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2020-21 Lay Bible Institute series announced

Three workshops cover Christian citizenship, Galatians, suffering

Dates have been set for Concordia Seminary, St. Louis’ 2020-21 Lay Bible Institute series. The institute offers ongoing study of the Bible and how it relates to today’s life and events. Each one-day workshop is hosted on campus and led by a Concordia Seminary faculty member.

“We are thrilled to introduce all three of our Lay Bible Institute workshops at once,” said Erika Bennett, director of Continuing Education. “We hope that this will give participants more time to plan and take advantage of these enriching continuing education opportunities.”

The series includes the following three workshops:

Oct. 10, 2020
Register by Sept. 21, 2020

Wholly Citizens: Thinking Rightly about Christian Engagement with the World

Presenter: Dr. Joel Biermann, Waldemar A. and June Schuette Professor of Systematic Theology

One of the simplest and earliest Christian creeds, “Jesus is Lord” is every believer’s first confession. But it is also a profound political, social and practical statement with potent implications that confront and can bewilder believers. Guidance is available — and one of the very best guides is Martin Luther. In this workshop, participants will study Luther’s teaching of the two realms and then focus attention of the application of God’s truth to the world and particularly this year’s pressing political questions.
Feb. 6, 2021
Register by Jan. 24, 2021

Galatians: Hearing Paul’s Gospel Afresh

Presenter: Dr. Mark Seifrid, Professor of Exegetical Theology

Many Christians are familiar with Paul’s message to the Galatians — or at least they assume so! In his letter to these churches, the apostle speaks not only to those in the 1st century but also to those in the 21st century. He speaks to the questions of our time with amazing vitality — addressing the exclusion of outsiders and thus to racial issues. He addresses the question that Lutheran pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer raised in the isolation and loneliness of his prison cell: “Who am I?” Paul gives us a clear answer in Galatians. It is a letter that deserves to be heard afresh.
Aug. 7, 2021
Register by July 23, 2021

When Things Fall Apart: Job’s Frightening Journey

Presenter: Dr. Henry Rowold, Professor Emeritus of Practical Theology

In this study of the book of Job, participants will focus on the crisis for faith and ministry that can come as a result of unbearable suffering. There will be close study of the dialogue of Job and his friends, and the attempts of people, those suffering and those ministering, to make sense of the difficulties. Finally, participants will delve into the conversation between God and Job, and the resolution of faith that finally emerges.

Open to lay people, students, pastors and others interested in the proclamation of the Gospel, the one-day workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus of Concordia Seminary, 801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, MO 63105. The October 2020 workshop will be held in Werner Auditorium; while the February and August 2021 events will be held in Sieck Hall, Room 202. Interested participants can learn more or register online or contact Continuing Education at 314-505-7286 or at

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