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Summer Workshop: Professor Okamoto in West Fargo, N.D.
On Being Confessional Today
For many American Protestants, any version of confessionalism – any church that identifies itself with creeds and confessions – is strange. Even among Lutherans it sometimes is hard to tell what the word “confessionalism” is supposed to mean. When one speaks of “confessional Lutheranism” as if there were other, nonconfessional forms of Lutheranism, “confessional” and “confessionalism” become words to express approval or disapproval. This workshop will discuss what it means for Lutherans today to take the meaning and responsibilities of their confessionalism seriously. We will explore what it is and why it should make sense for any and all Christians. We also will consider what it means for the life of our churches, like how to regard and read the Bible, how to regard and use the Creeds and Confessions, and how to think about and perform practices like preaching and the administration of the Sacraments.
Okamoto is the Waldemar and Mary Griesbach Professor of Systematic Theology and interim chief academic officer. He is known for bringing a thoughtful analysis to today’s increasingly non-Christian culture and exploring how the church can address the issues it faces within that culture. He has spent much time studying how we can carry out apologetics today, engage science and, as always, keep Jesus at the center of everything we do.
Registration deadline: June 25, 2018
Contact: Rev. Clark Jahnke