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Reformation Lectures

The Bjarne W. Teigen Reformation Lectures are an annual tradition at Bethany Lutheran College. Each October, guest speakers deliver lectures on topics related to the Lutheran Reformation. Students, pastors from around the region, and others attend the informative series.

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Past Lectures

2021 - "We Confess Jesus Christ"

The 2021 Lectures took place October 28–29, 2021 at Bethany Lutheran College.

Early Church Christology

– Dr. Joel Elowsky, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

Early Modern Lutheran Christology

– Dr. Carl Beckwith, Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, Alabama

Modern Lutheran Christology

– Dr. Jack Kilcrease, Lutheran Institute of Theology, Brookings, South Dakota

2020 – Audio replay of inaugural Reformation Lectures

In place of in-person lectures for 2020 (postponed until 2021), we presented this audio recording of the very first Reformation Lecture hosted on a snowy day in 1965 in the banquet room of the Viking Motel, Mankato, Minnesota. Rev. Erling Teigen gives us the modern-day introduction from the podcast studio at Bethany Lutheran College.

  • Dr. Hermann Sasse – March 1965

2019 - "Lutheran Preaching through the Centuries"

Preaching in the Reformation

– Dr. Paul Robinson, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO

Preaching in the Nineteenth Century

– Dr. Thomas Kuster, Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, Mankato, MN

Preaching Today

—Pres. Emeritus Paul Wendland, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, WI

The lectures will take place at Bethany Lutheran College, S. C. Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center, Mankato, Minnesota, beginning October 31 at 10:30 a.m. These lectures delve into the Reformation heritage with presentations on the history and theology of Lutheranism with application to the teaching and practice in the Lutheran church today. The lectures are presented in free conference format.

2018 - Evangelical Lutheran Synod: "Three Perspectives"

Evangelical Lutheran Synod: “Three Perspectives”

  • ELS: A WELS Perspective—Dr. John Brenner
  • ELS: An LCMS Perspective—Dr. Lawrence Rast
  • ELS: An Introspective—Rev. Craig Ferkenstad

2018 Reformation Lectures Flyer