Managing Sinner/Saints in Today's Congregations: A Contemporary Perspective on Lutheran Congregational Life

Tuesday, 01 Jul 2008

Leaders must study, learn, choose, and teach rich liturgical, catechetical, literary, musical, artistic, and ethical practices that are worthy platforms for the gospel proclamation.
My current pastor demonstrates energy and skill as he works to build a viable congregation in Southern California-and as a Lutheran pastor and professor, I assist him in his ministry; but neither of us foresaw in 1972 (the year of my ordination) the challenges we both face today. The Lutheran theological categories of law and gospel, sinner and saint, and God's two ways of ruling provide tools that help me discern the meaning of the last fifty years of rapid change in Lutheran congregational life in North America; and fellow believers in other Reformation communities have encountered similar changes ...

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