About two months ago someone sent me this article I had written in late 2005 and that was subsequently published on the WordAlone website in January of 2006. The article talks about the need of a Lutheran House of Studies. What is interesting about the article is the degree of continuity we have been able to achieve from the initial diagnosis of the problems to the establishment of the Institute of Lutheran Theology. I submit it to readers of this blog who perhaps have never seen it. Frankly, I had forgotten I had written it.
- The authority of Scripture and Confessions
- The centrality of the scandal of the Cross
- The truth and particularity of traditional Lutheran affirmations
- The notion that the Church is primarily the hidden gathering of the faithful and not a visible means of divine grace
- The value of theological competence and student mastery of Scripture and other primary texts of the Lutheran theological tradition