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.
Tuesday, June 19
Transgenderism and Homosexuality – A Reasonable, Compassionate, and Biblical Response
Transgenderism and homosexuality are assumed to be normal and good in culture. But what is the reality? What does sound social science say? What does Scripture say? And how are Christians to think about, deal with, and approach those who think or live contrary to biblical realities and teachings?
Dr. Mears is a Christian Psychologist with Wisconsin Lutheran Child and Family Services, a para-synodical social services agency of the Wisconsin Synod. He serves as the Clinical Director of WLCFS and oversees all the clinical operations in Minnesota. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University-Twin Cities, a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Bethel University and his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Bethany Lutheran College. His clinical experiences and specialties include working with inmates in Minnesota’s maximum security correctional facility, crisis and aggression reduction interventions, directing a dual diagnosis addictions program, and serving as a forensic evaluator for court ordered risk assessment evaluations for perpetrators of sexual violence. Dr. Mears also serves on the Board of Regents at Bethany Lutheran College as well as having been on his synod’s Board for Youth Outreach. He also serves as an Elder at his local congregation, Heritage Lutheran in Apple Valley, MN. He and his wife Laura have four children and are homeschool parents.
Monday, August 13 & Tuesday, August 14
Liberal Arts as Vocational Training
Today, a “liberal arts” education is pitted against a “vocational” education. But this shows a misunderstanding of both the liberal arts and of vocation. The liberal arts does not mean the “humanities”; rather, it was the education designed to equip a free human being. And “vocation” does not just mean “job,” but includes how we function in the family, the church, and the society. The current revival of classical education, which teaches mastery of both language and mathematics, can thus be vocational education in its deepest sense.
Gene Edward Veith, Jr., is a writer and a retired literature professor. He is Provost Emeritus at Patrick Henry College and the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He previously served as Culture Editor of WORLD MAGAZINE and Professor of English and Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences at Concordia University Wisconsin. He is the author of over 20 books, including Postmodern Times: A Christian Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture, The Spirituality of the Cross: The Way of the First Evangelicals, Classical Education, and God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life. Dr. Veith was born in Oklahoma in 1951. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1973 and received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas in 1979. He was given an honorary doctorate from Concordia Theological Seminary in 2005 and from Concordia University California in 2014. He has taught at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and was a Visiting Professor at Wheaton College, Gordon College, and Regent College (Vancouver). He was also a Visiting Lecturer at the Estonian Institute of Humanities in Tallinn, Estonia. He and his wife Jackquelyn have three grown children and twelve grandchildren. They live in Blackwell, Oklahoma.
Books by Gene Edward Veith
Register today to reserve your seat for the August events. Space is limited.
Dr. Michael Berg - Vocation
Craig Parton - Apologetics
Paul Koelpin - Lutheran Reformation
Craig Engel - Lutheran Hymnody
Beth & Dave Scharf - Christian Parenting
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.