Rev. Dr. David P. Scaer (1936-)


Dr. David Scaer is a professor of Systematic Theology and New Testament and holder of the David P. Scaer Chair of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. At the seminary since 1966, he serves as Editor of the Concordia Theological Quarterly (1969–1994; 1999–present) and was Academic Dean (1984–1989). He is currently Chairman of his department. He has served as the organizer of the annual Concordia Theological Seminary Symposium on the Lutheran Confessions since 1978.

He also taught for ten years as a part time instructor in religion at the University of Illinois (Champaign) from 1966–1976 and served as a parish pastor at congregations in Gillespie, Illinois, and Rockville, Connecticut.

For nine years he served on the LCMS Commission on the Theology and Church Relations as chairman of the committee on theology and was the principle author of several reports later adopted by the Synod.  He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Institute for Biblical Research, the Alliance of Confessional Evangelicals, and the Christianity Today Institute, for which periodical he also serves as a research scholar. Twice he was awarded the prestigious John W. Behnken Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award by AAL for study in Europe (1969, 1986).

A third generation Missouri Synod Lutheran clergyman, Professor Scaer was brought up in Brooklyn, New York, where his father, the late Reverend Paul H. Scaer, served his lifetime ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church of Flatbush. He and his wife Dorothy have been married since 1960 and have five children.

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Dr. Scaer has written extensively, and his articles have appeared in Concordia Theological QuarterlyChristianity TodayLutheran ForumLogia (contributing editor), Forum LetterThe Lutheran WitnessModern Reformation(contributing editor), CressetThe Journal of the Evangelical Theological SocietyGrace Theological Journal,Issues in Christian Education and many more.


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Kramer Chapel Sermon - April 03, 2018

by Rev. Dr. David P. Scaer
Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 15:35-49

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Kramer Chapel Sermon - April 24, 2012

by Rev. Dr. David P. Scaer
Sermon Text: Hosea 5:15-6:6; 1 John 3:11-18

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Kramer Chapel Sermon - January 19, 2000

by Rev. Dr. David P. Scaer
Sermon Text: Matthew 19:3-9; Matthew 17:24-27

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Kramer Chapel Sermon - January 21, 2004

by Rev. Dr. David P. Scaer
Sermon Text: Matthew 19:3-9; Matthew 17:24-27

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