Congratulations to Master Jordan Cooper

by Aaron Pederson on 17 April 2012

After two years of study Jordan Cooper has finished his last requirements for graduation from the M.Th. program. Jordan’s thesis was entitled “An Evaluation of Early Patristic Soteriology in Light of the New Perspective on Paul”. His oral defense was held last friday (4/13/12) in front of his five readers.

Jordan completed our M.Th. research program and plans on pursuing his Ph.D. at the London School of Theology.

Congratulations to Jordan Cooper, well done!



Audio from Evangelism and World Mission Conference

by Aaron Pederson on 16 April 2012

The following audio was recorded on October 7 & 8, 2011 at Red Hill Lutheran Church in Tustin, CA. The four lecturers were asked to provide their thoughts on the connection between Evangelism and World Mission understood through the Lutheran Small Catechism. We hope you find the content valuable.

John Bradosky | Evangelism as a Matter of Identity
Evangelism is not formulaic, rather it is the clear proclamation of the Good News found only in Christ Jesus that has not only made a profound difference in our life but is the essence of our life and our identity.

James Nestingen | Secondary Confirmation Pt. 1
James Nestingen | Secondary Confirmation Pt. 2
Secondary Confirmation is the historical way Lutheran’s have passed on the faith to our children and grandchildren. Bringing up God fearing children falls to parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, godparents and teachers; all helping to re-prioritize life so that the Christian narrative is passed down to our children at all ages.

Devotion – Rev. John Bradosky

Yohannes Mengsteab | Crossing Cultures & Languages
World Evangelism is meant to cross both cultural and linguistic barriers. When Christ set loose the gospel in Matthew 28, the vision was for peoples of all tribes and tongues to hear the good news of salvation. Dr. Mengsteab provides a picture of and encouragement for becoming global fishers-of-men.

Adam Francisco | Contending for the Faith with Confidence
The culture that surrounds us regards the gospel as legend or myth. This assumption is continually affirmed when Christians fail to contend with confidence for its truthfulness. This lecture assesses our current cultural milieu and offers a basic yet essential apologetic response grounded in the core claim of Christianity: that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself (2 Cor. 5:19).

Yohannes Mengsteab | The Content of World Missions
The language and content provided us in the small catechism: comfort and provision, assurance and gift is the same that we are sent with to the world. If the framework of World Missions is culture and language, Christ crucified is the true content as Yohannes illustrates with stories from the mission field.

Adam Francisco | The Challenge of Islam
Islam seeks, as the Qur’an 9:33 puts it, to prevail over every religion. This includes Christianity. What this all means — and there is already plenty of evidence for it – is that theological encounters with Islam will become more commonplace as Muslim populations increase in number and confidence. This lecture will hone in on the theological challenges and evangelical opportunities some might already be experiencing and others can expect in the near future

James Nestingen | Confession and Absolution: The gospel flows from forgiveness
Are confession and absolution outdated practice from an outdated church? What does it mean when we hear, “your sins are forgiven on account of Christ”? What happens in the declaration of these words that is worth continuing the practice? Jim will discuss these questions with refreshing clarity and constant focus on Christ as he brings the wisdom of Scripture to bear on this important Christian doctrine.


Conference on Evangelism and World Missions

August 24, 2011

7-9 October 2011 Red Hill Lutheran Church Tustin, CA Register for this Event “What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. These things we write, so that our joy may […]

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Theological Method and Research Seminar

May 30, 2011

For Students and Pastors Start Date: 10 June 2011 Facilitators: Dr. James A. Nestingen and Prof. Scott L. Keith Course Description: The ability to discern and evaluate what materials to include and exclude in a writing project, of any size, is foundational for students. As students of God’s Word it is necessary all the more. […]

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Proclamation on the Plains Conference

December 9, 2010

Here is a resource from Luther House of Studies for your consideration. Visit their information page for registration and other details for this event with Dr. Stephen Paulson. Both lay people and ministry professionals are encouraged to attend this event Jan. 2-4, 2011, for insightful, relevant theological conversation. The Proclamation on the Plains Conference on Jan. […]

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Adam Francisco Apologetics Video Series

November 9, 2010

Adam Francisco is a Faculty Fellow of Wittenberg Institute and Professor of History at Concordia University in Irvine. Dr. Francisco taught this two day class at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, in Carson City Nevada. He covers general topics in Christian Apologetics, as well as spending a good deal of time on the New Atheist movement, and […]

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Latin Grammar Chart

September 20, 2010

We have enlisted several of our students to help with forthcoming translations of the 1559 edition of the Loci Communes of Philip Melanchthon and combined translations of the German and Latin editions of the Magdeburg Confession. Some of the students were a bit rusty with their Latin, so we developed a quick reference guide to […]

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Small Catechism Resource

September 17, 2010

Paul Koch, a Lutheran pastor from Minnesota has developed some unique songs to help his confirmation students memorize Luther’s Small Catechism. I wanted to help my confirmation students memorize the Small Catechism, and so I began humming and rapping tunes each week for the various pieces.  The words are straight out of the “orange” edition of the Catechism […]

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New Stephen Paulson Audio

September 15, 2010

New audio available from Dr. Stephen Paulson from Mount Carmel Media. This series is entitled Categorical Preaching. Other offerings on the site include Gerhard Forde, Mark Mattes, Herb Loddigs, Paul Zahl and Walter Sundberg. Enjoy!

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New Table Talk Videos

September 8, 2010

We just uploaded two videos from our Winter 2009 Table Talk series. First video is on the Lord’s Supper, the second is on a High View of Scripture. Subscribe to our YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter or Newsletter for automatic updates.

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