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Review of “Luther and Katharina” by Jody Hedlund

Many moons ago when I was a tender tween I happened upon Kitty, My Rib, a genuinely hagiographical account of the First Lady of Lutheranism, tidy and heartwarming as only the 1950s could manage. Much more recently at a German bookshop I found the racier title Kinder des Ungehorsams (“Children of Disobedience”) and sweated through […]

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Lutheran Responses to Parole Healing for 16th Street Baptist Bomber,

September 15 is not a date inscribed on the church calendar, but Lutheran pastor Joseph Ellwanger thinks it should be. On that day in 1963, four little girls died when a bomb exploded and crushed them to death at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Denise McNair (11), Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, and […]

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Learning Luther: The Ninety-Five Theses,

Editors’ Note: The Virginia Synod is encouraging pastors and laity to read Luther’s writings through the year 2015/16 via these reading guides by Paul R. Hinlicky. The synod has kindly agreed to let us reproduce them here month by month. This month we turn to The Ninety-Five Theses (LW 31:25–33) and Luther’s 1545 memoir in […]

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What Is Truth?

In the eightieth year of my life I have come to the realization that my life has been and continues to be a journey to discover the truth: not scientific truth, not political truth, not philosophical truth, not scholastic truth, but spiritual truth. I struggled and am struggling with the question that Pilate put to […]

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Review of “Luther on Trial”

In 1521, Martin Luther was summoned before the Diet of Worms and ordered to recant all his works. But what if Luther were retried today? And what if his greatest crime was not heresy but the unforgiveable sin—blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? Furthermore, what if such an “unforgiveable sin” were given a postmodern twist and […]

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Hymn: “What Can It Mean, That Jesus Is Arisen?”

Pasch and Weaver composed this hymn in honor of former LF editor Richard E. Koenig and his wife, Associate in Ministry Elaine G. Koenig, to celebrate the mysterious and wonderful news of Jesus risen from the dead.

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Learning Luther: The Lord’s Supper in the Large Catechism

Editors’ Note: The Virginia Synod is encouraging pastors and laity to read Luther’s writings through the year 2015/16 via these reading guides by Paul R. Hinlicky. The synod has kindly agreed to let us reproduce them here month by month. This month we turn to the section on the Lord’s Supper in the Large Catechism, […]

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Learning Luther: Baptism in the Large Catechism

Editors’ Note: The Virginia Synod is encouraging pastors and laity to read Luther’s writings through the year 2015/16 via these reading guides by Paul R. Hinlicky. The synod has kindly agreed to let us reproduce them here month by month. This month we turn to the section on Baptism in the Large Catechism, in the […]

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Review of “Christian Churches in Post-Communist Slovakia”

Christian Churches in Post-Communist Slovakia, eds. Michal Valčo and Daniel Slivka (Salem: Center for Religion and Society, 2012), 548 pages. As we approach the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation—October 31, 1517—we also are approaching the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution—October 25, 1917. In the years following the Bolshevik Revolution, the Soviets […]

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Review of “Beloved Community: Critical Dogmatics after Christendom”

Paul R. Hinlicky, Beloved Community: Critical Dogmatics after Christendom (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015), xviii + 932 pp. Pastoral work in the present needs more works from authors who belong to the theological wing of the theological disciplines. By this “theological wing,” I mean that the everyday work of pastors and lay leaders needs theology that […]

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