Luther Academy — Congress on the Lutheran Confessions

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2013 Congress on the Lutheran Confessions

April 17-19, 2013
Ramada Mall of America Bloomington, MN

IT’S THE LAW – OR IS IT?  Legalism vs. Antinomianism

  1. Scott Murray, “What is Legalism and Antinomianism?”
  2. Rolf Preus, “Lutherans Caught Between Rome and Geneva”
  3. Roland Ziegler, “What Happens When the Third Use of the Law is Rejected?”
  4. David Scaer, “The Third Use of the Law as Answer to Antinomianism”
  5. Peter Bender, “Teaching the Law from Luther’s Small Catechism”
  6. Paul Strawn, “The Lord’s Prayer as a Prayer of Confession in the Antinomian Disputations of Luther”
  7. Albert Collver III, “Gospel Only – What’s Wrong with That”


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

  • 11:00 – Registration Begins
  • 1:00 – Welcome and Introductory Remarks
  • 1:15  – Rev. Dr. Scott Murray: “What is Legalism and Antinomianism?”
  • 2:30 – Rev. Peter Bender: “Teaching the Law from Luther’s Small Catechism”
  • 4:00 – Rev. Roland Ziegler: “What Happens When the Third Use of the Law is Rejected?”
  • 7:00 – Fund-Raising Reception for the Luther Academy, hosted at Rev. Klemet Preus home


Thursday, April 18, 2013

  • 8:00 – Breakfast hosted by The Confessional Lutheran Education Foundation (CLEF) the Luther Academy
  • 9:30 – Rev. Rolf Preus: “Lutherans Caught Between Rome and Geneva”
  • 10:45 – Rev. Paul Strawn: “The Lord’s Prayer as a Prayer of Confession in the Antinomian Disputations of Luther”
  • 12:00 – Lunch
  • 1:30 – Rev. Dr. Albert Collver III: “Gospel Only – What’s Wrong with That?”
  • 3:00 – Rev. Dr. David Scaer: The Third Use of the Law as Answer to  Antinomianism”
  • 5:30 – Social Hour
  • 6:30 – Thursday Evening Banquet; Speaker: Rev. John Pless “Why Germans Drink Beer and Baptists Don’t”


Friday, April 19, 2013

  • 9:00 – Rev. Bill Brege and Rev. Daniel Brege: “Preaching the Beauty and the Bands– How to Do It and How Not to Do It”
  • 10:30 – Rev. Dr. David Maxwell:  “Antinomianism and Women’s  Ordination”
  • 11:45 – ACL Meeting

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at


Luther Academy — Congress on the Lutheran Confessions — 4 Comments

  1. 2. Rolf Preus, “Lutherans Caught Between Rome and Geneva”

    Pastor Rolf Preus, son of a Concordia Seminary, Ft. Wayne president, a nephew of LCMS President, a brother of current LCMS vice-president, and a father of four LCMS pastors and four more boys at Lutheran seminaries preparing for the ministry in the LCMS or Canada.

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  2. This looks like a great conference with a great line-up of presenters.

    The Third Use of the Law is always a topic that moves us all to better preaching and teaching no matter what side of it we fall on – making sure to highlight sanctification in each sermon or what I like to call the Norman Nagel, semi-antinomian, gift theology.

    I subscribe to the latter. but it is crucial to realize that the two approaches do not need to be mutually exclusive.

  3. It looks great. I wish to God in my heart of hearts that I could attend, but alas it is not possible. Perhaps someone could talk about moving it closer to Michigan in the future?

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