Since the 1800s a split between the hard sciences and the humanities has disrupted the balance in scholarship and culture between the material and the spiritual. Christianity and specifically Lutheranism has always been opposed to this unnatural split. The Christian message is not a mere opinion or therapy for the weak. It has something to say about the world. Nor is the Christian faith an unreasonable and unthinking movement which shuns any kind of scientific achievement or discovery. God’s truth revealed in Scripture is our final arbiter of truth but we are also deeply invested in and celebrate all true knowledge. This is the heritage of a Christian faith which not only was instrumental in the advancement of human rights, hospitals, and ethics, but the university system on which our higher education is built. In fact the term university implies a universality of knowledge. It is all connected!
There is a movement afoot to regain a proper balance between the hard sciences and other more ethereal disciplines. While we do not pretend to think that we can change the world, we do think we can make a difference in our own little corner of the world. The aim of these speaking events is to do just that.
“Grandviews from the Vineyard” is a relaxed event usually held at Grandview Valley Winery (Belview, MN). Speakers are brought in to discuss various topics from Apologetics to Early Childhood Development, from Church and State Issues to Marriage. Scroll down the page to see information about upcoming events, as well as a list of previous speakers.
Register today to reserve your seat for this summer’s events. Space is limited.
You can make payment electronically after you register or pay by cash or check. See below for details.
Wednesday, June 19
Lutherans Going Dutch
Lutherans Going Dutch: Lutheranism in the Netherlands and in the New Netherland Colony in the 16th and 17th Centuries
Rev. David Jay Webber has served congregations in Missouri and Massachusetts, as well as rector and Professor of Theology at Saint Sophia Ukrainian Lutheran Theological Seminary in Ternopil’, Ukraine. He currently serves as pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church (ELS) in Scottsdale, AZ. He has been a frequent speaker or essayist at various theological, genealogical, and historical conferences over the years, both in Europe and in North America.
He has been married for 34 years to his wife Carol. They have three grown children and five grandchildren. The web sites that he maintains on the topics of Lutheran theology, St. Ambrose, his family’s genealogy, the life and achievements of William Bradford, and the history of the 150th New York Infantry and of the 86th New York Infantry (two Civil War regiments) are enjoyed by Internet visitors from around the world. He is a cat person, is a lover of old books and freshly-brewed coffee, has a dry sense of humor, doesn’t get enough exercise, and actually prefers blended red wine from a box.
Tuesday, August 6
Beauty in the Beheld
Mr. Mayer will discuss the First Article viewed in the context of liturgical art, not only in the creation of beauty, but in God’s Providence as he provides the beauty we need and make use of in worship and in our daily lives.
Jonathan Mayer is the principal/proprietor of Scapegoat Studio, a Lutheran liturgical art and design firm. He holds a BA in studio art from Bethany Lutheran College and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. He taught Art History and Fundamentals at Concordia University Nebraska from 2012–2013, and currently teaches art for Wittenberg Academy. He is also employed as an artist and designer for Willet Hauser Architectural Glass. He lives in Winona, Minnesota with his wife, Emily, and their four children.
The $20 charge includes the event, food, and one drink. You can make your payment (in advance) by clicking the button below, or send a check to St. John’s (PO Box 156 Wood Lake, MN 56297). A cash bar will be available throughout the evening. Tastings will also be available during the arrival hour (6 – 7 pm). Please note that Grandview Winery does not accept credit cards, only cash and check.
You may arrive anytime between 6 and 7 pm. Food will be served (buffet style) before the 7 pm presentation. The presentation will last about one hour and half to two hours. We will have a break in the middle.
Dr. Michael Berg - Vocation
Craig Parton - Apologetics
Paul Koelpin - Lutheran Reformation
Craig Engel - Lutheran Hymnody
Beth & Dave Scharf - Christian Parenting
Dr. Joshua T. Mears— Transgenderism and Homosexuality – A Reasonable, Compassionate, and Biblical Response
Dr. Gene Edward Veith - The Liberal Arts as Vocational Training