What if the Reformation wasn’t about what you thought? What if those great solas at the center of the Reformation—grace alone, faith alone, and Christ alone—were based on something deeper? What if the Reformation was really about a friar discovering the efficacy of God’s Word in worship? Luther insisted that God’s Word has inherent power, that the Word in preaching and sacraments accomplishes what it speaks because Christ has already made satisfaction for all sins.
Of the inheritors of the Reformation, many options present themselves. Have you considered the Lutheran option? The Lutheran option begins where Luther began—on the solid foundation of the absolute authority and efficacy of the Word of God. From this confession flows a rich liturgical practice of worship, preaching, and sacraments that effectively deliver Christ and all His benefits, and a truly catholic theology that embraces the sovereignty of God through His self-revelation in His efficacious Word.
Discover for yourself how the Lutheran option is the only option for those who would be obedient to the Word.
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Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019
10:00 – Registration (free)
10:30 – Matins Service
11:00 – Session 1: Christ’s Powerful Word
12:00 – Lunch (provided)
1:00 – Session 2: Christ’s Performative Sacraments
2:00 – Break
2:15 – Session 3: Christ’s Presiding in Worship
3:30 – Vespers
4:00 – Dismissal
Rev. John J. Bombaro, Ph.D., serves as the Spiritual Fitness Officer at Headquarters Marine Corps, The Pentagon, where he holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Originating from just outside Philadelphia in New Jersey, upon high school graduation in 1987 he entered the Marine Corps, then embarked on his undergraduate education at Rutgers University and Columbia Bible College. He received a M.Th. in History from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1997); a Ph.D. in Philosophy from King’s College, the University of London (2002); and his Dip.Th. (honors) and M.Div. (honors) education from Westfield House and the University of Cambridge Divinity School (2006). He completed his colloquy M.Div. at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, in 2007.
Rev. Bombaro has sixteen years of teaching experience at Dickinson College, Messiah College, and the University of San Diego. Formerly a member of the Pastoral Staff at Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, he is now ordained within the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. He successfully planted St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Kauai, Hawaii. From 2007 to 2018, Rev. Bombaro was the Senior Pastor at historic Grace Lutheran Church in Uptown San Diego and simultaneously served as a Naval Officer Reservist with the 4th Marine Air Wing, NMCB-18, and 4th Marine Tank Battalion. He is a frequent contributor to the White Horse Inn and Sharper Iron radio programs and writes for Modern Reformation, 1517, Issues, Etc., and Craft of Preaching. His books include Jonathan Edwards’s Vision of Reality (2013), The Resurrection Fact (2016) and the forthcoming Condemning the Christ (2019). He has been married for 24 years to Melinda Vidal of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. They have four children (Sophia, 16; Marie, 14; Anna, 12; and Luca, 10) and a love for skiing and camping throughout the US.