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Rev. Dr. Gordon Jensen

William Hordern Chair of Theology, Dean of Studies

“My primary interests lie in Luther’s theology of the cross and its implications for today, as well as the history and theology of the Lutheran Confessions. The Lutheran Confessions play an important role in laying the groundwork for ecumenical dialogues and conversations today. I am committed to an awareness of the Lutheran and ecumenical global community in my teaching. I am also interested in exploring mission from a Lutheran perspective.”

Education

  • BA (with distinction), University of Alberta
  • MDiv, Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon
  • PhD (Governor General’s Gold Medal), University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto

Pastoral Work

  • Pastor, St. Joseph Lutheran Church, Hay Lakes, AB, and Scandia Lutheran Church, Armena, AB 1992-2001
  • Assistant Pastor, St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Swift Current, SK; Hallonquist Lutheran Church, Hallonquist, SK; and Trinity Lutheran Church, Simmie, SK 1984-1988

Other Appointments

  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Saskatchewan, Department of History and Department of Religion and Culture, CMRS fellow, 2006-

Selected Publications

  • (Forthcoming) “Luther’s Embedded Commentary in the Text of the German Translation of Romans 3.” in The Unfolding of Words: Commentary in the Age of Erasmus. Judith Rice Henderson, ed., Erasmus Studies. Toronto: University of Toronto Press
  • “Is the Doctrine of Justification a Meta-Doctrine in Lutheran Thinking?” in Lutherans and Theological Method: Perennial Questions and Contemporary Challenges. David C. Ratke, ed., (Minneapolis: Lutheran University Press, 2010), 27-41
  • "Shaping Piety through Catechetical Structures: The Importance of Order," Reformation and Renaissance Review, 10 no. 2 (2008), 223-46
  • Walking Together in Christ. (Winnipeg: Evangelical Lutheran Women, Inc., 2006)
  • "Martin Luther’s Theology of the Cross and Dalit Theology,” in Mission with the Marginalized, edited by Samuel W. Meschack, (Tiruvalla, India: Christava Sahitya Samithi, 2007), pages 238-59
  • contributor, Mission in Context: Transformation, Reconciliation, Empowerment. An LWF Contribution to the Understanding of Mission (Geneva: Department of Mission and Development of the Lutheran World Federation, 2004)
  • “The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification: A Healing Document?” Consensus: A Canadian Lutheran Journal of Theology, 29 no. 3 (Fall, 2003), 63-83
  • Co-wrote with Judy Wry, Being Disciples and Making Disciples: A Study Guide for the Evangelical Declaration of the ELCIC. (Winnipeg: ELCIC, 1999)
  • “Mission and Contemporary Theologies,” Lutheran World Federation Consultation on Churches in Mission, October 1998. (Geneva: LWF, 1998), 73-92
  • “A Reluctant Denomination.” Practice of Mnistry in Canada 15. no 1 (February, 1998), 17-19
  • “The Christology of Luther's Theology of the Cross.” Consensus: A Canadian Lutheran Journal of Theology, 23 no. 2 (Fall, 1997), 11-25
  • “Douglas John Hall's use of Luther's theologia crucis.” Toronto Journal of Theology, 7, no. 2 (Fall 1991), 196-210
  • “Left Handed Theology and Inclusiveness.” HORIZONS, 17 no. 2 (Fall, 1990), 207-216

Classes 2012-2013

  • HL 248  Historical Canadian Lutheranism & Ecumenism