Often the insidiousness and human devastation caused by substance abuse completely escapes us. This breakaway session will be led by a pastor who has had a family member fall into the world of addiction and from which recovery proved to be very difficult. The presentation will cover not only the “life” of the abuser but also the “life” of the family and those others who love the abuser and continually hope and pray for the abuser’s recovery. Learn how the Gospel proves to be the source of strength and hope for all—abusers and their loved ones.
Pastor Rock serves Zion Lutheran Church in Beecher, IL.
God's Fingerprints on Creation
Rev. Charles St-Onge
Wednesday, July 20 10:00am - 11:00am in AB 105
If God made the universe, did He leave his fingerprints behind? Can we tell that an awesome and all-powerful (yet merciful) God created all things—including us? Have our scientific studies, from theoretical physics to molecular biology, revealed that we live in the presence of a holy God? Delve into the deepest realms of existence to see if the heavens truly do declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1), and what that means for us in our daily lives.
Pastor St-Onge serves Memorial Lutheran Church Houston, TX.
Law, Gospel, and Homosexuality
Rev. Ted Crandall
Wednesday, July 20 10:00am - 11:00am in COM MPR
Some Christians hatefully respond to those struggling with same-sex attraction, teaching that homosexuality is the unforgivable sin. Others embrace homosexuality, claiming that Bible passages have been misinterpreted or that the prohibitions against homosexual behavior simply have no authority over us today. But what does God think of same-sex attraction? How can we speak the truth of God's Law with love? The cross, which makes us holy in God's sight, gives us the strength to say "No" to sinful desires and "Yes" to God's loving plan for our sexual lives.
Pastor Crandall serves Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaufort, SC.
Rev. Brent Kuhlman
Wednesday, July 20 10:00am - 11:00am in WH 206
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.
Should I Go To College?
Rev. Kyle Mietzner
Wednesday, July 20 10:00am - 11:00am in WH 102
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
Wednesday, July 20 10:00am - 11:00am 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 Holiness of God
Wednesday, July 20 10:00am - 11:00am in COM 1
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.
What kind of World are We Creating?
Rev. Dr. John Sound
Wednesday, July 20 10:00am - 11:00am in AB 107
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
Wednesday, July 20 10:00am - 11:00am in FH MPR
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.