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The law-gospel distinction is the hallmark of Luther’s theology of the cross and becomes the basis for all ministry: preaching, pastoral care, even congregational leadership. Gerhard O. Forde, who was professor of theology at Luther Theological Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, kept this Lutheran distinction razor-sharp and his theological writings are an essential inheritance for us today. The new book “The Essential Forde” aims to provide the essence of the law-gospel distinction as an essential hallmark for theology. The editors of this volume have chosen some of the most definitive writings of Forde, whose influence continues to grow and whose teaching remains vitally important to the next generation for a robust Lutheran witness. The list of works trace the contours of Forde’s theological argument. Organized around “Law and Gospel,” the selections start off with some historical background on that doctrinal locus, but for the most part express Forde’s own views of the law and the gospel, including death and resurrection, the bondage of the will, good works, preaching, and the sacraments. Join us February 3-4, 2020, as we explore Forde’s writing, reflect on the Scripture and theological witness, and strengthen our commitments to the truth and purity of the Gospel proclaimed in our own time.
Pastor Paulson is a professor of systematic theology at Luther House of Study, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Pastor Hopman is a graduate student at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton,NJ.
There will be a Superbowl gathering as folks arrive on Sunday. Details will follow as the event gets closer.
9:00 a.m. Opening Worship
9:30 a.m. Lecture 1: The Law Gospel Distinction (Nick Hopman)
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Lecture 2: Death & Resurrection (Nick Hopman)
11:30 a.m. AD Update
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Lecture 3: The Bondage of the Will (Nick Hopman)
2:00 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. Lecture 4: Good Works (Steven Paulson)
3:15 p.m. Q&A moderated by Brad Jenson
5:00 p.m. Closing Prayer – Dinner/evening on your own
9:00 a.m. Morning Devotion
9:15 a.m. Lecture 5: Theological Method (Steven Paulson)
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Lecture 6: Gospel & the Sacraments (Steven Paulson)
11:00 a.m. Closing Worship with Holy Communion
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