Byberg 2017 – David Lose

January 16-18

Cannon Beach, OR

Our speaker:  David Lose


The Rev. Dr. David J. Lose is president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). Lose assumed his duties at the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. He was Marbury Anderson Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, before accepting the presidency at LTSP. Dr. Lose shares his thoughts on his blog …in the Meantime and on Day1.

“For one hundred and fifty years, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia has formed public leaders for a public church,” Lose said. “Its deep confessional roots, ecumenical commitments, and responsiveness to its context and constituents have never been needed more than today. I am both humbled by the community’s trust and thrilled by the prospect of working alongside great colleagues and students to lead the school into the future God has prepared for us.”

“Dr. Lose’s exemplary skills include strategic planning, relationship building, and an entrepreneurial spirit that will enable him to guide the seminary into a strong and bold future,” said the Rev. Dr. Elise Brown, who chairs the seminary Board of Trustees, on announcing the appointment of Dr. Lose.

Dr. Lose, 49, earned both his MDiv and STM at LTSP. A member of the preaching faculty at Luther Seminary since 2000, Lose served as Academic Dean from 2005-2008, was the founding director of the Center for Biblical Preaching, led the creative team that developed, and directed several grants funded by the Lilly Endowment to research congregational vitality. He has been greatly interested in exploring new models for congregational leadership and witness in the twenty-first century.

Born in Hughesville, a little town in Northeast Pennsylvania, Dr. Lose spent most of his youth in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and then in high school moved a bit north to Myerstown. He is a 1988 graduate (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) of Franklin & Marshall College, where he was co-founder of a Habitat for Humanity chapter at the school, played varsity soccer, and was president of the Senior Honor Society. He was awarded his MDiv at LTSP in 1993, receiving several scholarly honors and serving as class president. He earned an STM with a concentration in Biblical Studies from LTSP in 1997. Subsequently, Lose earned a four-year Presidential Scholarship to Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was awarded a PhD in homiletics in 2000.

Prior to his faculty appointment at Luther Seminary, Lose held pastorates at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Summit, New Jersey, (1993-96), Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Audubon, New Jersey, (1997-98) and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Princeton Junction, New Jersey, (1998-2000).

The author of a half-dozen books, his latest volume, Making Sense of the Christian Life (Augsburg Fortress), is forthcoming next fall. He is the author of scores of articles and book chapters, many of them focusing on the contemporary challenges of preaching in a changed and changing world, and was principal writer of the weekly letter “Dear Working Preacher,” which is typically viewed 50,000 times a month. His extensive record of community service includes current membership on the Board of Directors for Lutheran World Relief.

Dr. Lose makes his home in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Karin, son, Jack, 16, and daughter, Katie, 14.

The Program:

Preaching in a Postmodern, Post-Christian World
We all know something has changed. Church – and preaching – seems somehow harder. Or maybe it’s that we’re not as sure the way we were taught to preaching works as well as it once did and wonder how we can change (or maybe even if we can change). Join us as we discuss the shifting cultural landscape and the challenges and opportunities of preaching in a culture that no longer assumes the Christian story and explore a variety of possibilities for preaching sermons that are as fitting to the world in which we live as they are faithful to the Gospel.

Session 1: Where Did All the People Go? Narrative and Preaching in the Age of Digital Pluralism
The advent of digital technology has created a number of changes in our lives. Among them is that we now live in a world where there are multiple and competing narratives, stories, worldviews and perspectives, all vying for the attention and allegiance of our people. In this situation, it’s never been more important to offer a compelling version of the Christian story in our preaching.

Session 2: The Rule of Unintended Consequences (Or, How the church we built in the 50s isn’t serving us quite as well anymore!)
There are a number of important, valued, even cherished elements of our life of faith that lately are making it more difficult to gain a hearing for the gospel. Let’s name them…and get ready to change them for the sake of the gospel.

Session 3: Coloring Outside the Lines, Pt. 1: Entertaining a Narrative Lectionary
If our folks need to know and use the Christian story, maybe it’s time to offer it on Sundays in a way that makes sense. Taking some clues from the resurgence of long-form fiction on television and radio, we’ll explore the possibility of immersing our hearers in the biblical story once more.

Session 4: Coloring Outside the Lines, Pt. 2: Participatory Preaching
How do we peach in a way that helps people not just learn the story, but use it to make sense of their lives and share it with others. Interestingly, it’s the same way we learn how to do almost anything else that matters to us – practice! Come prepared to consider how it is we help people not just listen to, but actually participate in, the proclamation of the Word…on Sundays and throughout the week.

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