Discerning Mission

'Liberating Lutheran Theology' by Paul Chung just released

Dr. Paul Chung has just co-authored a book on Lutheran theology in the public sphere: Liberating Lutheran Theology. Here's a brief description:

Lutheran theology of freedom at the center of grace of justification may become an arbiter for contextualizing God's grace and human discipleship in the public sphere.

This volume includes three different Lutheran perspectives as represented by European Lutheran theology (Ulrich Duchrow), American Lutheran theology (Craig L. Nessan), and Asian Lutheran theology

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The death of Osama bin Laden

President Obama Announces Osama Bin Laden's Death

Two days ago we woke up to the three inch headlines of Osama bin Laden's death. Today all I can feel is grief. This is not a time for jubilation, no matter what the news media may be stirring up. Particularly for those of us who are called to love our enemies, to pray for peace, to do justice, this is a time for prayer and contemplation. Daniel Moran says it better than I can.

Several religious communities have released statements, including the the Vatican and the United Church of Christ

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Missiology and multicultural ministries

The International Review of Mission has just made available, via free access to the Wiley site, the latest issue of the journal which is focused on church and migration. As the website notes:

The church and migration is the focus of the latest issue of the International Review of Mission (IRM). The biannual journal is sponsored by the World Council of Churches and focuses on the ecumenical practice of mission while giving voice to other theological perspectives, such as those of Pentecostal

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Good question: what's the difference between worshiping together and worshiping at the same time?

From time to time we plan to post a "good question" at this blog, and deliberately invite responses. (We're overjoyed, of course, whenever anyone responds to any post here.)

This time I thought we could ask the same question Jodi-Renee Adams is asking in her very thoughtful blog essay on worship and spiritual formation. Amongst other questions she asks "what's the difference between worship together and worship at the same time?" Her essay offers a very thoughtful reflection on ecclesiology.

What

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T is for teaching the Bible

The Lutheran University Press has just published the lectures from last year's Hein-Fry series, and that series included one from Mary Hess entitled Learning  the Bible in the 21st Century: Lessons from Harry Potter and Vampires. Here's an excerpt:

"To argue that the Bible creates community, is to make a claim which sharply contradicts some learners’ reality. There is a natural tendency for learners to want to draw back in one of two ways in engaging such contradiction. 

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