A Weekend with Professor Timothy Wengert September 22-24

Friday, September 22
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King Church
Law and Gospel: Rediscovering the Working Word of God

Saturday, September 23, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Lutheran/Catholic Symposium at the University of St. Thomas
The Reformation after 500 Years: Moving from Conflict to Convergence

Sunday, September 24
9:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. at Christ the King Church
Luther on Vocation: Changing Diapers and Hauling Manure to the Glory of God

Friday, September 22
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King Church
Law and Gospel: Rediscovering the Working Word of God
In American Christianity today there are a variety of approaches to the Scripture.  Martin Luther viewed Scripture not just for what kinds of words were in it (commands and promises) but what these words do to the hearers.  By recovering how God uses the law and the gospel, an entirely new face of Scripture reveals itself, where threats of what we must do are replaced with the merciful action of God, who puts to death the old creature and brings to life the new.

Saturday, September 23, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Lutheran/Catholic Symposium at the University of St. Thomas
The Reformation after 500 Years: Moving from Conflict to Convergence
For the first time since the Reformation began 500 years ago, Lutherans and Roman Catholics can commemorate that event together—aware of the continued division of the church and grateful for the insights into the gospel that the Reformation produced. By using the very latest document produced by the international dialogue between Lutherans and Catholics, From Conflict to Communion, Prof. Wengert will explain the new insights into the history of the Reformation contained in that document. He will also show how the last half century of dialogue has produced remarkable theological convergences between our two communions on such topics as justification, the Eucharist and Ministry. RSVP at stthom.edu/Catholic-LutheranSymposium  or 713-942-5071.

Sunday, September 24
9:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. at Christ the King Church
Luther on Vocation: Changing Diapers and Hauling Manure to the Glory of God

One of the secret gems of Luther’s thought comes in his approach to the Christian life.  Having rejected any and all forms of monastic spirituality, which insisted that one had to escape daily life to serve God most fully, Luther rediscovered how God-pleasing daily life becomes when viewed through the eyes of faith (not works).  Far from advising people to flee this world, Luther sent believers back into the world, where even the most mundane chores suddenly took on new meaning by faith alone.  Let Luther help you discover how many truly “good works” you have been doing without knowing it!