2019 – Truth and Love
The 11th Annual Corpus Christi Conference
22-26 July 2019
Registration is closed and that means guests aren’t able to come to the main parts of the conference, however if you haven’t registered for the conference, we have two public events that we would like to welcome you to. The first one is Vespers at 8 o’clock Tuesday evening 23rd July. Our main speaker Bryan Wolfmueller will preach and we will enjoy some extra festive music. There will be time to meet and mingle with conference participants after the Vespers. Your second chance to partake in the conference without registering is the Divine Service which ends the conference on Friday 26th July at 10 o’clock.
Both events are at St. Paul’s Church (St. Pauli kyrka) Mintensgaten 5, Gothenburg.
We hope to see you there!
Meet the Speaker
Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller (Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Aurora, Colorado, USA)
Pastor Wolfmueller is author of all things Lutheran. Our speaker is very active in several Lutheran podcasts and has his own YouTube channel with – among other things – a weekly Bible study. He and his wife Keri live with their four children in Aurora, Colorado, USA, where he serves as pastor of Hope Lutheran Church. Having received his Masters of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft Wayne, IN, he now travels the web and the world and we are happy to welcome him to Gothenburg, as well. Check out his blog (https://wolfmueller.co/) if you want to get to know him and his multifaceted work in advance.
More on the Plenary Sessions
The plenaries will develop from our theme verse Eph 4:15: “Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.” What does Paul teach in the Letter to the Ephesians about our love-filled truth-speaking? How does it contribute to our Christian maturity and to the life of the church? After this central texts of the Old and the New Testament will be covered and questions like the following will be treated: How does the devil set truth against love? How does the Lord remarry the two? In what way do the ten commandments shape true Christian love? What can we learn from martyrs who confessed their faith in the face of extreme suffering? All of this will lead us to looking at how truth and love are united in their most glorious expression – Christ on the cross.
L M Engströms Gymnasium, Vallgatan 11, 411 16 Gothenburg, Sweden (Some Events will have other Locations, See Conference Handbook)
Göteborgs Vandrarhem, Mölndalsvägen 23, 412 63 Gothenburg, Sweden
Come and Experience
- Solid, biblical teaching by excellent international speakers
- Rich, liturgical, Christ-centred worship
- Fellowship with an international group of Lutheran young adults
- The Gorgeous city of Gothenburg, with its unique architecture and cultural flare
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A Little Information About the Conference
– Check-in at the conference is between 1 PM and 3:30 PM 22nd of July at the high school where many presentations will take place: L M Engströms Gymnasium, address: Vallgatan 11, 411 16 Göteborg. Please do your best to be there in due time to register. You will be given your name tag (which you will need to enter dining hall and other places at the conference) and conference booklet and maybe something extra special upon registration.
Harri Huovinen (Finland): Truth and Love in the Psalms
This In-depth is all about Law and Gospel in the Old Testament hymnal! We will look at different kinds of psalms and hear what the Lord teaches us about our sinfulness and about His grace and mercy. We will learn about the central role the psalms play in the Divine Service of the Old Testament and in ours today. Then there is Psalm 119 – the longest. It looks repetitive and boring, but we will see: God’s Law – the topic of Psalm 119 – is full of significance for our daily lives as Christians.
Daniel Brandt (Sweden): Truth and Love in the Writings of John
There are few writers in the Bible so engaged with the topic of Truth and of Love as the apostle John. In fact, the two are interwoven with each other and exist throughout all the writings of John as he reveals what Love is – not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins (1 Joh 4:10) – and leads us through the Word of the Truth, by the Spirit of Truth, to Christ the Truth, who testifies to the Truth, so that we may worship in Spirit and Truth.
Daniel Johansson (Sweden): Truth and Love in the Law and the Prophets
Jesus speaks of the Law and the Prophets as being fulfilled in Him and His saving work on the cross. Moses, the Lawgiver, and Elijah, the great prophet of the OT, stood by Jesus at the Mount of Transfiguration and spoke of his Exodus, his death and resurrection (Luke 9:31). In what way is the love of God revealed in the Law? What is it about truth and the prophets that go so well together?
Eirik-Kornelius Garnes Lunde (Norway): Session for Theologians
How does truth and love shape a theologian’s and pastor’s vocation and ministry? In which ways should truth and love direct the life of the congregation and the church at all? What does the biblical concepts of truth and love mean for our pastoral care? This is what you get at the in-depth session for theologians.
Persecution Today – Konstantin Subbotin
Are Christians being persecuted today? In what way? Does it happen only in Africa or in your context too? Is it possible to witness Christ without suffering and martyrdom? In this group we are going to discuss how Christian witness can be subjected to persecution today. Also you are encouraged to share your own opinion on what we can do about it.
The Belt of Truth – Jakob Appell
In Ephesians Paul says “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist” In this discussion group we will ask Pontius Pilate’s old question “What is truth?” and see if there can be any solid answers to this question – in our time of relativism, fake news, and doubts about objective truths. Interestingly, Jesus claims to be both the Truth and the one bearing witness to the Truth. What does this mean?
Spiritual Life Between the CC Conferences – Michael Wenz and Bryan Wolfmueller
The time at Corpus Christi is spiritually packed – services, Bible lectures, theology everywhere. But how do we stay spiritually nourished between the conferences? Let’s share thoughts about the following: What have I found helpful in my daily life? What challenges have I encountered? This will not be a competition of who’s the most spiritual, but rather telling, listening, learning from others. And the main speaker will have a special treat for us.
Reformation and Revolution? – Torbjörn Johansson
The Lutheran doctrine of the two kingdoms (or regiments) intends to express the Biblical thought that a Christian is a citizen of a heavenly kingdom and of an earthly nation at the same time (simul). What are the implications of this idea? What is a Lutheran view on politics, society and state?
Discussion Group for Women – Astrid Skollevoll
What is it like to be a woman in a sex-fixated society? What should Christian women be like, seen from the Bible? Which difficulties do women experience related to sexuality, and what is the difference between sexual sin and good sexuality? How can we handle sexual sin? In which way should Christian women relate to men?
Discussion Group for Men. – Samuli Siikavirta
What challenges do Christian men face today in church and in post-#metoo society? Has pornography become an incurable plague? What kinds of models does the Bible give to manhood? Are Christian men allowed to show weakness? Or have Christian men become too soft? How can you find your own vocation as a man? How should Christian men relate to women?
Homosexuality and Gender – Roberts Otomeres
Does God create homosexual people or do people become homosexual during their lifetime? What does the Bible says about homosexual people? How can we help homosexual people? What would you say to a person who comes to you and says he or she want to switch gender?
Rules and the Gospel – Samuel Erikson
Jordan B. Peterson is one of the most influential figures of today. He has helped a lot of young people to get a more meaningful life, but he has also caused a lot of controversy. Are his 12 rules for life helpful for a confessing christian, or should we be on our guard?
The Necessity and Challenges of Mission to the Jews – Sahar Sadlovsky
In this discussion we are going to talk about the mission to the Jewish people. The issue of Jewish evangelism is complicated and involved and therefore has a few challenges, particularly for Lutherans. We will address the view of people who think that Jews don’t need Jesus, so sharing the gospel with them is unnecessary. We will also discuss what the Bible says about Jews in relation to Jesus and their salvation.
Calling in life – Niclas Olsson
Anxiety – Daniel J. Schmidt
Registration is Closed
JULY 22TH – JULY 26TH, 2019
MONDAY – FRIDAY