On Being Lutheran
David Miller, former editor of The Lutheran magazine, reflects on the life and work of Tim Lull: Take and read the witness of a free man. For more than fifteen years I was privileged to edit virtually all the articles...
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David Miller, former editor of The Lutheran magazine, reflects on the life and work of Tim Lull: Take and read the witness of a free man. For more than fifteen years I was privileged to edit virtually all the articles Tim Lull wrote for The Lutheran magazine. The bristling energy of his witness never failed to excite my mind and imagination. Tim's passion for the gospel of Jesus Christ was as infectious in his life as in his prose. Bubbling enthusiasm, intellectual joy, unceasing curiosity, and a holy love of Christ's Church spun a whirlwind of creativity and lively conversation wherever one engaged him. He was ever a fresh breeze, restless, ceaselessly moving, accomplishing his purpose and moving on (oh, much too soon), for the next meeting, the next lecture hall, the next encounter, but always leaving the people and places of his life more vibrant, joyous, and hopeful than before he came. Tim's joy and energy was born from the freedom of the justifying word of God. He believed God has spoken an incomparably gracious word over his life and over all life, and he was forever in service of speaking that work as freshly, as powerfully as he could. The freedom that he knew in that loving word of God fueled Tim's passion and made his life and his words a witness to the gospel to which he fully gave himself. Take and read those words. Filled with the life and joy of Christ, they will leave you more alive, too. They are the witness of a free man, my friend Tim. Book jacket.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America professes to be a public church constituted by God for its public vocation. Moe-Lobeda explores what it means for the ELCA to play a role in public life today. Sections focus on what it means to be a public church, obstacles to being a public church in public life, power for being public church, and providing public leadership. For the followers of Jesus, the ''way of living'' in public is a gift of God to the church. It is costly and dangerous, but yet gives life abundant, now and forever.
Timothy F. Lull was President of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, and Professor of Systematic Theology at PLTS and in the Graduate Theological Union.