Concordia Lutheran Seminary


Edward G. Kettner, B.A., M.Div., Th.M., Th.D., emeritus
(Systematic Theology)

Edward Kettner

University of Kansas, Lawrence KS (B.A. 1969); Graduate Religious Studies at University of Kansas (1969-1970); Concordia Theological Seminary, Springfield, IL (M.Div. 1974); Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL (Th.M. 1976); Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO (Th.D. 1984); Pastor, Immanuel, Okawville IL (1975-1979); guest instructor, Concordia Seminary St. Louis (summers  1985, 1988, 1991); guest lecturer, Luther Seminary, Adelaide, Australia, 1992; instructor, Concordia Seminary, Odessa, Ukraine (1999, 2005, 2011, 2013); visiting scholar, Westfield House, Cambridge, England (2002); Assistant Professor of Religion, Concordia College, Edmonton, AB(1985-1987), guest instructor (1987-88, 1990, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001); instructor, Luther Instute Southeast Asia, (2008, 2010, 2013); Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton, AB (1987-1992), Associate Professor (1992-1999), Professor since 1999; Emeritus since 2014.

Administrative service at Concordia Lutheran Seminary:

Acting Academic Dean (1990-91, 1993, 1999-2000), Academic Dean ( 2000-2011), Interim President (2005-2007), Director of Field Education and Vicarage (2012-2014), Dean of Chapel (2012-2014).

Courses taught:

S-120 Lutheran Confessions I; S-121 Lutheran Confessions II; S-210 Systematics I; S-211 Systematics II; S-412 Systematics III; S-440 Christian Ethics; P/S 525 Comparative Symbolics; S-536 Contemporary Religious Trends; P/S 538 Christianity and Popular Culture; S-572 Eschatology; SYS100 Theological Method; SYS110 God, Creation, and Anthropology; SYS220 Christ and Salvation; SYS430 Faith, Life, and Ethics; SYS440 Church, Sacraments, and Hope; HIS 250 The Rise of World Lutheranism.

Research interests:

Eschatology, Christianity and Culture, Theological Anthropology, Ethics

Personal Interests: 

Choral singing

Popular culture


"Time, Eternity, and the Intermediate State," Concordia Journal 12 (May 1986):90-100.

"The Practice of Infant Communion:  An Examination," Lutheran Theological Review 1, no. 1 (Fall/Winter 1988-1989):5-17.

Contributor to the International Lutheran Dogmatics Project (a textbook in Systematic Theology as yet unpublished), in the area of Eschatology.

"The End Times,"  Lutheran Witness  109, no.8 (August 1990):1-4

"Christian Dialogue with the World Religions:  Is It Possible?"  Lutheran Theological Journal  28 (December 1994): 98-105; Lutheran Theological Review 8, no. 1-2 (Fall-Winter 1995, Spring/Summer 1996): 94-104.

Lifelight Bible Study: Revelation (with Walter Stuenkel).  St. Louis: Concordia, 1993.

Lifelight Bible Study: Minor Prophets (Amos, Jonah, Habakkuk) (with Elaine Richter). St. Louis: Concordia, 1995.

"The Case for the Resurrection," Canadian Lutheran 10, no.3 (April 1995): 6-8.

"The 'Third Use of the Law' and the Homiletical Task," Lutheran Theological Review 7, no. 1-2 (Fall/Winter 1994, Spring/Summer 1995): 67-78.

"Cloning: Blessing or Curse for Humanity," Canadian Lutheran 12, no. 5 (June/July/August 1997): 11-12.

"The Bible and the Lord's Supper," Canadian Lutheran 14, no. 8 (November 1999): 8-9.

"Lutheran Divergences:  How Lutherans Are Drifting Apart,"  Word and Deed 4, no. 1 (Spring 1998): 3-11 (based on a presentation to the joint meeting of the Council of Presidents of Lutheran Church–Canada and the Council of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, January 1998).

"Why Am I a Lutheran?"  Word and Deed 5, no. 2 (Fall 1999): 13-17.  (Originally given as a presentation at Edmonton Baptist Seminary, October 1999).

“What’s the Difference?  The Second Coming.”  Canadian Lutheran 16, no. 3 (April 2001): 16-17.

“What’s the Difference? Holy Scripture.”  Canadian Lutheran 17, no. 5 (July-August 2002): 16.

“What’s the Difference? Catechisms.”  Canadian Lutheran 18, no. 4 (May-June 2004): 13.

“The Lutheran Confessions as Eschatological Documents: Their Relevance for Today.”  Lutheran Theological Review 14 (Academic Year 2001-2002): 53-65.

“The Place of Polemics in Confessing the Christian Faith.”  Lutheran Theological Review 16 (Academic Year 2003-2004): 23-30.

“Lutheran 301: Acting on a Clear Confession.”  Canadian Lutheran 22, no. 2 (March 2007), 15.

"Church and Ministry in Lutheran Church - Canada." Lutheran Theological Review 20 (Academic Year 2010-2011): 25-42. This had been presented as a paper at the East District Pastors' and Deacons' Conference in May 2010. A slightly different version was presented as a breakout session at the Alberta - British Columbia District Convention in May 2009.

"Called by God." The Canadian Lutheran 28 no. 1 (January/February 2013): 6-7.

Book Reviews:

Koertner, Ulrich.  The End of the World: A Theological Interpretation.  Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1995.  Published in Logia 6, no. 1 (Epiphany 1997): 46-47.

Conference Papers

Papers delivered at Church Workers Conferences on subjects of the Ministry, Holy Communion, Eschatology in the Lutheran Confessions.  Locations of Conference Papers include the Alberta-British Columbia District South Alberta, British Columbia, and B.C. - Puget Sound Conferences, and Central District Conference of the Lutheran Church–Canada, and the New South Wales Conference of the Lutheran Church of Australia, St. Matthias Day Conference in Detroit, MI, Pastors’ Study Week of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England.

"Luther and the Hidden God," given at Luther Symposium "Beggars before the Cross," Concordia Lutheran Seminary, in February 1996, and at the Theological Symposium at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in May 1997.

Convention Essay, "Called by His Name," given to the Fourth Convention of Lutheran Church–Canada, May 31, 1996, published in the Convention Proceedings, pages 96-102.

Response to "Contemporary Issues Regarding the Universal Priesthood," by Raymond Hartwig, given at the International Theologians Convocation, sponsored by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in August, 1997.  Published in Church and Ministry:  The Collected Papers of The 150th Anniversary Theological Convocation of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, edited by Jerald C. Joerz and Paul T. McCain. St. Louis: The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, 1998.  Pages 225-232.

A Seminar on Lutheran Distinctives given in Odessa, Ukraine in August 1997

“Quest” course in lay theological education on “The Catechism in Daily Life,” October-November 2002 (4 sessions),  two sessions on the Roots of the Lutheran Reformation, February 2003, “Christian Ethics,” October-November 2004, Contemporary Cults and New Religion, October-November 2006. "Cults 2," January-February 2008, "World Religions," October-November 2010.

Presenter at Alberta Church Workers Conference, September 30-October 31, 2003 on the topic “What, Then, Is Man?”

Small group paper, “The Role of Polemics in Confessing the Faith” at the International Lutheran Council World Seminaries Conference, Erfurt, Germany, March 31-April 5, 2004.

Major presenter at Lutheran Church–Canada’s National Church Worker’s Conference, Winnipeg, October 25-28, 2004.  “The Roles of the Office of Public Ministry and the Priesthood of the Baptized in the Mission of the Church.”

Exegetical Study on Matthew 22:1-14. Presented at the Alberta Church Workers' Conference, October 2011.

"Same-Sex Marriage in Canada." Workshop at the Institute for Liturgical Studies, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, April 2012. Presented jointly with Dr. Jann Boyd of Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

"Confession and Absolution in the Parish." Presentation to the Alberta Church Workers' Conference, Nordegg, Alberta, October 2012.

"Preaching Law and Gospel Today." Presentation to the Alberta Church Workers' Conference, Nordegg, Alberta, October 2012.

"What Makes One a Confessional Lutheran?" Presented at Free Lutheran Confereces (pastors and laity) in February 2010 and October 2012, and as a breakout session at the Alberta - British Columbia Church Workers' Conference, September 2010.

"What Has God Said, if Anything? When and How Has He Said It? And Why?" Keynote Address, International Lutheran Council, September 2012.