The Body that Casts Trippy Shadows
The Rev. Wiley Smith
Garments of skin, fire from heaven, water from a rock - some pretty funky stuff happened in the Old Testament - but these were all shadows being cast by one Body. Does God have/need a plan B? Was the all time plan "A" visible in the Garden of Eden? Am I a part of God's "A" plan? This breakaway session with Pr. Wiley James Smith will blow your mind as the pieces of the OT puzzle are assembled using the bloody cross as the lens that clarifies all theology.
Pastor Wiley Smith serves Christ the King Lutheran Church in Redlands, CA.
War In Heaven!
The Rev. Jeremy Rhode
"And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought...and the dragon and his angels fought...so the great dragon was cast out...and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven: 'Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come ...'" (Revelation 12:7-12). What are angels? Who is Satan? What can we really know about the war in heaven? Many popular books and movies dabble with these themes, but this sectional will show you what Scripture actually teaches and it will give you the tools you need to separate the facts from the fiction.
Pastor Jeremy Rhode serves Faith Lutheran Church in Capistrano Beach, CA.
He Who Has Ears Let Him Hear...Because Everyone Else is Going to Hell
The Rev. Grant Knepper
The parables of Jesus are not cute little morality tales designed to tell you how to behave. They are subversive stories that that demand a response. Those who first heard them found their world views questioned and their very identities challenged because characters do not behave as they should, villains become heroes, heroes do not get the girl, and even God seems to act in strange ways. This breakaway will take a detailed and humorous look at selected parables and attempt to bridge the gap between what it meant to those who first heard them, and what it means to you.
Pastor Grant Knepper serves Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, OR and is currently writing an STM thesis on the history of parable interpretation.
Christ on Campus: Surviving College
Christ on Campus Staff
Getting ready to go to college soon? Trying to pick one out? Such a life change can be exhilarating and down right scary at the same time. How will you survive? This sectional will offer some straight talk about issues facing Christian students on the college campus from the classroom to the frat house. Come and learn what to expect and how to remain rooted in Christ on Campus.
The Rev. Brent Kuhlman
WARNING! What you'll learn in this sectional might just shock you! You've seen them walking or riding their bikes. Perhaps they've knocked on your door and been in your living room. Mormon missionaries! Are Mormons Christians? What do Mormons really believe? About God? Jesus? Salvation? And what's that they're wearing under their clothes? And why? Come find out.
Pastor Brent Kuhlman serves Trinity Lutheran Church, Murdock, NE and is a member of the Higher Things Board of Directors.
The Life-Giving Lectionary
Mr. Stan Lemon
Have you ever wondered why the Church has seasons? Why is the season of Trinity green? Why do we celebrate Mary's conception after Christmas and before Jesus' death? Is Advent violet or blue? Is pink really a church color? Why do we need Lent when Lutherans spent the whole the year being penitential? Come learn about life as the Church as we live together in Christ through the lectionary.
Mr. Stan Lemon serves as the Database Manager for Higher Things and is a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Oakmont, PA.
The Rev. Tim Eaton
Grace Man: Somewhere between "Metro-Sexual" and the "He-man" is the mysterious "Anthropos-Lutherus." Who is he? Come and discover the lost art of being a Godly Man. Ladies, you can join us too and recalibrate your dating sights.
Pastor Tim Eaton is now passing the Lutheran identity to his son and shaves with a straight razor. He serves Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newbury Park, CA.
Union with God through Jesus
The Rev. Dan Bremer
All right, what is Jesus talking about here? Be careful now! The answer may just delightfully give you great joy! "Whoever feeds and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him." So what IS Jesus talking about? Does this union take place even now? How? When? Come check it out!
Pastor Dan Bremer serves Grace Lutheran Church in Grand Island, NE.