2017 Summer Institute of Theology
The Reformation at 500
Summer Institute of Theology
at the AFLC Schools Campus
August 7 – 11, 2017
Join us at the AFLC Schools for a week of teaching, centered on the Biblical and historical theology surrounding the Protestant Reformation.
The Heart of the Reformation: Luther’s Doctrine of Justification
Instructor: Pastor Steve Mundfrom
8-9:40 am Monday – Thursday; 10-11:40 am Friday
Course Description: By his own testimony, Luther’s understanding of justification changed his whole idea of God and his faith in Christ. Has Luther’s Doctrine of Justification, in fact, changed the whole development of Christian faith and life? This course will examine the Doctrine of Justification by Faith by looking at the contribution Martin Luther made in his own time, and ask if we have remained faithful to the Biblical doctrine he preached or if we need to hear him again for our day.
Christ, Culture and Art after the Reformation
Instructor: Dr. Dan Siedell
10-11:40 am Monday – Thursday; 8-9:40 am Friday
Course Description: The second-century Christian apologist Tertullian asked, what has “Jerusalem” to do with “Athens?” For two millennia the church has responded in different ways. In “Christ, Culture, and Art after the Reformation,” we’ll study the transformative impact that the Lutheran Reformation had on art, vocation, and culture. Led by art historian Dr. Daniel A. Siedell, this course will explore the cultural and vocational implications of justification by faith alone through the history of visual arts and other creative cultural expressions, like music, film, and literature, as the church’s witness and ministry to the world.
Textbook: Daniel A. Siedell, Who’s Afraid of Modern Art: Essays Modern Art & Theology in Conversation (Cascade, 2015).
Reformation Perspectives: Our Great Legacy of Faith
Instructor: Dr. Craig Jennings
1-3:30 pm Monday – Friday
Course Description: This series of lectures will be a survey of our Reformation heritage from the late 12th century to about 1530. The lectures will highlight several of the great pre-reformers as well as the monumental life and work of Martin Luther.
Special Evening Events
Tuesday – worship service with testimonies and Luther hymn sing, led by Pastor Gordon Waterman
Wednesday – Complimentary barbeque dinner for SIT students and their families
Thursday – God in the Gallery: Visit to the Minneapolis Institute of Art with Dan Siedell
Meet the Instructors
Pastor Steve Mundfrom, AFLC Schools Instructor of Systematic Theology, joined the AFLC Schools faculty in the fall of 2016 and is working on his Doctor of Ministry degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. A graduate of AFLBS and AFLTS, he previously served congregations in Sebeka, MN, Arlington, SD, and Valley City, ND.
Dr. Daniel Siedell has explored the operation of grace in art and culture for over twenty years as a college professor, museum curator, public speaker, and art critic. He is currently the Presidential Scholar & Art Historian in Residence at The King’s College in New York City. Previously he was Professor of Modern & Contemporary Art History at the University of Nebraska and Chief Curator of the Sheldon Museum of Art. Dr. Siedell’s writing has appeared in the Journal of Modern Literature, Art Criticism, Journal of Aesthetic Education, Books & Culture, and IMAGE Journal.
Dr. Craig Jennings has pastored churches in both the Lutheran Brethren and the AFLC since 1985. He has served as professor of historical theology at the AFLC schools and has also worked as a professional writer and editor for a Christian publishing firm. Over the years he has been involved in short-term mission endeavors in Africa, Europe and Central America. He recently had two articles on Martin Luther published in the Finnish Lutheran journal Perusta. Dr. Jennings has been married for 38 years and has three married children and one grandchild.
Cost and Registration
Tuition: $100 per class or $250 for all three
On-campus meals are available for additional fee.
Update on July 18: Campus housing is no longer available.
Please register by June 30, 2017
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