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On April 25, 1518, Luther's fame was secured. While his 95 Theses, written six months earlier, had caused some rumblings, it was the Heidelberg Disputation that was, arguably, the match to the gasoline that was the Reformation. Friend and foe were made at Heidelberg. In his Twenty-Eight Theological Theses, and Twelve Philosophical Theses, Luther tears down the Medieval religious system, and he burns everything down to the true Foundation: Jesus Christ, who died and rose for sinners.

This special edition offers a historical introduction to the Heidelberg Disputation, written by Pastor Donavon Riley, Higher Things' Online Content Manager. The Theses and their Proofs, written May 1518, are translated with readability in mind by Pastor Aaron Fenker, Higher Things' Media Executive. The purpose: to open the Heidelberg Disputation to all Christians, and not just to those trained in theology!
An important statement was just released by President Kurt Krueger of Concordia University - Irvine.

"The most troubling provision of this bill limits the religious liberty to integrate faith and learning throughout the educational experience. The bill effectively eliminates the religious exemption under current law that allows Christian colleges and universities to operate in accordance with their beliefs, including the freedom to hire only Christian faculty and staff. If passed without amendments, the new law would also very likely disqualify students attending California Christian colleges and universities from eligibility for Cal Grants, a key state-level student aid program."

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Those interested can read the text of the bill under consideration at
Your Turn / Coram Deo - the 2011 Higher Things Conferences
September 19, 2010, 07:41:50 PM
Dear Friends,

It's time to officially introduce Coram Deo, the 2011 Higher Things conferences!

Coram Deo is a Latin phrase that means "to stand before God," in His presence, under His reign. But what does it mean that we live Coram Deo? Under the Law, life Coram Deo is terrifying because we're living under God's judgment and wrath. But under the Gospel, life Coram Deo is beautiful - a restoration of what God intended when He made Man in the beginning.

"Can mortal man be righteous before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?" (Job 4:17) This is the core religious question: How can a sinner destined to die stand before a righteous and holy God? Only by grace through faith for Christ's sake! Join us this summer as we learn what it means to stand Coram Deo from this year's plenary teachers: Rev. William Cwirla (Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Hacienda Heights, CA) and Rev. Brent Kuhlman (Trinity Lutheran Church, Murdock, NE).

Higher Things holds multiple conferences each summer, hosting anywhere from 350–1200 young Lutherans at each conference. We've visited both costs and a bunch of cities in-between and taken them by storm! Our all-inclusive conferences are very reasonably priced for groups to attend annually, and they provide a great opportunity for youth to learn more about what Christ's death on the Cross means for them while meeting other Lutherans their age from all over the United States (and beyond). At Higher Things conferences, the worship is worshipful, the study is studious, and the fun is, well, fun!

This summer, we will be holding three (yes, that's 3) Coram Deo conferences:

July 5-8, 2011 - Las Vegas, Nevada

at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

July 12-15, 2011 - Bloomington/Normal, Illinois

at Illinois State University

July 19-22, 2011- Atlanta, Georgia

at Emory University

Registration for the conferences will open on November 1, 2010 and close on February 28, 2011 - or whenever a site reaches capacity, whichever happens first.  Conferences are generally planned for high school youth, but any confirmed youth is welcome with appropriate supervision by their group's chaperone(s).

Detailed information including Registration instructions, checklists, forms, bulletin inserts, fliers, and a long list of Frequently Asked Questions are available at Please feel free to contact us with any questions about this year's Coram Deo conferences.

In Christ,

Sandra Ostapowich

Higher Things Conference & Retreat Coordinator


Higher Things is a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
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