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Learning Luther: February

by Paul R. Hinlicky — January 26, 2015

This month we look at Luther’s Meditation on Christ’s Passion (1519, LW 42), in which Luther explains how fruitfully to meditate during Holy Week—not by scapegoating Jews, or by trying to bribe God, or by sentimentality—but by realizing the cost of grace in the Son’s incarnate suffering for me, the sinner, that I might be freed from the guilt of sin and begin to vanquish sin by following my saving Lord through the cross to the crown...

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Review of "Pastrix" by Nadia Bolz-Weber

by Judy Stack-Nelson — January 12, 2015

It is not often that a book explicitly and self-proclaimedly Lutheran makes the New York Times bestseller list. But then Nadia Bolz-Weber prefers to stand in unusual places, so the fact that her memoir does so as well is perhaps appropriate. Bolz-Weber herself is, as she unashamedly portrays in the book, not one to conform to stereotypes. A recovering alcoholic and Lutheran pastor, Bolz-Weber is much in demand as a speaker who talks in unconventional ways about the power of the resurrection in the midst of the brokenness and beauty of life, and of God’s knack for choosing the unexpected places to manifest grace...

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The Past, Present, and Future of American Lutheranism

by Paul Sauer — January 05, 2015

As a part of the yearlong celebration of its 350th Anniversary, St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York convened a panel discussion on the past, present, and future of Lutheranism in America...

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Review of "What Was the World of Jesus?" by Carl E. Roemer

by David J. Zersen — December 29, 2014

"What Was the World of Jesus?" by Lutheran theologian Carl E. Roemer promises to have current appeal for at least two reasons. In the first place, it follows on the heels of a 2014 New York Times #1 bestseller by Reza Aslan, "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus." While Roemer covers much of the same ground as Aslan does, in keeping with more traditional scholarship he reaches a totally different conclusion...

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2014 Theological Reading Challenge: "Called to Unity" by Joseph Sittler

by Robert Saler — December 22, 2014

Joseph Sittler’s “Called to Unity” address is one of the most influential failures of the 20th century. Or at least, in the context in which the speech was delivered—the 1961 World Council of Churches Assembly in New Delhi—the speech was largely considered to have been a flop. Even though the 1954 WCC Assembly in Evanson, IL had already tasked a number of theologians (including Sittler) to consider the issue of Christology in relation to church unity in preparation for 1961, Sittler’s argument that the future of the church’s proclamation depended up understanding the planet not simply as the site of God’s creation but also as the site of Christ’s redemption did not go over well. Lutherans and Reformed in attendance thought that Sittler’s speculations regarding cosmic Christology (despite his drawing on Colossians) were too divorced from the Reformation traditions’ characteristic emphasis on Word and Sacrament as mediators of grace...

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Now in Print

Winter 2014

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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

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