Kurt K. Hendel Interim Director, Advanced Studies; Bernard, Fischer, Westberg Distinguished Ministry Professor of Reformation History


Areas of Expertise

    Topics that Dr. Hendel is available to address at adult forums and other congregational events

    Themes in Lutheran Theology
    The Lutheran Confessions
    Luther and the Lutheran Reformation
    The Reformations of the Sixteenth Century Luther and Social Reform Luther on Ministry Luther on Vocation Theology of the Cross Lutherans in North America


    B.A. Concordia Senior College
    M.Div. Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
    M.A. Ohio State University
    Ph.D. Ohio State University
    Fulbright Scholar University of Gîttingen


Kurt K. Hendel is the first Bernard, Fischer, Westberg Distinguished Ministry Professor of Reformation History at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Before joining the LSTC faculty in 1983, Hendel taught at Christ Seminary-Seminex, St. Louis, Mo., where he was chair of the faculty and director of financial aid. An ordained minister, Hendel served as assistant to the pastor at Bethel Lutheran Church, University City, Mo., from 1974-83.

The author of numerous articles on Reformation and church history, several of his essays, including "The Doctrine of the Ministry: The Reformation Heritage," have been published in Currents in Theology and Mission. He is currently engaged in a lengthy research project on the sixteenth-century reformer, Johannes Bugenhagen. His translation and commentary on Bugenhagen's sermon at Martin Luther's funeral can be found at the Lutheran Funeral Sermon Project.

Hendel received the bachelor of arts degree from Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind., the master of divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, and the master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees from Ohio State University, Columbus. From 1980-81, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Göttingen and conducted post-doctoral research at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Germany.

Published Works

    “The Quest for Justice” Currents in Theology and Mission Vol 40 no 1, (February, 2013) 2-4

    “Faith Active in Love,” Currents for Theology and Mission Vol.39, No. 5 (October, 2012) 346-347

    "Theology of the Cross: A Theology of Revelation and a Lutheran Understanding," The Lutheran, Vol. 25, no. 10 (October 2012) 18-19 (with VĂ­tor Westhelle),

    “Augustana: A Lively Tradition” in Currents in Theology and Mission, Vol. 39, No. 3 (June 2012) 186 - 187

    “The Church’s One Foundation” Currents in Theology and Mission, Vol 38, No 2 (April, 2011) 82 - 83

    “How My Mind Has Changed” Currents in Theology and Mission, Vol 38, No 2 (April, 2011) 117 – 119

    Review of Fortress Introduction to Salvation and the Cross by David A. Brondos in Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, Vol. 63, #4 (October, 2009) p. 425-426

    “Finitum capax infiniti: Luther’s Radical Incarnational Perspective,” Currents in Theology and Mission Vol. 35  No. 6 (December 2008): 420-433

    “No Salvation Outside the Church: in Light of Luther’s Dialectic of the Hidden and Revealed God,” Currents in Theology and Mission Vol. 35 No. 4 (August 2008): 248-257

    "The Material as a Vehicle of the Divine." Currents in Theology and Mission 28/3-4 (2001) 326-334.

    "Theology of the Cross," Currents in Theology and Mission, 24/3 (1997) 223-231.

    Introduction to and translation of A Christian Sermon over the Body and at the Funeral of the Venerable Dr. Martin Luther, Preached by Mr. Johann Bugenhagen Pomeranus, Doctor and Pastor of the Churches in Wittenberg. Atlanta: Pitts Theology Library, 1996.

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