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Book of Harmony: Spirit and Service in the Lutheran Confessions

Book of Harmony: Spirit and Service in the Lutheran Confessions

by Martin J. Lohrmann


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The Reformation-era writings that make up the Lutheran Confessions remain lively resources for Christian ministry and mission today. Because each of the documents within the Book of Concord was written with a specific context and rhetorical purpose in mind, each has its own compelling story and objectives. Luther's catechisms present the faith for daily life at the grass-roots level, with teaching elements that we might now view as typical of social media and multimedia. The Augsburg Confession and its Apology provide an adaptable foundation for preaching, teaching, church organization, and dialogue that is rooted in the promise of Christ, received through faith. Fifteen years after the Diet of Worms, the Smalcald Articles reveal yet another "Here I stand" moment for Luther. Finally, the Formula of Concord shows how the next generations of Lutherans used collaboration and consensus as they wrestled with important themes of faith and life. In summary, as these texts engage us with their stories, they invite us to consider what is most important about our journeys of faith and Christian witness in today's twenty-first-century contexts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506400181
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Martin J. Lohrmann is associate professor of Lutheran Confessions and Heritage at Wartburg Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses on history and missiology, Lutheran theology, and global Christianity. He is the author of Book of Harmony: Spirit and Service in the Lutheran Confessions (Fortress, 2016) and the translator of The Early Luther: Stages in a Reformation Reorientation by Berndt Hamm.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Abbreviations ix

Preface xi

1 Introduction to the Book of Concord 1

2 Themes in the Early Lutheran Reformation 19

3 Luther's Catechisms: A Lifetime of Learning 41

4 The Augsburg Confession: Faith for a Grounded, Flexible Church 69

5 Personal Faith and Shared Mission in the Apology 87

6 Freedom and Service in the Smalcald Articles 107

7 A Model for Harmony: the Formula of Concord 125

Epilogue: The Lifelong Adventure of Faith 149

Bibliography 159

Index of Names and Subjects 165

Index of Scripture 171

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