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2019 Memorial Lutheran Church Men’s Retreat

4-6 October, 2019

Camp Lone Star, La Grange, Texas

Topic:  Replacing Confusion about the End Times with Hope: Paul's Letters to the Thessalonians

Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Charles A. Gieschen

Topic Summary: This retreat will study how the Apostle Paul teaches hope in the midst of confusion about the end-times through his letters to the Thessalonians. Topics such as the “intermediate state,” Antichrist, the return of Christ, the wrath of God, judgment, rapture, resurrection, and vocation will be addressed through a study of these two letters that exhibit Paul’s pastoral care in bringing hope through Christ’s death, resurrection, and triumphal coming on the last day to a very new Christian congregation in a pagan Greco-Roman city. Dr. Gieschen will draw on material from his forthcoming Concordia Commentary on 1-2 Thessalonians.

Speaker Bio:  Dr. Charles Gieschen has been a member of the Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW) faculty since 1996. He serves as academic dean and professor of Exegetical Theology.

He is a graduate of this seminary (M.Div. 1984) and has completed graduate degrees in New Testament Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.M. 1985) and the University of Michigan (Ph.D. 1995). During his doctoral studies, he took a six-month sabbatical from his congregation in 1994 and was a research student at Oxford University in England.

He is an ordained pastor of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) who served as associate and then senior pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Traverse City, Michigan from 1985 until being called to CTSFW in 1996.

His first book, Angelomorphic Christology, was published by Brill Academic Press (1998). He edited a collection of essays entitled The Law in Holy Scripture that was published by Concordia Publishing House (2004). He is currently writing the Concordia Commentary volume on 1-2 Thessalonians. He has written, taught and lectured extensively as a scholar on the subject of early expressions of Jesus’ divine identity. He has also authored some popular articles and studies, including Romans in Concordia Publishing House’s God’s Abiding Word series (2001). He has served as the associate editor of the Seminary journal, Concordia Theological Quarterly, since 2006.

He was one of the Seminary faculty representatives serving on the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of the LCMS (2007–2016). He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the International Enoch Seminar and the Chief Academic Officers Society of the Association of Theological Schools.

Camp Lone Star:
One and one-half hour drive west from Houston on I-10
A modern year-round facility with motel style rooms. Bedrooms sleep 1-6 people with double/single beds and private bath
Pillows, blankets and bath linens furnished
Meals served buffet style (Friday night BBQ)
Game/lounge room—cards, games, TV, DVD, Wi-Fi
Building designated as non-smoking
260 wooded acres

The retreat includes:
Approximately nine hours of topic lecture with frequent breaks
Evening and morning worship
Golf Tournament on Friday (optional)
Gun shooting and winery tour on Saturday (optional)
Campfire (optional)
Fishing (optional)
Hiking/jogging trails
Leisure time for outdoor activities
Divine Service with Holy Communion on Sunday morning
Retreat Costs: $150 per person

Registration: Please register by submitting payment through the “Pay Now” button at the top of this page.  PayPal, Credit Card, and Debit Card are all options. If you wish to pay by check, please put a check for $150 made out to Memorial Lutheran Church in the offering plate with “Men’s Retreat” in the memo field along with your e-mail address in the memo field.

For more information: Contact Robert Burmeister ( or the church office (713-782-6079) for more information.