Marc Kolden
Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology

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By Faith Alone: Essays on Justification in Honor of Gerhard O. Forde
Edited by Joseph A. Burgess and Marc Kolden. Eerdmans, 2004.
Called and Ordained
What is Ministry?  And how are we to understand the distinctive ecclesiastical office known as ordained ministry?  With clarity and insight, this book takes the discussion behind the current impasse between functional and ontological definitions.  The contributors provide a distinctively American and ecumenical proposal that is consistent with the confession of justification by faith alone.

Out of print.  Available at Luther Seminary Library.

Called By the Gospel
What is Christianity?   Is it a religion - a movement - an experience - an organization - a way of life?  It is all of these, and more.  "I propose,"  Kolden says, "that we should think of Christianity primarily as a message - a message announcing what God has done, what he is doing, and what he will do."
     In this introduction to the Christian faith, Dr. Kolden presents a clear, concise discussion of its central teachings:  faith and understanding, creation and sin, law and gospel, the church and the sacraments.  At every point, Dr. Kolden connects what we believe to how we live.

Out of print.  Available at Luther Seminary Library.


OrdainedELCA (ALC)
M.A., Ph.D.University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
1969, 1976
M.Div.Luther Theological Seminary
St. Paul, MN
B.A.Harvard University
Cambridge, MA


Marc Kolden joined the Luther Seminary faculty in 1981 as associate professor of systematic theology and was promoted to professor in 1989. He assumed the position of academic dean on July 1, 1996.

He was assistant professor of systematic theology at Luther Seminary in 1973-78, before going to Helena, Mont., where he was associate pastor of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and director of the Northern