The Athanasian Creed - Still Doing Its Job
The Rev. Michael Brockman
As one of the three ecumenical creeds subscribed to by Lutherans, the Athanasian Creed has become almost a forgotten relic. When do we Lutherans use it? Can we chant it or sing it? Is it printed in all Lutheran hymnals? How has it been used in Christendom? Who else uses it today? Is it still relevant and necessary?
Pastor Michael Brockman serves Christ Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, KS.
All Dressed Up and Nothing to Wear: Clothed in Christ
Dcs. Emily Carder
Clothing in today's society has become a status symbol, a mark of authority, or even a sign of membership. Clothing can even mark those who bring the Gospel. But what does it mean to be "naked and not ashamed?" It can still be the Christian's status, even with clothing on! Find out what it means to be Clothed in Christ.
Deaconess Emily Carder serves Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School in Brandon, MS.
The Rev. Tyler Hauptmeier
As Secular Humanism has become perhaps the dominant worldview in our society today, we will look in history at the formation of humanism and it's founding principles, and then we will look at how this fundamental philosophy has infected the minds of Americans today. We will then focus on how Secular Humanism has harmed the church and how we can guard against it using Biblical discernment.
Pastor Tyler Hauptmeier serves St. Peter Lutheran Church in Wymore, NE, and First Lutheran Church in Summerfield, KS.
Baptism and the Meaning of Life
The Rev. Jim Holowach
What things are most important to you in life? Family and relationships? Fun and games? Education, work, success? Have you thought about your purpose, your plan, or what you might end up doing with your life? Have you wondered what the point is or why life even matters? What IS the meaning of life, anyway? And what on earth does Baptism have to do with anything? Well... Answer that last question, and you answer them all! You'll see things in a whole new way!
Pastor Jim Holowach serves Christ Lutheran Church in Jackson MS.
Friends with Benefits?
Mrs. Jillene Houser
Truth and consequences. This breakaway will take a look at the Gospel truth about male and female relationships as well as the serious consequences that follow when we try to live otherwise. What are the benefits of true friendship? Come and check it out!
Mrs. Jillene Houser is a member of Lamb of God Lutheran Church in Omaha, NE and a religion teacher at Boys Town in Omaha, NE.
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.
Vocation: So Who's My Neighbor and How Do I Know For Sure?
Dcs. Pam Nielsen
God has given you certain callings in everyday life: son, daughter, brother, sister, friend, student, etc. How do those daily callings or vocations, effect how you live with others? How does your vocations effect how you understand God's Word? Who is your neighbor, and how do you live toward them, in light of what God has given you to be. Find out all about who you are , and who you are to others in your vocations.
Deaconess Pam Nielsen is the Senior Editor for Sunday School, Youth, and Family Materials at Concordia Publishing House.
Ease Your Mind! - Individual Confession is Good for the Soul
The Rev. Jeffrey W. Pautz
Dr. Martin Luther said, "When I urge you to go to Confession, I am simply urging you to be a Christian." Individual (or Private) Confession is a special way of receving Christ's forgiveness that the Lutheran Church has always held dear, and looked to for much comfort and assurance. Find out how Private Confession is different than what you might think, and how good it is for you.
Pastor Jeffrey W. Pautz serves St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Freeman, SD.
Being God's Own Child When Dating
The Rev. Scott Schilbe
In Holy Baptism, God puts His Name upon you and makes you His child. How does your identity as God's child through Baptism impact your dating relationships so that your relationships can mirror God's desires for you?
Pastor Scott Schilbe serves Christ Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN.
The Lord's Prayer - Your Lifeline from Confirmation to High School
The Rev. Eric Tessaro
Dare to follow your faith from the Confirmation Classroom to the hallways of High School with The Lord's Prayer. This prayer, so much a part of our weekly liturgy, may seem to be repetitive, uninspiring, words without meaning, spoken without thinking. But our heavenly Father in this prayer reaches out to us, claims us, promises to be our God and promises to make us his people. What might this actually mean? Are you sure you are bold enough to pray this prayer?! Come find out, you'll be surprised.
Pastor Eric Tessaro serves Trinity Lutheran Church in Springfield, MO.
God's Angels and You
The Rev. Clayton Vail
Okay, who or what are angels - really? We see a lot of many different depictions of angels - in popular culture, in Christian literature, songs and discussions. But what are they really? Are they anything like what we see depicted so often? Find out exactly what angels are like, what they do, and how they play a big part in your life as a baptized believer in Christ Jesus. You'll even find our how to have access to the angels who protect you, in the prayers that Martin Luther taught us.
Pastor Clayton Vail serves Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Altamont, IL.
I'm Not the Boss of Me!
The Rev. Glen Wurdeman
A brief look at the ways in which God has or has not made us to be autonomous (solitary, self-ruling) creatures, and how that effects the way that we live our lives as God's children.
Pastor Glen Wurdeman serves Advent Lutheran Church in Zionsville, IN.
Christ on Campus: Surviving College
The Rev. Jon Bakker
Getting ready to go to college soon? Trying to pick one out? Such a life change can be exhilarating and downright scary at the same time. How will you survive? This sectional will offer some straight talk about issues facing Christian students on the college campus from the classroom to the frat house. Come and learn what to expect and how to remain rooted in Christ on Campus.
Pasotr Jon Bakker serves Zion Lutheran Church in Mount Pleasant, MI and is the Coordinator for the Christ on Campus Volunteers at Amen - St. Louis.