Reformation500 Speaker Series


Reformation500 Lecture 2017

Luther’s Fiercest Foes: Satan, Sin, The Wrath of God

Dr. Robert Kolb
Professor Emeritus of International Research at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
7 p.m.
Werner Auditorium
Free and open to the public
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kolbLuther’s perceptions of the conflicts of all Christians with evil in all its forms provided the setting for his development and application of his distinction of God’s Law and the Gospel of the restoration of the complete humanity of the person to whom the Holy Spirit gives the gift of trust in Jesus Christ and the atonement accomplished by His death and resurrection. Luther’s use of God’s Word and prayer guided his living out of his faith in the midst of these struggles.

Kolb is one of the most respected Reformation scholars of our time. Through his many books, essays and articles, he has offered invaluable insight into Martin Luther’s thought and the network of colleagues and students who helped bring about one of the most important moments in history.

Kolb is the author of more than 170 essays published in academic journals and volumes on Reformation history and evangelism, as well as numerous books, including Martin Luther and the Enduring Word of God (2016); The Oxford Handbook to Martin Luther’s Theology (2014); Luther and the Stories of God (2012); Martin Luther, Confessor of the Faith (2009); The Genius of Luther’s Theology (with Dr. Charles Arand, 2008); Bound Choice, Election, and Wittenberg Theological Method From Martin Luther to the Formula of Concord (2005); The Book of Concord (co-editor with Timothy Wengert, 2000); and Speaking the Gospel Today: A Theology for Evangelism (1995).

The Center for Reformation Research and Concordia Seminary began commemorations for the Reformation quincentenary by sponsoring an annual speaker series aimed at the St. Louis community to offer varying perspectives on the significance of the Reformation. Oswald Bayer began the series in 2012 with “A Public Mystery.” Subsequent years included perspectives from Fr. Jared Wicks, S.J., historian Steven Ozment, Tullian Tchividjian and Miroslav Volf.