New Lutheran Hour Speaker

Lutheran Hour Ministries has chosen Rev. Gregory Seltz to be their new Speaker.  For their press release:

http://www.lhm.org/newsroom/enewsstory.asp?ArticleID=16561

The Lutheran Hour link has some biographical information for Rev. Seltz.  From that I have compiled some resources to help us get to know our new Lutheran Hour Speaker.

Rev. Seltz’s information from the LCMS Church Worker profile:

http://www.lcms.org/locators/nworkers/w_detail.asp?W5173

The website for a church which Rev. Seltz began in New York:

http://www.cfan.net/

It appears that Rev. Seltz has a lot of interest and experience in urban and cross cultural ministry situations.

Here is an excellent listing of some of Rev. Seltz’s experience:

http://www.csp.edu/president/transition/Candidate_Experience/Rev._Gregory_Seltz.html

From the above link:

Education:

  • Concordia Seminary, Ph.D. thesis stage Theology and Culture, St. Louis, Missouri (present)
  • Concordia Seminary, STM systematics, St. Louis, Missouri (1994)
  • Concordia Seminary, M.Div. Systematic – New Testament (Honors), St. Louis, Missouri (1986)
  • Concordia College, Ann Arbor, B.A. New Testament-Biblical Languages (Honors) Ann Arbor, Michigan (1982)

Experience:

  • Concordia University, Director Cross-Cultural Ministry Center; Irvine, California (2000- )
  • St. John’s Orange, Pastor- Part time staff; Orange, California (2007- )
  • St. Paul, Los Angeles, Interim Pastor; Los Angeles, California (2006-2007)
  • Life’s Journey Ministries, Executive Director, Manhattan, New York (1995-2000)
  • Church for All Nations, Founding Pastor, Manhattan, New York (1995-2000)
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pastor, Brandon, Florida (1990-95)
  • Messiah Lutheran Church, Mission Developer, Midlothian, Texas (1988-1990)
  • Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Pastor, DeSoto, Texas (1988-1990)
  • Concordia Lutheran Church, vicar, San Antonio, Texas (1985)

Rev. Seltz has authored a couple bible studies for Concordia Publishing House (CPH) for the “Lutheran Difference” series, one on the Lord’s Supper and one on Marriage and Family.  To see them go here:

http://www.cph.org/searchnew.aspx?SearchTerm=seltz

He has also been a breakout session teacher for Higher Things:

http://higherthings.org/conferences/amen2008/catechesis/irvine-breakaway-d.html

He also serves on the Administrative Cabinet for the Center for U.S. Missions:  you can also find a Bible study written by Rev. Seltz there.

http://centerforusmissions.com/default.aspx

I was able to find a sermon (although it sounds like it might be more of a speech setting) preached by Rev. Seltz to a men’s prayer breakfast group,   the topic was “The Christian Man and Perseverance: the Power to See Things to the End” here is the link:

http://hbfaithlab.com/faith2/sermons?sermon_id=37

Here is another sermon preached by Rev. Seltz on a Consecration Sunday, the video is found at:

http://vimeo.com/9121435

Hope this helps us to understand who our new Lutheran Hour Speaker is.  I would encourage us to pray for Rev. Seltz as he will begin preaching to a lot of hearers over the airwaves soon.

About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.

Comments

New Lutheran Hour Speaker — 25 Comments

  1. Joshua,

    From all that you have listed–do you think [and does the group think] that he will be able to return the speaker’s position to one more in line with the better practices of the LCMS?? Will he speak in the same manner as a Wally Schulz??

  2. He was issued the call some months ago but declined it. Has it be reissued to him, and he has now accepted?

  3. @Rev. Roger D. Sterle #1
    Roger,
    I honestly don’t know much about Rev. Seltz and his preaching, so I am not sure how he will be as the speaker. Even the audio and video samples I found were not very good samplings of his general preaching since they were for special occasions (one a prayer breakfast, another a consecration Sunday celebration) where Rev. Seltz was a guest speaker.
    By posting this article I am hoping that others may have more input to inform the rest of us.

  4. I think Pr. Seltz is an excellent choice. He preached at our congregation once (in 2004, I think). I recorded the service on a CD. It will take me a week or two to determine if we still have a copy of it. He did an excellent job of chanting the liturgy (Divine Service 2 in our case).

    I do have an MP3 recording of the talk he gave at Higher Things at CUI in 2008 and if Norm tells me where I can upload it, I’ll do that. It’s 35 MB and thus too large to send as a Gmail attachment.

    St. John’s has had Bach Cantata Vespers every couple of months or so and I attend as many of those as I can. This service used to be conducted by (senior) Pr. Klinkenberg. I believe him to be someone who does not like to take sides in controversial matters. When Pr. Seltz became the liturgist/preacher for these services, the liturgy was switched to Evening Prayer (though they still call it vespers for some odd reason).

    The program that Pr. Seltz directs at CUI was started by Christ College Irvine’s founding president, Dr. Charles Manske and originally was called the Ethnic Pastor Certification Program (or something close to that). Our vicar, who is in the program, has a great deal of respect for Pr. Seltz and is sorry to see him leave..

  5. Listened to http://vimeo.com/9121435

    Lots of law, law law. What WE should do – OUR relationship with God, etc.
    Didn’t hear anything about us being miserable sinners, and the things WE do are worthless. Much about how what wonderful things happen because of what WE do.

  6. Gospel? In http://vimeo.com/9121435 ? Where?

    The theme: “What is my faith-life to live?”

    At 5 minutes, a chance to proclaim gospel but backed off. Referenced major event that changed the world, but then talked about how God wants us to live.

    At 11 minutes: I came to give you life. What was that “life”? Nope, backed off and talked about Jesus as example as the reason He’s here for you.

    At 13 minutes, alluded to baptism “He poured that good news all over you. You are an heir and of the Creator and Redeemer of the universe.” How so? Why is that good news. What did it do for you? No, “That sort of faith-life gives you confidence” and right back to what you should do. Spoke of confidence that you have, not because of Jesus, but because of your faith-life.

    Mentioned the word “forgiveness” a couple of times, but never related it to the gospel.

    Why do we come to church? “Yeah, to be strengthened, BUT, how about to make sure that there’s a church to come to.” Or, “You’re coming because you’re a person of faith…because you’ve dedicated your life to be a church that leaves a legacy” Nothing about coming to church to receive the gifts. Nothing about coming to church to get forgiven.

    There was no Gospel proclamation in that sermon.

    It’s like the former SP who, in a sermon at our District conference, passionately spoke about that shining city on a hill. Many thought that the sermon was so gospel-centered.

    No, it was not, for he never mentioned what the light was that causes the city to shine and why it is light for the world and us. There was no gospel in that sermon either.

    References to the gospel and talking about the gospel- that’s not the proclamation of the Gospel.

    But, that’s the only sermon I’ve heard Pr. Seltz preach. (BTW, because it was Consecration Sunday is no excuse.) I trust that others and hope that his future LHM sermons will be gospel-centered.

  7. Redeemed :
    Listened to http://vimeo.com/9121435
    Lots of law, law law. What WE should do – OUR relationship with God, etc.
    Didn’t hear anything about us being miserable sinners, and the things WE do are worthless. Much about how what wonderful things happen because of what WE do.

    Let me guess: Is Pr. Seltz a proponent of the Church Growth Movement and its corresponding non-denominational/Calvinist theology?

  8. Blessings to Pastor Seltz. May he faithful in his work and may many come to a true and saving faith through his proclamation of Christ.

  9. Graduated with him from Seminary… Always thought of him as a theologically solid guy. High aptitude.

  10. @Redeemed #8
    What’s really sad is in the other video cues for this supposed LCMS church, the pastor (not Seltz) is preaching a Sunday worship service in a vikings jersy. Lord have mercy upon us.

  11. @Rev. Mike Trask #15
    I thought so too with the STM and all – thanks for adding your comments

    @Rev. Weinkauf #16
    Indeed – Lord have mercy. Was Adrian Peterson or Brett Favre preaching that Sunday? Vestments are meant to hide the man and identify his office, I guess a sport jersey may accomplish the hiding but in a really bad way (office of quarterback?). It fits, many pastors view themselves as coaches or team leaders. Many sermons could be summarized “get out there and win one for God”. Indeed – Lord have mercy.

  12. @Rev. Weinkauf #16
    Maybe for a football sermon:
    You lost before you stepped one foot on the field. During the game, all the penalties were charged against one Man, which both teams dog-piled on, and yet in the end that one Man won the game, applying the victory to every last player, your record is now undefeated forever because of Him. You are not longer a loser, but a victor because of Him.

  13. My friends, like many here, I was less than enthusiastic about the information that we had about Rev. Nadasdy receiving the call as LH speaker. I took it as an indication that the leadership at LHM still didn’t have a clue how incensed many of us still are about actions taken in the past with Rev. Schulz.

    I was impressed that the current executive director chose to respond to the postings on this board concerning that situation.

    Now we have the announcement of Rev. Seltz accepting the call. This is a man who has been on Issues, Etc. and spoken at Higher Things, two organizations that many of us respect very highly and whose opinion, I hope, we trust. I take that as a sign that the leadership at LHM at least considered our concerns in this current call selection. That’s a good thing too.

    I have no idea who Rev. Seltz is, or how he will be as LH speaker. But being on Issues, Etc. and at Higher Things gives me ample reason to give him the benefit of the doubt until he proves otherwise in his new call as LH speaker.

    Until such a time as that happens, I would strongly encourage everyone here (including myself because I struggle a lot with these particular words from Dr. Luther), to remember these words which should be very familiar to us all:

    “We should fear and love God that we may not deceitfully belie, betray, slander, or defame our neighbor, but DEFEND him, [think and] SPEAK WELL of him, and put the BEST CONSTRUCTION on EVERYTHING.” (emphasis added)

  14. I think I got on here and was critical of LHM, and didn’t the director of LHM get on here and respond to his critics? That was worthy of praise. As Pr. Mathey said above, we should at least be cautiously hopeful about Pr. Seltz, and we should be thankful if in fact some of the criticisms that appeared here were heard by LHM. So it seems to me.

  15. @Karl Hess #21
    Yes, Karl – Mr. Bruce Wurdemann posted on the previous article concerning Dr. Nadasdy and the call to be Speaker. Mr. Wurdemann gets a lot of credit for commenting here and responding to critics of The Lutheran Hour.

  16. My question is this, “Why did they not pick a man who was above question and reproach?” You cannot tell me that there are not pastors whom all would agree that they are solid in doctrine and practice. Why did they pick someone who would not cause controversy or questioning?

  17. @GaiusKurios #23
    I am not sure that Rev. Seltz causes a lot of controversy, I think he actually might represent a more “middle” Missouri – look at the various things he has been involved in, they represent the variety of the LCMS. In the end, the proof will be in the preaching. Pray for Rev. Seltz – he is preaching to a very diverse (I think 8.5 million person) crowd over the airwaves. Not an easy task – God bless him with the ability and faithfulness to do it.

  18. @Rev. Mike Mathey #20
    Thank you for your thoughtful, intelligent and Christ-like response regarding my husband’s call as Speaker of the Lutheran Hour. Sadly, there is much criticism and not much support and kindness displayed by many clergymen today toward one another. God bless you and keep you. We need more men like you.

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