In-Depth Sectionals

Check out all the In-Depth study options prepared for you at The Feast. This year, for the first time, you get to pick TWO!

Morning In-Depth Sectionals


The Broken Table: Disorder, Depression and Dysfunction.
Dr. Beverly K. Yahnke
Can we answer tough questions with psychology and God’s Holy Word?* Christians aren’t supposed to be depressed –are they? Faith prevents dysfunction–doesn’t it? Christian families are turmoil-free and Christian parents are always great – right? A fact-filled,fast-paced sectional reviews psychological realities and equips you with the stunning resources of our faith to share with friends and family who may hurt or struggle. (*psst – the answer to this question is “yes!”)
Dr. Beverly K. Yahnke is the Director of Christian Counseling Services in Milwaukee and a member of the Higher Things Board of Directors.

Living out the Feast: Vocation
The Rev. Klemet Preus
Every Sunday you go to church and all the people are receiving and doing the same things. That's the way it's supposed to be. In Sunday's Divine Service you are not unique. But all week long you do things differently than anyone else with talents and skills uniquely yours and in special relationships which only you enjoy. That's also the way it's supposed to be. Why? Because of the wonderful and liberating Bible teaching of VOCATION! Vocation is the calling in life which you and only you have. It's more important than you might think and worth learning about. The Rev. Klemet Preus is pastor of Glory of Christ Lutheran church in Plymouth, MN and is the President of Higher Things. He is also the author of "The Fire and the Staff", a book about the relationship between doctrine and practice in the church.

A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Liturgy
The Rev. William M. Cwirla
Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei. Huh? What's with all the standing, kneeling, bowing, and crossing? What does any of this have to do with Jesus? And what's with that crazy red lamp dangling in the chancel? You'll laugh, you'll holler, you'll be glad you came to this Gospel-outrageous tour of the Divine Service and worship practices. Answers to the ultimate question of life, worship, the universe, and everything.
Your tour guide: The Rev. William M. Cwirla, pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hacienda Heights, CA and a Director and writer for Higher Things.

Decoding the Code
The Rev. Scott Stiegemeyer
Was Jesus married to Mary Magdalene? Was Jesus' divine nature questioned until the fourth century? Why do Christians need to know about The DaVinci Code? Pastor Scott Stiegemeyer will answer your questions and more, helping you understand who Jesus is, and why it matters that we know our Savior. 
The Rev. Scott Stiegemeyer is pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

Singing at the Table: Confessing the Truth -or- Hooked on a Feeling?
The Rev. Jon Sollberger
When we sing God's praises, whose words should we use - ours or His? Singing in the Church is about saying that which is true. Too often our songs to God are all about us and our feelings - rather than Jesus and the promise of His Body and Blood, given and shed for us. We'll discuss sin, our culture, and God's Grace as we determine what God-pleasing music really is.
The Rev. Sollberger is Pastor of St. Peter and St. Paul Lutheran congregations in Orchard, NE.

Coffeehouse Conversations: Table Talk with Outsiders
The Rev. Charlie Mallie
Coffee, scones and Postmodernism.  Sure Christ is the light of your world, but what illuminates theirs?  How to cut through the confusing of "all roads lead to home" to the road that leads to the cross.  Where to start, how to get there and how to finish a conversation about the meaning of everything.
The Rev. Charlie Mallie is associate pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Tomball, TX.

Classical Antiquity, Christianity, and Hollywood Movies
Dr. E. Christian Kopff
Did you know that 'Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?' was based on an ancient work? What's with all that Latin in Movies? Did you know that other movies, like 'Gladiator' and 'Spartacus,' are set in the ancient world but are really about what's going on today? How does the ancient world appear in the movies? What does this say about Christ? What problems do these movies give us as Christians? Come hear and discuss Hollywood's love of the ancient world.
Dr. E. Christian Kopff is a Classics professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder and author of The Devil Knows Latin: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition.

The Law, the Gospel, and What to do with the Rest of My Life
The Rev. George F. Borghardt III
What am I to do? What am I going to be when I grow up? Job? College? Boyfriend? Girlfriend? What does God want me to do? We have so many decisions to make every day that will impact the rest of our lives.  As children of God, we want to make the right ones...if we just knew what the right ones were.  What's the answer?  Law and Gospel!
The Rev. George Borghardt is Youth/Assistant Pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Conroe, TX, serves as the Executive of Internet Services for Higher Things, and is the 2007 Southeastern Conference Chair.

Three's Company: The Cross in Dating, Intimacy, and Marriage
The Rev. Dr. Steven Hein
What does living in the cross of Christ have to do with romantic, intimate relationships with the opposite sex? Why date? What is the big deal about intimacy and sex? What is God's plan for loneliness coming to an end in my life? This sectional presents straight talk about relationships and dating in the freedom of the Gospel.
Dr. Steven A. Hein serves as Director of Concordia Institute for Christian Studies and pastoral assistant at Shepherd of the Springs Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs, CO.

HT-U:  Christian Writer's Workshop
Mrs. Julie Stiegemeyer and Miss Adriane Dorr
Do you like to write? Ever wonder what it takes to write professionally? In this three-session sectional, writer and editor Julie Stiegemeyer will lend some friendly advice on being a Christian writer as well as what Higher Things magazine looks for in articles. Since it's a three-part workshop, attendees work hands-on to edit their articles or stories to take them from a rough manuscript to a polished publication-ready piece. **Note: Prior to the conference, please submit a writing sample you would like to work on during the sessions. Interested registrants can contact jstiegemeyer@higherthings.org for more information. 
Julie Stiegemeyer holds a master’s degree in English education and is the author of more than a dozen children’s books, including Saint Nicholas and Cheep! Cheep! She is the interim managing editor of Higher Things magazine. Check out her website at www.juliestiegemeyer.com.  Adriane Dorr is the assistant editor for Higher Things and will pursue a graduate degree at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne in the fall. 

 

Evening In-Depth Sectionals


Lord, Teach Us to Pray
The Rev. Daniel J. Feusse
"How do I pray? What should I pray for? How can I know if the Lord even hears me at all when I pray? Since God is busy and important should I trouble Him with my daily cares?" Have you ever asked these? Prayer is a great gift from the Lord to you, but maybe you're not so sure what to do with this gift. This sectional will provide you with the answers to these and other probing questions as we explore the deep mystery of the Christian life and your relationship with the Lord.
The Rev. Daniel J. Feusse is Pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church, Clearwater, NE.

A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Liturgy
The Rev. William M. Cwirla
Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei. Huh? What's with all the standing, kneeling, bowing, and crossing? What does any of this have to do with Jesus? And what's with that crazy red lamp dangling in the chancel? You'll laugh, you'll holler, you'll be glad you came to this Gospel-outrageous tour of the Divine Service and worship practices. Answers to the ultimate question of life, worship, the universe, and everything.
Your tour guide: The Rev. William M. Cwirla, pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hacienda Heights, CA and a director and writer for Higher Things.

Singing at the Table: Confessing the Truth -or- Hooked on a Feeling?
The Rev. Jon Sollberger
When we sing God's praises, whose words should we use - ours or His? Singing in the Church is about saying that which is true. Too often our songs to God are all about us and our feelings - rather than Jesus and the promise of His Body and Blood, given and shed for us. We'll discuss sin, our culture, and God's Grace as we determine what God-pleasing music really is.
The Rev. Sollberger is Pastor of St. Peter and St. Paul Lutheran congregations in Orchard, NE

Three's Company: Cross Life in Dating, Intimacy, and Marriage
Dr. Steven A. Hein
What does living in the cross of Christ have to do with romantic, intimate relationships with the opposite sex? Why date? What is the big deal about intimacy and sex? What is God's plan for loneliness coming to an end in my life? This sectional presents straight talk about relationships and dating in the freedom of the Gospel.
The Rev. Dr. Steven A. Hein serves as Director of Concordia Institute for Christian Studies and pastoral assistant at Shepherd of the Springs Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs, CO.

Women's Place at the Feast: What ARE we allowed to do?
Sandra Ostapowich
"Women may not..," "Women are prohibited from...," "Be quiet and submit!" Women are often quoted all sorts of messages from the Bible, telling us what we are to do and not to do in the Church. Being relegated to cooking or cleaning up just because we're women frequently makes us feel like second-class citizens and sets us at odds with men. What if there was another way to understand all those "negative" messages? Come and hear how what Christ has done for you affects your relationships with men and prepares you for the special places women have been given at the Feast.
Sandra Ostapowich is the Christian Education and Youth Director for Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Loveland, CO.  She is a regular guest on Issues, Etc. and has taught a number of workshops on the role of women and the Scriptures.  Sandra is the Secretary of Higher Things' Board of Directors and 2007 Northern Conference Chair. 

A Mighty Wet Fortress:  When All Your Have in LIfe is Your Baptism
The Rev. Mark Buetow
Where do bad things come from? What happens when the Lord takes away your family? Your house? Everything you have? What then? Where do you go? What do you do? What comfort is there left to you in the world? Come hear the Lord's Word about such disasters and suffering and why events which seem like the end of the world aren't the end of the world. Come and be ready to be "soaked" with the goodness of your Baptism.
The Rev. Mark Buetow served Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina. He is currently awaiting a Call.

Christ's Mission in the World
The Rev. John Ferhmann
Do you know what the word "mission" means? Or, try this, "What is the "mission" of the Church/church?" Where does the "great commission" play in the whole question if at all? What is the difference between "mission" and "good works"? Who and or what is a "missionary'? What is the "purpose", "work", "reason for", "task", "duty" of the Church/church? What is Confessional Lutheran mission? What has changed in the past 50 years or more relative to "mission work" in the LCMS? What parts do you and or can you play in the work of "mission" in the coming generation?
The Rev. John Fehrmann is the Executive Director of the Confessional Lutheran Education Foundation.

Christ our Passover
The Rev. Peter Ledic
"For Christ our Passover has also been sacrificed, Let us therefore celebrate the feast," (1 Cor. 5).  We will examine the Old Testament Passover and how it was celebrated among the children of Israel, the institution of the Lord's Supper, and the gift of our Lord's Body and Blood "...in, with, and under the bread and wine given us Christians to eat and drink."  How is the Lord's Supper celebrated in our congregations today?  Join us as we explore the relationships between the Passover and the Lord's Supper.
The Rev. Peter Ledic is currently pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Danville, CA.

The Law, the Gospel, and What to do with the Rest of My Life
The Rev. George F. Borghardt III
What am I to do? What am I going to be when I grow up? Job? College? Boyfriend? Girlfriend? What does God want me to do? We have so many decisions to make every day that will impact the rest of our lives.  As children of God, we want to make the right ones...if we just knew what the right ones were.  What's the answer?  Law and Gospel!
The Rev. George Borghardt is Youth/Assistant Pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Conroe, TX, serves as the Executive of Internet Services for Higher Things, and is the 2007 Southeastern Conference Chair.

Preparing For the Feast
The Rev. Brent W. Kuhlman
Are you prepared for the Feast? How do you prepare? It's all about using your ears; hearing voices. And not just any voice but a resounding voice from heaven: the viva vox Christi. The viva vox Christi is the 'living voice of Christ.' And where's the living voice of Christ heard? Exactly where He's promised: His spoken Word of forgiveness -- Holy Absolution. Happy hearing and trusting the viva vox Christi! Happy eating and drinking at the Feast!
The Rev. Brent Kuhlman (S.T.M.) serves Trinity Lutheran Church, Murdock, NE. He is a pastoral advisor for the women's magazine, The Fount.