Board of World Missions

2023 Theological Conference

Living in the Promise: A Conversation About Law and Gospel

February 6 - 7, 2023

Augustana District is firmly grounded in the function of the law being to order society and convict us of sin, showing our need for a Savior. Within the Christian body and our Lutheran heritage, there are differing views about the law’s function, while others have no idea what the conflict is or why it matters today.

This year’s Convocation of the Cross topic “Living in the Promise” does not offer a resolution to this centuries-old debate, but rather a healthy and theologically rich conversation about law and gospel. We invite you to witness Dr. Robert Kolb and Dr. Steven Paulson discuss the topic and join the conversation as we live in Christ’s promise together!

Guest Speakers

Rev. Dr. Steven PaulsonProfessor Steven Paulson has been teaching and preaching for over thirty years and is chair of Lutheran Theology at LHOS. He holds degrees in theology from St. Olaf College, the Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary, and the Theological Doctorate from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. He has taught at Concordia College, Moorhead, and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, before coming to Sioux Falls. He is the author of many books and articles, including Luther’s Outlaw God, Volumes 1 and 2.

Rev. Dr. Robert KolbDr. Robert Kolb is an emeritus professor of systematic theology at Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, the co-editor with Timothy Wengert of the translation of The Book of Concord (Fortress Press 2000) and the author of several books on Luther and on the Lutheran confessions, including Martin Luther and the Enduring Word of God. The Wittenberg School and its Scripture-Centered Proclamation (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016) and Luther’s Treatise On Christian Freedom and Its Legacy (Lanham, MD: Fortress Academic/Lexington, 2019).


There will be a casual gathering and social time for those of you that arrive on Sunday evening.

9:00 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Worship
9:45 a.m. – Session 1: Dr. Kolb
11:00 a.m. – Lunch
12:00 p.m. – Session 2: Dr. Paulson
1:15 p.m. – Break
1:45 p.m. – Moderated Discussion:
                     Dr. Kolb & Dr. Paulson
2:45 p.m. – Mutual Conversation & Consolation
3:30 p.m. – AD Update
4:00 p.m. – Closing

(Free evening for fun and fellowship)

9:00 a.m. – Morning Devotion
9:30 a.m. – Panel Discussion
10:30 a.m. – Worship w/Holy Communion Dismissal

Registration Details

Registration Fee's


This years conference will be held at the Best Western Plus, 1901 Killebrew Dr., Bloomington, MN 55425. We have reserved a block of rooms for $110 per night, held until January 5, 2023. Please call the hotel at 952.814.2905, specify how many nights you’ll be staying, and you are with the LCMC Augustana District to receive the discounted rate.

However, you are welcome to stay at any hotel you would like.

Note: Event registration does not include hotel accommodations. This registration is for the event only.

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To partake in the Monday luncheon,
please register on or
January 25, 2023.

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Refund Policy

Before January 8th = 100%
January 8th - 22nd = 50%
After January 22nd= 0%

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