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

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Curriculum Vitae for Gary M. Simpson


HT 0801 50LUTHERAN CONFESSIONAL WRITINGS Spring Semester 2014-2015

A study of the confessions of the Lutheran Church as set forth in the Book of Concord. The documents of the reforming movement, viewed in the historical settings, are explicated in the light of their witness to the centrality of the gospel of justification by faith. Consideration is given to the contemporary importance of this witness for the life and mission of the Lutheran Church in a post-secular age. A central question of the course focuses on what it means to confess today in ecumenical engagement, in culturally diverse situations and interfaith contexts, and how that confession is shaped by those contexts.

SG 0405 50 F6LEADING CHRISTIAN COMM IN MISSION Spring Semester 2014-2015

This course introduces students to the complex realities of forming and leading Christian communities in a pluralist era. Students engage biblical and theological traditions for understanding the triune God's mission in the world and how this shapes the church's missional identity and leadership. Insights from sociology help students interpret persons and communities similar to and different from them for the sake of witness and service. Through attending carefully to specific Christian communities and their contexts, students develop imagination, practices, habits, and skills for faithful and innovative public leadership. MUST HAVE REGISTERED FOR J-TERM SG0405-01 IN ORDER TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE.

ST 2446 01POSTCOLONIAL THEOL FROM UNDERSIDES Spring Semester 2014-2015

This course explores the emerging field of postcolonial theologies as they have arisen within global Christianity, both in the majority world and in various locations within Western societies. Students will come to understand the meaning and scope of postcolonial theologies and their interest in attending to minority and subjugated theological voices which have been lost, overlooked, or suppressed. Attention will be given to the role of Scriptural interpretation and theological formulation as it undergirds colonial and postcolonial dynamics and realities. Students will also explore how postcolonial theologies might shape their own practices as evangelical public leaders who forming Christian communities of faith, hope, and love seeking justice, reconciliation, and peace.

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



"'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).


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


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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