Lutheran Year

The following would fulfill the requirement for a “Lutheran Year” for students matriculating from non-Lutheran seminaries.

Creeds, Councils and Controversies (1)
A study of the early church dialog that led to the doctrines contained in the western and ecumenical creeds.

Pastoral Theology (.5)
Words of comfort and forgiveness are necessary for a pastor and theologian to possess. With confidence in the gospel as authority over sin and death, real comfort can be given in the hardest of situations.

Rhetoric and Proclamation (.5)
Law and Gospel as Happy Exchange. This is not a course on how to preach, but rather dialog about the act of proclamation and the centrality of the Word preached and administered in the Lord’s Supper.

Reformation Treatises (1)

This course discusses key treatises of the Reformation. These writings are especially valuable because they represent the attempt to persuade laymen and rulers concerning the truth of the Reformation position. They demonstrate an ability to make a timely response to threats to the Reformation position from within and without.

Motifs of Lutheran Thought I (1)

  • Creation
  • God Hidden
  • Law and Gospel
  • Theology of the Cross

Motifs of Lutheran Thought II (1)

  • Universal Priesthood
  • Vocation
  • Two Kingdoms
  • Conservative Reformation

The Bible in the Reformation and the Period of Revolution (1)
The history of the translation of the Bible into vernacular, Bible publishing, and the ways churches used the Bible, distinguishing Lutheran from Reformed and Anabaptist approaches.

Lutheran Polity and Confessions Course I & II (2)

  • Early Lutheranism
  • The Augustana and Apology
  • The Small and Large Catechism
  • The Smalcald Articles
  • Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope
  • The Council of Trent
  • The Schmalkaldic War
  • The Augsburg and Leipzig Interim
  • The Adiaphoristic Controversy
  • Concordia & The Formula of Concord

Biblical Theology Courses (1 each)

  • Individual books (Genesis, Galatians)
  • Topics (e.g. Pauline Eschatology)
  • Use of the Old Testament in the New