Christian Wisdom

Hard Questions

If God is good, why is there so much evil in the world?

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Why can’t Christians and Muslims get along?

How can we know God’s will for our lives?

Hard Answers

They couldn’t be otherwise, of course – not to questions like those above. But we can discover something of the answers. How? By applying ourselves to the study of ancient and modern wisdom. That’s what this free Christian Wisdom Class at Redeemer Lutheran Church aims to help us do.

Come join us! The class promises to be not only serious and intellectually challenging, but also inspiring and uplifting. You’ll be encouraged to ask questions of your own, too – in a friendly, non-threatening environment. Don’t worry. You won’t be required to join the church or attend services. What you do with the insights you gain from this class is entirely up to you.


Redeemer Lutheran Church offers this class free of charge as a service to the community. The church will give you free textbooks as well, including Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanations, The Spirituality of the Cross by Gene Edward Veith, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the first book published in C.S. Lewis’s famed Chronicles of Narnia series.

Class materials and refreshments will be provided absolutely free.

Your Instructor

Rev. David H. Petersen has been Pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church since August of 2000. In addition to carrying out his pastoral duties, he also finds time to be a prolific writer and a magazine editor. He currently serves as an editor of the Lutheran journal Gottesdienst, for which he writes on the life and liturgy of the church, and teaches English part time at Ivy Tech Community College. He also served for ten years as an editor and columnist writing on basic Christian doctrine for Higher Things, an LCMS youth-oriented magazine. Pastor Petersen has been published in many other journals as well – both scholarly and popular – and is much in demand as a speaker and retreat leader. He earned a B.S. in History from Central Michigan University and a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, where he majored in New Testament studies.

What You Will Learn

Topics by Week
Week 1: Introduction to Class; The Character of Wisdom; the Natural Knowledge of God, Truth as a Concept
Week 2: The Origin of Man and His Character; The Will of God; Problem of Evil
Week 3: The Son of God: Wisdom in the Flesh; What Love Is
Week 4: Finding Peace of Mind; Comfort in an Uncomfortable World; What is Hope?
Week 5: The Good Life; Virtue and A Moral Compass; The Holy Scriptures
Week 6: A Spiritual Life; New Birth; the Family of God
Week 7: For Your Mouth to God’s Ear: Prayer; Forms and Function
Week 8: Dying to Live: Holy Baptism; Being Defined by Another
Week 9: Communion with God: Lutheran Spirituality
Week 10: The Keys to Heaven on Earth

Let us assure you again that we welcome you to join us without obligation! If you would like further details or want to sign up, please contact Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne.