Gary M. Simpson
Professor of Systematic Theology

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Curriculum Vitae for Gary M. Simpson


ST 3421 01 S6 ETHICS II- ETHICS OF D BONHOEFFER Spring 2013-2014

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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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