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March 22, 2010

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Grace

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

Yesterday, I was lent a copy of “The Lutheran Handbook,” a book published by Augsburg Fortress (a publishing ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). Basically, the book is a light hearted “handbook” for how Lutherans live, breathe, and act. For instance, there is a section on “How to Stay Alert in Church” that provides some interesting suggestions like:

1. Get Adequate sleep.

2. Drink plenty of water, though not too much (the idea being that one bathroom break during church is permissible, but two isn’t)

3. Eat a high-protein breakfast.

4. Arrive early and find the coffee pot.

There were a couple of other suggestions on how to keep the eyelids from closing during church, including the ever popular pinching yourself on the soft flesh of your arm or leg. Other chapters include: “What to bring to the church potluck,” and “How to avoid getting burned at the stake.”

Of course, there were plenty of serious sections, including a review of some statements by Martin Luther. But the one section that really caught my eye dealt with the Lutheran understanding of salvation and how it is only by the grace of God that we Christians can be saved. Our works will never be sufficient to earn salvation; only the work of our Lord Jesus Christ at the cross is enough to pay the sin debt of the world. It is by God’s grace that we are forgiven of our sins. It is by God’s grace that He sends His Holy Spirit to build faith in our hearts. It is all about God’s grace, mercy, and love.

Grace – a wonderful word that is at the center of our lives as Christians.

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  1. Mar 22 2010

    I’m so glad you enjoyed both the humor and the serious content in “The Lutheran Handbook”. It has been very popular as a resource for use with confirmation students (it is integral to our http://www.herewestandconfirmation.org confirmation resource), for use with adult faith formation (The Lutheran Course and The Lutheran Course II), and as a gift for people at various life-stages, such as high school or college graduation, for new members joining congregations, etc.

    Thanks for writing about it! All of these resources are readily available on our website, http://www.augsburgfortress.org

    Blessings,
    Beth

    Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO
    Augsburg Fortress
    ceo@augsburgfortress.org
    http://twitter.com/bethalewis

    Reply
    • Mar 22 2010

      I really enjoyed reading it. I will be picking up a couple of copies.

      Reply
  2. Mar 22 2010

    I’m so glad you enjoyed both the humor and the serious content in “The Lutheran Handbook”. It has been very popular as a resource for use with confirmation students (it is integral to our http://www.herewestandconfirmation.org confirmation resource), for use with adult faith formation (The Lutheran Course and The Lutheran Course II), and as a gift for people at various life-stages, such as high school or college graduation, for new members joining congregations, etc.

    Thanks for writing about it! All of these resources are readily available on our website, http://www.augsburgfortress.org

    Blessings,
    Beth

    Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO
    Augsburg Fortress
    ceo@augsburgfortress.org
    http://twitter.com/bethalewis

    Reply
    • Mar 22 2010

      I really enjoyed reading it. I will be picking up a couple of copies.

      Reply

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