$45 – $120

Word at Work Workshop: The Devil and the Demonic

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Zion Lutheran Church

4300 Beaver Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50310

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Description: “Do you renounce all the forces of evil, the devil, and all his empty promises?” Every Sunday parents bring their babies to the front of the church for the sacrament of baptism. It is the most familiar rite of Christendom. It is, in fact so familiar, so routinely carried out, that many argue the ceremony turns Christian faith into cultural religion. But in our sophisticated, scientific culture, there is little familiar or routine about this religious promise. Parents shift their feet. Pastors, sometimes, look embarrassed. This is the promise to guard one’s children against the realm of the forces of darkness. It is called in the liturgy the “Renunciation.” We dimly know what it means. We know it means a lot in the Bible and in the church’s past. We are certainly fascinated by it. But we do not seek to understand it in any depth. What in the world are demons, the devil, Satan?

This worshop we will explore the meaning of the Renunciation, grounding it in the Bible and employing the insights of great theologians in the Christian tradition, especially Martin Luther.

Morning Coffee/Doughnuts and Lunch Provided
Youth Groups, Church Councils, and Call Committees Encouraged

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$45/person
$80/couple
$120/group of three or more



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