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Freed to Not Kill (COVID 19)

Our governments are discerning the appropriate response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which balances the risk of the virus and the strain on the economy, the fears of the cautious and the voices of the protestors, and of course the emotional and mental impact of social distancing.

Meanwhile, we are called to discern our appropriate response. Although we should not impose our faith and its understanding upon individuals or society, it should inform our personal and congregational response. Thankfully, the Lutheran tradition benefits from the writings of Martin Luther, who was frequently engaged in civil matters while remaining firmly rooted in his faith and its understanding.

Luther wrote The Two Kingdoms, which discerns the relationship between and our role in the civil kingdom and the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is here in glimpses, it is near, and it is not yet fulfilled. As baptized Christians, we are called to exist within these two kingdoms, in order to further manifest the kingdom of God within our lives, communities, and the entire creation.

Luther also wrote The Freedom of a Christian. Freedom has always been a treasured principle, but especially within the United States. There are American communities currently protesting that social isolation and its restrictions are infringing upon said freedom. Luther understood that Jesus the Christ is our only lord, or governing authority, BUT Christ commands us to love and to serve our neighbors. In essence, we have been freed in order to seek justice, act with compassion and mercy, and to love and serve ALL people, especially the most vulnerable. Perhaps, the most infamous and conclusive statement within The Freedom of a Christian is:

A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none.
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The Power of the WORD

The Power of the WORD
Countdown Video was “History 101: The Protestant Reformation” by National Geographic

Disclaimers:

  1. You will notice I have notecards, which is not my normal.
    When I start talking about the lesser known elements of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther, and Lutheran teachings it is like chasing a white rabbit down one rabbit-hole into another. Then baked goods and potions that either enlarge or shrink me appear and the Queen of Hearts begins to chase me yelling “off with her head” (Alice in Wonderland reference). Thus, the notecards are to help me avoid all those rabbit-holes.
  2.  Reformation history often paints the Catholic Church negatively.
    Sorry! Martin Luther was not alone in believing and teaching that the Catholic Church, at that time, was corrupt. However, it has been 501 years since the Protestant Reformation begun in Germany.

    The Catholic and Protestant Churches have undergone and experienced changes during those 500 years. Therefore, I would hope that we can talk about the Reformation, Martin Luther, and Lutheran teaching in a manner that does not bash on our Catholic brothers and sisters.

  3. Martin Luther was a horribly flawed person.
    Although I accept and embrace much of Martin Luther’s writing and teachings, I must admit he was a horribly flawed person.

    Luther wrote evil, incorrect information that incited violence against our Catholic, Anabaptist, and Jewish brothers and sisters. As Lutherans, especially considering the mass shooting at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg yesterday (27 Oct. 2018), we must acknowledge these writings, repent from these, and seek reconciliation with our brothers and sisters.
    We need to speak out against such hate and violence.

But, despite these disclaimers there is much that can be celebrated about the Protestant Reformation (16th century).  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2018 in Lutheran Thought, Sermons

 

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Our Pets, the Law, and the Gospel

Metaphors lack significant explanation or comparison, however our pets demonstrate the need for Law and the Gospel. My husband and I recently rescued a 1-year-old pup, Highlander, and a young kitten, Valkyrie. These pets are absolutely crazy, but we love them.

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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Lutheran Thought

 

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