Gary M. Simpson
Professor of Systematic Theology and Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary Chair in Theology

Gary M. SimpsonEmail:
gsimpson@luthersem.edu

Office:
651-641-3253    GH 203

Curriculum Vitae for Gary M. Simpson

Courses:

HT 0801 50 LUTHERAN CONFESSIONAL WRIT-ONLINE Spring 2014-2015
SG 0405 50 F6 LEADING CHR COMM IN MISSION-ONLINE Spring 2014-2015
ST 2446 01 POSTCOLONIAL THEOL FROM UNDERSIDES Spring 2014-2015
SG 0405 01 LEADING CHRISTIAN COMM IN MISSION January Term 2014-2015
CL 0535 01 GODS MISSION-BIBLICAL AND THEOL EXPFall 2014-2015
ST 1482 50 D BONHOEFFER-E ROOSEVELT-MLK JR-ONLFall 2014-2015

Speaking Topics:

Gary M. Simpson is available to speak at your congregation's event or adult forum on the following topics. For other faculty and staff resources, visit our Online Resource Guide

  • Bio-Genetic Ethics and the Big Questions of Life
  • Bonhoeffer for Today
  • Faith and American Public Life
  • Faith and Public Policy
  • Foundations of Christian Ethics
  • Foundations of Lutheran Ethics
  • Homosexuality: Traditional and Current Ethical Assessments
  • How Is and Isn't America a "Christian Nation?"
  • Is There a Lutheran Ethic of Marriage?
  • Jesus Today: Who Do Contemporary Theologians Say He Is?
  • Luther and Spirituality
  • Luther's Catechism and Today's Questions
  • Matters of Faith and Politics
  • Praying the Christian Life
  • Reformation Theology: Then and Now
  • Trinity Matters Today
  • What is the Church? Current Ecumenical Perspectives and Why They Matter

Resources:

Publications

"'By the dawn's early light'"
The Flag, the Interrogative, and the Whence and Whither of Normative Patriotism," Word & World 23 (Summer 2003):272-283.
Critical Social Theory: Prophetic Reason, Civil Society & Christian Imagination
"'Changing the Face of the Enemy": Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Beloved Community."
Word & World. 28/1 (Winter 2008): 57-65.
"'Thou Shalt Not Kill'--The First Commandment of the Just War Tradition."
In The Ten Commandments: The Reciprocity of Faithfulness. Edited by William Brown. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press 2004
"Being Neighbor in the Coming Pandemic Crisis: Thinking with Luther in the 21st Century."
Caring Connections: An Inter-Lutheran Journal for Practitioners and Teachers of Pastoral Care and Counseling 4.4.(2008)
"Christology and Ethics in Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King, Jr."
In Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King: Receiving Their Legacies for Christian Social Thought, eds., Willis Jenkins & Jennifer McBride. Fortress Press.  Forthcoming
"Civil Society and Congregations as Public Moral Companions."
Word & World XV (Fall 1995):420-427.
"Ecclesial Communion, God's Publicity and Global Citizenship"
In Being the Church in the Midst of Empire: Trinitarian Reflections. Theology in the Life of the Church, Volume 1. Edited by Karen L. Bloomquist. Minneapolis: Lutheran University Press.  2007
"Law and Gospel," "Lutheran Ethics," "Just-War Theory," and "Fruit of the Spirit."
In Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, ed. Joel Green, et al. Baker.  Forthcoming
"No Trinity, No Mission: The Apostolic Difference of Retrieving the Trinity."
Word & World (Summer 1998).

Education:

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OrdainedELCA
1977
M.Div., Th.D.Christ Seminary-Seminex
1976, 1983
B.A.Concordia Senior College
Fort Wayne, IN
1972
A.A.Concordia Junior College
Ann Arbor, MI
1970

Biography:

Gary Simpson was named associate professor of systematic theology at Luther Seminary in 1990 and professor of systematic theology in 1998. Earlier, he served as a Lutheran pastor for 14 years. Simpson was pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Alameda, Calif., (1976-1983) and Protestant chaplain of Highland-Alameda County Hospital in Oakland, Calif., (1976 to 1978). Subsequently, he was minister of education

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