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Elgin, IL C. F. W. Walther Today

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Calvary Lutheran Church

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C. F. W. Walther, a founding father of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and its leading theologian in the first generation, had much to say about the topics of his day; but does he have anything to say to people today? This course seeks to answer this question by looking at Walther's ideas regarding topics that are still of interest in the contemporary church. These include topics like: “What does it mean to be a Lutheran” “Does Church fellowship still matter?” “How should church and government interact?” and “How does predestination affect the preaching of the Gospel—if it does at all?”

Dr. Cameron MacKenzie

Dr. MacKenzie has been a member of the Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW), faculty since 1983. He is Chairman of the Department of Historical Theology and holds the Forrest E. and Frances H. Ellis Chair in German Reformation Studies. He teaches courses in the history of the Christian Church such as Reformation Era, Luther’s Theology, Calvin and Calvinism, Puritanism, and the history of the English Bible.

MacKenzie received his BA from the University of Detroit, an MA in History from the University of Chicago, an MA in Classics from Wayne State University, an STM in New Testament from CTSFW, and a PhD in History from the University of Notre Dame.

Before joining the CTSFW faculty, he served St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Detroit, Michigan, as pastor (1975–1983) and as headmaster of its school (1972–1983).

He has published many articles in the field of Church History, lectures frequently, and is the author of The Battle for the Bible in England, 1557-1582. He is also the author of two LifeLight doctrinal studies, Ministry and End Times and has contributed to several others. He also authored The Reformation, released in October of 2017.

MacKenzie has served The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in a variety of ways, including terms of service on the Commission on Theology and Church Relations and the Doctrinal Review Commission. Currently he is a member of the Board of Governors of the Concordia Historical Institute.


Recommended Texts:

  • Walther, C. F. W. “Theses on Communion Fellowship with Those Who Believe Differently” (Available from CTSFW bookstore and also in Essays for the Church (CPH) 1:202-280.

  • Walther, C. F. W. “Why Should Our Pastors, Teachers and Professors Subscribe Unconditionally to the Symbolical Writings of Our Church” (Available from CTSFW bookstore).

  • Walther, C. F. W. “Controversy Concerning Predestination” (Available from CTSFW bookstore).

  • Walther, C. F. W. “Earthly Authorities II,” in Essays for the Church (CPH) 2:270-289.

  • S. Meyer, ed. Moving Frontiers (Concordia Publishing House).

  • William Dallmann, W. H. T. Dau, and Th. Engelder. Walther and the Church (Available from CTSFW bookstore).

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For a more information, please visit the following link. https://www.ctsfw.edu/ctsfw-events/continuing-education/elgin-illinois/

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