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Foundational Lutheran Theology Renewed

by Melodee Rossi, Director of Small Group Ministry

In the September 2nd article in the Star Tribune, "Survey finds that American Protestants believe more like Catholics, 500 years after Luther," I quote:

"Five hundred years after Martin Luther ignited the Protestant Reformation, dividing Christianity, only about half of American Protestants embrace some of his core beliefs. Many don't even know that the Reformation is.

In fact, most American Protestants now believe that Catholics--enemies for centuries in bloody religious wars across Europe--are more like them than different, according to a survey released this week by the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Research Center" In the survey, 57% of Protestants surveyed said they believed Catholics were more similar than different, as did 65% of Catholics surveyed. That is hopeful news."

I had the good fortune as a young person to be in the first class of Confirmation when the American Lutheran Church decided that Confirmation should be 3 years instead of 2. I'm going to admit to you here and now that when it came to memorizing the Catechism I cheated. Jeff King sat to my left, and Rita Larson to my right. (My maiden name was Lane as they sat us in alphabetical order.) At the end of class when the Pastor would make the assignment for the next week I'd look left and right and say, "Who's turn is it to do the memorizing?" That way I only had to do it 1 out of 3 weeks. However, I chose to teach Confirmation as a young adult and I was hooked on the concepts I was teaching, which I should have learned during Confirmation.

I am a Lutheran, through and through. I feel fortunate that I was raised in the Lutheran Church because I totally buy into our belief that we are "saved by grace through faith." As a 60+ year old woman, I am proud to believe Lutheran theology. In working with the Pastors in preparing the study book for our Commemoration at CtK, not only has my faith been reinforced, I have learned--again--that Luther's Reformation did not stop in the 1600's. Reforming the church never ends. But now I ask, what am I able to do with my life to encourage the ongoing reformation?

Whether raised Lutheran or don't know a thing about Lutheran theology, please join us in October in a small group study, or join us at SALT, where the focus will be on the Catechism.

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