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Review of "Your Encounters with the Holy Spirit" by David S. Luecke

by Eric Jonas Swensson — August 26, 2014

Discerning the gifts of the Spirit is vital for all Christians and has been a controversial issue in Lutheranism from its earliest days. Could it be that the malaise in our Lutheran denominations might be symptomatic of an uneasiness or a lack of knowledge about the Holy Spirit in our spiritual practices? If you are the pastor or a leader of a congregation in North America (or any other Western nation) you know well the statistics concerning the diminishment of denominations. Even if your congregation continues to grow, you have heard the exasperations of pastors and church workers. Then there is the stream of literature on the subject that crosses your path no matter where you turn...

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The Truth about "Radical Hospitality"

by Paul R. Hinlicky — August 18, 2014

“Radical hospitality” is the catchphrase given to movements among mainline American Protestants to invite, as a matter of principle, unbaptized persons to the holy Supper. It is already practiced in some ELCA congregations and is reported to be a topic of conversation among the ELCA Conference of Bishops this fall. What is the theological justification for such a move?...

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Review of N. T. Wright's "Surprised by Scripture"

by Dennis DiMauro — August 11, 2014

A former Anglican bishop of Durham, England, and the current New Testament chair at the University of St. Andrews, N. T. Wright is undoubtedly the most popular and well respected biblical scholar alive today. Continuing his popular series begun with his bestselling 2008 book, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church, Wright now takes on the task of understanding Scripture in light of issues confronting the church today. Using a style that is simultaneously academic and conversational, and easily accessible to the laity, Wright seeks to debunk many biblical misconceptions held by atheists and fundamentalists alike...

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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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Fall 2014

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In this issue:

Teaching Redeemed
Sexuality to Youth

St. Hans Nielsen Hauge

The Past, Present, and
Future of American
Lutheran Bishops

The Numismatic Luther

Prosperity Identified,
Dissected, & Reconfigured

Debating the Lectionaries

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