Rev. Dr. Joel Lehenbauer
"Jesus as Culture Warrior?"
Rev. Dr. Joel Lehenbauer is the Executive Director of the Commission on Theology & Church Relations (CTCR) for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. He has been a member of the executive staff of the CTCR since 1991, having previously served as pastor of St. Paul, Hillsdale, Michigan. He has a special interest in current issues, challenges and opportunities in areas involving the intersection between church and culture. Dr. Lehenbauer attended Valparaiso University, Concordia University Ann Arbor (B.A.), and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (MDiv, STM, Ph.D.). He and his wife, Hope, live in Union, Mo. and have four grown children and two grandchildren.
Rev. Dr. Korey D. Maas
"Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms"
Rev. Dr. Korey D. Maas is Assistant Professor of History at Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich. Dr. Maas previously taught theology at Christ College, Concordia University Irvine, Calif. He received his BA from Concordia University Chicago, Ill. his MDiv and STM from Concordia Seminary St. Louis, Mo. and a DPhil from St. Cross College, University of Oxford, England. His writing and speaking interests revolve around the social and intellectual interactions between Christianity and culture, both historic and contemporary. He and his wife, Kate, reside in Hillsdale, Michigan with their three children.
Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer
"If Men Were Angels..."
Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer currently serves as the tenth President of Concordia Seminary St. Louis, Mo. where he earned an MDiv. He earned his M.A. and a Ph.D. in classical languages from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne, Ind. awarded him an honorary degree of DDiv. He is the author of “The Meyer Minute,” a weekday internet commentary and was speaker of The Lutheran Hour” and hosted the television program “On Main Street.” He resides in St. Louis, Mo. with his wife Diane. They have two grown daughters, Elizabeth and Catharine..
Laity, lay leaders, and pastors and other professional church workers are encouraged to attend the 2014 Theological Conference on Church, State, and CULTURE. The conference is based upon the Bible verse:
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:13-16 NIV).
In these verses, Jesus gives two illustrations: salt and light. The common denominator between salt and light is that they are both elements that penetrate. Salt penetrates the meat or the food. Light penetrates the darkness.
Salt’s value is that it penetrates, it enhances flavor, it protects or preserves. It keeps things from going rotten.
As Christians, we are to influence our government and culture for good.
Light’s value is that it opens the way to understanding as opposed to living in darkness and chaos. We are the light of the world. We are the city on a hill. God has placed us here to let our light – His light – shine.
A little bit of salt makes a difference. A little bit of light makes a big difference.
Christians can and should make a difference in their society, government, and culture.
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