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Life of Children in the Church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

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At the center of this course are a collection of essays published under the title Infants and Children in the Church: Five Views on Theology and Ministry (B & H Academic, Nashville, Tennessee, 2017). The instructor and theologians from Orthodox, Catholic, Reformed and Baptist traditions present their doctrines and practices regarding children. A similar collection of essays dealing with the Lord’s Supper can be consulted in Four Views on the Lord’s Supper (Zondervan, 2008). Participants are encouraged to read in the Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics series the instructor’s Baptism and The Law and the Gospel and the Means of Grace.

The instructor’s bibliography, of which some is online at www.ctsfw.edu/dr-david-scaer, will provide additional opportunities for discussion.

Dr. David Scaer

Dr. Scaer is a professor and chairman of Systematic Theology and New Testament and The David P. Scaer Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana. At the Seminary since 1966, he serves as editor of the Concordia Theological Quarterly (1969–1994; 1999–present) and was Academic Dean (1984–1989). He has served as the organizer of the annual Concordia Theological Seminary Symposium on the Lutheran Confessions since 1978.

He taught for 10 years as a part-time instructor in religion at the University of Illinois (Champaign) from 1966–1976 and served as pastor at congregations in Gillespie, Illinois, and Rockville, Connecticut.

For nine years he served on The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) Commission on Theology and Church Relations as chairman of the committee on theology and was the principal author of several reports later adopted by the LCMS. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Institute for Biblical Research, the Alliance of Confessional Evangelicals, and the Christianity Today Institute, for which periodical he also serves as a research scholar. Twice he was awarded the prestigious John W. Behnken Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award by AAL for study in Europe (1969, 1986).

A third generation LCMS clergyman, Scaer was brought up in Brooklyn, New York, where his father, the late Rev. Paul H. Scaer, served his lifetime ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church of Flatbush. He and his wife Dorothy have been married since 1960 and have five children.

Required Reading

  • “Confirmation as a Sacramental Rite,” Logia 15:1 (Epiphany 2006): 49-58.
  • “The Office of the Holy Ministry According to the Gospels and the Lutheran Confessions,” Concordia Theological Quarterly 70:2 (April 2006): 113-121.
  • “The Clergy as New Testament Ministers with a Proposal for Parochial School Teachers,” Issues in Christian Education 27 (Spring 1993) 1:6-9.
  • “The Integrity of the Christological Character of the Office of the Ministry,” Logia 2
  • (Epiphany/Janaury 1993) 1:15-19.
  • “Sacraments as an Affirmation of Creation,” Concordia Theological Quarterly 57/4
  • (October 1993): 241-63.
  • “The Doctrine of the Sacraments in the Theology of Johann Gerhard,” Protestant Scholasticism: Essays in Reassessment, ed. R. S. Clark and Carl R. Trueman. Carlise: Paternoster Press (UK) 1999.
  • “Reformed Exegesis and Lutheran Sacraments: Worlds in Conflict,” Concordia Theological Quarterly 64/1 (January 2000): 3-20.
  • “The Holy Spirit, Sacraments and Other Churchly Rites,” Concordia Theological Quarterly 70:3/4 (July/October 2008): 311-322.
  • “Eucharistic Themes in the Gospels,” Logia 28/2 (Eastertide 2009): 41-48.
  • “May Women Be Ordained as Pastors?” in Women Pastors? The Ordination of Women in Biblical Lutheran Perspective. Edited by Matthew C. Harrison and John T. Pless, 227-252.
  • (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2nd Printing 2009.)
  • “The Office of the Pastor and the Problem of the Ordination of Women Pastors” in Women Pastors? The Ordination of Women in Biblical Lutheran Perspective. Edited by Matthew C. Harrison and John T. Pless, 253-264. (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2nd Printing 2009.)
  • “Baptism and the Lord’s Supper in the Life of the Church,” Concordia Theological Quarterly 45 (January 1981): 37-57.
  • “The Lutheran Doctrine of the Lord’s Supper: Finding the Right Word for the Lutheran Position,” in Four Views on the Lord’s Supper, edited by John Armstrong, 87-101.
  • (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008.)
  • “A Lutheran Response to Russell D. Moore’s ‘Baptist View: Christ’s Presence as Memorial’,” in Four Views on the Lord’s Supper, edited by John Armstrong, 48-52 (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008.)
  • “A Lutheran Response to John Hesselink’s ‘Reformed View: The Real Presence of Christ’,” in Four Views on the Lord’s Supper, edited by John Armstrong, 75-78 (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008.)
  • “A Lutheran Response to Thomas A. Baima’s ‘Roman Catholic View: Christ’s True, Real, and Substantial Presence’,” in Four Views on the Lord’s Supper, edited by John Armstrong, 144-149 (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008.)


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