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.

Summer Institute 2013

Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary will holds its annual summer Pastors’ Institute on July 15–17, 2013. It will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday and conclude at noon on Wednesday. The Institute offers an excellent opportunity for professional growth and is open to any pastors of the ELS or WELS. The cost will be minimal. The seminary will provide lodging on the campus of Bethany Lutheran College and Tuesday evening there will be a meal at the seminary parsonage.

This year’s program is following:

  • Professor Adolph Harstad will lecture on Preaching from Pericopes in Deuteronomy, a Quintessential OT Sermon Book. He will discuss isagogical material and conduct text studies for preaching from the book of Deuteronomy. This study will show why the book can rightly be called “quintessential” for preachers.
  • President Gaylin Schmeling will give a presentation on the 450th Anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism and other important anniversaries occurring this year.

If you plan to attend the institute, please send your name, address, and phone number to seminary@blc.edu . You may also indicate whether you will need lodging for one night or two. We hope you will be able to attend this year’s summer Institute which should be interesting, instructive, edifying, and helpful for your ministry.