“Who Is Jesus Christ For Us Today?”

This volume contains the addresses delivered at the seventh annual
theological conference featuring the Braaten-Benne lectures, sponsored
by the North American Lutheran Church and held August 9-10, 2016,
at the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove Hotel in Anaheim, California.

“Who is Jesus Christ for us today?” This question asked over 70 years ago
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer gives voice to the question of the significance of
Jesus Christ in each and every age. Bonhoeffer’s question seems especially
pertinent today, as the contemporary church faces a host of challenges
posed to it both from within and from without.

For a church struggling to maintain its core commitments and to advance
its witness in this “present, evil age” (Gal. 4:1), the theme of the identity
and abiding relevance of the incarnate, crucified, resurrected, and ascended
Lord simmers as a source of discussion and acute debate. This book seeks to
serve the catechetical needs of churches and individual readers, instructing,
enlightening, and just so empowering believers living as an emerging
Christian minority in North America.

 

Titles and Contributors

Introduction
Paul R. Hinlicky and R. David Nelson
“Who Is Jesus Christ For Us Today?”
Revisiting Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Question
Carl E. Braaten
The Form of Christ in Us:
Christ and the Christian Life
Phillip Cary
Admirable Conjunctions:
The Person of Christ in Philippians 2:5-11
Wesley Hill
God at the Center of Everyday Life:
The “Secular” Martin Luther
Mickey L. Mattox
Confessing Christ in the Preaching of the Fathers
Michael Pasquarello III

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