Sundays in the Chapel
9:45 - 10:45 am
February 3 – 24: Captive Faith, Mark Tranvik, Professor of Religion at Augsburg University
Many Christians have spent significant time in prison. Jesus himself was executed by the Roman Empire, as in all probability were Paul and Peter. In our sessions we will look at famous writings that were composed in jail or during confinement. We will focus on the writings of Martin Luther, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King, Jr. What was the nature of these writings and what do they teach us about life and faith today? Finally, does our faith have anything to say about the present state of our prisons in this country?
March 3 - 17: The Shape of the Christian Life, Walter Sundberg, Professor Emeritus of Church History at Luther Seminary
This series of three presentations will look at the question of the Christian life. What is a “Christian life”? What should it look like?
Jesus tells us that God’s Kingdom calls us to ‘repentance’ and’ belief in the gospel’ (Mark 1.15). This means that as Christians we must examine our lives honestly and acknowledge our sins; and also believe in the ‘Good News’ that Jesus brings and embodies. In addition Jesus tells us that the whole Bible is about: ‘loving God and loving neighbor’ (Mark 12.30-31).
Thus. confession, testimony, and love are the keys that shape the Christian life.
We will explore these teachings by drawing on the rich theologies of Augustine, Luther, Kierkegaard, and others.