Faith and Ministry in an Age of Anxious Groaning: Clinging to Hope for a Transformed Cosmos with the Apostle Paul

April 9, 2018 - April 11, 2018
Offered by Luther Seminary
St. Paul MN

Apr. 9-11, 2018



As the planet groans, the nations rage and society frays, Christians rightly wonder about the basis of their hope. The good news Paul preached—a gospel focused on God’s righteousness, the promise of justice, new creation, the redemption of our bodies and deliverance from sin—calls us to place our hope in God. That hope derives from God’s commitment to humanity and to the entire cosmos. The scope of God’s commitment to renew is total, according to Paul, even as we await full consummation of God’s intentions. How can this biblical vision inform and animate faith and ministry, especially in light of the challenges brought by our current cultural anxieties? How do specific images, categories, claims and terms from the Bible nourish the church’s ways of articulating hope, especially with a Pauline accent?

Scheduled to occur alongside Luther Seminary’s 2018 Fretheim Lecture in Biblical Theology, in which Pauline specialist Beverly Gaventa will explore aspects of Paul’s Letter to the Romans and their relevance to the church’s public roles, this extended KAIROS event will allow participants to take a fresh look at key aspects of Paul’s gospel. Topics expected to be covered include Paul’s views on sin and freedom, new creation, the basis and practices of Christian hope, the gospel as an expression of the power and love of God and the benefits of preaching Paul’s letters in the current cultural context.

Tuition: $250

Contact Hours: 16

Class Times:

Monday, April 9, 1-5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 10, 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Tuesday, April 10, Fretheim Lecture at 7 pm

Wednesday, April 11, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Seminar Leaders:

Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Baylor University

Arland Hultgren, Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Luther Seminary

David Fredrickson, Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary

Craig Koester, Academic Dean, Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary

Dirk Lange, Associate Dean for Graduate Theological Education, Professor of Worship, Luther Seminary

Lois Malcolm, Professor of Systematic Theology, Luther Seminary

Matt Skinner, Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary

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