Making Meaning – 

The Intersections of Faith in Today’s World.

Over the coming year, LST will be offering classes centered on the ways our faith helps us to make meaning of the world around us. Especially in times that feel tumultuous and unsettled, we turn again to our scripture and theology that is rooted in God’s love and brings about wholeness and life that really is life. 


We are guided by questions like: how do we make spiritual and theological meaning of what is happening around us; how do we understand a world that often feels chaotic and unstable; how is God yet at work among us bringing restoration and new life? 

The year begins with a biblical studies class on the Hebrew Bible, probing the intricate connections between Israel’s story and Israel’s theology, with an eye toward how each is critical for interpreting both Hebrew and Christian scriptures and theology today.

In partnership with Crossings we are offering a course entitled “Hearing A Good Sermon Even If One Might Not Be Preached” This course will introduce “The Crossings Method” as a tool for the theological interpretation of Scripture so that course participants will not only be able to preach the Gospel but also know how to hear the Gospel, even when it is not preached. 

Registration is now open for a course on Worship in conjunction with Central/Southern Illinois Synod. The mechanics of worship preparation will be taught as arising from the context of the meaning and purpose of worship. 

Please check back here often for information on additional theological and biblical courses that enhance our meaning-making in 2022 as the year unfolds.

If you would like to receive occasional emails with information on classes as they are added, let us know at lststlinfo@gmail.com.

Upcoming Classes:

Themes in the Gospel of Matthew

Themes in the Gospel of Matthew With Dr. Troy TroftgrubenWartburg Theological Seminary The class will be taught via Zoom on three select Thursday mornings: 9/22, 9/29, 10/6 9:00am – 11:00am CST Themes in the Gospel of Matthew With Dr. Troy Troftgruben, Wartburg Theological Seminary Registration fee: $45 REGISTER NOW This November sees the start of

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When Theologies Fail (and Worlds Fall Apart)

When Theologies Fail (and Worlds Fall Apart) with Dr. Fred Niedner Thursdays: 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10 7:00pm – 9:00pm CST When Theologies Fail (and Worlds Fall Apart) with Dr. Fred Niedner Fall 2022 Registration fee: $75 REGISTER NOW PMA Education Registration fee: $150. REGISTER NOW Rev. Dr. Niedner taught biblical studies in Valparaiso University’s

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Preaching Course

Preaching Course With: Rev. Kristen Koch Saturdays: 9/10, 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/19 9:00am – 12:00pm CST Preaching Course We are delighted that the instructor for the course will be the Rev. Kristen Koch. Class Audit: $75 REGISTER NOW For Credit Students: $150 REGISTER NOW Biography:Pastor Kristen has 19 years of experience in ordained ministry,

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Video Class Available Now:

Lament and Sustenance Registration

Lament and Sustenance in the COVID-19 Wilderness series REGISTER NOW The video series we present here for use by individuals or study groups is of timeless value. It was originally titled Lament and Sustenance in the COVID-19 Wilderness and offered in June 2020.While there will be some references to this disastrous pandemic, the teaching provided

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Previous Classes:

Themes in the Gospel of Luke

Themes in the Gospel of Luke, taught by Dr. Eunyung Lim REGISTER NOW This class explores a set of main themes and key passages in the Gospel of Luke, aiming to contextualize them in our contemporary context as we prepare for Year C this fall. Focusing on stories about women, children, and social outcasts, we

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Intersectionality Taught by Dr. Linda Thomas, Full Professor of Theology and Anthropology at Lutheran School of Theology Chicago The concept of Intersectionality considers overlapping oppressions, such as race, class, gender, sexuality, ableism, and many other things, as they are experienced and suffered by marginalized persons.   This concept is a vital tool to name multiple, intersecting

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Lutheran Confessions

Lutheran Confessions Taught by Dr. Chris Repp, Pastor, Grace Lutheran Church in Champaign, IL Registration: $75 to audit REGISTER NOW Registration: $150 to meet PMA or SAM requirements. REGISTER NOW What we believe about God affects how we talk about God. How we talk about God determines whether we proclaim the gospel or some other

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Faith in Public Life

Womanist Musings on Faith, Democracy and #BlackLivesMatter for the Church Taught by Dr Linda Thomas, Full Professor of Theology and Anthropology via Zoom. REGISTER NOW Dr. Thomas will make presentations on three topics of interest in our Public Church series: October 23 Faith and Democracy November 6 Black Embodiment Over and Against White Supremacy November

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Stand Your Ground Bible Study

Stand Your Ground Bible Study – An Introduction to Womanist Theology Registration Closed This study is an introduction to Womanist theology, a way of understanding God and the Bible from the experiences of Black women in the United States. We will discuss this theological movement’s origins, its commitments to justice for Black women (as well

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Jesus and the Gospels

Jesus and the Gospels, taught by Dr. Fred Niedner The early Christians took four “gospels” that tell Jesus’ story into their canon and almost immediately struggled with “harmonizing” them. Still today, some attempt to force these four voices into a single melodic line of the sort some of us remember hearing read every year during

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Previous Classes 2020:

Lutheran Confessions – Dr. Robert Kolb
Christian Decision-Making in the Digital Age – Rev. Amy Zeittlow
Wrestling with the Old Testament Texts (Ordinary Time) –Dr. Kathryn Schifferdecker
Lament and Sustenance in the COVID-19 Wilderness –Dr. Fred Niedner
Church History: The Story of Christianity –Dr. Chris Repp (co-sponsored w/Central
Southern Illinois Synod)
Themes in the Gospel of Mark – Dr. Mark Allen Powell