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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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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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Missional church in perspective

The Missional Church Perspective

Last month Dr. Dwight Zscheile gave an excellent brief overview of his new book, authored jointly with Dr. Craig Van Gelder, The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation.

The book will be published in Spring 2011, and in the meantime Dr. Zscheile has agreed to post his powerpoint slides here.

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Sin, grace and popular culture

Faith as a way of life - Christian Scharen

Dr. Christian Scharen, in his book Faith as a Way of Life: A Vision for Pastoral Leadership, writes compellingly about the challenges of discerning God in the midst of popular culture.

Unlike certain Christian communities who want to put a box around specific forms of culture and label them "safe" or "unsafe," Dr. Scharen argues for God's ability to speak to us through a variety of media -- the challenge is discernment.

Here's an excerpt:

"Sin understood as acting badly and grace as the power

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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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