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What’s a Lutheran?
January 16

If someone were to ask you the question, “What’s a Lutheran?”, how would you respond? There are a lot of us globally, but that may not be saying much. In many Northern European countries Lutheran is the state church, but many of those Lutherans are casually involved with a church. There are certain states in this country where Lutheranism is the dominant denomination, but would many of them have a good answer to “What’s a Lutheran?

Many of us were born into Lutheranism. Our parents were Lutheran, and maybe their parents before them, and their parents before them; so even before we were born, we were going to be Lutherans too. Have we taken for granted what it means to be a Lutheran? Have we assumed far too much over time instead of looking deeper at what we believe and why we do what we do? I was born a Lutheran, my father has been a Lutheran pastor for over 40 years, but it wasn’t until I was in my early 20’s, and studying to be a Lutheran pastor, that I began to wrestle with what it meant to be a Lutheran (and why I was going to school until the age of 26 so that I could be a Lutheran pastor too!) Was I taking my faith for granted? Was I just going through the motions?  Would I have had a good answer for “What’s a Lutheran?” almost 20 years ago? 

Over the next few weeks at Epiphany, we are going to look at what it means to be a Lutheran. We are going to retrace the steps that led Martin Luther, over 500 years ago, to help Christendom rediscover the good news, even if it meant he might lose his life in the process. We will dust off the books that helped him rediscover the grace that we have been given in Jesus Christ. Hopefully this will help us all have a great answer to “What’s a Lutheran?”

Maybe you’ve been a Lutheran your entire life, or if you’re new to the Lutheran church, I hope you will join us as we look closer at who we are and why we do what we do, because what we have in our faith is a gift that the world is longing for. The gifts of grace, unconditional love, and the invitation that we all have from God to be a part of the world-changing work that He is doing in the world. Maybe we identify as a Lutheran, but what does that mean? Join us on Sunday (or via a podcast) as we try to figure that out!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris

Last Published: January 16, 2019 2:21 PM