Lutheran Missions: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Friday, 20 May 2016

In 1855, Philip Schaff published his wonderful romp through the United States titled America: A Sketch of Its Political, Social, and Religious Character. In it he captured the diversity of American life, including how Lutherans fit into it—or didn’t. “It is no easy matter to describe the character and internal condition of the Lutheran confession,” noted Schaff.(1) He was right—and when one tosses Lutheran missions into the mix, the picture gets even more complex. From inception, Lutheranism has struggled with basic questions of identity, catholicity, ecclesiology, and ...

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