Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Aha!

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Aha!

Article excerpt

Rather than addressing a cohesive theme, the articles in this issue of Currents offer a smorgasbord of theological insights that will, hopefully, inspire some aha moments, offer helpful perspectives, and provide practical resources for faithful proclamation and effective ministry. In his interpretative reflections on Martin Luther and the Augsburg Confession, Edward Schroeder argues that Luther's evangelical breakthrough consisted not only of a new understanding of God's righteousness but also of a recognition that the law/gospel dialectic is the hermeneutical key for interpreting Scripture. The Reformer's insight was, therefore, crucial for his future study of the Bible, for the formulation of his evangelical theology, and for his own spiritual journey. Schroeder asserts that Philip Melanchthon also employed the law/gospel hermeneutic as he summarized the evangelical understanding of the faith catholic in the Augsburg Confession. Paul Baglyos proposes that the ancient biblical tradition of lament can serve as a helpful spiritual resource for rural communities who face the varied challenges of the farm crisis. He, therefore, urges the incorporation of lament into the liturgical life of rural congregations. Deborah Geweke explores the transformative and relational nature of liturgical spirituality as God encounters believers in the proclamation of the word and the celebration of the sacraments. …

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