Saturday, November 17, 2012

Learning to Learn: A Free Conference 21 January 2013 Ft. Wayne

Redeemer Lutheran Church will again host a free conference on the Monday before the CTS Symposia, January 21, 2013. Our conference will feature Dr. Benjamin Mayes from Concordia Publishing House and offer a $5 lunch from Mr. John Maxwell of the Ragin’ Cajun. Mayes will instruct us in the study and writing techniques of the fathers of Lutheran Orthodoxy. He will also engage us as to how we can fight for the faith in print, in the classroom, and in the pulpit using their methods and the best of modern tools and technologies, and he will give us insights as to what Concordia Publishing House is looking for from authors and scholars.

Cost: free, but optional lunch - $5
Date & Time: Monday, January 21, 2013  10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Redeemer Lutheran Church, 202 W. Rudisill Blvd, Ft. Wayne, Indiana 46807

Here is what Dr. Mayes has to say about the topic:

“Perhaps the first thing anyone learns about the ‘Age of Lutheran Orthodoxy’ (c. 1580-1700) is that the theologians wrote large Latin dogmatics books.  Now and then the question may come to mind, “How on earth did they do it?”  How did men like Johann Gerhard (1582-1637), Abraham Calov (1612-1686), and Johann Andreas Quenstedt (1617-1688) manage to write such enormous, in-depth tomes on such diverse topics?  Their mastery of Latin can be explained by attending Latin immersion schools since grade school.  But even fluency in a foreign language and a healthy dose of prayer, study, and spiritual trial (oratio, meditatio, tentatio) doesn’t guarantee the kind of memory needed to marshall the quotes and material presented by these Lutheran fathers in their great works. They may have been brilliant, but more importantly, they had good methods!

These study methods can be adapted to today’s technology. They are especially important for Christ’s undershepherds today. “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Cor. 10:4–5).”


9:30 Private Confession available with Petersen in Redeemer's chapel

10:30 Low Mass in the Church

11:00-12:30 Mayes on the techniques of the Lutheran Orthodox fathers

12:30 Lunch – fast food nearby – or stay in the undercroft and be served by the Ragin’ Cajun for $5

2:00 Mayes continues

2:45  Questions and responses from  the audience

3:30 Gregorian practice/training for the LLPB Vespers

4:30 LLPB Vespers w/ Treasury Propers

5:30 Gem├╝tlichkeit – BYOB


  1. A quick related question: is there an interlinear English/Latin Psalter? This would we a great way to put Latin to a more practical use for my kids and me. We homeschool and teach Latin as part of the core curriculum, but it would be great to practice Latin in a fun way by, say, chanting it in the Psalms as part of family devotion time.

  2. Would the hosts and presenter be willing to Livestream this for those who cannot make the trip?


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