I am looking forward to sharing dinner with you the next five Wednesdays and exploring Martin Luther's Small Cathechism together. Published in 1529, the small book offered pastors a way to teach their congregations about the "chief parts" of the faith: the Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed and the Lord's Prayer, along with Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. This year of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation offers us the opportunity to study some of Martin Luther's teachings and to consider how they help us live faithful lives today.
Here are the specifics for this week:
Wednesday, March 8, 5:30 pm at St. Mark: Meal and Small Catechism study
Free copy of the Small Catechism with your free meal (Wednesday is your lucky day!)
Is the Reformation over? The Christian Century says "Yes" and "No." Find out more in this article from Luther scholar Sarah Hinlicky Wilson (she is the daughter of Virginia Synod pastor and theologian Paul Hinlicky): https://www.christiancentury.org/article/reformation-over-yes-and-no
Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Blacksburg announces two upcoming events:
*Jim Mauney as Visiting Theologian March 26-27 and
*Bach Concert, 3:00 pm, Palm Sunday, April 9.
“The radical gospel of justification by faith alone does not allow for a middle-of-the-road position. Either one must proclaim it as unconditionally as possible,or forget it. We must somehow muster up the nerve to preach the gospel in such fashion as to put the old to death and call forth the new. … If Lutheranism is to recover a sense of its identity and mission today, it must begin to consider what it means to preach the gospel in radical fashion.” —Gerhard Forde (1927-2005), theologian