Lutheran School of Theology


Our Mission

Lutheran School of Theology (LST) is a ministry of metro St. Louis ELCA Congregations. Established in 1995, LST offers unique learning opportunities for lay people, professional church workers, and candidates for theological degrees. LST is committed to challenging and enriching study as well as practical application of the Word of God as it speaks to our times.

Among the many and varied offerings at LST are courses in biblical studies, systematic theology, religious education, church history, ecumenical dialogue, and church leadership. All courses are grounded in the evangelical and catholic heritage of the Lutheran tradition, nourishing the life of the whole Church through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

LST offers quality theological education in the St. Louis area, and is funded in part by donations (all tax-deductible) from generous sponsors.

If you are able to assist us with your contribution, we will be able to ensure the continuation of our program. Please make your check payable to Lutheran School of Theology. Online contributions may be made through paypal at

Easter Term Courses, 2014

Course PD 106
A One-day Workshop, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
10:00 a.m. Registration
10:30 a.m. "The Lutheran Reformation: Whatís to Celebrate 500 Years Later?" Looking at documents that sparked the Reformation, participants will see how profoundly Luther reshaped Christian thought and practice.

Celebrate, commemorate or ignore? These are three of the most popular options when it comes to 2017. Professor Wengert will examine why celebration need not be a (politically) incorrect term and why commemoration provides a way of avoiding certain excesses of past anniversaries. By looking at several of the documents that sparked the Reformation, participants will have an opportunity to see how and why Martin Luther reshaped Christian thought and practice so profoundly.

Afternoon topic: "Using Lutherís Teaching to Renew Your Congregationís Life" By exploring Lutherís pastoral genius, participants will find up-to-date, revolutionary ways to return to the heart of congregational life.

In the sixteenth century, Martin Luther and his supporters revitalized the basics in pastoral work: preaching, teaching, presiding and caring. By ignoring this pastoral side of the Reformation, congregations and leaders today not only run the real risk of returning to certain late-medieval patterns but also miss the opportunity to exploit the pastoral genius of Luther's legacy. Participants will discover that Instead of having to run to the newest emerging church growth guru, Luther and his followers offer up-to-date, revolutionary ways to return to the heart of congregational life.

7:00 p.m. Public Lecture (free): "Why Being Lutheran (Still) Matters" "Taste again for the first time" the powerful, comforting witness to the Good News that formed the center of Reformation theology and practice.

In the 1950s, an American Church historian labeled American Lutheranism as the best-kept secret on this country's religious scene. Since then, a variety of events have left some Lutherans wondering. For this presentation, Prof. Wengert will help folks "taste again for the first time" the powerful, comforting witness to the Good News that formed the center of Reformation theology and practice from that time to this.

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert, retired professor, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
Timothy J. Wengert retired in January 2014 as professor of Church History at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, then teaching primarily in the fields of Reformation history and the Lutheran Confessions. A parish pastor for over seven years in Minnesota and Wisconsin, he received his doctorate from Duke University in 1984 and joined Philadelphia's faculty in 1989. He has written many scholarly articles on the Reformation and discovered and published contemporary notes on two of Martin Luther's sermons from 1520. Besides his published dissertation on Philip Melanchthon's interpretation of John's Gospel, Professor Wengert is co-editor (with Robert Kolb of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis) of the English edition of The Book of Concord.
Trinity Lutheran Church (both the workshop and the lecture are at Trinity Lutheran)
14088 Clayton Road (Clayton Rd. at Hwy.141)
Chesterfield, Missouri 63017
Workshop Tuition: $40 (includes lunch)
Public Lecture is free but pre-registration is appreciated.

Course PD 104
RETHINKING RESURRECTION: A Study of "Surprised by Hope," a Book by N.T. Wright

The instructor will guide study and discussion of the book Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church by award-winning author and Anglican bishop, N.T. Wright. The course will consider questions such as what happens after we die and how does our answer to this question impact how we live?

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Bill Pierce, Parish pastor of Peace Lutheran Church, Belleville, Illinois, doctorate from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

4 Tuesdays: 7:00-9:30 p.m.
April 29 through May 20, 2014

Bethel Lutheran Church
7001 Forsyth Boulevard
(Forsyth at Big Bend Blvd.)
St. Louis, Missouri 63105

Tuition: $64.
Book available at Amazon for approximately $12

Course PD 105
Exploring How We Know and Create Meaning for our Lives.

Must science and religion be enemies or could they represent two, equally valid ways of finding meaning? Can we really know anything objectively? This class will consider ways that modern science and theology may work together to make sense of the world.

Session topics include: Physics Old and New, Cosmology: Freedom, Love and Beauty, Evolution or Intelligent Design; and Technology and Stewardship of the Planet.

Classical physics and Cartesian epistemology assumed the objectivity of reality. The knowing subject or scientific observer could stand apart from the known object and observed system. Modern science has shown us that there is no objective standpoint from which to observe the universe. Observer and observed are inextricably entwined. Postmodern epistemology likewise has shown that the act of knowing in some senses constructs the reality known. Both science (in its theoretical aspects) and theology are attempts to construct a meaningful universe, simply operating in different realms of that reality. Modern theoretical science has significantly moderated the claims it is willing to make about realms of reality outside its purview, allowing that other ways of constructing meaning are equally valid.

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Dan Handschy is Rector (pastor) of Church of the Advent (Episcopal) in Crestwood, Missouri, Adjunct Professor at Eden Theological Seminary, and Dean of the Episcopal School of Ministry. He has an undergraduate degree in Physics (1980) from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has maintained an interest in theoretical physics since his undergraduate work. He also has a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School (1985) and a PhD in Historical Theology from St. Louis University (2012).

4 Tuesdays: 7:00-9:30 p.m.
April 22 through May 13, 2014

St. Mark Lutheran/ St. Georgeís Episcopal Churches
105 East "D" St.,
Belleville, Illinois 62220

Tuition: $64


Registration is appreciated two weeks before the beginning of a class or workshop.
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