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Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Professor Haupt


August 10, 2020
August 12, 2020




Due to concerns about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, this workshop will be held online.

Confessing Christ and Living His Mission: Pre-Constantinian Theology and Practice for Our Post-Constantinian World

Many would argue that we live in a post-church, post-Christian culture marked by increasing hostility to Christian theology, waning protection of political freedoms of the Christian church and increasing biblical illiteracy. And the list goes on. How should Christ’s church conduct itself in such a climate? This workshop will address how we got to this place and will look at where we go from here. It will explore various frameworks to understand the interaction of Christianity and culture, as well as look at how the early Christian church engaged a culture similar to our own. Examples from the early church will be given to demonstrate its twofold approach to the issue of Christ and culture: confessing Christ and living His mission. The event will also include a practical workshop on using early Christian writings in preaching and teaching.

Registration deadline: July 20, 2020

Dr. Benjamin Haupt

Haupt is associate provost and assistant professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He focuses his studies on what it means to be a Christian in the emerging post-Constantinian culture that is coming to characterize Europe and America. This interest arose out of his work in parishes in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Florida-Georgia District and has been reinforced by his academic studies in Europe. His dissertation on Tertullian’s text of the New Testament led him to explore more deeply the writings of the pre-Constantinian church for guidance on how we might live faithfully in a post-Constantinian culture today.


Tentative schedule

Aug. 10 10–11 a.m. 1. What does it mean to live in a post-Constantinian world?
11 a.m.–12 p.m. 2. Where to begin? In Christ!
2–3 p.m. 3. How do I learn to read the Bible?
3–4 p.m. 4. What does it mean to be the church?
Aug. 11 10–11 a.m. 5. How do you tell a Christian from a non-Christian?
11 a.m.–12 p.m. 6. What does it mean to confess Christ?
2–3 p.m. 7. What does it mean to live out Christ’s mission?
3–4 p.m. 8. How can the church winsomely serve her neighbors?
Aug. 12 10–11 a.m. 9. How do we relate to politics and the government?
11 a.m.–12 p.m. 10. How do we lose with grace and carry our cross like Christ?

Note: The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty/staff presenters.