San Antonio: Breakaway Session C

Jesus Slept Here! (And Here! And Here!)
The Rev. Duane Bamsch

The landscape of Israel is dotted with archaeological sites with biblical names. What can they teach us about biblical times, if anything? Does biblical archaeology help prove Scripture? Experience the thrill of discovery, and the agony of just another bucket of dirt as Pastor Bamsch re-lives his time at Caesarea Philippi with too many photos and lots of worthless artifacts.

Pastor Bamsch serves Evangelists’ Lutheran Church in Kingsbury, Texas and is the Catechist for the Sola - San Antonio conference. He’s also been known to randomly dig holes looking for artifacts. 

The No-Threat, No-Fear Evangelism Technique
The Rev. Dr. Ron Bogs 

God tells us that we should always be ready to give an explanation for our faith. Thankfully, God also tells us that when He gives us an opportunity to bear witness to the Gospel, we don’t need to worry because He will give us the words to speak! Come and learn how this is possible.

Pastor Bogs serves St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Westfield, Texas.  He also serves on the Board of Directors and as the Theological Director of Crossties Lutheran Ministries. 

Saying Amen to a Sermon
The Rev. Kevin Johnson 

Not all sermons are alike. Not all preaching deserves our “Amen!” How do you learn to distinguish a good sermon from a bad one? It’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitment of a dynamic speaker. But understanding the proper distinction between the Law and the Gospel will help you identify what is truly Christ-centered and cross-focused preaching - which alone is worthy of our “Amen!”

Pastor Johnson serves Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Carlisle, Iowa. 

Mormonism Exposed!
The Rev. Brent Kuhlman 

WARNING! This sectional will reveal some of the most shocking secrets of Mormonism! What do all these clean-cut, moral Mormons really believe? What’s the deal with their underwear, their way of “salvation,” baptisms for the dead, etc? Learn the truth of Mormonism in MORMONISM EXPOSED.

Pastor Kuhlman serves Trinity Lutheran Church, Murdock, Nebraska. He grew up in Glenrock, Wyoming among a large community of Mormons. 

I Am Simply Urging You to Be a Christian
Deaconess Lynn Fredericksen 

“I know what my pastor has said about Private Confession and Absolution and why I should use this rite but what will I say? What if I say something stupid? What will my pastor think of me? Can I trust my pastor?” Do you have questions about Private Confession and Absolution, but are too uncomfortable to ask your pastor? This session is for you. This session will be a frank discussion for those who want to learn more, how to prepare, and what to expect - layman to layman. (Please, no pastors!)

Deaconess Fredericksen has been the Treasurer of the Higher Things Board of Directors since the beginning of time. In her spare time she pretends to be a school teacher, school principal, and registered nurse. 

Jesus: Meek and Mild or Angry as Hell?
The Rev. Eric Lange 

How is it that Jesus can seem so nice sometimes, but at other times He goes ballistic? Is Jesus crazy? Why does the Bible sometimes promote love and forgiveness and at other times it promotes killing? Some people claim that this proves the Bible contradicts itself and shouldn’t be believed. How is a Christian supposed to imitate Christ when He’s so unpredictable?? Come and learn!

Pastor Lange serves Redeemer Lutheran Church in Gresham, Oregon and is a doctoral candidate at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. 

Christian Responses to Abortion Excuses
The Rev. Kristopher Morris 

If you ever found yourself talking to an abortion supporter, what would you say? Have you been stumped by their arguments in the past? We will look at several reasons that people give to excuse - and even promote - the practice of abortion. You will be equipped with God’s Word to appropriately respond and defend the unborn.

Pastor Morris serves as the Associate Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, Collierville, Tennessee. 

Wicca and Neo-Paganism: A Lutheran Response
The Rev. Larry Nichols 

Witchcraft and neo-paganism have become widely accepted among many people today, especially youth. What is this craze all about anyway? What should Christians think about it? What does the Bible say? We will answer these and more of your questions about the world of the occult.

Pastor Nichols serves Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Smithfield, Rhode Island.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of Higher Things and is a frequent lecturer on world religions and the occult. 

The Rev. Michael Scudder 

“Dear husband, the Bible says I must submit to you - thus I will.” “Dear parents, God’s Word declares I must obey you - thus I will.” Many Christians believe submission to be absolute obedience without question. Is this your concept of submission too? Let’s look at Ephesians 5 and 6 to see what Scripture really says about submitting.

Pastor Scudder serves Faith Lutheran Church in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. 

Bridezilla or the Bride of Christ?
The Rev. David Speers 

The Church is described in the Scriptures as the Bride of Christ. Yet, for some, it seems that they act more like the presumptuous, sassy, “Bridezillas” divas of reality TV than the humble Bride of the Lord of heaven and earth. We will consider what it means to live patiently waiting for the Bridegroom in humility and repentance.

Pastor Speers serves St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Altamont, Illinois. 

Is Decision Theology Biblical?
The Rev. T. Clint Stark 

Many (if not most) people in American Christianity today claim that a person can and must decide to believe in Jesus in order to be saved. But doesn’t that teaching contradict salvation by grace alone (sola gratia)? Where do they get this idea? Join us as we examine decision theology and decide if this teaching really is BiblicalÖor not. 

Pastor Stark, a former Southern Baptist, currently serves as the Associate Pastor at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Topeka, Kansas. 

Why Can’t God Be a Woman?
The Rev. Jeffrey W. Ware 

If God is Spirit, and spirits are neither male nor female, then what’s the deal with all the male terminology for God in Holy Scripture? Is there a reason that God shouldn’t be called “Mother” instead of “Father”? And couldn’t Jesus have just as easily have been born a woman? Why can’t God be a woman?

Pastor Ware is the Assistant Pastor of Living Word Lutheran Church in The Woodlands, Texas. 

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Sanctuary
The Rev. Jonathan C. Watt

Jesus Christ is the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything. How do we find Jesus Christ crucified for the forgiveness of sin in the items we find in the average Lutheran sanctuary? Join us to find out.

Pastor Watt serves Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Creston, Iowa. 

Youth Ministry for Real People (Part 2)
The Rev. George Borghardt and Mrs. Sandra Ostapowich

In “What is Youth Ministry?” we learned what youth ministry is (and isn’t). Now we’ll get into more of the nuts and bolts of starting and maintaining a faithful Lutheran youth program in a congregational setting. Bring your questions!

Pastor Borghardt is the Youth/Associate Pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Conroe, Texas and Sandra Ostapowich is the Christian Education and Youth Director at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Loveland, Colorado.