Sem Experience Vide, 2016

Check out this video made by our graduates of 2016.

Graduation & Call Day 2016

BLTS Graduates and StudentsThe Commencement Service for Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, which included both the assignment of calls and graduation of students, occurred on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in Trinity Chapel. The Rev. Craig Ferkenstad (Norseland and Norwegian Grove Lutheran Churches, Saint Peter, Minnesota) served as preacher, Pres. Gaylin Schmeling served as liturgist, the Rev. Herbert Huhnerkoch represented the Board of Regents, and Mr. John Baumann was the organist. The sermon was based on Hebrews 12:2–3 telling the candidates and vicars that as they go forward they are to keep looking to Jesus who is the Author and Perfecter of our faith. We look neither to the world nor to popular opinion but keep looking to Jesus as we proclaim the Law and the Gospel of reconciliation. We do so until the day when we see Him face-to-face in the heavenly home which He has prepared for us.

Graduates from the seminary with a Master of Divinity degree were Matthew Behmer, Sung Gyu Choi, Jeffrey Hendrix, Joshua Mayer, Daniel Ruiz, and Andrew Soule. Graduating with a degree of Master of Arts in Lutheran Theological Studies was Elisabeth Urtel. Matthew Behmer was assigned as pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church (Bell Gardens, California); Jeffrey Hendrix was assigned as pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church (Ulen, Minnesota) and Grace Lutheran Church (Crookston, Minnesota); Joshua Mayer was assigned as pastor of Redeeming Grace Lutheran Church (Rogers, Minnesota); Daniel Ruiz was assigned as pastor of Hope Lutheran Church (Leander, Texas); and Andrew Soule was assigned as pastor of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and Rock Dell Lutheran Church (Belview, Minnesota). Aaron Ferkenstad was assigned as vicar of St. John’s Lutheran Church (Frankenmuth, Michigan) and Kurtis Freimuth was assigned as vicar of Grace Lutheran Church (Vero Beach, Florida).

Commencement 2016

The seminary commencement service will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. in Trinity Chapel. The Rev. Craig Ferkenstad will be the preacher, President Gaylin Schmeling will serve as liturgist, and the Rev. Herbert Huhnerkoch will represente the Board of Regents. The following will graduate from the seminary with a Master of Divinity degree: Matthew Behmer, Jeffrey Hendrix, Joshua Mayer, Daniel Ruiz, and Andrew Soule.

Reformation Recap-2015

20151029 Reformation Lectures-03The forty-eighth annual Bjarne Wollan Teigen Reformation Lectures were held at the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center, Mankato, Minnesota, on October 29–30, 2015. These lectures are sponsored jointly by Bethany Lutheran College and Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary.

This year there were three presenters. The first lecture was given by Prof. William Bukowski of Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota. The second presenter was Dr. Robert Rosin. The third lecture was given by Prof. Brian Dose of Martin Lutheran College in New Ulm, Minnesota. The theme of the lectures was “Lutheranism and the Arts.” The first lecture, given by Prof. Bukowski, was entitled “Lutheranism and the Visual Arts.” The second lecture, presented by Dr. Rosin, was entitled “Lutheranism and History.” The third lecture, given by Prof. Dose, was entitled “Lutheranism and Literature.”

The Reformation Lectures were a study of Lutheranism’s relationship to the arts. The lectures explained the influence of Lutheranism on the visual arts, history, and literature. Lutheranism was open to the visual arts, beautifying our worship in contradistinction to the whitewashed churches of the Reformed; it has given direction to the study of history as seen in the example of the Magdeburg Centuries; and it has affected our literature. Lutheranism has touched every aspect of our Christian vocation.

The complete lectures will be published in the March issue of the Lutheran Synod Quarterly.

2015 B.W.Teigen Reformation Lectures

The annual Bjarne Teigen Memorial Lectures will be held October 29–30, 2015. This year the theme will be Lutheranism and the Arts.

  • Lutheranism and the Visual Arts by Prof. William Bukowski
  • Lutheranism and History by Dr. Robert Rosin
  • Lutheranism and Literature by Prof. Brian Dose

You can find the flyer and registration form here.

2015-2016 School Year Begins

BSeminaryStudents 2015-2016ethany Lutheran Theological Seminary began its new school year with an opening service on August 24 in Good Shepherd Chapel. Dr. Thomas Kuster, basing his message on the account of the calling of the first disciples recorded in Luke 5:1–10, urged students to turn their full attention, this school year, to studying their main tool, the Means of Grace, for their future calling of “catching men.” On the shore of the Lake of Gennesaret, Dr. Kuster pointed out, our Lord observed his future disciples washing and mending their nets, their main tool for serious commercial fishing. After the Lord showed his power by the miraculous catch, he called them to “catch men,” and they left their nets to follow him. The main tool for their new calling, “catching men,” is the Word of God, and its visible forms, the holy Sacraments—the Means of Grace. This “net” is made up of two strong interwoven strands: objective justification and our Lord’s institution. The seminary curriculum focuses attention on Word and Sacraments from multiple perspectives: those of Biblical, Doctrinal, Historical, and Practical Theology. At the shore of the Lake of Gennesaret, there was a time for fishing and a time for washing nets. Seminary is an important time to give full attention to preparing one’s nets, the Means of Grace, for the future calling of “catching men.”

The teaching staff for the seminary this year is as follows: Thomas Flunker, Adolph Harstad, Thomas Kuster, Dennis Marzolf, 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 Marzolf is teaching hymnology; 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.

The seminary enrollment this year numbers eleven. There are five vicars, two seniors, two middlers, and two juniors. The vicars are Matthew Behmer at Peace Lutheran Church (North Mankato, Minnesota) and Bethany Lutheran College (Mankato, Minnesota); Jeffrey Hendrix at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Indianola, Iowa); Joshua Mayer at Redeeming Grace Lutheran Church (Rogers, Minnesota); Daniel Ruiz at Hope Lutheran Church (Leander, Texas); and Andrew Soule at Norseland Lutheran Church (Saint Peter, Minnesota) and Norwegian Grove Lutheran Church (Gaylord, Minnesota). Also we have one student in the Master of Arts in Lutheran Theological Studies program.

 

Commencement 2015

Sem Graduation 2015The Commencement Service for Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, which included both the assignment of calls and graduation of students, occurred on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in Trinity Chapel. The Rev. Gene Lilienthal (Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Brownsburg, Indiana) 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 John 21:15–17 with the theme “Pastor, Feed Jesus’ Sheep.” In the sermon, Pastor Lilienthal explains that Lutheran pastors are to feed the lambs and sheep of our gracious Savior on the green pastures of the means of grace, Holy Word and Blessed Sacraments. They are to shepherd the flock of God.

The following graduated from the seminary with a Master of Divinity degree: Michael Lilienthal. He was assigned as pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Iola, Wisconsin and Messiah Lutheran Church, Omro, Wisconsin. Matthew Behmer was assigned as vicar of Peace Lutheran Church, North Mankato, Minnesota and Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota; Jeffrey Hendrix was assigned as vicar of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Indianola, Iowa; Joshua Mayer was assigned as vicar of Redeeming Grace Lutheran Church, Rogers, Minnesota; Daniel Ruiz was assigned as vicar of Hope Lutheran Church, Leander, Texas; and Andrew Soule was assigned as vicar of Norseland Lutheran Church, Saint Peter, Minnesota and Norwegian Grove Lutheran Church, Gaylord, Minnesota.

Pastor’s Institute-2015

IMG_2254The annual Pastors’ Institute of Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary has been held in various locations throughout the country in order to make it possible for more of our pastors to attend. This year the institute took place at Holy Trinity in Okauchee, Wisconsin, on March 9, 2015.

The first portion of the institute was a presentation entitled “Concordia, Discordia, Et Irenicum: The Reception of the Book of Concord in Seventeenth Century Braunschweig Lutheranism.” This presentation demonstrated how the Book of Concord was received in the northern German states. It explains some of the conflicts involved in the acceptance of the Book of Concord in Lutheran lands, which would be a factor in the Syncretistic Controversy of the seventeenth century. It was given by Dr. Timothy Schmeling of Bethany Lutheran College.

The second segment of the institute was entitled “Church of the Lutheran Confession: Then and Now,” centering on the origin and recent history of the CLC. This presentation was given by President Gaylin Schmeling.

Spring Recruitment Night, 2015

recruitment night poster-Spring 2015The seminary is once again hosted a Spring Recruitment Night on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Dinner was provided and the students and interested potential students enjoyed a stimulating lecture by Pres. Gaylin Schmeling, who answered the important question, “What Is The Ministry All About?” Pres. Schmeling emphasized that the ministry is all about feeding God’s sheeps and lambs with the Means of Grace–God’s Word and Sacraments.

Commencement Service-2015 (New Time – 4:00pm )

The seminary commencement service will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. in Trinity Chapel. The Rev. Gene Lilienthal will be the preacher, President Gaylin Schmeling will serve as liturgist, and the Rev. Dr. J. Kincaid Smith will represent the Board of Regents. The following will graduate from the seminary with a Master of Divinity degree: Michael Lilienthal. The following will receive vicarage assignments: Matthew Behmer, Jeff Hendrix, Josh Mayer, Daniel Ruiz, and Andrew Soule.