The Cross at the Center: the Faith of Lutheran Christians – 2019 Teaching Series

Bishop’s Teaching Series for 2019

The Cross at the Center: the Faith of Lutheran Christians
A four-part series on central aspects of Christian faith, designed for pastors, laypeople, and anyone interested in what makes us Lutheran.

This series of lectures by the Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin, Bishop of the Southwest California Synod, ELCA, was live streamed from the Lutheran Center in Glendale from April – July, 2019. Videos of the lectures are linked below, along with study questions for each session.

Saturday, April 13
Reading the Bible the Lutheran Way: The Bible as source, not object of our faith.

What is the Bible, Anyway?
The Use and Misuse of Scripture

The Cross at the Center Session 1  Study Guide

Saturday, May 11
God, Jesus, and the Spirit: Lutheran ways of understanding and speaking of God

Knowing the Unknowable: Humans and God
The Infinite in the Finite: God With Us 

The Cross at the Center Session 2 Study Guide

Saturday, June 8
The Church We Believe In: Lutheran teachings about the church and its ministry

Between Heaven and Earth: The Church as a Living Body
What Does Ministry Look Like? A Community Built on God’s Promises

The Cross at the Center Session 3 Study Guide 

Saturday, July 13
Setting Our Moral Compass: Lutheran views of life, work, money, and relationships

A True Course – Law and Gospel; Faith and Life
We Are Never Alone – Community and Complexity

The Cross at the Center Session 4 Study Guide 


Thank you to our Participating Congregations!

Ascension Lutheran Church
1600 East Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA
(805) 495-0406

Christ Lutheran Church, Long Beach
6500 E. Stearns St.
Long Beach,CA
(562) 598-2433

Emmanuel Lutheran Church
6020 Radford Ave.
North Hollywood, CA
(818) 761-6124

Lutheran Church in the Foothills
1700 Foothill Blvd.
La Canada, CA
(818) 248-4253

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
4380 Orcutt Rd.
Santa Maria, CA
(805) 937-3905

The Church of Hope
17866 Sierra Highway, #5
Canyon Country, CA
(661) 298-3890


  1. Catherine schureman says

    Can I possible ever speak with the Bishop? I realize he is a very busy man. I also would like more information about his upcoming classes. What time does it start on April 13th?
    I am a member of the Ascension Lutheran church in Thousand Oaks. Thank you

    • Samantha Henderson says

      The lecture series begins at noon each second Saturday. If you’d like to make an appointment to speak to Bishop, please call the synod office at (818) 507-9591.

  2. Scott Peterson says

    How do I set up access to the livestream?

    • Samantha Henderson says

      We’ll be sending out that information ASAP!

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