Theological Symposium

The Just Shall Live by Faith: The Reformation Word for Life Then and Now

Justification was the watchword of the Reformation. Five hundred years ago, it stood at the center of Luther’s struggle to restore Christian hope and consolation over and against an ambivalent church hierarchy. Christus pro nobis — “Christ for us,” a gift, without regard for our acts of devotion or any other good works — this is what it meant to be “justified by faith alone.” But what did justification mean for Christians before Luther? What place does it have for us today? Join us as we commemorate, celebrate and rediscover justification as a word of life for today.

Sept. 19-20, 2017

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2017 Resources and Speakers

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Symposium Welcome

Dr. Dale A. Meyer
President, Concordia Seminary

Dr. Charles Arand
Eugene E. and Nell S. Fincke Graduate Professor of Theology, Concordia Seminary


Christ and Justification in Romans
Dr. Mark Seifrid
Professor of Exegetical Theology, Concordia Seminary

Justification in the Early Church
Dr. David Maxwell
Louis A. Fincke and Anna B. Shine Professor of Systematic Theology, Concordia Seminary

Justification in the Reformation
Dr. Erik Herrmann
Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Director of the Center for Reformation Research, Concordia Seminary

Luther on Justification: Relevant or Irrelevant?
Dr. Mark Mattes
Chairman of the Department of Theology, Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa

Law, Gospel and Guns N’ Roses: How the English Reformation is Still Speaking Today
Dr. John Koch
Rector of St. Francis in the Fields,
Louisville, Ky.


Presentations by Concordia Seminary faculty, staff and guest speakers will address how to apply this learning to congregational life and ministry.

Dr. Jack Dean Kingsbury Lecture in New Testament Theology

Symposium participants also are invited to the Third Annual Dr. Jack Dean Kingsbury Lecture in New Testament Theology. Dr. James W. Voelz, the Dr. Jack Dean Kingsbury Professor of New Testament Theology, will give the annual lecture at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in Werner Auditorium. This year’s lecture is titled, “‘Who is Able to be Saved? … As far as Man is Concerned it is Impossible’: Entering the Kingdom of God according to Jesus in the Gospel of Mark.”

The lecture will be available via live stream at

Special Events

LCMS Foundation Golf Tournament

Join us Monday, Sept. 18, for a complimentary golf tournament at Forest Park!
Registration is included in the full symposium registration but space is limited!
Where: Highlands Golf and Tennis Center, 5163 Clayton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Schedule: Noon-1 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Tee off
4:30-6 p.m. Appetizers
Contests: Closest to the pin
Longest drive
Attire: Golf attire is expected and golfers must supply their own clubs. Golfers are responsible for their own transportation to and from the golf course.
Questions? Contact Blake Tilley at the LCMS Foundation at 314-996-1681

Home Brew Fair

Come and enjoy quality beer from local, home brewers and a German buffet!
Registration is included with the full symposium registration. Extra tickets are available for purchase for $25.
When: 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19
Co-hosted by Concordia Publishing House

Live Stream Purchase

To purchase access to the live stream, please choose the “View Live Streaming Video of the Event” option on the registration form.

The ability to register for the live stream will close 48 hours prior to the event starting. You will receive an email on Monday, Sept. 18, the day before the event, containing a link to watch the live stream and a username and password. Please note that this link allows for live viewing of the sessions occurring in Werner Auditorium as they happen and does not include access to any recorded or archived material.

For more information, please contact Continuing Education at 314-505-7286 or