Life in college can be both terribly exciting and extremely frightening all at once. This sectional is designed to help you better understand the undercurrents of today’s college context, develop a framework to handle the many challenging things you will face, and give you some helpful hints as to how to choose a college and remain connected to the life of the Church during your college years.
Pastor Zill serves St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church & Campus Center in Laramie, WY and is the Christ on Campus Executive for Higher Things.
Feminist, Fundamentalist, Or...?
Ms. Sandra Ostapowich
Wednesday, July 20 03:45pm - 04:45pm in WH 102
Submit, obey, be quiet. Don’t cut your hair. Don’t wear makeup. Don’t wear jewelry. Cover up. There are a lot of instructions for women in the Bible, and we really don’t like most, if not all, of them. If we rebel against them, we’re feminists. If we follow them blindly, we’re fundamentalists. So what’s the Lutheran perspective on these passages? Bring your Bibles and your questions to this frank discussion of all those verses we love to hate.
Sandra Ostapowich is a member of University Lutheran Chapel in Minneapolis, MN and is the Conference Coordinator for Higher Things.
Heresies through History
Rev. David Kind
Wednesday, July 20 03:45pm - 04:45pm in AB 105
Arius, Simon Magus, Pelagius, Montanus, Cerinthus—all men who will never have the title "Saint" attached to their names. These are the heretics; the men whose teachings threatened to destroy Christianity, and ruined the faith of thousands. And their teachings are still alive today. Take a whirlwind tour of four centuries of heresy in the Church and, along the way, discover what tools the Church uses to deal with false teaching, how God used heresy to clarify the Church's teachings, and how to avoid heresy today.
Pastor Kind serves University Lutheran Chapel in Minneapolis, MN and is a member of the Higher Things Board of Directors.
Love Wins? Bell’s Hell
Mr. Chris Rosebrough
Wednesday, July 20 03:45pm - 04:45pm in WH 207
Maybe you’ve heard about Rob Bell’s view of hell. Is he a faithful teacher of God’s Word or does he teach a form of universalism? And what exactly is his “gospel”? We’ll compare and contrast Rob Bell’s teachings to the Bible and see if the doctrine in Love Wins, Velvet Elvis and his Nooma videos square with the Scriptures and the Church's confession from its beginning.
Chris Rosebrough is the Treasurer for the Higher Things Board of Directors and is the President (Captain) of Pirate Christian Radio.
The Epistle of James: Can it be Lutheran?
Rev. Jason Lane
Wednesday, July 20 03:45pm - 04:45pm in COM MPR
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 Sound of the Church’s Music Coram Deo
Rev. Michael Monterastelli
Wednesday, July 20 03:45pm - 04:45pm in Chapel
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
Wednesday, July 20 03:45pm - 04:45pm in FH 131
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 the Monkey?!
Rev. Paul Kaiser
Wednesday, July 20 03:45pm - 04:45pm 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.
Worldview Everlasting Live: Coram Deo
Rev. Jonathan Fisk
Wednesday, July 20 03:45pm - 04:45pm 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.