Lifelong Learning with Luther Seminary faculty

Podcasts of lectures from Luther Seminary faculty.

Scan Remixed

Scan was a nationally syndicated radio program aired in the U.S. and around the world from 1975 to 1991. This program features first person stories of individual who share their lived out wisdom. Scan in its original broadcast form used progressive rock music to amplify and support the stories. However, due to the expense of music licensing, these stories have been remixed using copyright free music.
 
The stories featured on Scan Remixed point to God’s activity in the world, creating hope, health, healing, justice, peace and growth. God’s work in our lives is often hidden and when we begin to remember those moments of insight, healing and growth, we can see God at work. Scan Remixed, like NPR’s “Story Core” and “This American Life”, uses first person narrative to carry the content and the listener can listen for those themes that illuminate God’s activity.
 
Enjoy.

LSM Podcasts-2011-2012

Lutheran Answers to Real Questions
 
Carol Schersten Lahurd (LSTC) 
Topic: What is the role of Lutheranism in a religiously pluralistic society? How should the ELCA relate to the varied Jewish traditions represented in the USA? What should our role be towards our Islamic neighbors? Should we work together with other faith traditions on social issues?
David Fredrickson (Luther Seminary)
Topic: What should the church say regarding the criminal justice system? Does the fact that the vast majority of people incarcerated are minorities go against our own Scriptural roots? Does criminalizing everything actually lead to a safer society? What should we say about rehabilitation of those who are incarcerated?
Eli Hernandez, Assistant Director for Outreach, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Topic: As an immigrant church, should Lutherans be a part of the national debate over immigration? Does the Biblical perspective on the “sojourner in our midst” help shape what Lutheran’s bring to the conversation? What has been our own history with immigration? Do we have an ethical perspective on the pressures that drive immigration, and the administrative bottlenecks that contribute to the rising tide of undocumented immigrants?
Gary Simpson (Luther Seminary) 
Topic: Why should Lutherans care about the culture wars going on in our country? What is the vocation of the church in a polarized society? Should the church work for the common good of the society it finds itself in? Should the church be concerned about the growing economic inequality in the USA? How dangerous is the declining civic engagement and why should Lutherans care?
Jim Martin-Schramm (Luther College)
Topic: If heaven is our home, why should Lutherans care about ecological issues? Should we get involved in current scientific debates over cosmology, evolution or genetics? Does our Lutheran confessional heritage call us to care for the earth and what humans are doing to it? Do Lutherans offer a unique perspective in the debates over the interlocking problems of global warming, energy consumption, water availability and usage, and the loss of species?
Bishop Mark Hanson (ELCA Presiding Bishop)
Topic: What is the calling of the church, and what is the best way to organize it? As a church committed to becoming a more missional church, how should we be structured? Does the current structure of our ELCA make sense in the 21st century? What does the emerging church movement have to teach us?
Phil Ruge Jones - (Texas Lutheran University) 
Topic: Why do Lutherans emphasize the theology of the cross so much? Doesn’t God want to bless us? Why do Lutherans reject the very popular “prosperity gospel” movements? Does the theology of the cross leave any room for a theology of glory? What difference does this actually make in our own lives of faith?
Ralph Klein (LSTC) 
Topic: Why do so many people fight about how to interpret the Bible? What did Martin Luther think about the Bible? Do Lutherans believe “in the Bible?” What do Lutherans have to say about inerrancy, infallibility and authority? Does the Left Behind series fit with a Lutheran understanding of the Bible?
Susan McArver (Southern Seminary)
Topic: Why do Lutherans make such a big deal about our baptism? What do we mean when we say that all the baptized are called to live out their vocation in the world? What does ministry in daily life look like through the many stages of our lives?

LSM Podcasts-2012-2013

Book of Faith Meets Missional Church: How do Lutheran congregations, households and individuals become missional outposts in their own communities, as well as the world. This series considers key missional New Testament documents, and then confers with both theorists and practioners about how to put wheels on this train in our own households and congregations.
Craig Nessan (Academic Dean and Professor of Contextual Theology, Wartburg Seminary), Beyond Maintenance to Mission: A Theology of the Congregation
This course focused on key theological themes and practical directions for equipping the saints for the work of ministry, building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4 ). Worship is at the center of all congregational life. Yet many times we fail to grasp what God is seeking to make of us through the practices of worship. Jesus came to proclaim and embody the inbreaking of God’s kingdom. This selfsame kingdom is what God is making of us, the church, at worship in Word and sacrament. All “inner mission” and “outer mission” of the congregation derives from what we profess and enact at worship. This includes a comprehensive understanding of stewardship, the engagement in evangelizing, and the service of shalom for the mending of the world.
David Tiede (Past President of Luther Seminary and past Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation, Augsburg College), Apostolic Israel: How the Communities of Jesus were Scripturally Formed to Serve God’s Mission
The Bible is the Church’s Book of Faith, and every assembly of believers is a community of interpretation in its worship, witness, and action. These sessions explored how Jesus and his communities of followers heard God’s apostolic calling to them in Israel’s scriptures. The Holy Spirit is at work both in what is written and how you read the scriptures.
Diane Jacobson (Director of the Book of Faith Initiative)
Alive in Our Congregations: Living Into and Out of Our Book of Faith
One of the deep challenges we face is how to help Scripture come alive in our congregations, not just for ourselves, but also for the sake of God’s world.  Many folks engaged in the Book of Faith Initiative have been meeting this challenge in creative ways that might help others do the same.  In our time together we explored both the depth of the challenge we face and some of the many opportunities for deeper and broader engagement that lie before us.
Gordon Straw (Program Director, Lay Schools of Ministry, of the Congregational and Synodical Mission Unit of the ELCA) and Sue Eidahl from Zion - Stratford and Angele Fairbanks from Off the Grid in Ashland, Place, Memory, and the Search for God.
Marty Stortz (Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation, Augsburg College, Called by Blessing:  The Beatitudes as Strategies for a Missional Church
Dr. Stortz looked with us at the Beatitudes in Matthew's gospel as a strategy for the mission church.  We're called by blessing, which is itself kind of counter-cultural when you think about it.  The beatitudes commission blessed disciples to be a blessing for others.  Together they describe a church that is not tethered to place, but bound by practices.  And the great thing about practices is that you take them with you.
Rick Rouse (Director of the Grand Canyon Synod Missional Leadership Academy), Healthy Leadership for God's Missional Church
Friday night we focused on missional leadership (with references to A Field Guide to the Missional Congregation) in two, one-hour sessions with conversation and on Saturday we looked at "the healing power of forgiveness" (with reference to Fire of Grace) in three, 45-minute sessions with conversation.
Stephen Bouman, (Executive Director of Congregational and Synodical Mission, ELCA)
Bishop Duane Pederson and Director of Evangelical Mission, Amy Odgren of the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin, The Biblical Roots and Current Reality of the ELCA as a Missional Church

This month's faculty made the case for a more missional orientation given our context and culture, stated the biblical imperative, provided some tools that folks could use with their own congregations, and provided examples as to what the missional church looks like synodically and nationally (successes/failures of those who have boldly stepped out in Christ’s name to witness to and serve neighbor as disciples, as individuals living out their baptismal vocations and as the community of faith.

LSM Podcasts-2013-2014

Practicing Discipleship
 
Terri Elton (Luther Seminary)
Session 1:Adaptive Leadership: Leading Change Being church in the 21st century requires leading adaptively.
Session 2-4: Faith Formation in a Missional Age This session will be an open discussion on the challenges we all face when doing ministry in this era. What are the challenges we are faced with? What is the opportunity?
 
Rozella White (ELCA Staff Young Adults)
Session 1: Towards a Theology of Accompaniment: Young Adult Ministry in the 21st Century Before you ask how to get young adults in your church, how about spending some time reflecting on who they are, where young adults spend their time and why young adults are NOT in the church.
Sessions 2-4: Walking Together in Solidarity: A Theology of Accompaniment The ministry of accompaniment is the sacred act of being in authentic relationship with others.

                                                                                               
Colleen Windham-Hughes (California Lutheran U)
Session 1: “Mash-up Mission: faithfulness across generations"
Being church sends us to connect in creative ways with our neighbors and each other.
Sessions 2-4: In•cultur•ating the gospel  The gospel is the good news for all people, in all places, at all times.
 
Susan Engh  (Director for Congregation-based Organizing for the ELCA)
Session 1: "The Church in its Public Expression: A Continuum of Responses"

Explore the various ways that people and communities of faith respond to issues and opportunities in the public arena.
Session 2-4: One-To-One "Relational Meetings" and Six Practical Application The field of community organizing offers a great tool for building or deepening relationships within our congregations as well as in the broader community.
 
Jeremy Meyers  (Augsburg College)
Session 1: Hearing the Call to the Public Square How do we become communities of faith deeply engaged in listening to our neighbor not only as an act of service but as as our primary method of faith formation & discipleship?
Sessions 2-4: Going Public These sessions will lay out some hands-on ways of leading your congregation into the public square as a method of forming faith while serving your community.
 
Nate Frambach  (Wartburg Seminary)
Session 1: Living and Leading in Systems We will focus on systems thinking and some basic concepts in family systems theory to help us better understand human beings--both individually and collectively. We will consider the emotional and interpersonal dynamics between persons as a way of understanding congregations as systems.
Sessions 2-4: Theories of Culture: A New Agenda for Theology, Ministry, and Faith Formation How do we move beyond popular definitions to a deeper understanding of the notion of
culture for today?
 
Hans Wiersma  (Augsburg College)
Session 1: Remembering The Wittenberg Door and More: Getting Ready for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
The 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther Posting the 95 Theses is just around the bend (on October 31, 2017, to be precise). In light of this, the Lay School of Ministry’s continuing education theme will be Luther-and-the-Reformation for the 2015-2016 year. This session will provide a preview of sorts by way of offering (1) an overview of the events that kicked off the Reformation 500 years ago, (2) reasons why Lutheran congregations (especially!) should begin planning now to observe this important event, (3) guidance for how to observe this important event, and (4) resources already available to help congregations in their planning for the 2017 observation.
Sessions 2-4: "When Necessary Use Words"?  Verbum Dei Theology for Right Now Along with Scripture, we'll look at past and present resources from Lutheran and
other traditions to guide our investigation.
 
David Fredrickson (Luther Seminary)
Paul and Poetry
The self-emptying of Christ (kenosis) in Philippians 2 has long been the focus of attention by Christian theologians and interpreters of Paul's christology. Our own Dr. David Anderson, did his doctoral work on this topic! In our last two sessions of the year, Dr. Fredrickson will share with the class his ground breaking work connecting Paul’s theology with Sappho and Paulus Silentarius.  Who are they you might ask?  Sappho (of the 7th century BCE) and Paulus Silentiarius (of the 6th century CE) wrote about longing for communion. Sappho originated a number of love motifs that Paulus Silentiarius incorporates. We will be amazed to discover that Paul the Apostle utilized the poetic language of Sappho as he tried to describe the saving work of Christ! We will ask what difference poetic imagination makes for Christian theology then and now. What does it mean to be a disciple of a savior who emptied himself and took on the form of a servant?
Multiple Missional Strategies In the last two sessions of this course, we'll look at the varied NT responses to engaging the culture. Luke, John and Paul each have distinctive approaches to the way in which the Christian communities should interact with the Greco Roman world they found themselves in. The 21st century world is equally complex. Join me in mining these different missional approaches and discover how they challenge our basic assumptions and offer bold, new directions for engaging the world.

 

LSM Podcasts-2014-2015

Torah
Chip Bouzard, Wartburg College - Torah Introduction and Genesis 1-11
Esther Menn, Lutheran School of Theology Chicago - Genesis 12-50, Ancestor Stories
Richard Swanson, Augustana College - Reforming the Torah
Carl Heidel, Northwest Synod of Wisconsin - The Dead Sea Scrolls and our Understanding of It
Diane Jacobson, Luther Seminary - Exodus 1-20 & Commandments
Kathryn Schifferdecker, Luther Seminary - Leviticus: Holiness Codes/Law/Land
Brian Jones, Wartburg College - Law codes, Prophets and Peace
Ann Fritschel, Wartburg Seminary - Leadership and community in the Wilderness
Ralph Klein, Lutheran School of Theology - Deuteronomy
 

LSM 2016-2017

The Book of Acts
 
Sept 9/10 Sarah Henrich/Luther Seminary
                  "Restore the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts 1:6): What were they thinking?

Oct 7/8 Sarah Henrich/Luther Seminary
                  "The Gentiles who turn to God" (15:19):Who were these folks and what did they bring to their new communities?

Nov 11/12 David Fredrickson/Luther Seminary
                The Two Pauls: The Book of Acts Versus the Letters of Paul

Dec 9/10 David Fredrickson/Luther Seminary
Session two deals with the meaning of religion (1 Corinthians 1-2 and Acts 17)

2017
Jan 13/14 David Fredrickson/Luther Seminary
Session three examines attitudes toward the religion of others (1 Corinthians 8; Acts 14:8-18).

Feb 10/11 David Fredrickson/Luther Seminary
Session four looks at gender (Philippians 3-4 and Acts 16:11-15).

Mar 10/11 David Fredrickson/Luther Seminary
Session five treats Judaism (Romans 9-11; Acts 13-15).

April 7/8 Ray Picket/Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
           “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:8): How is the Spirit at Work in the World Today?

May 12/13 Ray Picket/Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
        “These people who have been turning the world upside down” (Acts 17:6): How do we Witness to the Resurrection of Jesus?

 

Healing Meditation podcasts

Through both guided and unguided mediations, Dr. Kenneth Bakken seeks to bring the healing grace of God’s love into our lives to make body, mind and spirit whole again. Enjoy a guided Christian meditation on podcasts with Dr. Bakken featuring the beautiful music created for this series. Experience the guided meditation on the first track and an instrumental guide on another. This makes a great gift.
 
Dr. Kenneth Bakken, D.O., Dr. P.H., is the current president of HealthVision International. He is known nationally through his many roles, some of which include physician, ordained pastor, educator, author, speaker, theologian, consultant and public health scientist.

In the Company of Preachers CDs

This series was created by Luther Seminary from the conferences called In the Company of Preachers held 2007 through January 2012. Each CD includes  presentations on the topic listed as well as sample sermons related to that topic.
This collection of sermons offers preachers both a continuing education element and an invitation to be renewed in their own faith and ministry through the preaching of others.

Luther Seminary biblical preaching faculty and guests provide teaching comments, paired with sermons that reflect the theme. All of the sermons were preached during Luther Seminary's daily worship in the Chapel of the Incarnation.

In the Company of Preachers podcasts

This series was created by Luther Seminary from the conferences called "In the Company of Preachers" held 2007 through January 2012. Each set of podcasts includes  presentations on the topic listed as well as sample sermons related to that topic.
This collection of sermons offers preachers both a continuing education element and an invitation to be renewed in their own faith and ministry through the preaching of others.

Luther Seminary biblical preaching faculty and guests provide teaching comments, paired with sermons that reflect the theme. All of the sermons were preached during Luther Seminary's daily worship in the Chapel of the Incarnation.

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