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2014 Theological Reading Challenge: The WCC's New Delhi Report

by Sarah Wilson — December 15, 2014

As an ecumenist I’ll be the first to admit that ecumenical documents do not, as a rule, make for riveting reading. That’s partly a testimony to their real-life success. If their assertions no longer seem astounding, or even all that interesting, it’s because they’ve done the work of making Christians less alien to one another. It’s hard to imagine now a time where divided churches were thunderstruck to find out “you believe Jesus is savior too? really? and you confess the Holy Trinity? and you say the Scripture is the source and norm of our belief?” But it was once that way. The 1961 New Delhi document gives us a snapshot of just such a breakthrough...

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Review of "The Self-Donation of God" by Jack D. Kilcrease

by Katie M. Benjamin — December 08, 2014

Jack Kilcrease has accomplished the near impossible, drawing on his dissertation research and revising it so thoroughly as to produce a book that normal people might actually want to read. (“Normal people” is here understood to indicate a self-selecting and highly nerdy Lutheran laity—and “laity” here is understood to indicate “non-academic” rather than “non-ordained.”) His Self-Donation of God (2013) borrows the title and builds on the searching analysis from his doctoral thesis (2009), which treated the doctrine of the atonement within the Lutheran tradition, and presents an account of Christ’s person and work that is driven by Scripture and Lutheran theological discourse. Rather than drawing on the last hundred years of Lutheran academic theology, however, as his dissertation demanded (look, if you’re that nerdy, read it there), Kilcrease focuses on Scripture and interacts with Lutheran theology to the precise extent of “[standing] firmly with one of the foundational documents of the Lutheran Reformation, the Formula of Concord.” That said, the author does bring in the occasional reference to historical Lutheran lore as it relates to the subject matter at hand: see the Excursus into 17th-century Swabian and Saxon Lutheran churches on kenosis (225-38). And, really, who could blame him?...

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Learning Luther: December

by Paul R. Hinlicky — December 05, 2014

Predictably, “lucubration” is not a word one will have yet encountered in life. Not until, that is, reading the first lines of a rarely chagrined Luther’s opening apologies in his Preface to the publication of his Latin writings in 1545, the year before his death. The Latin word refers to burning the midnight oil, that is, candle-light or oil-lamp reading and writing; the sense then is “nocturnal studies.” Thus Luther refers to the treatises composed in Latin and now collected for republication after some twenty-five years of theological controversy. Luther contrasts the “chaos” of these “nocturnal studies “of his with the “systematic” writings of his colleague, Melanchthon; his calm and deliberate studies are well organized pedagogically for ease of reader understanding. He apologizes for the relative disorder of his own writings, due to their ad hoc composition; they were written under pressure to respond to the urgent demands of the hour. Luther often had to bone up on the issues by late night study, and then, without the aid of word processing (let us note!), draft and re-draft by hand until he could delay no longer publishing something that spoke to the latest emergency. So chaotic are his writings, he acknowledges, that even he has trouble making sense out of them!...

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In Love Christ Shed His Tears

by Sarah Wilson — December 02, 2014

Listen to an mp4 of the newest hymn in Lutheran Forum, Richard Bicknase's "In Love Christ Shed His Tears."

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Candlemas Liturgy

by Sarah Wilson — December 01, 2014

The Winter 2014 issue of LF features an article by Jared Stahler, Pastor at Saint Peter's in Manhattan, on "Reintroducing Candlemas" and its potential for evangelical outreach. Here are some resources that other Lutheran congregations are free to adapt for their own use...

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Now in Print

Winter 2014

Winter 2014 Cover

In this issue:

Reintroducing Candlemas

St. Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg,
Morningstar of India

The Book That Cost a Cow

A Sermon Commemorating
the Outbreak of World War I

Learning to Love Leviticus

The Ecclesiological
Implications of an Open Table

...and much, much more!

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