Lutheranism and the Classics Conference at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne


A major conference considering how the classical languages have influenced the Lutheran Church in the past, and how Greek and Latin are poised to enrich church, academy, and culture in both the present and the future will be convened 1-2 October 2010 at Concordia Theological Seminary, 6600 N. Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, IN, 46825; phone: 260/452-2172).  For conference activities, speakers, paper titles, and to register online, visit 

(Submitted by Dr. John Nordling)

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.


Lutheranism and the Classics Conference at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne — 7 Comments

  1. Not an educator, not a pastor, not a student of languages – so might there be something here for a plain ordinary layperson?

  2. @A Beggar #1

    If you are interested in theology or history, it should be fascinating. Would you consider supporting a classical Lutheran school?

    I wish I could attend.

  3. Having took the online Greek through CTSFW, I can tell you that one doesn’t have to be a theologian to gain spiritual benefit from such studies. Although it’s tough to get through (at least for someone of my intellect), the realization of how poorly English translates some things becomes evident. Some of this is unintentional, as English just can’t always portray what the Greek is trying to say. Some of it, IMO, is due to so much Reformed influence in the English translations. Having said that, I came to further appreciate how passive our salvation is from the study of Greek, and I’ve probably forgotten more than I learned at this point. For example, the NASB is the only English translation that I am aware of that gets Acts 2:40 correct (be saved vs. save yourselves).

    Dr. Nordling is a wonderful man who took time on the phone to help me with my Greek struggles and discernment about attending sem. His Greek class was fun to sit in on as well during a few campus visits. I have to tell a joke, though. Dr. Nordling is known as a bit of a Greek task-master, so the campus joke was, “Thus saith the Nord.” His Philemon commentary is also great. Check this out:

  4. Will we finally go back to retaining the Latin?

    Seriously, every Lutheran School should be teaching Greek or Latin, or both. Pastors should be able to teach Greek to day school kids.

  5. I went to the Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education Conference. It was great. I learned so much. The presenters were the best I had ever heard at an education conference, and I have attended many. If you can go, do it. It is a fabulous opportunity. I see some of the same presenters will be at this upcoming event.

  6. @boaz #4
    Could the lack of Latin be due to Romaphobia? Weekly Communion, stations of the Cross, incense, the processional, and other things are (IMO) often avoided just for appearing “too Roman.” I have heard more than once from fellow parishioners that they went to such-and-such Lutheran Church, and they felt like they were in a Catholic Church. High Church=Rome to many, and this is quite unfortunate. Once again, lack of education.

  7. I was just confirmed last year as an adult LCMS Lutheran and I must tell you it was a long road. My wife is a very devote LCMS Lutheran who was raised in the church. I was not raised a Lutheran but attended church with her for the past 15 years. I did not however really attempt to learn anything more about the Lutheran faith because of my upbringing until something changed. We moved to a new city and found a LCMS church that had been founded over 160 years ago and is shepherded by a young, but very faithful pastor who guided to explore the differences that were holding me back. So I embarked on a mission of comparisons between the ESV version of the bible and the translation I was raised with. The results were eye opening to say the least. I went as far as too compare the versions to the original Greek; the very little that I learned, to find that my former denomination had changed the bible text to fit their doctrine. Talk about a spiritual awakening. But it took going back and forth in Greek for me to understand how right Luther was. A little bit of Greek can change a life, it did for me.

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