2016 Reformation Lectures

We are pleased to announce this year’s B.W.Teigen Reformation Lectures presented by Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary and Bethany Lutheran College.

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2016-17 Academic Year Begins

Sem Opening 2016

Pictured from left to right: (back) John Spivey, Noah Thompson, Ethan Urtel, Christian Walz (front) Patrick Ernst, Karim Yaghleji, Jacob Kempfert

Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary began its new school year with an opening service on August 22, 2016, in the Good Shepherd Chapel. The Rev. John Moldstad, president of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, delivered the devotional message for the occasion, centering his remarks on Matthew 20:20–28. In his message he urged all to assess our motives for service to the Lord, whether in the classroom as ones privileged to study for the ministry, as professors and administrators, or as dedicated Christians in our various vocations of life. In the text cited, Jesus speaks a strong message on how greatness in his kingdom does not come by way of the world’s standards in judging merit. It comes only through faithful service to other fellow sinners, done fully out love and thanks to the Savior, without any thought of reward. While we sinners fail in upholding this pure motive, we are spurred on to greater commitment to help others—which the ministry is all about—through the Savior himself who “came not to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many.” In conclusion, reference was made to the familiar citation from Dr. Luther in his 1 Peter commentary: “God could easily take away our breath and have us die as soon as we are baptized and have begun to believe, but he leaves us here so that we may do for others what he has done for us.” We pray that God fills our seminarians, our professors, and our administrators—all of us—with the attitude of gratitude as we are moved with humility in all of our activity.

The teaching staff for the seminary this semester is as follows: Adolph Harstad, Thomas Kuster, Allen Quist, Michael Smith, and Gaylin Schmeling. Professor Harstad is teaching in the areas of Old Testament and homiletics; Professor Kuster is teaching communication; Professor Quist is teaching apologetics; Professor Smith is teaching in the areas of New Testament, hermeneutics, and homiletics; and Professor Schmeling is teaching courses in church history and homiletics.

The seminary enrollment this year numbers nine. There are two vicars, two seniors, one middler, and four juniors. The vicars are Aaron Ferkenstad at St. John’s Lutheran Church (Frankenmuth, Michigan) and Kurtis Freimuth at Grace Lutheran Church (Vero Beach, Florida).

Summer Institute 2016

BLTS Summer Institute-2016The 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 Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary in Mankato, Minnesota, on July 6–7, 2016.

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 and helps explain the genesis of the Syncretistic Controversy (ca. 1645–86) 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.

2016 Reformation Lectures

Bethany Lutheran College and

Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary

Mankato, Minnesota

announce

The 2016 Bjarne W. Teigen Reformation Lectures

October 27–28, 2016

with the theme of

“The Cost of Confessing: Luther and the Three Princes”

Lecture One: Luther and Frederick the Wise

by Dr. Roland Ziegler

Lecture Two: Luther and John the Constant

by Dr. Charles Cortright

Lecture Three: Luther and John Frederick

by Dr. David Lumpp

The lectures begin Thursday, October 27, at 10:30 a.m.

Sem Experience Video, 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.