(H/T – BJS)
October 25, 2011, marks the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Dr. C. F. W. Walther, the first president of The German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio and Other States and both Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and Concordia Theological Seminary while in St Louis. In honor of this historic event, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis is producing a five part high definition video series which will follow the life of Dr. Walther, present a history of the The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (Synod), and – through studying Dr. Walther’s life and teachings – provide viewers with a better understanding of the importance of the Holy Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions.
The five-part DVD series will include commentaries by well known Walther scholars and professors from both seminaries of the Synod including Dr. Gerhard Bode, Dr. Thomas Egger, Dr. Cameron MacKenzie, Dr. Thomas Manteufel, Dr. Lawrence Rast and Dr. William Schumacher.
Viewers will travel across the globe from Wittenberg, Germany to Wittenberg, MO. Each of the five parts will focus on a particular area of Dr. Walther’s life, viz:
- Part 1: Explore the theology of Lutheranism vs. Rationalism which the early church sought to escape. Where do we see Rationalism today? You may be surprised!
- Part 2: A study on the Ten Commandments, Martin Luther, the theology of the Two Kingdoms and the importance of repentance, confession and absolution. Is there a place for private confession in today’s Lutheran church?
- Part 3: Viewers will learn about the chaos, confusion and conflict that plagued the early church in America as it struggled to answer theological questions pertinent to day-today life in America. What is a “church”? What is the role of the laity? What is the role of the clergy?
- Part 4: Hear Dr. Walther’s teachings on the invisible church, the visible church, the Law and the Gospel.
- Part 5: The video series concludes with the legacy of Dr. Walther and his impact on modern society. It concludes with interviews of Synodical President Harrison; former Synodical Presidents Gerald Kieschnick, Robert Kuhn and Ralph Bohlmann; Concordia Seminary president Dr. Dale Meyer and former Concordia Seminary Presidents John Johnson and Karl Barth.
Will any of the LCMS churches in Green Bay be utilizing what sound like great educational materials about an early hero of the LCMS?
- Project Wittenberg (iclnet.org)