All Pastors’ Conference 2013 – The Spiritual Disciplines

All Pastors’ Conference 2013 – The Spiritual Disciplines – Playlist

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Dr. John Kleinig presented on The Spiritual Disciplines at the Michigan District, LCMS 2013 All Pastors’ Conference.


  • The Practice of Receptive Piety: Paul & Luther – Dr. John Kleinig

  • A Hearing Heart: The Discipline of Receptive Meditation – Dr. John Kleinig

  • Clearing the Conscience: The Discipline of Self-examination – Dr. John Kleinig
  • Standing on Guard: The Discipline of Vigilance in Spiritual Warfare – Dr. John Kleinig

  • Physical Self-restraint: The Discipline of Fasting for Joyful Feasting – Dr. John Kleinig

  • The Family Altar: The Discipline of Table Devotions for Daily Sanctification – Dr. John Kleinig

  • Q&A with Dr. John Kleinig and Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier


Conference booklet is available here.


Dr. John Kleinig
Australian Lutheran College formerly Luther Seminary

Dr John Kleinig has been involved in the preparation of students for ordination as pastors for 25 years at Luther Seminary (which has recently become the Australian Lutheran College) and is now retired from full time teaching. Before he was called to teach at Luther Seminary he worked as a college chaplain for 11 years, first at Luther College in Melbourne and then at St Peters Lutheran College in Brisbane. In last 20 years he has taught in many different Lutheran seminaries in North America, Asia, and Africa. He is, by training, an Old Testament theologian. And so over the years he has taught courses on the Bible as a whole, on the book of Psalms as well as the wisdom books, on Old Testament theology and on worship in the Old Testament.

As a teacher of theology, he is interested in integrating all the classical theological disciplines pastorally and practically. The focus of his research and writing has been on the theology of worship and on the practice of Lutheran spirituality. His doctoral dissertation was on the function and significance of singing psalms at the temple in Jerusalem as described in 1 and 2 Chronicles. In a commentary on Leviticus he explores how the people of God share in his holiness through their participation in the divine service. While he introduces Christians to the gift of prayer in a congregational study called “Prayer: We Speak to God,” in order to encourage them to pray with boldness and confidence together with Christ, he investigates the nature and practice of Lutheran piety in Grace Upon Grace: Spirituality for Today (Concordia, St Louis,
2008). This study of the practice of receptive spirituality deals with the disclosure of Christ’s presence with us here on earth, meditation on God’s Word for the reception of the Holy Spirit, prayer in the name of Jesus, vigilance in spiritual warfare, and participation in Christ’s holiness in our hidden journey through life with Him. Much else of what he has published can be accessed as John W. Kleinig Resources at

He is married to Claire, a church musician and retired music teacher. He is the father of four children, and proud grandfather of nine grandchildren. His hobbies are fishing, gardening, reading novels, viewing films, and doing nothing.