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Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop 2021 – Professor Nafzger Online

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Start:
August 23
End:
August 24
Cost:
$100

Organizer

Continuing Education
Phone:
314-505-7286
Email:
ce@csl.edu

Description

Meeting the Crisis of Scripture as “People of the Word”: How to Avoid Liberal Criticism and Biblical Fundamentalism

Conservative Lutherans have never felt at home in the modern “Battle for the Bible.” We reject liberal critics, for they have abandoned the foundational Christian belief that the Scriptures are the written Word of God. But we don’t feel at home with “Bible-believing” fundamentalists either, because they have neglected the Gospel of Christ crucified and the centrality of the forgiveness of sins. What shall we do? How shall we think and speak about the Scriptures in an increasingly skeptical post-modern world? Rather than defining ourselves by what we are NOT, this workshop approaches the theology of Scripture by taking a close look at the theology of the Word of God. This theology of the Word begins with the eternal Word made flesh; it continues through the proclaimed Word of Law and Gospel; and it is normed and guided by the written Word of the prophets and apostles. With a firm grounding in the theology of the Word of God, we will consider WHY we believe these particular writings are the Word of God and HOW they function in our life together. This will help us address pressing questions about the canon, authority and interpretation of the Scriptures, as well as our use of the Scriptures in preaching and teaching.

Dr. Peter Nafzger

Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Student Life, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Dr. Peter Nafzger is a gifted theologian and speaker who manifests what is best about The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. He joined the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis faculty in 2016 after serving as a pastor for nine years in Minnesota. While in Minnesota he served as a leader (and continues to do so) in the planning of LCMS Youth Gatherings. His dissertation (and hence his expertise) centers on a Lutheran approach and use of Scripture over and against the fundamentalist approaches that often dominate American Christianity.

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Schedule

DAY TIME EVENT
Monday 9-10:15 a.m. The Problem with the Modern Battle
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-11:45 a.m. Back to the Word of God,
Part 1
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch
1-2:15 p.m. Back to the Word of God,
Part 2
2:15-2:30 p.m. Break
2:30-3:30 a.m. The Word and the Canon(s)
3:30-3:45 p.m. Break
3:45-4:30 p.m. Conversation
Tuesday 9-10:15 a.m. The Word and Authority
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-11:45 a.m. The Word and Interpretation
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch
1-2:15 p.m. Preaching and the Bible,
Part 1: Worldmaking
2:15-2:30 p.m. Break
2:30-3:30 a.m. Preaching and the Bible,
Part 2: Telling the Truth
3:30-3:45 p.m. Break
3:45-4:30 p.m. Conversation and Summary
Registration cost: $100
Registration deadline: Aug. 9, 2021
 
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Nafzger, Peter H. “These Are Written”: Toward a Cruciform Theology of Scripture. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2013.