Another very timely and beneficial Continuing Ed. Course offered by Concordia Theological Seminary in the Mid-South District
June 8th – 10th Rev. Dr. Carl C. Fickenscher II of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN taught a continuing education homiletics course at Trinity Lutheran Church – Gallatin, TN entitled “Are Today’s Ears Hearing the Timeless Message?: Communicating Law and Gospel in Today’s Culture”.
Eight men from middle TN, one from East TN, and one from Atlanta, GA studied and discussed how today’s pastors can faithfully and effectively share God’s Word of Law and Gospel to hearers who may well be different from former generations. They examined how our Lutheran forefathers responded to an ever changing world with God’s timeless and unchanging Word of truth.
Dr. Fickenscher facilitated discussions regarding those elements of preaching which may properly be adjusted for one’s listeners, while maintaining and preserving those elements which in reality never change. Students also learned very practical criteria for responding with and applying God’s Law and Gospel to today’s listeners.