ALC evening classes held across May and June 2009:
This series of classes examines the teaching of the New Testament on God's service of us in the divine service and our participation in heavenly worship here on earth. Six topics will be covered: the mystery of worship, the unseen dimension of worship, the foundation for worship, the shape of worship, God-pleasing offerings, serving the world in worship.
Dr John Kleinig is an Old Testament scholar with a special interest in spirituality and worship. His interest in the connection between spirituality and worship is evident in a book called Grace upon grace which was published last year. He has been a lecturer at Luther Seminary/ALC since 1982. After serving as a college chaplain for eleven years, he undertook postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge where he completed an MPhil and a PhD. Until 2006 he was the chair of the Lutheran Church of Australia's Commission on Worship and vice-chair of the Commission on Theology and Inter-Church Relations.
Between the Old Testament and the New Testament there is a baffling missing link. For about 400 years-from Malachi to John the Baptist-God kept his people in suspense. His silence baffled the psalmists who complained: 'There is no longer any prophet, and there is no one among us who knows how long' (Ps 74:9).
What was going on? We will study the main events in these 400 years, discuss the fifteen 'apocryphal' books found in Catholic Bibles, and witness the rise of Jewish sects: Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, and the Essenes with their Dead Sea scrolls.
Dr Greg Lockwood has served as a teachers college and seminary lecturer in PNG and the USA, and as parish pastor in Bridgewater, SA and Bendigo, Victoria. He joined the Australian Lutheran College teaching staff at the beginning of 2005. His speciality is the New Testament. He wrote a commentary on John's Gospel in Melanesian Pidgin (1993) and a commentary on First Corinthians for Concordia Publishing House, St Louis (2000).
The aim of this 6-session course is to learn how the Augsburg Confession came into being, what it is saying and confessing, why it has become the charter for Lutheran churches around the globe, and why it is still our confession today. Whether you have always been a Lutheran or are perhaps thinking of becoming one, studying the Augsburg Confession is a very good way of getting into the very heart of the Christian faith.
Dr Dean Zweck teaches Church History and World Religions at Australian Lutheran College. For many years he taught in seminaries in PNG, and then served as pastor in two Australian parishes. Dean did postgraduate studies in St Louis and Chicago. Because of his experience in mission, Dean has a vital interest in the way Lutherans confess their Christian faith in the world today.
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