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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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Introducing the Luther Reading Challenge

by Sarah Wilson — March 16, 2015

It can’t have escaped your notice that the Reformation is approaching its 500th anniversary in just a couple of years. The buzz among Lutherans in the U.S. and around the world is gaining momentum, and even outside the fold of the faithful there is growing interest, of mixed quality—it’s pretty exciting that the Martin Luther figurine became Playmobil’s bestselling toy of all time within three days of its release this winter, but somewhat less than encouraging that the Luther Insult Generator is one of the most popular internet memes...

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Learning Luther: March

by Paul R. Hinlicky — March 09, 2015

God is incomparable, that means that there is none like God; it further means that God eternally is and remains beyond the comprehension of the creature. “Comprehension” in this context means to see and grasp from every possible angle so as to be able to control, manipulate, and predict the phenomenon. To say that God is incomprehensible, or “inscrutable,” as Paul puts in Romans 11:33, is to say something that applies in principle only to the one, true God. The flip side of that acknowledgment, then, is that everything else in the world is in principle comprehensible...

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Weddings, Funerals,
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The Great-Great
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