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Not everyone can say that they have lived through a "great awakening" that has reshaped their society and culture. However, if you are reading these sentences, you can claim this for the simple fact that you indeed have. You have already gone through a seismic religio-political shift in America. We may not yet have hindsight's clarifying distance, but Christians need to know what the "Great Awokening" fundamentally is, the challenges this shift presents to the Church, and how we ought to respond. Pastor David Ramirez serves at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Union Grove, Wisconsin.

What ethic do confessional Lutherans have to offer a conversation and culture wrapped up in endless dialogues and demands for social justice? Watch to find out!

Rev. Dr. Lucas V. Woodford is the President of the Minnesota South District of the LCMS and the Associate Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Farmington, Minnesota. He serves as a fellow in the Collegium of DOXOLOGY: The Lutherna Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel, and is charged with research, writing, and speaking reagarding the care of souls in the contemporary context. He has written for multiple theological journals and is the co-author with Harold Senkbeil of Leadership for the Care of Souls. 

Gregory Schulz is Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University Wisconsin. An experienced parish pastor, he has earned doctorates both in philosophy and in theology, has preached and taught in Cambridge, South Africa, and Hong Kong and throughout the United States. He is the author most recently of "The Fellowship of His Sufferings: Four Briefings", available as a copyrighted but free PDF book by request to thefellowshipofhissufferings@gmail.com. For more of his background and his philosophy of philosophy (!), please see www.lutheranphilosopher.com or connect with him on LinkedIn.

Part 1: Live Not by Lies: Why Science as Such Should Never, Ever Set Policies for COVID, Etc.

When you think about it, is science really a competent standard for making policies regarding COVID – whether in the Unites States or in our churches and schools? Our speaker makes the case, philosophically and biblically, that the narrowness of the scientific method plus science’s methodological dismissal of the authority of sacrosanct texts such as the Declaration and Holy Scripture make science an illegitimate, false authority for moral and policy decision making. 

Part 2: Live Not by Lies: The Ontological Option for Media In-Formation

A generation or two ago, the slogan was, “The medium is the message” (Marshall McLuhan). Our speaker explains how and why this slogan has become urgent and crucial for us in the Information Age. His concern is not simply with debunking the pseudo news of the legacy broadcast media and technocratic social media, but more fundamentally with the media or means of grace for the (in-)formation of our very being as human beings.

In a culture of “toxic masculinity” and so called “gender fluidity” what does it mean to be a Christian man? Spoiler alert! It’s got a lot to do with Jesus!

Jeffery Hemmer is the husband of (in his opinion) the most wonderful woman in the world, the father to the seven most delightful children he's ever met, the pastor of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois, a wannabe farmer, maker of some things, fixer of some other things, grower of beards, and general curmudgeon. His big truck is probably a sign of his insecurity.

What do we do when an entire civilization is crumbling around us? How do we build up from the ashes and live more fully the life that God intended for us to live in the midst of His creation?

Our presenter is Dr. Anthony “Tony” Esolen, a nationally renowned cultural advocate for Christian truth. He is professor of literature at Northeast Catholic College in Warner, New Hampshire, and the author of many books, including Defending Marriage: Twelve Arguments for Sanity (St. Benedict Press) and Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture (Regnery).

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