Rev. Dr. Gordon Jensen
Position: Academic Dean, William Hordern Professor of Systematic Theology
Phone: 639-398-4342

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William Hordern Chair of Theology, Academic Dean

“My primary interests lie in Luther’s theology of the cross and its implications for today, Lutheran Sacramental Theology, and 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 Luther’s understanding of Scripture and Sacraments.”


  • 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

  • The Wittenberg Concord: Creating Space for Dialogue. Lutheran Quarterly Books (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2018).
  • “Late Medieval Theology,” in Martin Luther in Context, David Whitford, ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 66-73.
  • “Religious Colloquies of the 1520s and 1530s,” (ed.) Lutherjahrbuch 85 (2018), 358-63.
  • “The Wittenberg Concord,” in Lutheran Quarterly XXXI No. 2 (Summer 2017), 150-71.
  • “Luther’s Reformation Legacy,” in Touchstone 35 No. 2 (June 2017), 3-10.
  • “The Sacrament of the Altar,” in Lutheran Quarterly, XXXI No. 1 (Spring 2017), 1-21.
  • “Martin Luther’s Sacramental Theology,” in Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther. 3 Vols. Derek Nelson and Paul Hinlicky, gen .eds. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 3:307-19.
  • “Augsburg Confession,” “Baptism,” “Colloquy,” “Marburg Colloquy,” and “Wittenberg Concord,” in Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions. Timothy J. Wengert, gen. ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017), 53-55; 72-75; 151-53; 484-5; 793-94.
  • “Via Moderna,” in Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), 797-99.
  • “Lutheran Theological Education in North America,” with Jonathan Strandjord, in Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), 473-75.
  • “Challenges for North American Lutheranism: A View from Canada,” in Currents in Theology and Mission, Vol 42 No. 4 (October, 2015), 279-85.
  • “The Sacrament of Baptism,” in Lutheran Quarterly, XXIX No. 3 (Autumn 2015), 262-83.
  • Translation and Historical Introduction, “Confession of the Articles of Faith against the Enemy of the Gospel and All Kinds of Heresies, 1528,” in The Annotated Luther: Word and Faith, Volume 2, Kirsi Stjerna, vol. ed. (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015), 259-68.
  • “The Beginnings of Lutheran Theological Seminary,” in Consensus: A Canadian Journal of Public Theology, Vol 36 Issue 1 (2015). Article 4. 10 pages (online journal).
  • “The Theology of William Hordern: Living By Grace,” in Consensus: A Canadian Journal of Public Theology, Vol 36 Issue 1 (2015). Article 6. 12 pages (online journal).
  • “Luther and the Lord’s Supper,” in The Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther’s Theology, Robert Kolb, Irene Dingel and L’ubomir Batka, eds. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), 322-32.
  • “The Gospel: Luther’s Linchpin for Catholicity,” in Concordia Journal, Vol. 39 No. 4 (Fall 2013), 282-95.
  • “Luther and Bucer on the Lord’s Supper,” in Lutheran Quarterly, Vol. XXVII No. 2 (Summer 2013), 167-87.
  • “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, 2012), 118-39.
  • “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," in Reformation and Renaissance Review, 10 no. 2 (2008), 223-46.
  • "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), 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?” in Consensus: A Canadian Lutheran Journal of Theology, 29 no. 3 (Fall, 2003), 63-83.
  • “Mission and Contemporary Theologies,” in Lutheran World Federation Consultation on Churches in Mission, October 1998. (Geneva: LWF, 1998), 73-92.
  • “The Christology of Luther’s Theology of the Cross,” in Consensus: A Canadian Lutheran Journal of Theology, 23 no. 2 (Fall, 1997), 11-25.
  • “Douglas John Hall’s use of Luther’s theologia crucis,” in Toronto Journal of Theology, 7, no. 2 (Fall 1991), 196-210.
  • “Left Handed Theology and Inclusiveness,” in HORIZONS, 17 no. 2 (Fall, 1990), 207-16.


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