Women Saints - Naughty and Nice
Dr. Susan Bachman
So you think you know up from down and good from bad. If you've ever been humbled by (or figured out) an optical illusion, then you qualify for admission to this session. We'll tackle a reassessment of some biblical "saintly" women from Jesus' genealogy and some of our more traditional churchly male and female "saints." Matthew's view of what makes for naughty and niceóand the church's tooómay surprise you.
Dr. Susan Bachman is a Professor of Rhetoric at Concordia - Irvine.
Poison or Panacea: Christianity's Impact on Culture
The Rev. Dr. Korey Maas
What would the world look like if Christianity never existed, or ceased to exist? Some claim that "religion poisons everything"; but without Christianity would life in the modern world in fact be better, or would it be worse? Responding to recent challenges raised by popular atheist authors, this breakaway session will explore Christianity's beneficial impact on the western worldóeven the "secular" world.
Dr. Maas teaches theology and church history at Concordia - Irvine.
Dumb & Dumber: A Look into the Gospel being Distorted by Man
Mr. Landon Reed
Have you ever seen an advertisement on the side of the road for a TV evangelist pushing some message that doesn't quite sound like the Gospel? The Gospel has been distorted ever since man's old Adam got his hands on it. In this sectional, we will take a look at how throughout time the Gospel has been distorted dumb and dumber to the point of not even being the Gospel anymore. In doing so we will have a good laugh, but more importantly we will learn how dangerous this can be and how this can lead us astray.
Mr. Landon Reed serves as the Higher Things Retreats Executive and is a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Tomball, TX.
Samson: Sinner, Saint, or Savior?
The Rev. Prof. Scott Ashmon
Paul claims to be chief among sinners, but Samson may not be too far behind. Is Samson merely a muscle-bound sinner or is he a champion of faith? Might he even be a kind of christ? The answers to these questions will shed some interesting light on how we understand Samson, God the Father, Jesus, and ourselves.
Professor Scott Ashmon is Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Concordia University - Irvine.
Get Your Head in the Clouds!! (Col. 3:1-15)
The Rev. Prof. Greg Seltz
The power of "who you are as a Christian" meeting the daily challenges of life in High School, College and beyond. No matter what your age, there are pressures, there are challenges, there are failures, there are opportunities. Come hear how our Christian "identity" and Christian "destiny" really do empower us to make the most of our lives each and everyday.
The Rev. Greg Seltz is Assistant Professor of Theology and Director of the Cross Cultural Ministry Center at Concordia - Irvine.
Dr. Adam Francisco
Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? What does the Quran teach about violence? Can Christians and Muslims be friends? These and other questions will be answered by Dr. Adam S. Francisco, a specialist on Islam and the history of interaction between Christians and Muslims.
Dr. Adam Francisco is a Guest Professor of Historical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN.
Christ on Campus: Campus Ministry - Just Add Water
Christ on Campus Staff
Have a college near you? Would you like to learn how to begin a campus ministry group at a local college(s) on a shoestring budget? There are a variety of different campus outreach models that can easily be applied to your local context. This sectional is designed to address your specific campus situation and offer practical help and support.
Youth Ministry 201 (part 2): Higher Things on the Ground
The Rev. George Borghardt & Mrs. Sandra Ostapowich
In Youth Ministry 101 we learned about what youth ministry is (and isn't). Now we'll get into more of the nuts and bolts of actually starting or maintaining a faithful Lutheran youth program in a congregational setting. Bring your questions! Let's have a discussion about getting the Gospel into the ears of our kids!
Pastor George Borghardt is the Youth/Associate Pastor at Saint Mark Lutheran Church in Conroe, TX and Sandra Ostapowich is the Christian Education and Youth Director at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Loveland, CO.
How to Get the Most out of Your Personal Bible Study
Dr. Christine Ross
Have you ever read the Bible and struggled to understand what you read? In this workshop we'll study the book of Galatians and practice four Bible study techniques that will help you better understand God's Word.
Dr. Christine Ross is the Assistant Professor of Christian Education and Director, of the DCE Program at Concordia - Irvine.