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Luther and the Freeing Word
June 15, 2017 – 7:29 am | No Comment
Luther and the Freeing Word

by Erik M. Heen

The characteristic Lutheran “spirituality” centered in service to the neighbor, often expressed in the slogan “freed to serve,” is succinctly articulated in Luther’s 1520 treatise “Freedom of the Christian.” The slogan raises fundamental questions: “How are we freed?” “From what are we freed?” and “How is it that ‘service’ most characterizes freedom?” Luther concludes that though the “Word” is the means God uses to liberate humanity from Sin, “faith” is the agent that moves the focus of one’s attention off of self and on to one’s neighbor-in-need.

Subject to None
June 15, 2017 – 7:28 am | No Comment
Subject to None

by Petra Carlsson Redell

In this article, Rev. Doc. Petra Carlsson Redell reflects over two Lutheran ideas, namely the Lutheran notion of grace and the idea of the priesthood of all believers. Redell suggests that if these notions are treated with care, they may help us spread the love of God and the inspiration of the Spirit in the political and social reality of our time.

Exploring Paradoxical Christian Freedom in 2017
June 15, 2017 – 7:27 am | No Comment
Exploring Paradoxical Christian Freedom in 2017

by Jonathan Linman

Rooted in a robust, nuanced, and expansive understanding of Christian freedom, Martin Luther’s famous paradox, paraphrased as “subject to none, subject to all,” forms the foundation for Lutheran social ethics which continue to resonate with profound relevance in our day, five hundred years after the beginning of the Reformation.

Liberty: Finding and Maintaining Our Voice
June 15, 2017 – 7:26 am | No Comment
Liberty: Finding and Maintaining Our Voice

by Donald L. Odom

Does Christian liberty suggest our freedom in Christ allows us to be passive concerning the least, last and the lost? What is our responsibility as Christians towards the disinherited and disenfranchised, and what does Christ’s love look like when we remain silent while others around us struggle? Christian liberty requires work within the Body of Christ to speak loudly and recurrently for the invisible and voiceless.

Two Minds, One Voice, One Prayer: Martin Luther and Johann Sebastian Bach
June 15, 2017 – 7:25 am | No Comment
Two Minds, One Voice, One Prayer: Martin Luther and Johann Sebastian Bach

by Jill Schaeffer

This essay suggests how the works of two deeply faithful and creative men, born two centuries apart, may generate a single act of worship. Martin Luther’s commentary on The Lord’s Prayer is joined wordlessly with Johann Sebastian Bach’s chorale on The Lord’s Prayer in the Clavier-Übung, more commonly known as The German Organ Mass. Luther’s influence on Bach’s music was pervasive and indelible. This particular influence on Bach’s compositions is well timed with Reformation celebrations in the town of Eisenach in 1739.

Preaching and Teaching the Reformation in 2017
June 15, 2017 – 7:24 am | No Comment
Preaching and Teaching the Reformation in 2017

by Douglas S. Stivison

The Protestant Reformation not only changed forever the course of Christian belief and worship, it also elevated respect for individual conscience and honest inquiry. To preach faithfully in a contemporary Protestant pulpit demands that we help our parishioners appreciate the priceless and revolutionary concept that is the foundation of Reformed worship – freedom of conscience.