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February 2015 LTSP Notes

LTSP Faculty leading June 2015 tour to LutherLand

Luther 2017LTSP professors the Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger and Dr. Michael Krentz are guiding a trip to Germany June 12 – 21, 2015, sponsored by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod’s Reformation 500 committee. What better way to prepare for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 than to visit historical sites connected with Martin Luther, the artist Lucas Cranach, and the musician J.S. Bach! The theme is Luther and the Arts. Get more information, a brochure, and registration forms on the SEPa website, or contact Dr. Krueger at 215.248.6330 or, or Dr. Krentz at

Faculty Updates

Dr. Michael Krentz, AiMDr. Micheal Krentz, AIM
Director of Music Ministries and Seminary Cantor, Director of the TEEM Program

Michael Krentz has an article titled “Singing at the Grave: Images of Death in Christian Songs” published in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of CrossAccent, the journal of The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

The Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger
Director of the Krauth Memorial Library; Professor, History of Christianity

The Rev. Dr. Karl KruegerProf. Krueger preached the ordination services of Axel Kaegler at St. John’s Lutheran, Spinnerstown, PA, and Kathleen Jones Harris at Zion Lutheran Church, Egg Harbor, NJ. He taught a three week Adult Education Unit entitled “Luther as Editor” at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansdale, PA, and was the Scholar in Residence at Reformation Lutheran Church, Media, PA. The theme for that weekend was “Luther Bibles and the Visual Arts.” Along with Dr. Michael Krentz, he is leading the SEPA LutherLand Tour 2015: Luther, Cranach, and Bach (see above). He will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming NEPA Synod Convention in May 2015.

The Rev. Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar
Luther D. Reed Professor, Systematic Theology

Dr. J. Paul RajashekarJ. Paul Rajashekar presented a public lecture on “Religious Pluralism and Its Implications for Congregational Ministry” as part of a series of lectures at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Naples, Florida in January. He was the keynote speaker at the Asian Lutheran International Conference held in Kula Lumpur, Malaysia, January 28 – February 3,2015, on the theme “Understanding Jesus in Asia.” Rajashekar also participated at an ATS consultation for Core Faculty on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity in theological education held in Pittsburgh, PA in February. His Essay on “Globalization and Theological Education: Some Critical Issues,” originally presented at the Convocation of Teaching Theologians, was published in the January issue of the Journal of Lutheran Ethics, and his book review of Christ and Reconciliation by Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen appeared in the January 2015 issue of International Bulletin on Missionary Research. Rajashekar also wrote a chapter on “Faith in the midst of Faiths” for a forthcoming volume on interreligious engagement to be published by the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the ELCA.

The Rev. Dr. Nelson RiveraThe Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera
Associate Professor, Systematic Theology and Hispanic Ministry; Director of the Latino Concentration

Prof. Rivera preached at the Ordination and Installation Service of Phillip Waselik at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Pottstown, PA on January 24, 2015. Phil is a graduate of LTSP.

The Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman
Associate Professor of Homiletics; Director of United Methodist Studies

Prof. Karyn WisemanPeaching

• February 1 and 15 – Preaching at Hope UMC in Havertown, PA
• February 6 – Preaching for LTSP Wet Toes Weekend Gathering
• February 8 – Preaching at Reformation Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, PA


• Submitted 4 preaching commentaries for Currents in Theology and Mission Journal – Holy Week Texts for 2015.
• ONScripture Commentary for January 25, 2015. “Free Speech, a Big Fish, and Answering God’s Call.” Huffington Post, Day1 and others picked up the post.
• Preaching Commentary for Heeding God’s Call for Gun Prevention Sabbath. Resources for Preaching.

Presentations/Leading Events

• February 26-28, 2015 – First Call Retreat – Eastern North Dakota/Northwest Minnesota – “Keeping our Preaching Lives Fresh.”

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