If you were raised in the Lutheran church, then you know the importance place on Confirmation. When asked what church a life-long member grew up in, they are likely to respond, “I was baptized, confirmed and married at such-and-such Lutheran Church.” Confirmation is big enough to make the list along with holy baptism and holy matrimony.
But what is Confirmation? It’s not in the Bible, so where does it come from? What is used for? What’s the history of Confirmation in the Lutheran church and how does that history inform our understanding and use of Confirmation?
These are just some of the questions that many Lutherans ask, often timidly for fear of insulting the well loved and time honored tradition of Confirmation. But they’re not bad questions. In fact, they are good and godly questions. They are good and godly because they seek to honor Confirmation and its use by knowing what it is, why it is, and how it helps us in our faith.
So we hope you will join us this September at Lectures on Lutheranism as the Reverend Pr. Geoff Boyle unfolds the history and theology of the practice of Confirmation in the Lutheran church.
The Reverend Geoff Boyle serves as pastor at Grace Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran congregations in Wichita, KS. This past August he celebrated his third year of ordination and service to the saints in Wichita.
Pr. Boyle studied at the University of Michigan before attending seminary at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto and has taught as an adjunct exegetical professor at CTSFW for the SMP program.
He has recently published articles in Lutheran Theological Review and Concordia Theological Quarterly, as well as the Lutheran Witness.
Geoff and his wife Nicole are blessed with five children, all five and under. While family is far off in Michigan, the kids have been blessed with many surrogate grandparents at Grace and Trinity.
Children are welcome to attend. There will be a room for them to play and watch movies in. So bring the family. Confirmation kids are especially welcome to attend since this year’s topic is about what they’re going through!
12:15 – Divine Service
1:15 – Pr. Boyle, session I
2:50 – Break
3:00 – Pr. Boyle, session II
4:45 – Closing Vespers
5:15 – Beer & Brat Dinner (at the Parsonage)
Hoisington (2 blocks from chruch)
Roadway Inn (866-372-0882).
Great Bend (about 12 miles south of Hoisington)
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