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Review of “Abundant Harvest: Stories of Asian Lutherans”

by Sarah Wilson — August 12, 2015

To the average American Christian imagination, Africa is still the continent in need of missionaries. The slightly better informed imagination realizes that Christianity is already a vibrant reality in Africa, neck in neck with Islam for religious dominance. Europe’s Christianity is dying, South America is being traded between Catholics and Pentecostals, and North America we know all too well. But… Asia? Somehow Asia has fallen from the radar, or never got picked up on it in the first place...

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Review of “Theology and Economic Ethics: Martin Luther and Arthur Rich in Dialogue” by Sean Doherty

by Christopher J. Nagel — July 29, 2015

Sean Doherty seeks to compare the pre-industrial age thinking in Martin Luther’s 1520 Sermon von dem Wucher (Sermon on Usury) with that of the modern era’s Arthur Rich, a Swiss systematic theologian and social ethicist whose two-volume magnum opus, Business and Economic Ethics: The Ethics of Economic Systems, was completed in 1990. Doherty’s aim is to present not so much a study in economic ethics but an understanding of the methods of these particular thinkers. The quick takeaway is that the reformer comes off with far more direct and real-world guidance to business practitioners than the ever circumspect Rich...

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Learning Luther: May

by Paul R. Hinlicky — April 29, 2015

This month, we conclude our yearlong series by reading Luther’s preface to his Commentary on Galatians (1535), in which he refines his teaching from the early Two Kinds of Righteousness to exposit Christian life as a fundamental receptivity, or, patiency, by which God the new Creator transforms believers into agents of Christ’s righteousness in the world...

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Review of “Teach Us to Want” by Jen Pollock Michel

by Sarah Wilson — April 08, 2015

Although I’m not generally a fan of devotional books or meditations on the Christian life, this one caught my attention for its prominently Augustinian theme: desire. As we have inherited from the church father through Luther, desire—the orientation of the will quite apart from any rational calculus or free decision—is the great challenge, the great mystery, the great inexplicable something in us that necessarily attaches itself to a good and will cause us untold misery until it attaches itself to the right good. Being utterly unattached is not an option, and it is not a good. As Michel rightly asserts, “Desire is primal: to be human is to want”...

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Learning Luther: April

by Paul R. Hinlicky — April 01, 2015

The “meaning of the whole psalm,” Luther tells us, is “that whoever has the Lord as a Shepherd will not want.” That is the literal sense, in other words, the cognitive claim being made about something in the world. So Luther continues, the psalm “does not teach anything more” than this supply of true needs but only emphasizes “the thought further by means of fine figurative words and pictures,” showing how those who have the Lord as a Shepherd want for nothing and are rather satisfied. “See how beautifully [the psalm] can speak!” Before we come to the provision of the Lord in the table spread for our nourishment in Word and Sacrament as Luther expounds, however, it is well to meditate a little on these initial comments about literal reference and figurative words or word-pictures...

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