Thursday, September 15, 2016

Resources: Luther House of Study

Luther House of Study is not a building or place, it is a mission. We work to strengthen Lutheran leadership and ministries for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Anchored in the Lutheran faith and grounded in the foundation of Lutheran education, Luther House of Study serves future ministry professionals, current ministry professionals, and congregations.
Luther House of Study offers, at no cost, online curriculum and videos for learning about the Lutheran faith and its foundation. Individuals may utilize these resources in self study while congregations or ministry professionals may find them beneficial for larger groups.

Videos and study guides are available for:

  • APOSTLES CREED
  • BAPTISM
  • CATECHISM
  • COMMANDMENTS
  • GALATIANS 
  • LORDS PRAYER
  • REFORMATION
  • WHY I AM A LUTHERAN 
Their reformation video



Visit www.lutherhouseofstudy.org to discover more




Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Book: Commitment to Faith: John's Gospel of Jesus

In John’s Gospel we come to realise that the author and apostle understands Jesus to be the eternal presence of God come in flesh and walking among us. 
His message points us to an eternal destiny planned for mankind to be in God’s presence. The puzzle of 'who is this Jesus?' becomes clear as we are introduced to the one who has come from heaven to open heaven’s door to us. Jesus confronts our limited temporal existence. His agenda seen in his dying for us on the cross with the resurrection that followed, gives us a greater, broader, and more meaningful perspective on life than the next political election, the state of our economy, the latest new gadget, and the next moralistic movement. 
We need to realize that our existence will cease! What then? When this truth is finally seen for what it is, then we are left with a depressive hopelessness. 
The question to ask is this: "Is this all there is to life?" To which Jesus speaks his message of hope that there is far more to come, and it begins now. As Jesus was lifted up in fulfilment of God's agenda for our salvation, so we are lifted up into his eternal presence. This divine connection changes everything, beginning for our 'here-and-now' as well as for ‘what is yet to come’.

About the Author
Pastor Dirk Willner (BTh., Grad.Dip.Min.) Ordained in June 1990 at St. Petri Lutheran Church, Nuriootpa. Serving in full time ministry in the Lutheran Church of Australia. Pastor Dirk founded the Living Word e-Ministry to share God's Word beyond the walls of the Church through inspiring and sound biblical teaching relevant in today's times. This ministry initiative aims to connect with people across the globe. His ministry encourages all to explore their faith in Christ and for Christ to grow discipleship as a way of life.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Article: How one church is reaching the most secular society

The Relevant magazine shares the story of how a congregation belonging to mainline denomination is going against the trend...and reaching a significant number of people in their secular context.   visit here to read the article

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Conference: Craft of preaching

Craft of preaching - 4th to 5th October 2016
Do you ever wonder what’s behind the scenes of some of the sermons you hear at big preaching conferences with famous preachers?  Have you always wanted a practical preaching conference where you can learn some new methods for constructing a sermon and honing your homiletical skills?
Three top teachers of preachers will preach a sermon and then tell you how they got there, with plenty of time for Q&A. 
Workshops will provide hands-on experience with practitioners dedicated to homiletical issues. 
Bring your specific examples and questions to ask. 
Foundational, collegial and encouraging, this conference is a unique opportunity to tend the craft of your preaching among peers old and new.

Speakers
Tom Long, Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching, Candler School of Theology
Anna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching, Columbia Theological Seminary
Karoline Lewis, Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching and The Marbury E. Anderson Chair of Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary (pre-conference class)
Jana Childers, Dean of the Seminary and Professor of Speech-Communication and Homiletics, San Francisco Theological Seminary

For more information visit https://www.luthersem.edu/celebration/wpp.aspx

Confirmation Program: Confirm not conform

Confirm not conform is a confirmation program that celebrates questions and choices.  It provides a safe place for people to explore the breadth of the Christian tradition, to ask questions and express their doubts, and to discover what they truly believe.

The Lutheran version of the program covers:
SESSION 1: INTRODUCTION TO CONFIRM NOT CONFORM
Introduces the premises of the Confirm not Conform program and establishes group expectations.
SESSION 2: WHERE DO YOU STAND: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO WHOM
Explores where youth are starting from and what they currently believe.
SESSION 3: WHERE DO YOU STAND: MEET YOUR MENTOR
Establishes the mentor/youth relationship. Mentors attend this session.
SESSION 4: HERETICS R US
Discovers how heretics through the ages have shaped our faith today.
SESSION 5: SCRIPTURE: A MAD DASH THROUGH A GOOD BOOK
An overview of the Bible and how it is put together.
SESSION 6: TEACH US TO PRAY: THE LORD’S PRAYER
Closely examines several versions of the Lord’s Prayer, followed by a Prayer Lab where youth can
explore different ways to pray.
SESSION 7: TRADITION: THE NICENE CREED
Presents the history of the church up through the writing of the Nicene Creed. Youth are invited to
define the meanings of some basic concepts of faith.
SESSION 8: TRADITION: CHURCH HISTORY CONTINUED
Youth develop a creed through the Council of CnC. A brief presentation of the history of the
church through the 1700s.
SESSION 9: FAITH IN ACTION: PAIN TO POWER
Explores how God helps us transform the pain in our lives into the very power we need to
transform the world. Mentors attend this session.
SESSION 10: FAITH IN ACTION: HOW WE CAN HELP
Examines those things that can help others, those things that don’t, and why we help others at all.
SESSION 11: FAITH IN ACTION: THE ISSUE OF POWER
Focuses on the role that power plays in living out our call to be Christ’s body in the world.
SESSION 12: SCRIPTURE: THE BIBLE BY HEART
Youth learn to use a concordance to help them select a passage of Scripture to memorize. Mentors
attend this session.
SESSION 13: TRADITION: OUR NECK OF THE WOODS
An overview and exploration of the history and beliefs of the Lutheran Church.
SESSION 14: TEACH US TO PRAY: THE SACRAMENTS
Discusses the meaning of the sacraments in the Lutheran Church.
SESSION 15: TRADITION: THE CHURCH THROUGH THE YEAR
Explores the seasons of the church year and examines some of the materials used in worship.
© 2013 CnC
SESSION 16: TRADITION: THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS
Discusses how all who are baptized are ministers in the church, and how the church sometimes
sends mixed messages about that.
SESSION 17: WORLD COUNCIL OF RELIGIONS
Explores the basic tenets of other major world religions.
SESSION 18: WHERE DO YOU STAND: THE POWER TO CHOOSE
Revisits the statements of faith youth looked at in Session 2 and explores how they have changed
over the course of the program. Mentors attend this session.
SESSION 19: FAITH IN ACTION: MAY WE PRESENT
Helps youth design a presentation for the church council about their service project. This session
is held the week before the group meets with the church council.
SESSION 20: WHERE DO YOU STAND: WHERE DO YOU GO FROM HERE?
An evaluation of the program and brainstorming about youth’s ongoing ministry in the church and
the world.
For more infomation visit:  http://www.confirmnotconform.com/