As Luther fans the world over are already gearing up for the celebration in 2017 of the 500th anniversary of their posting [i.e. the Ninety-Five Theses] on 31 October 1517, too often the celebrations will focus on Luther’s break with Rome or his Reformation breakthrough rather than on Luther’s own stated reason for the dispute: pastoral care for his flock in Wittenberg (“Introducing the Pastoral Luther” in Wengert (ed.), The Pastoral Luther: Essays on Martin Luther’s Practical Theology (Lutheran Quarterly Books; Eerdmans, p. 5).
Vose Seminary will commemorate this anniversary with a mini-Conference on The Pastoral Luther. Conducted on October 30, four papers will be presented as follows:
- Dr Peter Elliott (Perth Bible College): The Pastoral Roots of Luther’s Reformation
- Dr Michael O’Neil (Vose Seminary): Freeing Salvation: Luther’s Pastoral Theology
- Ps Matthew Bishop (Bethlehem Lutheran Church Morley): Of Good Comfort: Luther’s Pastoral Letters to the Depressed
- Dr Brian Harris (Vose Seminary): Luther as Leader
I am very much looking forward to this event. If you are in Perth, perhaps you can make it along.
For details and registration, go to: