Thursday, March 20, 2014

PS Portions - March 2014

From the Editor: Moving Forward in Faith

LTSP 150 - Moving Forward in Faith

This month's PS Portions celebrates recent exciting events, the legacy The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia carries forward in the century of updated English translations of the Book of Concord, and an alumnus' "retirement" ministry.
      An anniversary is a time to look to the years ahead as well to remember what has already passed. Read further to learn more about LTSP's looking forward as we continue, in our 150th year and beyond. Read more...
The Book of Concord, 2000 edition The Book of Concord:
"a practical resource"

How big a challenge is it today to keep alive in the minds of believers the Book of Concord, the collection of the most important confessional and theological documents of Luther's day, originally published in 1580?
      Recently retired Ministerium of Pennsylvania Professor of Reformation History the Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Wengert, co-editor of the most recent volume, reflects: "I tell people the Book of Concord is about believers caught in the act of confessing their faith, and I tell my students that, outside of their use of the Bible, the Book of Concord will be the most practical book they will use during their seminary training." Read more from a conversation with Dr. Wengert...
Quintin Robertson preaches stirring sermon for African Descent Heritage celebration

The Rev. Dr. Quintin Robertson preached to members of the African Descent Lutheran Association (ADLA) during a celebration of African Descent Heritage called "Breaking the Chain" during Black History Month. 
LTSP's Quiintin Robertson preaching
      During the service of word and praise part of the celebration at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), Dr. Robertson urged his listeners to put their hands in the hand of Jesus in order to "meet the challenge of your greatness." He also spoke of three giants to slay along the journey of their Christian lives. Read about Dr. Robertson's sermon and the ADLA event...
The Rev. Dr. Joseph Conner, Sr.
Preaching with Power preacher advises: Whatever your nightmare, "Refocus on your dream..." 

The Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Conner, Sr., advised his Preaching with Power congregants March 12 to "refocus on your dream" once they have experienced the kinds of nightmare episodes that confront Christians during their lifetimes.
      Pr. Conner, a member of LTSP's Alumni Board who earned his MDiv and DMin degrees from the seminary, gave his dynamic message at the Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ. The annual March Preaching with Power celebration, at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) and in community churches, is sponsored by the Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of the seminary. 
Energized by 22 volunteer years at Independence National Historical Park

LTSP alumnus Ed Uthe

LTSP alumnus Edward Uthe has served as an interpreter at Independence National Historical Park since 1992, one year after his retirement as a researcher for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, focusing on aspects of individual, congregational, and synodical giving, stewardship programs, and mission support for the denomination's Commission for Financial Support. All in all, Uthe's career spanned 41 years in the church.

Save the Date!
LTSP 150th Anniversary Banquet:
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Plan to attend the gala LTSP 150th Anniversary Banquet at the Ballroom at the Ben, 834 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Festivities will begin at 5:30 pm with an optional "Liturgy of Thanksgiving" at Franklin Square, site of the first erected seminary building. The assembly will then process to the Ben for cocktails and dinner at 7:00 pm. Keynote address at the celebration will be by ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. Details to come! Save the date - Thursday, October 16 - now!
Check out this month's Class Notesa new feature in PS Portions which will share stories about LTSP's alumni and friends. You're an important part of Class Notes - we welcome you to share your own stories! And don't miss LTSP Notes with updates from seminary faculty and staff.

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