Discerning Mission

Confessional, revelatory, ecumenical, evangelical & delightful

What a great string of words, huh? They're also the attributes that two stellar theologians -- Robin Steinke and Gary Simpson -- attach to the creeds. The two of them have an engaging dialogue about the creeds in the most recent issue of The Lutheran magazine. 

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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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B Is For Living Into Our Baptism

Lumen Christi

In this Jan. 2011 service celebrating the Baptism of Our Lord, Dr. Lois Malcolm powerfully unpacks what it means to live into our baptism:

What makes Jesus’ baptism so unique is that it is a baptism into a life that will culminate in a death that bears the diseases and sins of all people and a resurrection that releases them from all oppressive powers, even the power of death. Thus, when we are baptized into Jesus’ death and resurrection, our old sinful self, which has been enslaved

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T is for Triune God: Circulating Around the Neighborhood

By Dwight Zscheile

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In the seventh century, the theologian John of Damascus used a term to describe the life of the Trinity that has important resonance for today’s church in mission: perichoresis . Perichoresis means “whirl,” “rotation,” “encircling,” “embracing,” or “circulation around the neighborhood.” In the ancient world, it was used to describe the passing of wine around the table at a dinner party, or the movement of people

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M is for missional church

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From Craig Van Gelder 's book The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit :

The church is.
The church does what it is.
The church organizes what it does.

The interrelationship of all three aspects is important to understand. The church is. The church's nature provides the framework and foundation for understanding the essential character of the church. The church does what it is. The nature of the church establishes the foundation for understanding the purpose of the church

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