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Lecture Archives

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Below find video, audio or print records of past lectures held at Luther Seminary. Not all lectures were recorded; those that were are listed below.

Aus Memorial Lecture

2015

Teresa Fry Brown

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2014

Peri Rasolondraibe

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2013

Craig Koester
Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Chair of New Testament at Luther Seminary
Rolf Jacobson
Associate Professor of Old Testament

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2012

Tom Long
Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta

2011

Roger Olson
Professor of Theology, George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University, Waco, Texas

2010

Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean
Associate Professor of Youth, Church and Culture & Director, Tennent School of Christian Education, Princeton Theological Seminary

2009

Dr. Greg Boyd
Senior Pastor, Woodland Hills Church, St. Paul, Minn.

2008

Robert A. Kolb
Mission Professor of Systematic Theology, and Director of the Institute for Mission Studies, Concordia Seminary - St. Louis

2007

Patrick R. Kiefert
Professor of Systematic Theology, Luther Seminary

2006

Michael Rogness
Alvin N. Rogness Professor of Preaching, Luther Seminary

2005

Rev. Dr. John Piper
Pastor of Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis.

2004

Jean Bethke Elshtain
Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics, University of Chicago Divinity School

2003

The Rev. Dr. Gordon MacDonald

Rutlen Faith and Creation Lecture

2015

Creation, Sin and Sacrament in the Anthropocene
Larry Rasmussen
Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics at Union Seminary in New York City"Integrating Green in Congregations"

“Creation, Sin and Sacrament in the Anthropocene”

2013

Anticipating our Future Food and Faith World
Dr. Frederick L. Kirschenmann
Professor of Philosophy and Religion,
Iowa State University; Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

2011

How Does the Bible Support the Care of Creation?
Dr. Calvin DeWitt
Professor
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Word & World Lecture

2014 

Time, Hospitality, and Belonging: Towards a Practical Theology of Mental Health and Illness
John Swinton
Professor at the Centre for Spirituality, Health, and Disability,
University of Aberdeen, UK

2013

Reformation and Inculturation: Towards the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation
Martin Junge
General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation

2012

For the Nations, through the Nathans: When Word Speaks to World
Fred Gaiser
Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary, Editor of Word & World

2010

Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce
Elizabeth Marquardt
Vice President for Family Studies; Director of the Center for Marriage and Families,
Institute for American Values, New York City

2009

Paul as Theologian: His Vocation and Its Significance for His Theology
Arland J. Hultgren
Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Professor of New Testament,
Luther Seminary

2008

A Theology of the Land
Ellen F. Davis
Professor of Bible and Practical Theology,
Duke Divinity School

2007

The New Green Christianity: Why the Church is Vital to Saving the Earth
Mark I. Wallace
Professor of religion and member of the Interpretation Theory Committee and the Environmental Studies Committee,
Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania

2006

What is a Christian? Answers from the Global South
Amy Plantinga Pauw
Henry P. Mobley Professor of Doctrinal Theology,
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

2005

Today this Word is Fulfilled in Your Hearing': A Scriptural Hermeneutic of Biblical Authority
Gail R. O'Day
Associate Dean of Faculty & Academic Affairs and A. H. Shatford Professor of Preaching and New Testament,
Candler School of Theology, Emory University

2004

The Cost of Discipleship: The Witness of the African Church
Andrew Walls
Honorary professor, Curator of the Centre Collections, Historian of world Christianity and of Christianity and culture,
University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Tasgara Hirpo
Pastor to Oromo-speaking evangelical Christians in the Federal Republic of Germany, former president of the Western Synod of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (1971-1982) and professor at the Mekane Yesus Seminary (1978-82)
Hermannsburg, Germany

2003

Restoring the Dignity of the Human Spirit
Douglas Johnson
Executive Director, Center for Victims of Torture,
Minneapolis, Minnesota

2002

The Lively Work of the Spirit in the Reformation
Jane Dempsey Douglass
Emerita Professor of Historical Theology,
Princeton Theological Seminary

Fretheim Lecture

2016

Dr. Dennis Olson
Charles Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology,
Princeton Theological Seminary

2014

Dr. Walter Brueggemann
Professor Emeritus of Old Testament,
Columbia Theological Seminary

Burgess Lecture in Global Mission

2015

The Global Nature of the Reformation: Why Africa's Contribution Matter
The Rev. Dr. Elieshi Ayo Mungure
Area Secretary for Africa, Department for Mission and Development, Lutheran World Federation, Geneva

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2013

Four Horsemen -- The Catastrophic Four Years that Remade the World's Religions
Dr. Philip Jenkins
Distinguished Professor History, Baylor University 
Co-Director for Baylor's Program on Historical Studies of Religion in the Institute for Studies of Religion, and
Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Pennsylvania State University (PSU)

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2012

Becoming an Icon of God: Spiritual Foundations of Personal and Ecclesial Mission
William R. Burrows
Research Professor of Missiology in the World Christianity Program, New York Theological Seminary; Managing Editor Emeritus, Orbis Books

2011

“Treasure in Earthen Vessels”: Immigration, Religion and the American Church
Jehu J. Hanciles
Associate Professor of History of Christianity and Globalization, and Director of the Center for Missiological Research, School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, Calif.

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2010

Mission, Culture and Reign of God
Stephen Bevans, S.V.D.
Louis J. Luzbatek, S.V.D. Professor of Mission and Culture, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Ill.

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2009

Account for the Hope: Mission at Home with Pluralism
Dr. S. Mark Heim
Samuel Abbot Professor of Christian Theology, Andover Newton Theological School
"Account for the Hope: Mission At Home With Pluralism"

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2008

The Gospel and Ethics Revisited: Pre-Christendom Faith in a Post-Christendom World
Jonathan J. Bonk
Executive Director, Overseas Ministries Study Center, New Haven, Conn.

2007

The Quotidian and the Mission of the Church: Saving Souls, Feeding Bodies, Healing Lives
Wanda Deifelt
Associate Professor of Religion, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa

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2006

Healing & Reconciliation: Articulating Misseo Dei Today
Rafael Malpica-Padilla
Executive Director, Global Mission Unit, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

2005

Pluralism, Proselytism and Christian Mission
J. Paul Rajashekar
Dean and Professor of Systematic Theology, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

2004

What Happened to the Christian Home? Controversies over Gender and Mission in the 21st Century
Dana Robert
Truman Collins Professor of World Mission, School of Theology, Boston University

2003

The Spirit Moves: Christian Presence and African Responses in Time Perspective
Ogbu Kalu
Henry W. Luce Chair for World Christianity and Mission, McCormick Theological Seminary

2002

Mission Evangelism and the ‘McDonaldization’ of the Church of America
Dr. Phillip Bake
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C.

1999

Conversion, Culture and Christian Mission
Andrew Walls
Professor & Curator, Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World
University of Edinburgh, Scotland; Guest Professor of Ecumenics and Mission, Princeton Theological Seminary, N.J.

1996

The Gospel, Religious Pluralism and Faith Commitment: The Theological Challenges
Lamin Sanneh
D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity; Professor of History
Yale College, New Haven, Conn.

1994

Russian Roots of the American Spirit: Reflections on the Bicentennial of Eastern Orthodoxy in North America
Jaroslav Pelikan
Sterling Professor of History, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

1993

Mission in a Troubled World and Pointers from Experiences in Africa and Eastern Europe
Risto Lehtonen
Church of Finland and former Director of Church Cooperation for Lutheran World Federation

1991

Jesus and the Muslim and The Christian Obligation in the Muslim World Today
Kenneth Cragg
Honorary Assistant Bishop, Diocese of Oxford, England

Hein-Fry Lecture

2012

Hearing the Word: Lutherans Read the Bible with the Ecumenical World
Rev. Dr. Eleishi Mungure,'07
Professor of Theology, Dean of Students
Makumira University College, Tanzania

2010

Hearing the Word: Teaching the Bible in the Parish and Beyond
Dr. David Rhoads
Professor of New Testament
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

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Diane Jacobson
Professor of Old Testament
Luther Seminary

2009

Dr. Steed Davidson
Assistant Professor of Old Testament
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

2008

Dr. Lamin Sanneh
D. Willis James
Professor of Missions and World Christianity & Professor of History
Yale Divinity School

Church in Public Life Lecture

February 17, 2011
Be Not Afraid: The Christian Calling to Build Welcoming Communities
Linda Hartke
President and CEO, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

2010 Lecture
The Rev. John A. Nunes
President and CEO, Lutheran World Relief

2009
The Rev. Dr. Mark Hanson
Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

2008
Christians and Citizenship in Election Time
Rev. Dr. Mark Hanson
Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America