Christ the King Lutheran Church welcomes Professor Timothy Wengert March 14-16, 2014. Dr. Wengert is well known at Christ the King Church, having served as scholar-in-residence in 2003, conference leader in 1999, having taught and preached many times over the years. Wengert will present a lecture at Christ the King Church on Friday March 14, at 6:00 p.m. in the council room. He will also preach at the Saturday Taizé service and on Sunday at 8:30 and 10:50 a.m. The main purpose of Professor Wengert’s visit is to assist in the reinstatement of the Melanchthon Institute as a source of continuing education to the congregation.
The congregation elected Dr. Wengert to the board of the Melanchthon Institute with confidence in his assistance in the work of revitalizing the Institute. Pastor Robert Moore announced at part 2 of the annual meeting of the congregation that our most meaningful way to reactivate the Institute is to concentrate on matters leading up to the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in the year 2017. Dr. Wengert agrees with this strategy. The assessment of the Reformers and the legacy of numerous reformations that were spawned by the events surrounding the year 2017 gives us a remarkable opportunity to focus on its meaning in our time.
Professor Wengert will deliver a version of a lecture first given at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia on the occasion of his retirement from the faculty. The title of his lecture is “A Pep Talk from Luther for Today’s Church.” The lecture is based on Luther’s spiritual classic The Freedom of a Christian. For over twenty-four years Wengert taught Reformation history and the Lutheran Confessions while holding the Ministerium of Pennsylvania Chair of Church History.