Opening lectures

The ALC opening lecture marks the beginning of each academic year. Open to the general public, this lecture provides ALC teaching staff with an opportunity to present information on a topic arising from their current or recent research.

Formerly known as the ‘inaugural lecture’, the opening lectures have delivered many interesting topics over the years. Listed below are the lectures presented since we became ‘Australian Lutheran College’.

Opening lectures are usually published in the Lutheran Theological Journal within the year they are presented.

2017

'Preaching schism: why what good people say can have unintended consequences for the Church'
View the 2017 Opening Lecture video
Wendy Mayer

2016

'Leadership matters: principals, pastors and the mission of Lutheran schools'
View the 2016 Opening Lecture video
Tania Nelson

2015

'Revisiting the Third Use of the Law'
Stephen Hultgren

2014

'God is big enough for our questions: introducing learners to a critical approach to study of the Bible'
Andrew Jaensch

2013

'Location, location, location: a short history of 104 Jeffcott Street'
John Henderson

2012

'Learning conversations: more than just words'
Ruth Zimmermann

2011

'Some central yet contested ideas of liturgical theology'
Linards Jansons

2010

'Depression and the soul—a Cook’s tour'
Stephen Pietsch

2009

'Pastoring by blessing'
John Kleinig

2008

'e-Constructing theological education for ministry in a www world'
Stephen Haar

2007

'Reflections on 40 years’ engagement with New Testament Interpretation, 1967–2007'
Greg Lockwood

2006

'Mystery, challenge and the training of teachers for Lutheran schools in Australia'
Malcolm Wegener

2005

'Lutheran theological education in the 21st century: an agenda for discussion'
Robert Kempe

2004

'Elitist Lutheran schools? Maybe and so what?'
Meryl Jennings