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Welcome Ministry Day 2015 participants!

Posted by LTSP Communications on April 30, 2015 at 10:01 pm.

Ministry Day 2015 offers you the opportunity to • Discuss topics relevant for building a dynamic ministry • Meet other emerging preachers and church leaders • Worship and praise • Explore your call to ministry • Attend workshops taught by leading pastors and professors | Saturday, June 13, 2015, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Register today!

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Join us for Summer Term!

Posted by LTSP Communications on April 25, 2015 at 12:14 am.

LTSP offers a Summer Term full of learning opportunities! Why not take advantage of these outstanding course offerings to build and sharpen your skills? Register online today!

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Wartburg Theological Seminary announces appointment of new president

Posted by LTSP Communications on April 22, 2015 at 10:35 pm.

DUBUQUE, IA – April 22, 2015 – In its spring board meeting, the Wartburg Theological Seminary Board of Directors elected its fourteenth president, Rev. Louise N. Johnson. She was joyfully welcomed at a seminary community gathering following chapel today. Rev. Johnson is a graduate of Wartburg Theological Seminary and has served at The Lutheran Theological […]

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Louise Johnson embraces historic leadership role

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:30 pm.

This story was first published in PS Portions in February 2014. Pr. Johnson was named the 14th President of Wartburg Theological Seminary in April 2015. Two decades ago, the Rev. Louise N. Johnson could not have imagined herself serving LTSP as Vice President for Mission Advancement, using her writing and analytical skills in a post created […]

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PS Portions: April 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:30 pm.

In April’s PS Portions: From the President — “We’re Listening”; Louise Johnson named 14th President of Wartburg Seminary; Social media has inspired an expansive notion of ‘sacred space’; A Confederate soldier’s LTSP journey brought to light by a more recent graduate; Preaching with Power 2015 — Recap (including videos and photos from the events); Dealing with Assumptions about Muslims; May 19 commencement will feature remarks by Middle East peace advocate Dr. Mitri Raheb; Class and LTSP Notes; and more…

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From the President – “We’re Listening”

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:25 pm.

This past winter, we hosted 18 structured conversations connected to our Strategic Planning that involved approximately 250 people. Each meeting began with a brief overview of my own sense of the changes in our culture that have created both opportunities and challenges for the Church and, by extension, the Church’s seminaries.

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Louise Johnson named 14th President of Wartburg Seminary

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 9:55 pm.

The Board of Directors of Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, elected the Rev. Louise N. Johnson, Vice President of Mission Advancement at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), as Wartburg Seminary’s 14th president during their spring 2015 meeting. Johnson was publicly introduced to the Wartburg community following Eucharist in the chapel on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

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Social media has inspired an expansive notion of ‘sacred space’

Posted by LTSP Communications on April 21, 2015 at 9:53 pm.

Today’s social media — Facebook, Tweets and other forms — are filled with information about how all kinds of everyday people are finding God and living out their vocations in daily life. In a recent LTSP convocation, the Rev. Keith Anderson called upon his audience of faculty, students, and staff to take a fresh look at what constitutes the idea of “sacred spaces” in modern life. “Churches need to think of sacred space in a far more expansive way.”

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A Confederate soldier’s LTSP journey brought to light by a more recent graduate

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 9:37 pm.

Thanks to the painstaking research of a 2001 graduate of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), the remarkable story of one of LTSP’s earliest students, the Rev. Stephen Albion Repass, has come to light anew. The more recent graduate, the Rev. Nelson Quiñones, now pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fogelsville, Pennsylvania, Lehigh County, began to learn the story of Repass while serving as assistant pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Allentown, Quiñones’s first call.

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Preaching with Power 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 9:20 pm.

Pastor Barry C. Black’s impactful sermon traces a journey from public housing to the U.S. Senate
This bit of prose will not do justice to the soaring rhetoric and deep substance that the Rev. Dr. Barry C. Black presented as a Preaching with Power gift to inspired sermonic listeners March 17 at Grace Baptist Church in Philadelphia’s Germantown section. Black, the 62nd Chaplain to serve the U.S. Senate and a Seventh Day Adventist pastor, chose “Preaching Under Observation” for his sermon topic, clearly offered with seminarians in the audience in mind.

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Dealing with Assumptions about Muslims

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 9:04 pm.

Ever since 1979, the Middle East has intruded into American homes on a seemingly nightly basis. In his final days hosting CBS Evening News, steadfast anchorman Walter Cronkite chronicled the 444 days in which 52 Americans were held hostage in Tehran, Iran, and shocked the country as never before. Since the Iranian Revolution, the Middle East has been ubiquitous in news. Every president since Jimmy Carter has tried — and failed — to broker a peace deal between Israel and Palestine. Every Congress since 1979 has voted to send block aid to Israel and a similar amount in kind to Egypt. Having been a student of this region my whole adult life, and having served in the Middle East with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, I am struck by at least three different assumptions that I frequently experience from the good folk in the pews.

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May 19 commencement will feature remarks by Middle East peace advocate Dr. Mitri Raheb

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 8:56 pm.

The keynote speaker for this year’s commencement exercises in the seminary’s 151st year will be the Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, a powerful advocate for peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict. The commencement is set for 3:00 pm Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1000 West Main Street in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Fifty-three seminarians are scheduled to receive either degrees or certificates at the exercises. Senior Class President Mark David Johnson will offer remarks on behalf of his classmates.

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LTSP Notes: April 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:32 pm.

In April’s LTSP Notes, LTSP’s Chief of Safety and Security Vincent Ferguson presented appointments on two members of the Safety and Security staff, Michael Reed and Michael Fabian, and recent activities of the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman.

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Class Notes: April 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:21 pm.

In April’s Class Notes, North American Association for the Catechumenate’s summer gathering features alumna the Rev. Dr. Jessicah Duckworth; updates from the Rev. Chris Halverson, the Rev. David G. Berg, the Rev. Kurt Lammi, the Rev. J. Francis Watson and Moose Flores; and the passing of the Rev. Conrad W. (Bill) Weiser, the Rev. Albert C. Martin, the Rev. Dr. John T. Braughler, and the Rev. Dr. Harry G. Souders.

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Revitalizing Congregations through Worship: Special one week Course this July!

Posted by LTSP Communications on April 13, 2015 at 11:48 pm.

A Special Course this July to equip and rejuvenate your ministry: Revitalizing Congregations through Worship (July 6–10). Registration is open – register online!

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Announcing the LTSP 2015 Distinguished Alumni!

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:30 pm.

Announcing LTSP’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awardees! Congratulations to the Rev. Marie C. Jerge , the Rev. Rick Summy, and the Rev. Roger Zepernick.

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“Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed!”

Posted by LTSP Communications on April 6, 2015 at 7:00 am.

Dear Friends,
Many casual observers assume that the doctrine of sin is at the center of the Christian faith. I guess that’s understandable; we talk about sin enough. But, truth be told, sinfulness, brokenness, disappoint, pain… Christianity hardly has a corner on the market for talking about such things, as you see their mark every time you hear the headlines or, for that matter, pay attention to the lives and relationships right around you.

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“Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed!”

Posted by LTSP Communications on April 4, 2015 at 10:10 pm.

Dear Friends,
Many casual observers assume that the doctrine of sin is at the center of the Christian faith. I guess that’s understandable; we talk about sin enough. But, truth be told, sinfulness, brokenness, disappoint, pain… Christianity hardly has a corner on the market for talking about such things, as you see their mark every time you hear the headlines or, for that matter, pay attention to the lives and relationships right around you.

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