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Speakers

Phillip Brandt, MA, MDiv, PhD (ABD)

ctas_phil_brandt.jpgProfessor Brandt has served in parish ministry for 14 years, first at Cross of Christ in the Salt Lake City, Utah area and then Saint Paul in Roseburg, Oregon. He joined the CU faculty in 2005. He currently serves as Division Chair. He regularly teaches History and Literature of the New Testament, Lutheran Confessional Theology, Christian History, and Religion and Literature. His areas of research interest:  Religion and Culture/Literature, Practical Hermeneutics, Christian History (Patristic through Reformation), and the Confessional Theology. In addition to teaching he convenes Sunday’s Sermon, a ministry of the Northwest District of the LCMS which serves Licensed Deacons and Pastors with weekly sermon preparation. If you want to subscribe (free) to Sunday’s Sermon or get in touch with Phil, you can reach him at pbrandt@cu-portland.edu

Presentations:

  • Preaching the Gospels
  • Preaching Paul’s Letters, especially Romans, Philippians, Colossians, or Galatians.
  • Lutheran Reformation History
  • Religion and Literature, especially Fantasy literature and Science Fiction
  • Patristic and Medieval History, especially Augustine, Medieval Christianity,and the Interpretation of Scripture. 

Ted Engelbrecht, MA, MAR, DMin

Ted EngelbrechtProfessor Englebrecht was born in the mission field. Ted has also served as an LCMS Missionary himself for 28 years in Asia. His last posting was as the developer of a new LCMS school in Hanoi, Vietnam. Ted joined the CU faculty in January of 2012 and recently awarded a Doctorate of Ministry through the Bakke Graduate University in Seattle writing his dissertation in the area of the theology of work and vocation. Currently on CU’s faculty part time Ted continues to serve with LCMS World Mission, focusing on the nearly 200 Lutheran Schools in Asia. Ted’s areas of research interest lie in world religions and the study of religion as well as the Vocation. You can reach Ted at tengelbrecht@cu-portland.edu .

Presentations:

  • Strategies for Mission
  • Doing Mission in "Closed" - aka "Creative Access" countries.
  • Christian Vocation and Mission

Chad Lakies, MDiv, PhD

Chad LakiesProfessor Lakies was formally an atheist before becoming deeply fascinated by the Christian faith, especially in terms of how it speaks to the contemporary conundrums of our times (e.g., suffering, justice, reconciliation, and other topics). His doctoral work focused on the intersection of faith, theology and culture. He wrote in the theological area of ecclesiology (i.e., the doctrine of the church), asking about how the church might be captive to culture and whether or not the church had resources within its own tradition for recovering faithfulness.  He is fascinated by the study of emerging young adults and has experience ministering to college-aged adults in St. Louis, having been part of the launch of a campus ministry to the students of SLU. He wants to understand young people and how they interpret the world and the Church. His areas of research interest are in postmodernism (hermeneutics, science/faith interaction, language, etc.), secularism and believing in our contemporary milieu, apologetics, and the emerging church. He is especially interested in what he calls the theology of action, how culture and our bodies/actions shape us. You can reach Chad at clakies@cu-portland.edu

Presentations:

  • Christianity and Culture
  • Getting to Know and/or Reaching Emerging Young Adults
  • Postmodernism and the Church
  • Secularism and the Conditions of Belief in the Contemporary World
  • Christian Apologetics in the Postmodern World
  • Worship, Liturgy, and Formation
  • The Cultural Captivity of the Church
  • Social Media, Life Online, and the Formation of Identity
  • Forgiveness, Hospitality, and Christian Communal Life
  • Church Practices as a Resource for Modern Culture

Michael Thomas, MA, PhD

ctas_michael_thomas.jpgProfessor Thomas graduated from CU-Portland in 1993. He has served the Church in the mission field both in Panama (1991) and Japan (1993) and on the faculty of CU since 2003. Holding an MA in International Relations/Comparative Religions (1997) from the University of Washington, he was also awarded a PhD in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity from the University of Virginia in 2008. His primary areas of research interests lie in the realms of history and exegesis with a focus on Christianity and Judaism, Patristics and Rabbinics, and the role of the cult of martyrs and icons in the Christian tradition. Michael is currently part of a translation team which is producing the John volume of The Church’s Bible commentary series. You can reach Michael at mithomas@cu-portland.edu.

Presentations:

  • Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity
  • Patristic Exposition of Scripture (various topics, including biblical commentaries and homilies)
  • Gospel of John
  • Early Church History and Councils (various topics, concerning various Fathers such as Origen, Jerome, Eusebius, Augustine, Cappadocians, John Chrysostom, et al.)
  • Syriac Christianity (especially Jewish practices in Christianity into 5th century)
  • 2nd Temple Judaism and the emergence of Jewish sectarian groups (e.g. Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, etc.)
  • Dead Sea Scrolls (Qumran archaeology, texts, sectarianism)
  • Rabbinic Judaism during the era of Early Christianity (Mishnah, Talmud, Gemara, Midrash, etc.)

Scott Yakimov, BSME, MA (Islamic Studies), MDiv, MA, and PhD (ABD)

ctas_scott_yakimov.jpgScott began his career as an engineer but heard the call to the mission field and served for four years in Kenya where he oversaw schools and ministry in five eastern African nations. After his first experience with Muslims in Africa, he became interested in understanding Islam and pursued an MA in Islamic studies from Luther Seminary. He graduated from Concordia, St. Louis with an MDiv. He is anticipating a PhD in Scripture, Interpretation, and Practice from the University of Virginia and already possesses an MA from UVA in the field. Scott’s research interests include: Scriptural logics in Christianity and other Abrahamic traditions (Hermeneutics); Paul’s and Luther’s Scriptural practices; Islamic influences on Christian interpretation in the Reformation era; inter-religious encounter; and theology as lived praxis. You may reach Scott at syakimow@cu-portland.edu

Presentations:

  • Scriptural Reading Practices (Hermeneutics)
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • The Augsburg Confession: Reading Scripture with the Tradition
  • Postmodernism: Modernity All Grown Up
  • Theology beyond Postmodernism: Feeding on the Roots
  • Has Lutheranism Lost Its Way? – Fundamentalisms Left and Right in Lutheran Public Theology
  • Paul and Luther: Scriptural Theologians
  • Islamic Faith and Practice
  • Islamic Scriptural Interpretation
  • Islam in the Classical and Modern World
  • Midrash and Other Re-Readings of Scripture