The Rev. David J. Lose, author and senior pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, will be the featured speaker at the 2019 Stern Lecture to be held at St. Matthew’s Church, Pacific Palisades, Feb. 8 and 9.

Lose will also serve as guest preacher at the 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. services at St. Matthew’s on Sunday, Feb. 10.

Lose is highly regarded for his books, blogs and presentations about the opportunities and challenges of being church in a postmodern “digitally pluralistic” age. His books include Preaching at the Crossroads: How the World-and Our Preaching-Is Changing and Making Sense of the Christian Faith in the “Making Sense” series. Lose regularly updates his popular personal blog,, with reflections on faith and preaching.

Lose is a former president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and was founding director of the Center for Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He led the creative team that developed

The Stern Lecture will consist of three separate talks, the first of which will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8. Lose’s second and third lectures will follow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, with a break between conversations. All three talks will be held at St. Matthew’s Church, located at 1031 Bienveneda Avenue in Pacific Palisades, California.

The event is free of charge, with advance reservations requested to or 310.454.1358 to confirm space availability.

The Stern Lecture series was established in 1986 by W. Eugene Stern in memory of his wife, Libby Naffziger Stern, and is dedicated to bringing international scholars to the Parish of St. Matthew for lectures and preaching opportunities.

EN Staff