This year there´ll be a new format, replacing the former in-depth sessions. Three speakers will give presentations on individual topics related to our main theme “Fear not”. Three times attendants get the chance to choose between two topics. Our speakers are Rev. Niclas Olsson, Rev. Armin Wenz and Rev. Daniel Johansson. At the same time NYLT sessions, primarily targeted at theologians and students of theology, will be offered.
- Fear not the first commandment (Niclas Olsson)
When we open the Small Catechism, the first thing we are commanded to do is to fear God. But how does that fear relate to the two verbs that follow? In this session we explore how this command to fear, love and trust in God informs our view of God and the fulfilment of the commandments.
- Fear not God when you fear God (Niclas Olsson)
When we read the Bible, we can often feel as if we encounter two different Gods – one who is angry, vengeful and punishing, and one who is loving, patient and forgiving. This session seeks to reconcile the two ways we experience God through the biblical concept of fearing God.
- Fear in the life and in the writings of the Apostle Peter (Armin Wenz)
We’ll explore how Peter experienced and dealt with fear as Jesus’ disciple in the gospels – and what he wrote about it mainly in his first letter.
- Fear (of) the devil – right or wrong? (Armin Wenz)
How do the warnings in the biblical writings to beware of the devil relate to the first commandment to fear God above all things?
- “Do not fear the Book of Revelation!” (Daniel Johansson)
This session addresses false readings of the last book of the Bible and explores its message of encouragement to Christians in circumstances that in many ways are similar to what we currently experience.”
- “The fear that was overcome by faith by the heros in the Old Testament.” (Daniel Johansson)
This session explores the fear and faith of some of the heros mentioned in the great chapter of faith in Hebrews 11.
Niclas Olsson (Acting Senior Pastor at Immanuel Church, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Pastor Olsson has a Bachelor of Theology from the University of Gothenburg and was ordained in 2012 to serve at Immanuel Church in Gothenburg, a congregation within the Mission Province in Sweden. Having served there as Assistant Pastor since his ordination, he is now Acting Senior Pastor while one of Corpus Christi’s founding fathers, Pastor Jakob Appell, pursues a PhD at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. Pastor Olsson lives with his wife and four children in Gothenburg, right across the street from Immanuel Church.
Armin Wenz (Professor for Biblical Theology and New Testament at the Lutherische Theologische Hochschule, Oberursel, Germany)
Prof. Wenz is an ordained minister of the SELK (= Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church), was a parish pastor in different places in Germany for 27 years, and is now serving as Professor for Biblical Theology at the SELK-Seminary in Oberursel. He earned a theological doctorate from the University of Erlangen and is still doing research on the history of biblical interpretation. Together with his wife Susanne he lives near Naumburg, Sachsen-Anhalt. They have three adult children and three grand-children.
Daniel Johansson (Lecturer in New Testament Studies and Academic Dean at the Lutheran School of Theology in Gothenburg, Sweden)
Rev. Dr. Johansson has an STM from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft Wayne and a PhD from the University of Edinburg, Scotland. He serves as Academic Dean and a lecturer in New Testament studies at the Lutheran School of Theology in Gothenburg. Dr. Johansson and his wife Inese have been blessed with four sons.
Here are the speakers and their topics for the NYLT experience 2022 at Corpus Christi:
Dr. Armin Wenz: The misuse of condemnations (Damnamus) in contemporary churches
In this session Dr. Wenz will guide us through the ways in which the discourse in the churches of our time has used the concept of condemnation to austricise people and behaviour that was once clearly supported in the church, and actually has its roots in Scripture itself. This will be a very insightful dive into the Theology of the Confessions, in which the Lutheran Church has inherited very clear condemnations that are based on the promises of a very generous God.
Dr. David Preus: “Honor the king: a study of Romans 13:1-8 and 1 Peter 2:13-17”
In this session, Dr. Preus will expand on his plenary session by taking a closer look at Romans and 1 Peter with us. He will be guiding us through the significance of earthly kings in light of God’s revelation that Christ is the King of Kings.
Dr. Sorin Trifa: An introduction to NYLT 2023 – “Christification”
In this session, Dr. Trifa will explain a bit about what the NYLT is, and will introduce the topic of our planned NYLT 2023 “Christification”