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Reading Challenge 2014: Ephrem the Syrian

by Philip Forness — July 07, 2014

I rarely turn to poetry when seeking to reflect on doctrine or offer interpretations of scripture. The Book of Concord’s prose serves as a strong foundation for theology. And many theologians are increasingly seeking clarity of expression at the expense of even beautiful prose. Some even advocate theology modeled on the precise, unadorned prose of analytic philosophy. Prose commentaries on Scripture also remain the norm. Our Scripture, this would suggest, needs to be exposited verse-by-verse, word-by-word, in an orderly manner. There are many very good reasons why crisp prose has remained standard for theological expression, and we don’t need to visit them here. But the poet-theologian Ephrem the Syrian challenges us to consider how poetry can serve as an appropriate—even sometimes a preferable—vehicle for theological thought...

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Reading Challenge 2014: Augustine’s “On the Spirit and the Letter”

by Sarah Wilson — June 26, 2014

This treatise is a remarkably short work in the long-winded Augustine’s prolific oeuvre. It was occasioned by the concern of a friend, one Marcellinus, who wondered how Augustine could assert that living sinlessly was possible for human beings and yet no one (except Jesus, of course) had ever actually done it. The question comes down to one of the thorniest in Christian theology: how to parse the respective roles of the divine and the human wills in human action...

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Review of "The Thirty Years War" by C. V. Wedgewood

by Andrew L. Wilson — June 16, 2014

If you are like most American Lutherans, your historical curriculum reached its apogee somewhere during the mythologically foundational life and times of Martin Luther, only to peter out sometime around the formation of the Book of Concord. We’ve heard about seventeenth-century orthodoxy, of course: who doesn’t love Gerhard’s hymns? Some of us may have even studied—or even experienced!—its unintended child, Pietism. And for good measure, no professional religious leader can understand the woolly American scene without a crash course in the Puritans and still-vital Revivalism. Gaps in any schooling are necessarily vast (for even the best education can only begin, and not finish, learning). But there’s a long and damning blank on the Lutheran timeline known simply as the “Wars of Religion,” an inchoately definely blotch that only ended (officially) in 1648. It’s terra incognita, for there be dragons...

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Lutheran Convents in Germany

by David Zersen — June 09, 2014

Editors' Note: In the Spring 2014 issue, David Zersen presented the long history and current life of Lutheran convents in Germany. The article got such a strong response that we decided to make it available online, too—and this time, with some photos. Enjoy!

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The Bagamoyo Statement

by The Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania — June 02, 2014

The Bagamoyo Statement was released by twenty-one bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania in 1994, confronting issues of political and economic corruption in their country. We reproduced the text in print for the first time in North America in the Summer 2014 issue of Lutheran Forum, along with an interpretation by Tanzanian scholar Godson Maanga. Since the Bagamoyo Statement has not been available online either, we offer it here as well in PDF format as a scan of the original printed statement...

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Now in Print

Summer 2014

Summer 2014 Cover

In this issue:

The Good, Bad, and Ugly
of First Call Education

Meyer vs Nebraska

Reading Revelation with
the Persecuted Church

A Lutheran Reflection
on C. S. Lewis

A German Reformer,
a French Nun, and
a Danish Pastor

Two Kinds of
Righteousness, Squared

Spare the Rod and
Spoil the Child?
Spare Me!

...and much, much more!

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