WARNING! What you’ll learn in this breakaway might just shock you! You’ve seen them walking or riding their bikes. Perhaps they’ve knocked on your door and even been in your livingroom. Mormon missionaries! Are Mormons Christians? What do Mormons really believe? About God? Jesus? Salvation? And what’s that they’re wearing under their clothes? And why? Come find out.
Pastor Kuhlman serves Trinity Lutheran Church in Murdock, NE. He is the Vice-President of the Higher Things Board of Directors and a Plenary Teacher for the Coram Deo conferences.
No Time for a Call
Rev. David Speers
We are quite connected, busy and focused on how to proceed with our lives. Everyone offers us advice on what to do, how to proceed, and yet, from the day of our baptism God, has been calling us to that LIFE that HE has prepared for us. Vocation, calling, is God's way of leading and guiding us in life to be His hands, feet, and mouth. He promises that our lives will become something beautiful, in His time. Come and learn about the connection between our lives, gifts and God's calling and His promise of a Good Life.
Pastor Speers serves St. Paul Lutheran Church in Altamont, IL.
Qui cantat, bis orat: He Who Sings, Prays Twice
Dr. John Frantz
Whatever happened to the singing church? In song we pray, praise and give thanks before God, but we also proclaim our faith before our neighbor, and before the world. Singing is excited and sustained speech. As Christians our singing should be excited and sustained, because our LORD has saved us from sin, death and the devil. Join us as we will look into the why, the where, the what, and how we sing.
Dr. Frantz serves as organist at Peace Lutheran Church in Goldsboro, NC and has a Doctorate in Music Composition.
Should I Go To College?
Rev. Kyle Mietzner
In today's world it is taken for granted that everyone will go to college. Our president has even said that more people going to college is the way to strengthen our nation. Those who don't go to college are looked down upon as stupid or lazy. Those who do go to college are considered smart and motivated. Could it be possible that both of these stereotypes aren’t true? Why do people expect you to go to college? Should you go if you don't want to? More importantly, does God want you to go to college?
Pastor Meitzner serves Grace Lutheran Church in Greensboro, NC.
Talking to Your Non-Lutheran Friends about Jesus
Rev. Mark Buetow
Ever heard this from your non-Lutheran (but Christian) friends? “It doesn’t matter what you believe about the little stuff. What matters is that we all believe in Jesus?” What do you say to that? Come learn how every little teaching is actually connected to Jesus. You’ll also learn how to talk to your non-Lutheran friends about Baptism, Communion and any other topic where they disagree—and to do so on the basis of Jesus and the Word of God.
Pastor Buetow serves Bethel Lutheran Church in DuQuoin, IL and is the Media Executive for Higher Things.
The Book of Revelation—From God's Point of View
Rev. John Drosendahl
Everybody seems to have their own “interpretation” of Revelation. But not Lutherans. Come learn how this revelation of our Lord and Savior should be viewed from God's perspective, since it’s His revelation to us! We’ll explore how God sent this book through John—as poetry, apocalyptic literature, eschatological literature, and from an Eastern mindset. And we’ll let other Scriptures interpret this word of God so that Jesus' revelation becomes clearer to us!
Pastor Drosendahl serves two churches in eastern NC: Peace Lutheran in Goldsboro and Our Redeemer in Wilson. He is the Catechist for Coram Deo—Atlanta.
The Church of Scientology: How do we respond?
Rev. Dr. John Sound
Scientology is a worldwide movement which became a religion with the founding of the Church of Scientology in 1954. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken “counseling” courses, including such celebrities as Kirstie Alley, Tom Cruise, and John Travolta. What is this New Age movement? How can we respond to it using the Bible?
Pastor Sound serves Our Savior Lutheran in Winchester, VA.
The Epistle of James: Can it be Lutheran?
Rev. Jason Lane
Martin Luther criticized the Letter of James by calling it an “epistle of straw”, suggesting that the book would be more appropriately placed in the fire than in Holy Scripture. Yet despite Luther's serious charges against James, he did not stop using this epistle throughout his ministry to teach the church. Does daring to be Lutheran mean we must rid ourselves of James? Or did James, in fact, dare to be Lutheran long ago? Bring your Bibles; let's find out.
Pastor Lane serves Celebration Lutheran Church, Jacksonville, FL.
The Holiness of God
It means little to speak of God’s holiness apart from what God has revealed in the Old and New Testaments. The holiness of God accompanied His people as His glory did. And now the Holy One has come. His holiness is conveyed according to His commands. Compare God's people in the Old Testament and the New Testament and where Christians stand today. You might be surprised how blessed you are to be Back in the Presence of God!
Pastor Olson serves Trinity Lutheran Church in Tryon, NC.
The Reliability of the New Testament Documents
Rev. Charles St-Onge
Do you ever wonder if we can trust the New Testament as eyewitness reports? What about the other books, like the Gospel of Thomas, that some believe should be in the Bible? With so many versions of the New Testament яoating around, and all the differences between them, how can we believe any of it is really God's Word? Here, you’ll learn to defend the reliability of the New Testament documents as books that faithfully record what people heard, saw with their eyes, and touched with their hands.
Pastor St-Onge serves Memorial Lutheran Church Houston, TX.
The Sound of the Church’s Music Coram Deo
Rev. Michael Monterastelli
The hills are alive with the sound of music, sure—but so is the Church before God. From where do the sounds of the Church come? Are there certain sounds of music that have come to belong to the Church and her worship? Have you ever wondered why music in Church sounds different from anywhere else? Maybe because the sounds of the Church's music facilitate the confession of Christ crucified for sinners.
Pastor Monterastelli serves the First Lutheran Church of Lufkin, TX.
We Do Birthdays Right (Deaths, Resurrections & Ascensions too!)
Rev. Stephen Schumacher
In our culture people celebrate birthdays with traditions that are passed down from generation to generation. In a liturgical church, we are blessed with our liturgical heritage so that we not only celebrate Christ's birthday; we also know how to observe His death, resurrection, and other aspects of Christ's life too. Come and learn how what a blessing our liturgical heritage is and how it keeps us together and how it is a blessing as we observe all aspects of Christ's ministry.
Pastor Schumacher serves Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL.
What kind of World are We Creating?
Rev. Dr. John Sound
The current issues in the public debate on same-sex unions and marriages demand that we ask, “What kind of world are we creating? Is it a world that is actually harming us more than benefitting us?" We will explore the long established "tWorld” (traditional world) and contrast it with the present-day "iWorld” (individualistic world) in which the immediate desires of the individual have been deemed paramount. Can the "rWorld” (relational world), a proposed alternative to both of these worlds, provide the most personally fulfilling context for sexuality and well being? What does the scripture say about these worlds, our sexuality and marriage?
Pastor Sound serves Our Savior Lutheran in Winchester, VA.
What the Monkey?!
Rev. Paul Kaiser
What is a Christian to make of so-called evolutionary science? Can science prove that man evolved from monkeys or apes and all life from pond scum? Is this compatible with what God's Word says about Creation? Did God use evolution to create? Do we stand Coram Deo as highly evolved apes or as humbled human creatures who lost the perfect image of God and need to be created anew? If we believe the Bible, do we have to check our brains at the door?
Pastor Kaiser serves St. Paul Lutheran Church in Edna, TX.
Worldview Everlasting Live: Coram Deo
Rev. Jonathan Fisk
Without swords and minus trick photography, Worldview Everlasting Live will nonetheless deliver a multimedia shoryuken of Coram Deo-ness straight to your psyche. There will be monkeys. There will be ninjas. And there will be 200 Proof Law and Gospel as we delve into our justified life Coram Deo as this single most imperative reality of human existence. Hearers will leave the break-out having received a complete apologetic presentation for Coram Deo faith as the "receiving" cornerstone of a philosophy far surpassing the petty desires of our fragmented and momentary lives, that is, having experienced the reality of why daring to be Lutheran is the solid gold of a worldview that is everlasting.
Pastor Fisk serves St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Springfield, PA and is a member of the Higher Things Board of Directors.