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The Word Works – Theological Conference

Building an Ethic of Bible Reading

February 4, 2023
Lansing, MI

Jesus rebuked the Sadducees saying, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God (Matthew 22:29). The power of God is in His Word: The Word Works.

Come join us for a day of instruction, conversation, and reflection that will enable both you and your congregation to build an ethic of Bible reading.

  • What does it take to develop a habit of daily Bible reading?
  • How long would it take to read the whole Bible in a year? Is that a good idea?
  • What is the point of reading the Old Testament when there is a New Testament?
  • What tools and options are there?
  • What difference does thorough Bible reading make in our lives and our witness?

Friends, God works through His Word—Jesus, the Word made flesh, and the Word, the Bible, given for us to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest. Can I capture your imagination? What kind of People of Hope would we be if together we gave ourselves over to reading through the entire Bible in 2023?

Let’s spend a day together and think about it! – President Dave Davis

When & Where


February 4, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Our Savior Lutheran Church, Lansing
7910 E. St. Joe Hwy
Lansing, MI, 48917
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Rev. Dr. Jeffrey J. Kloha

Dr. Jeffrey Kloha joined the Museum of the Bible in summer 2017. He manages the Museum of the Bible Education, Scholars Initiative, Exhibits, Curatorial, and Collections departments. Kloha previously served 18 years as professor of New Testament as well as provost/chief academic officer at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Leeds. Kloha is co-editor of Texts and Traditions: Essays in Honour of J. K. Elliott (Brill, 2014) and The Press of the Text: Biblical Studies in Honor of James W. Voelz (Pickwick, 2017). He is a frequent conference presenter, radio guest, and television documentary commentator.


Dr. Thad A. Polk

Dr. Thad A. Polk is the Samuel D. Epstein Collegiate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. His research combines functional imaging of the human brain with computational modeling and behavioral methods to investigate the neural architecture underlying cognition. Prof. Polk regularly teaches large lecture courses as well as small seminars on topics ranging from The Human Mind and Brain to Cognitive Psychology to Computational Modeling of Cognition. He has also produced several lecture series on neuroscience and psychology for the general public through The Great Courses company.


Rev. Dr. Mark R. Hoehner

Pastor Hoehner grew up primarily in Michigan and Wisconsin, the son of a Lutheran pastor. He is an avid Detroit and Michigan fan. He graduated from Concordia Wisconsin in 1996 with a degree in Secondary Education-History. He graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis with his M.Div. in 2000 and continued graduate work in Old Testament. In 2003 he was called to Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church in St. Peters, Mo. where he is still serving. He has taught in Lutheran High School classrooms and at the Seminary, primarily in Biblical and Old Testament Studies. In 2011 he completed his Ph.D. in Old Testament and has since published four books on how to read the Old Testament in a series called Knowing God Knowing Me. Pastor Hoehner is married to Erin, who serves Chapel of the Cross as Preschool Director and Teacher. They have three sons.


Rev. David A. Davis

Rev. David A. Davis attended Concordia University Ann Arbor and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. After his ordination on January 8, 1984, he served as pastor of four different congregations, all in Michigan: St. Matthew, Spring Lake; St. Paul, Trenton; Immanuel, Grand Rapids; and St. Luke, Haslett/Lansing. Rev. Davis is the 13th President since the founding of the Michigan District, LCMS in 1881. He was elected president in June of 2022 and is currently serving his 1st term in office.


Online registration is now closed for in-person attendees. Walk-ins are welcome! Please download, print, and complete the form and arrive to the conference early. We cannot guarantee lunch for walk-ins, but will do our best to adjust the lunch count for those who arrive early. - Walk-In Registration Form

Registration is still available for live stream.

Registration Cost (includes boxed lunch):

  • $25 General Registration
  • $15 Students
  • Livestream will be free but you must register to receive the link.



Additional Information

Covid Protocols

A note regarding the COVID-19 pandemic:  If you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of COVID prior to arrival, please stay home. The Michigan District will follow any mask mandates by the MDHHS, local health departments, or venues that are in place at the time of an event or conference.