New School Year 2014-2015

2014-2015 StudentsBethany Lutheran Theological Seminary began its new school year with an opening service on August 25 in Good Shepherd Chapel. Because St. Bartholomew Day is celebrated on that date, Prof. Adolph Harstad based his message on texts concerning the disciple Bartholomew and made applications to the lives of seminarians. The St. Bartholomew Day Massacre of 1572, when Catholic Christians slaughtered Hugenot Christians in France, should cause us to shudder in repentant embarrassment if we harbor a self-righteous superior attitude when thinking about Moslems killing Moslems today.

“Bartholomew” means “son of Tholomaos” and also “son of the furrow” (= plowman). The two names remind students of the help of parents and relatives who contributed to their ability to become seminarians and also of the “humble plowmen” they are training to be. The other name of Bartholomew is Nathanael. His full name was thus Nathanael Bartholomew. Now we know more about the man because of the account in John 1 of the calling of early disciples. Jesus called Philip, and Philip in turn invited his friend Nahtanael (=Bartholomew) to “come and see.” The importance of serving as good brothers and friends at the seminary is a natural application of Philip encouraging Nathanael. Bartholomew/Nathanel was at first an arrogant skeptic. “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” He came and saw the Savior, sat at his feet, and witnessed the perfect life and redeeming death that lead to redemption. Seminarians who want to grow in grace and in humble service to God’s people have only one place to go—to Jesus and his means of grace. A personal devotional life is therefore encouraged at the seminary along with a rigorous academic life. Tradition says that after Easter and Pentecost, Bartholomew boldly spread the saving message in India as well as in the regions around Armenia. Finally, he was martyred for the faith and lives forever as “St. Bartholomew” in the presence of his Savior. Praise to God for that saint and all the others who have gone before as humble servants of Jesus.

The teaching staff for the seminary this year is as follows: Thomas Flunker, Adolph Harstad, Thomas Kuster, Michael Smith, and Gaylin Schmeling. Professor Flunker is teaching Hispanic outreach; Professor Harstad is teaching in the areas of Old Testament, counseling, and homiletics; Professor Kuster is teaching communication; Professor Smith is teaching in the areas of New Testament, hermeneutics, and homiletics; and Professor Schmeling is teaching courses in church history, dogmatics, and homiletics.

 

2014 Reformation Lecture Announcement

Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the annual B.W. Teigen Reformation Lectures, to be held Thursday, Oct. 30-31, 2014 on the campus of Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota. This year’s theme will be Apologetics in Lutheranism. The program will consist of the following:

  •  Lecture One: A Proper Lutheran Use of Apologetics
    by Rod Rosenbladt (Concordia, Irvine)                    
  •  Lecture Two: The Doctrine of Creation in Lutheran Apologetics
    by Al Quist 

The reactors to the lectures will be Lyle Lange of Martin Luther College and Erling Teigen of Bethany Lutheran College.

More information and registration materials will be published soon.

We hope you will join us for this year’s B.W. Teigen Reformation Lectures at Bethany.

Graduation Video, 2014

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Seminary Commencement-2014

The Commencement Service for Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, which included both the assignment of calls and graduation of students, occurred on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. in Trinity Chapel. Prof. Lyle Lange (Martin Lutheran College, New Ulm [WELS]) served as preacher, Pres. Gaylin Schmeling served as liturgist, the Rev. Dr. J. Kincaid Smith represented the Board of Regents, and Mr. John Baumann was the organist. The sermon was based on Ephesians 3:7–8 with the theme “Go and Proclaim Christ with Confidence!” In the sermon, Prof. Lange explained that God has called these men to the ministry, God has equipped them for this ministry, and God has promised to bless their ministry.

 Paul Lange was assigned as pastor of Abiding Word Lutheran Church in Bowling Green, Ohio, and Michael Lilienthal was assigned as vicar of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iola, Wisconsin. The following graduated from the seminary with a Master of Divinity degree: Paul Lange.Seminary Graduation 2014

Commencement for 2013-2014

Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary Commencement will occur on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. This service will include both the graduation of the students and the assignment of calls. Prof. Lyle Lange (Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota) will serve as the guest speaker with the Rev. Gaylin Schmeling conducting the liturgy and the Rev. Dr. J. Kincaid Smith representing the Board of Regents. There will be a fellowship time after the service in the Great Room. The seminary graduate will be Paul Lange. The vicar will be Michael Lilienthal.

Spring 2014 Open House

On Sunday, March 7, 2014, Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary (BLTS) will hold its regular Spring Open House from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. BLTS holds an open house twice per year to encourage young men to consider the pastoral ministry. This spring the presenter will be the Rev. Donald Moldstad, chaplain at Bethany Lutheran College (BLC). He will ask the question, “Is the Pastoral Ministry Something I Should Consider?”

Please join us for a free dinner and stimulating presentation!

2013 Seminary Midyear Graduation

A midyear graduation service for Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary occurred on Tuesday, December 3, 2014 in Bethany Lutheran College’s Trinity Chapel. The Rev. David J. Webber (Redeemer, Scottsdale, AZ) served as preacher. Pres. Gaylin R. Schmeling presented the diplomas, and the Rev. Dr. J. Kincaid Smith represented the Board of Regents. The sermon was based on Matthew 11:25-30 with the theme, “Take My Yoke Upon You, and Learn From Me.” A reception followed the service in the BLC Great Room.

The following graduated from the seminary with a Master of Divinity degree: Paul Webber and Michael Willitz.

Reformation Lectures Recap

The forty-sixth annual Bjarne Wollan Teigen Reformation Lectures were held at the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center, Mankato, Minnesota, on October 31–November 1, 2013. These lectures are sponsored jointly by Bethany Lutheran College and Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary.

This year there were two presenters. The first lecture was given by Prof. Mark Harstad of Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota. The second presenter was the Rev. Dr. Harold Senkbeil, executive director for spiritual care at the Doxology Institute of Brookfield, Wisconsin. The theme of the lectures was “Confessional Lutheranism’s Answers to the Challenges of Modern Society.” The first lecture, given by Prof. Harstad, was entitled “The Christian’s Vocation in the Three Estates: Family, Church, and Society.” The second lecture, presented by Dr. Senkbeil, was entitled “The Christian Faces Contemporary Challenges.” The Reformation Lectures were a study of the three estates and the estates relationship to the challenges of modern society. In the Reformation Luther provided structure for social life by using the three estates originating in the Middle Ages: those who provide nourishment (Nährstand), those who ensure order (Wehrstand), and those who teach God’s Word (Lehrstand). Luther indicated that people have responsibilities in all three estates. Understanding one’s duty in each of these estates will help one meet the challenges of modern society.

2013 Reformation Lectures

Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, in conjunction with Bethany Lutheran College, is pleased to announce this year’s annual Bjarne W. Teigen Reformation
Lectures. This year the lectures will be held October 31–November 1, 2013 on the campus of Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota. The theme will be “Confessional Lutheranism’s Answers to the Challenges of Modern Society.” Prof. Mark Harstad will give the first lecture entitled, “The Christian’s Vocation in the Three Estates: Family, Church, and Society,” and Dr. Harold Senkbeil will give the second lecture entitled, “The Christian Faces Contemporary Challenges.” We look forward to an informative and stimulating discussion.

For more information, please read the following brochure: Reformation Lectures 2013.

2013-2014 Academic Year Begins

Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary began its new school year with an opening service on August 26 in Good Shepherd Chapel. Dr. Thomas Kuster based his message on Isaiah 40:1–5, which he called “the Great Commission of the Old Testament,” addressed to all preachers. By referencing the six chief parts of Luther’s Small Catechism, he found in God’s call to “comfort ye My people” whispers of the whole counsel of God: a God who cares for his people, who redeems them, sends them a Comforter, welcomes their prayers as the Lord taught them to pray, calls them to repentance and forgives their sin, urges the message be made known to all nations/all flesh through baptism, and proclaims the “glory of the Lord” most clearly seen on the cross and brought to each of us through the Holy Supper. This is God’s message we are to bring to comfort his people.

The teaching staff for the seminary this year is as follows: Thomas Flunker, Adolph Harstad, Thomas Kuster, Michael Smith, Erling Teigen, and Gaylin Schmeling. Professor Flunker is teaching Hispanic outreach; Professor Harstad is teaching in the areas of Old Testament, world religions, and homiletics; Professor Kuster is teaching communication; Professor Smith is teaching in the areas of New Testament, hermeneutics, and homiletics; Professor Teigen is teaching dogmatics; and Professor Schmeling is teaching courses in church history and homiletics.

The seminary enrollment this year numbers twelve. There is one vicar, three seniors, five middlers, and three juniors. The vicar is Paul Webber at Mt. Olive Lutheran (Mankato, Minnesota). Also we have one student in the Master of Arts in Lutheran Theological Studies program.