Thursday, January 4, 2007

Have You Registered for the Symposia???

Ok, this is a bit of shameless advertisement for my favorite seminary and its annual Symposia. Every year I make my pilgrimage to Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, and spend a wonderful week in the company of fellow confessional Lutheran pastors and laity and professors. The papers are intellectually stimulating, the fellowship is invigorating, the bookstore is great diversion (an tempation on my favorite weakness: books!), and the chance to hear top-notch choirs and participate in first-rate worship in the chapel is truly inspiring. Have I convinced you yet?

If you are interested, a summary of the Symposia can be found here. The event of the year will be held on the seminary campus from January 16-19. Registration information can be located here.

The theme for the 22nd annual symposium on Exegetical Theology is "Christian Identity in a Pagan World: Lessons from Ancient Israel and Early Christianity."
The theme for the 30th annual symposium on The Lutheran Confessions is "Confessional Lutheranism in the Ecumenical World." (from the website noted above)

Note the timeliness of this theme given the push for ecumenical openness among more liberally inclined members of Synod.

While St. Louis has introduced a symposia of its own in recent years, CTS is beginnng its 22nd one this year. It was the brainchild of the late Dr. Robert Preus, and has been shepherded on by Dr. David Scaer in the years since. For those who think that confessional Lutherans only keep to themselves in little closed groups and have no interest in serious dialogue with other Christians should come to the Symposia. Here they will discover a very different picture.

Well, I guess that's enough pushing. If you can't come this year, will you think about it for next year?

Hope you can come!

1 comment:

318@NICE said...

I went to symposium at Ft. Wayne about 2 years ago. It was great. Wonderful lectures, and a great time of fellowship with like-minded Lutherans. I highly recommend that, not only for pastors but for men from the laity to learn and see that there is still hope in the LCMS.