Lay Bible Institute

The Lay Bible Institute, offered three times a year by Seminary faculty members, is an ongoing study of the Bible and how it relates to today's life and events.

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

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Registration: $20 fee
Registration deadline: July 18, 2020

Presenter:

Dr. David Lewis

Join Dr. David Lewis, assistant professor of Exegetical Theology, as he explores what the Gospel of Mark teaches about Christian discipleship – and what this means for our lives today.

Many would argue that the Gospel of Mark presents the harshest portrayal of Jesus’ disciples as characters in the story of Jesus’ ministry. Though called to participate in Jesus’ mission of proclaiming and establishing God’s reign, the disciples repeatedly fail to understand the nature of Jesus’ ministry and ultimately betray, desert or deny Him as he enters His passion.

Nevertheless, this Gospel teaches a high view of the Christian calling to discipleship. The disciples of Jesus are called to participate in His mission, are identified as His true family and are given insight to the mysteries of God’s reign. Yet they are also called to suffer for the sake of Jesus and His Gospel and to serve one another – a calling that can be fulfilled because of Jesus’ suffering and service on our behalf.

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sieck Hall, Room 202
Registration: $20
Registration deadline: Sept. 12, 2020

Presenter:

Dr. Joel Biermann

Jesus is Lord. One of the simplest and earliest Christian creeds, it is the first confession of every follower of Christ.

But this declaration is more than a personal spiritual idea. Jesus is Lord is a profound political, social and practical statement with potent implications that confront every believer. Of course, sorting out those implications can often be bewildering — especially when Christians themselves seem to have so many conflicting ideas about how Christians should engage the world. But guidance is available — and one of the very best guides is Martin Luther.

Join us as we study Luther’s teaching of the two realms and then focus attention of the application of God’s truth to the world around us, particularly the big political questions pressing on us in 2020.

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10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sieck Hall, Room 202
Registration: $20
Registration deadline: Jan. 24, 2021

Presenter:

Dr. Mark Seifrid

Paul’s message to the Galatians is familiar to us. Or at least we suppose so! In his letter to these churches, the apostle speaks not only to the 1st century but also to the 21st century. He speaks to the questions of our time with amazing vitality. He speaks to the exclusion of outsiders and thus to racial issues. He addresses the question that 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.

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