2019 Bishop’s Theological Conference
September 22 – 24, 2019
“Does Scripture Matter? Engaging the Bible in the 21st Century”
Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake
11000 Craguns Drive, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401
Why does scripture matter for 21st century Christians? In addition to the experience of weekly preaching, what other ways do people of faith engage God’s word? In our days together, we will explore questions like:
- What is the place of disciplined Bible study – both corporate and individual?
- How does Luther’s Christocentric hermeneutic shape our deeper engagement with God’s word?
- How important is our grounding in scripture for living a courageous life of discipleship?
Our guide for this rich conversation is Dr. Michael Chan, renowned Biblical scholar; recognized for keynote presentations that are creative, challenging, and humorous.
Michael has just returned to the faculty of Luther Seminary – and we are delighted to be among the first to welcome him back to Minnesota.
We will also be hearing from Rev. Tania Haber, Rev. Babette Chatman, and Rev. Martha Schwehn Bardwell.
Babette Chatman has served as Associate Pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Minneapolis for two years, while also serving as collaborating ministry partner at Augsburg University Campus ministry for more than ten years. She is a Detroit, Michigan native, where Black Christians loved to “tote and quote the Bible.” An unapologetic African-American Lutheran, Babette will give testimony to the fact that, in the Black community, Scriptures were “our source of hope, courage, strength, and comfort against the force of oppression.”
Tania Haber has served as Senior Pastor at Westwood in St. Louis Park for 16 years, and prior to that served three other congregations in the Minneapolis Area Synod. Her husband, Pastor Bob Wertz, serves at LSS. Their oldest daughter, Ali Tranvik, is a pastor in Durham, North Carolina, and their younger daughter, Sophie Wertz, believing that three pastors in the family was enough, teaches in San Francisco. During her 34 years as a parish pastor, she has watched the preaching and teaching of scripture change significantly, so she’ll share some reflections on that and how Westwood has experimented to keep God’s Word alive.
Martha Schwehn Bardwell has served as Associate Pastor at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis for almost four years. She is married to Sam Bardwell, an actor and educator who loves to learn and perform Scripture by heart. They are raising two kids in North Minneapolis, Naomi (5) and Will (2). In ministry, she is always seeking ways to bring Scripture to life so that we will not be ‘conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of our minds’ to be the people of God in these challenging times (Romans 12:2).
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