Theological Conference 2023: The Word Works

Theological Conference 2023 – The Word Works: Building an Ethic of Bible Reading – Playlist

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Sessions Available

  • Opening Message – Rev. David A. Davis
  • From Manuscripts to Modern Translations – Rev. Dr. Jeffrey J. Kloha
  • Personal Testimony – Janet McLoughlin
  • Congregation Experience – Rev. Matt Schuler – Journey Lutheran Church, Oxford
  • Personal Testimony – George Petroff
  • Bible Reading & Biblical Expertise: Lessons from Psychology & Neuroscience – Dr. Thad A. Polk
  • Interview with Rev. Andrew Jones, Author of 10 Questions to Ask Every Time you Read the Bible
  • Congregation Experience – Rev. Jonathon Bakker – Zion Lutheran Church, Mt. Pleasant
  • Do I Have to Read the Old Testament Too? – Rev. Dr. Mark R. Hoehner
  • Personal Testimony – Teri Griewahn
  • Personal Testimony – Craig Britton
  • Congregation Experience – Rev. Paul Doellinger – St. Paul Lutheran Church, Cassopolis
  • Panel Discussion
  • Personal Testimony – Catherine Favazza
  • Closing Comments & Prayer

Conference booklet is available here.

Powerpoint Slides Kloha – PDF File  |  Powerpoint Slides Polk – PDF File  |  Powerpoint Slides Hoehner – PDF File


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.

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.