Rev. Dr. Joel Elowsky
Rev. Dr. Joel Elowsky is Professor of Historical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. He specializes in the study of Early Christian Texts. He began his ministry in 1992 as a Mission Developer outside of Atlantic City, NJ for the SELC District of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. He also previously served as a Professor at Concordia University, Wisconsin and as the research director/manager of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (Inter-Varsity Press) at Drew University. His wife, Joy, is the Director of Parish Music at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Collinsville, IL. He and Joy have two sons: Christian is a softward developer specializing in cyber security and Luke is a second year seminarian at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.
Mission, Theology and Culture in the Early Church with Lessons for Today
Dr. Elowsky will take attendees through the different eras of the early Christian church diachronically, as well as thematically, to examine lessons that may be learned from the early Christians. Special attention will be given to the Nicene Creed to look more closely at the theology and thought patterns behind the Nicene Creed that are grounded in the life of the church and the challenges it faced at the time that are still relevant to today.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”
Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up