Dr Stephen Haar

Position:Dean; Senior Lecturer in Theology
(Full time)


ALC Coursework Coordinator

University of Divinity governance

  • Academic Board (Member)
  • Academic Quality and Standards Committee
  • Online Learning Advisory Group
  • Learning and Teaching Committee
Area of service:Education Staff
Additional areas:Member of Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue, Member of Commission on Theology and Inter-Church Relations
Location:ALC North Adelaide
Phone:+61 8 7120 8222 (Dean’s Administrator)

BTh BA(Hons) PhD GradDipEd CertIVTAE

Who am I?

Following graduation, I was ordained at St Paul Lutheran Church, Box Hill and served for 26 years as pastor to congregations in Queensland and South Australia. From 2005 to 2006 I enjoyed a rich mix of experiences that involved studies in education, teaching in seminaries of partner churches in Indonesia and Malaysia, and being a scholar-in-residence at Luther Seminary, Minneapolis, USA. In 2007 I commenced work at Australian Lutheran College as Lecturer in New Testament and Pastoral Studies. I was appointed Academic Dean in 2008 and Dean/Vice-Principal in 2010.

I am married to Janet. We have four adult children and seven grandchildren.

Special interests

  • New Testament Backgrounds
  • Historical Jesus
  • Synoptic Gospels and Acts
  • Learning technologies

I teach the following

Qualifications in detail

  • BTh (Luther Seminary, North Adelaide, 1978)
  • BA(Hons) (University of Queensland, Brisbane, 1991)
  • PhD (University of Queensland, Brisbane, 2002)
  • GradDipEd (University of Adelaide, 2005)
  • CertIVTAE (Unity College, ACT, 2016)
  • Ordained 17 December 1978, St Paul’s, Box Hill, Vic
  • Senior Lecturer (Level C), University of Divinity

Papers & publications


‘Re-imaging theological education for the church’, Lutheran Theological Journal 51/1 (May), 47–59.

‘To be Lutheran is to be a bad exegete: reading the Bible in the light of the Lutheran Reformation’, Australian Biblical Review 65, 78–91.


‘The impact of postmodernism on Lutheran hermeneutics’, Lutheran Theological Journal 49/3 (December), 153–170.


‘Reflections on the global water crisis in dialogue with Revelation 17—harlot, hegemony and H2O’, Lutheran Theological Journal 46/2 (August), 119–135.

‘Physical and cultural landscape in 2 Peter: implications for audience, author and context’, Lutheran Theological Journal 46/3 (December), 208–221.


‘Binding and loosing: a ‘key’ function in hearing and applying scripture’, Lutheran Theological Journal 45/3 (August), 208–220.


‘On the mountain: worship as community experience in Matthew’, in In praise of worship: an exploration of text and practice, David J Cohen, Michael Parsons and David Coffey, eds, Pickwick Publications, Wipf and Stock, Eugene OR.


‘The Resilience Code’, SchoolLink 15/2 (July), 4–5.


‘e-Constructing theological education for ministry in a www world’, Lutheran Theological Journal 42/1 (May), 18–29.


‘Historical Jesus studies: a fertile or futile quest?’ Lutheran Theological Journal 41/1 (May), 27–36.

‘Waterless springs and driven mists: language and argument in 2 Peter 2:17’, in Pauline Allen, Majella Franzmann and Rick Strelan, eds, ‘And I gave generously of my knowledge, Festschrift for Professor Michael S. Lattke, Early Christian Studies 12, Strathfield.


Working words: sermons for lay readers for midweek Lenten devotions, Volume 5, Lutheran Church of Australia, Adelaide.

‘When the dream is over’, Lutheran 40/7 (July), 21–23.

‘The Gospel of Judas and its challenge to contemporary Christianity’, Food for Thought, Lutheran students forum (Nov), Adelaide SA.


‘Discernment of prophecy in the church’, Discussion paper for the Commission on Theology and Inter-church Relations, Lutheran Church of Australia, Adelaide SA.

‘Preaching from Matthew: inspiration for our mission, worship, and stewardship’, Continuing education for pastors LCSA/NT (July), Adelaide.


Simon Magus: the first Gnostic? BZNW 119, De Gruyter, Berlin.

Presentations for seminars and conferences


‘A dialogue on Lutheran sacramental theology’, Queensland District Pastors’ Conference, 1–3 June, Buderim, QLD.

‘Putting the Gospel at risk: an Australian voice in the current refugee, asylum, border protection debate’, Academic Summer School. Augustana Hochschule Neuendettelsau. Department for Mission and Intercultural Studies, Mission-EineWelt, 4–17 July, Neuendettelsau, Germany.


‘Impact of postmodernism on Lutheran hermeneutics’, Keynote Speaker. Lutheran World Federation. Asian Lutheran Identity and Self-Understanding Conference. 17–20 November, Manila, Philippines.

‘Studies in the Gospels: Johannine pericopes [Year B]’, Barossa-Light Zone Pastors Conference, 22 April, Kapunda, SA.

‘Key role of assessment in educational quality’, Keynote Speaker, University of Divinity Teaching for Learning Event, Melbourne, VIC.


‘Talking together cross-culturally as Christians’, Western Australia District Pastors Conference, 16–20 June, Perth, WA.


‘Catechesis in the early church: Implications for 21st century faith formation’, NSW District Pastors’ Conference, 21–23 August, Warrambui Centre, Murrumbateman, NSW.

‘Rediscovering Peter as witness, apologist, and theologian: an exegetical, homiletical, and pastoral study’, Queensland District Pastors’ Conference, 31 July–2 August, Brisbane, QLD.

‘Relation to Jesus and the World: Where love comes to life, An exegetical and homiletical study of John 15’, General Pastors’ Conference, Lutheran Church of Australia, 18 April, Concordia College, Highgate, SA.


‘How does e-Learning nurture learning and support learners’ development?’ Lutheran World Federation, Professional Development Initiative (Pedagogy and e-Learning), 19–23 November, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

‘Adult faith formation’, Victorian Pastors’ Conference, 19–21 June, Templestowe, VIC.

‘Preaching on Matthew’s parables: exegetical and homiletical studies’, Western Australia District Pastors’ Conference, 29 February – 02 March, Perth, WA.


‘Preaching on parables and miracles in Matthew’, Barossa-Light Zone Pastors Conference, 16 February, Tanunda, SA.

‘Serving in a wired world: Faith active in love’, Keynote address: National Lutheran School Pastors and Chaplains Conference, 25—27 May, Ipswich, Queensland.


‘Enhancing the Capability of Theological Schools in Becoming Agents of Change and Transformation in Civil Society’, Lutheran World Federation Consultation on establishing an Asian network of Theological Institutions, 17—21 March, Bangkok, Thailand.


‘Love is a verb: the love between friends (philos)’, LSF National Conference, 28 Dec–3 Jan, Adelaide.

‘The call of the pastor as teacher (1 Timothy 4:6–16)’, General Pastors Conference, Lutheran Church of Australia, Melbourne.

‘God suffers with us’, SA/NT Lay Chaplains Conference, ALC, Adelaide SA.

‘The message of Galatians’, FRM Bush Course, Napperby NT.


‘The Book of Acts as gift and challenge to the church’, Adult Education Conference, Lutheran Church of New Zealand, Palmerston North.


‘Mark 10:17–31 (B, proper 23): an exegetical study’, General Pastors’ Conference, Lutheran Church of Australia, Concordia College, Toowoomba Qld.

Updated: 09/11/2017 2:59pm