too…often others who really do not know Him, but only a corruption of His revelation that neither saves them nor serves their neighbor.

What does it mean that evolution is displacing creation within the hearts and minds of many in visible Christendom? What effect will it have on us all to have a disciple of Liberation Theology as “the most powerful man in the world”? Why is it important that we defend against the ‘genericization’ of God by the proponents of American Civil Religion? How does the neglect of the old Testament’s presentation of God as Triune lead us into such traps as these?

While we might easily toss out short answers to these questions, it is fitting as dedicated Lutheran pastors and laity that we would study these issues in some depth, so that we might truly be able to “given an answer to those who inquire as to the hope that is within us.”

Thus, we remind you of and invite you to consider attendance at another excellent Congress on the Lutheran Confessions, sponsored jointly by The Association of Confessional Lutherans http:// TheACL.org and The Luther Academy http://www.lutheracademy.com/ April 22 – 24, 2009 (1:00 pm on the 22nd through noon on the 24th) at the Ramada Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

The speakers include:

  • Rev. Dr. David Adams, St. Louis, Missouri – The God of Civil Religion: Can We Pray to Him?
  • Rev. Dr. David Scaer, Fort Wayne, Indiana – Christology: Key to Understanding the Trinity
  • Rev. Todd Wilken, Waterloo, Illinois – Pluralism’s Poison Potion: All Gods are Created Equal OR God, god and the Occult
  • Rev. James Bauer, Denver, Colorado – Syncretism/Unionism and the True God: Does God Compromise?
  • Rev. Steve Briel, Corcoran, Minnesota – The Trinity in the Old Testament
  • Rev. Robin Fish, Laurie, Missouri – The God of Liberation Theology — the Replacement Religion
  • Rev. Klemet Preus, Plymouth, Minnesota – The God of American Evangelicalism
  • Rev. Dr. Leo Sanchez, St. Louis, Missouri -Pneumatology: Key to Understanding the Trinity
  • Rev. Dr. Fritz Baue, Fairview Heights, Illinois – The True God and Evolution: Can They Co-exist?

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.

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ACL/Luther Academy Conference in Minneapolis Includes Two BJS Speakers — 15 Comments

  1. The lineup of excellent speakers includes BJS blogger Klemet Preus and our BJS Quarterly Editor Fritz Baue.)

    Not to mention the Assistant Pastor of Trinity, Millstadt, IL…whose name appears in the top button of this page under “Brothers’ Cafe”!

    EJG

  2. Wow,what a lineup.

    Can we get this show “on the road”? Like closer to St Louis, maybe?

  3. Can we get this show “on the road”? Like closer to St Louis, maybe?

    LA/ACL’s Congress was in St. Louis for two years…and nobody came. The lineup was as good as this one, too…but none of the ‘locals’ showed up.

    That said, I recall that the ACL and LA were planning to move the event every couple/few years, so it might come back that way.

    OTOH, if you’d like to pop over to Kansas City, there is The Augustana Ministerium’s Theological Conference and Plenary going on there May 11-13. The three days after that will find the Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America’s Theological Colloquium just down I-70 in Richmond, MO, too. BOTH of these events will have things profitable to all, imo.

    See: http://augustanaministerium.org

    and:

    for info.

    But, folks, by all means, if you can make it to Bloomington, go to the Confessions Congress–the 20th anniversary edition!

    EJG

    EJG

  4. West coast? There’s a west coast? The majority of conferences occur within a few hundred miles from St. Louis. I’m not sure why that is, but there are Lutherans in other parts of the country, that wish they would have events like this that we could attend too, without having to travel a great distance and at great expense to attend them.

  5. Put me down too for a couple of dvds. Will we get some blog coverage and photos of the event here at bjs?

  6. Hey Kevin,

    Good to hear from you. I owe you that file of the worship thing from Bethany. I haven’t forgotten.

    I will be speaking at a conference that is held the day beore this conference (sponsored by the LCA, a different group than the ALC) but need to leave that night and will not be at this conference.

    TR

  7. If it’s not too much trouble, a video/DVD of this event would be a great way to raise $$ for BJS!

    Is there some particular reason why the Luther Academy and Association of Confessional Lutherans should want BJS to raise money by making a video of their conference, when LA and ACL have projects on which to spend such money themselves–such as the sponsorship of other such conferences around the world?

    Of course, one wonders, too, how many people would spend the money for the video, when only a couple dozen got the (extremely well done audio of last year’s conference).

    As to the location of the Congress, after many years in Chicago, it has begun ‘traveling’ to a certain extent. If you want it to go coastal, that’s a simple thing to accomplish: join the ACL, show up at the annual meeting, and present a plan to do so.

    However, it would be good to note that a flight from, say, LAX to MSP is cheaper than a flight from my area to either place. Many national conferences are in the middle of the country because the overall cost is cheaper than being on either coast; i.e., you put a conference where the greatest number of people are within driving distance and consider that the $220 RT from LAX to MSP will allow those who want to come to do so. For me, it’s over $300 from Arkansas to MSP or a 9-10 hour drive; nonetheless, I always try to make this conference, because it is both scholarly and practical, bringing together speakers, quite often, that you wouldn’t hear elsewhere.

    EJG

  8. “LA/ACL’s Congress was in St. Louis for two years…and nobody came. The lineup was as good as this one, too…but none of the ‘locals’ showed up.”

    Forgive me, but I was one of the vast majority who wasn’t aware of all these conferences, etc, until the wake up call I got when issues,etc was canceled. BJS and the Wittenberg Trail have really opened my eyes to a lot of things that I was not aware of.

    Unlike pastors, I can’t get 3-4 days off during the work week to drive and attend these events. Podcasts, i-tunes, etc are about the only way I can “attend”.

    I went to the LA website to look for some of the older audio that was referenced, but can’t find anything of the sort. Any links to these recordings?

    How about some podcasts like those from the BJS confeence? I couldn’t make that event, but I really appreciated the chance to hear the audio (my thanks to anyone who had a part in making the podcasts available).

  9. Forgive me, but I was one of the vast majority who wasn’t aware of all these conferences, etc, until the wake up call I got when issues,etc was canceled. BJS and the Wittenberg Trail have really opened my eyes to a lot of things that I was not aware of.

    You, I forgive; why was your pastor not telling you these things? It was the local pastors not showing up that I was referencing.

    Unlike pastors, I can’t get 3-4 days off during the work week to drive and attend these events. Podcasts, i-tunes, etc are about the only way I can “attend”.

    I understand entirely. This is why you need to excel at capitalism so that you can retire while your still young enough to travel!

    I went to the LA website to look for some of the older audio that was referenced, but can’t find anything of the sort. Any links to these recordings?

    The audio is available for order at http://TheACL.org

    I would like for them to podcast these, too…but the expense of the Congress would only allow it if enough people show up for the conference itself. Even if folks can’t make it to the congress, they would do well to join the ACL simply for what ACL does around the world. It, along with CLEF and LA are responsible for reaching and teaching a huge number of Confessional folk in many lands.

    God willing, The Augustana Ministerium conference in May will be podcast…but the discussion format of that conference makes it difficult to get really good audio.

    EJG

  10. Not that this would help Scott Diekmann much, since he’s way up north in Washington, but there are conferences on the west coast, though they are usually only one day affairs. The second annual Small Catechism conference is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Orange, CA. This is less than a mile east of the Orange Metrolink station (Orange is the transfer point for Metrolink trains running between L.A. Union Station and Oceanside and San Bernardino/Riverside and Oceanside. All Amtrak trains stop a few miles northwest in Anaheim and a few miles southeast in Santa Ana; only a few stop in Orange.). The nearest airport in John Wayne/Orange County Airport.

    The convocation will commence with Matins and conclude with the Divine Service. There will be three pastors speaking about the Apostles’ Creed.

    See smallcatechism.com for more information on this conference, where you can also find MP3 files of last year’s presentations.

  11. Not that this would help Scott Diekmann much, since he’s way up north in Washington, but there are conferences on the west coast,

    1. Seattle to MSP is still cheaper than Fayetteville to MSP.

    2. If there are no conferences within reach, schedule one. Line up two speakers a year in advance and ‘sell’ the conference based on them. See how many people will come and, based on that, how many more speakers you can afford. Six months out, you should be able to promote the thing as a whole. Send me a note with the info when you’re ready, and it’ll be on several thousand monitors in a few seconds,

    3. Realistically speaking, your draw area is fairly small. I don’t think many people will fly EAST for a conference in Washington, and most folks east of, say, Hays, KS, think that Denver is right next to the west coast. How many are likely to drive in from the surrounding LCMSdom? That’s the difference between scheduling a major conference on the coast as opposed to one in the center of the country…plus the travel of the speakers.

    I don’t like it, either; I wish there were conferences less than ten hours from my home. So far, the only one that is is the Augustana Ministerium conference (which is five hours)…and the annual classes we sponsor in Arkansas with Dr. Steve Hein. That is why I am all for the circulation of mp3s, etc.; however, I know that some are reticent to do so, simply because it can lead to a lack of in-person attendance that makes paying for such a conference impossible. (Even the Ft. Wayne symposia, which had massive attendance in the early 2000s thanks in no small part to CAT 41 organizing events and drawing laymen to the Fort, was out of the gymnasium and back into the old auditorium this January–as far as I know, without live audio.)

    EJG (feeling your pain…and a lot of my own)

  12. Did you know that MN has more Lutherans per capita then any other state? So, more can go with less distance to travel. I also heard a good remark from someone that came last year, that the airport is just across the freeway, and a shuttle will take you back and forth. This person told me when it was in St Louis he had to get a cab across town to the hotel from the airport. I hope they get a good turnout. The MNN convention starts the following Monday this year, so I don’t know if that could keep some from going? I hope not. It’ll be great, with these speakers. The party will be fun, too 🙂

  13. You can even pay for all three days and not attend at all…but if you’re going to do that, put my name on your paid registration, and I’ll go in your place!

    EJG

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