Theologian in Residence

Rev. Dr. Benjamin Stewart

Good Shepherd is pleased to welcome the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Stewart to serve as our first-ever “Theologian in Residence.” Dr. Stewart is the Gordon A. Braatz Associate Professor of Worship and Dean of Augustana Chapel at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where he has taught since 2009.

The Theologian in Residence Program is designed to bring prominent Lutheran scholars to Good Shepherd for an intensive period of teaching and fellowship. The program aims to help our members develop an understanding of the importance of theology in their everyday lives and work, as well as to grow in their understanding and commitment to a gospel-centered Lutheran theology. It has been made possible through the LCGS Mission Endowment Fund.

Dr. Stewart will participate in the following activities with Good Shepherd and the community:

Thursday, October 16

Theology on Tap – Pump House Biergarten at the National Whitewater Center, 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a casual discussion over your beverage of choice in the spirit of Luther’s Table Talks. The topic will be “Encountering God in Worship.”

Friday, October 17

Clergy Workshop, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 11:30 a.m.
Flooded into Life: rereading Martin Luther’s audacious baptismal theology for life today

Baptism is sometimes seen in narrow ways: simply a membership ritual, a spiritualized symbol, or a cute thing we do to babies. However, Martin Luther saw baptism as an untamed and life-giving flood that flows toward everything on the landscape. We’ll get to know Luther’s vision and then consider implications for an adventurous life of faith on the 21st century landscapes of our churches, communities, and planet.

Young Adults/Young Families Cookout, Location TBA, 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Stewart will lead a discussion on how to help children and families rediscover and reconnect with God’s natural creation. Social time will follow. Childcare provided at the church.

Saturday, October 18 

Hike at Stone Mountain State Park, Roaring River, NC, departing at 9:30 a.m.
All members of the church are invited for a day of hiking and exploring Stone Mountain, one of North Carolina’s most beautiful state parks. We will connect God’s creation with our worship as we celebrate Eucharist at the summit of the mountain. Come join us and enjoy the fall colors at their peak!

Sunday, October 19

Sunday Worship, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
Dr. Stewart will preach at both services and teach a special Adult Sunday School lesson.