Theology on the Bayou

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Theology on the Bayou is an annual theology conference.  This year, 500 years after 1517, we focus on Luther's 95 Theses.  The day will feature lectures, seminars, a Luther hymn-sing, a Luther impersonation, and conclude with a crawfish boil!

2017 Conference: The 95 Theses @ 500

Saturday, May 13th

8:30 AM Coffee, Bagels, and Fruit
9:00 AM Luther Hymn Sing
9:15 AM Intro Lecture
10:00 AM Break Out Session 1
10:30 AM Coffee, Bagels, and Fruit
10:45 AM Break Out Session 2
11:15 AM Luther Impersonation
11:45 AM Final Lecture
12:30 PM Crawfish Boil

When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, “Repent,” he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.
— Martin Luther, Thesis #1

Introductory Lecture by Peter Johnston
The 95 Theses in 1517: A Primer in Historical Theology

Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg.  This event is iconic in histories of Western and Christian Culture, but it is not well understood.  In this introductory lecture, we will explore the theological contours of the high middle ages to help us understand the significance of Luther's 95 Theses.  By analyzing concepts and practices including confession, purgatory, and indulgences, we will better understand Luther's world and the ideas that propelled him and all of Europe into a new age.

Concluding Lecture by Brian Daigle
On the Church Door: Theology, Debate, and Courageous Priests in the 21st Century  

The academic and theological context of Luther’s Germany in 1517 have eroded in our day. Much has changed in five-hundred years, and that includes the context by which a man can nail theses to a church door looking for a good, stout theological tumble. And he does it not out of intellectual arrogance but a shepherd’s heart. If we want our churches to be full, if we want men to be stout-hearted and firm in Christ, we must again recover some of the cultural and academic underpinnings of Luther’s day.