A Quick Review of the Old Testament
Rev. Peter Kolb
Tuesday, July 19 08:00pm - 09:00pm in COM MPR
Journey through the Old Testament coram Deo style. Remember all those Old Testament stories you learned in Sunday School and confirmation classes? We will put them in order so that you have a better understanding of the Old Testament. This will be a great opportunity to see how those in the Old Testament lived before God (coram Deo), and how we live before God today.
Pastor Kolb serves Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia, IL.
Breaking Hearts—Healing Hearts: The Christian and Suicide
Rev. Ken Lueke
Tuesday, July 19 08:00pm - 09:00pm in TH Lobby
Suicide causes grief and pain, not only to our families and friends, but to God, as well. Can a true Christian commit suicide? Can a person who commits suicide go to heaven? What comfort can we receive to resist the temptation to end our own lives, or the grief we deal with because of it? These are some of the things we will discuss and, from God's Word anchored in the Gospel, find our strength and hope.
Pastor Lueke serves Our Savior Lutheran Church in Bad Axe, MI.
Bridezilla or The Bride of Christ
Rev. David Speers
Tuesday, July 19 08:00pm - 09:00pm in FH MPR
We live in a world in which we are encouraged to make a life for ourselves. This attitude contradicts the life that God wants us to have in Christ. As His bride, He is intent on making of us something beautiful (cf Eph 5). We are tempted and sometimes fall into monstrous, embarrassing behaviors, and yet, Christ calls us to be His bride!
Pastor Speers serves St. Paul Lutheran Church in Altamont, IL.
C.S. Lewis and Narnia: Imagination in Service of the Gospel
Rev. Eric Skovgaard
Tuesday, July 19 08:00pm - 09:00pm in WH 102
Jesus commands us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. What does it mean to love the Lord with our mind? C.S. Lewis was convinced that stories were an effective vehicle—like a Trojan horse—for getting Biblical truth behind the walls we erect to keep God out of our lives. We will explore how Lewis used his God-given imagination in service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. How can we use our minds and imaginations before the face of God.
Pastor Skovgaard serves Elm Grove Lutheran Church in Elm Grove, WI.
Hymns of the Church
Mr. Mark Bender
Tuesday, July 19 08:00pm - 09:00pm in Chapel
The hymnody of the Church is a rich treasury of collective prayer and praise, encouragement and exhortation in response to saving work of the Triune God in Jesus Christ, communicated to us through Word and Sacrament. Most hymns are poetic in nature. The economy of verse requires precise packaging of text within this structure. Several hymns, including “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”, will be presented, and the rich imagery and doctrine they contain will be unpacked.
Mark Bender is the Organist for Coram Deo—Atlanta
Talking to Your Non-Lutheran Friends about Jesus
Rev. Mark Buetow
Tuesday, July 19 08:00pm - 09:00pm in WH 207
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 Reliability of the New Testament Documents
Rev. Charles St-Onge
Tuesday, July 19 08:00pm - 09:00pm in AB 105
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.
Worldview Everlasting Live: Coram Deo
Rev. Jonathan Fisk
Tuesday, July 19 08:00pm - 09:00pm in WH 206
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.