Lutheranism emerged at the dawn of the Protestant Reformation, taking its theological bearings from Martin Luther, the German monk whose teachings on justification by faith alone precipitated his break from the medieval Catholic church. Transplanted to America during several waves of European immigration, Lutheranism has often fragmented along ethnic and confessional lines, and today, the Lutheran community is marked by an astonishing diversity of belief and practice. Lutherans (in conservative denominations like The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod) can be found siding with evangelicals on important issues of doctrine and public moral witness, but they can also be found (in liberal denominations like the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, America’s largest Lutheran grouping) siding with Mainline Protestants on such questions.
- A Mighty Controversy Is This Lutheran CatechismThe Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod resumes distribution of new annotated volume after detractors push back on essays.
- Meet the Pioneering Radio Preachers Who Revolutionized Religious BroadcastingHow Fulton J. Sheen and Walter A. Maier unlocked the evangelistic power of the airwaves.
- Church Asks for Help Feeding People and Animals in EthiopiaChristians share grazing pasture as climate crisis devastates the region.Français
- Died: Ray Bakke, Who Believed Christians Are Called to CitiesUrban missiologist urged evangelicals to cross racial and cultural lines for the sake of the gospel.
- Finnish Bishop and Politician Face Trial for LGBT StatementsFor the country’s diverse Lutherans, the case tests the resolve to speak up, the boundaries of tolerance, and Christians’ ability to communicate.
- Trump Declares Churches ‘Essential’ as CDC Releases Reopening GuidelinesMore than 1,000 pastors in Minnesota and California plan to resume worship by Pentecost Sunday, despite state restrictions.
- The Nazis Persecuted Him. The Soviets Killed Him. Today He’s Barely Known.James Edwards’s biography recovers the memory of German theologian Ernst Lohmeyer.
- Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Christian Doctor Who Heals Rape VictimsCongolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege is on a crusade for women’s dignity.
- Died: George Lindbeck, Father of Postliberal TheologyNature of Doctrine author was a “missionary to postmodernity.”
- Died: Robert Jenson, ‘America’s Theologian’The lifelong Lutheran and ecumenical leader shaped a generation with new scholarship on the Trinity, salvation, and systematics.