New Study to begin for the Sunday Adult Class, April 10 @ 10:30am

“Through stories of his own pastoral experiences, reflections on the Lutheran Confessions, the writings of Martin Luther, and Scripture itself, Klemet I. Preus explores the impact of the American Evangelical and Church Growth Movements on the modern Lutheran Church. He reminds readers that practice and doctrine are inextricably linked for those who are the body of Christ. The Fire and the Staff captures the relationship between doctrine and practice. Doctrine is like a fire. It lights our way and warms us. Doctrine and practice are more closely related, even interdependent, than is often realized. Doctrine affects practice and practice affects doctrine. The two are so intimately woven together that when you change one, you will inevitably change the other, sometimes without realizing what has happened.”[1]

Why do Lutherans do what they do, and how are doctrine and practice related?  These questions and more are addressed in this helpful book by a Lutheran pastor bound unconditionally to the Lutheran Confessions.

Various theologies plague Christianity and wrestle for superiority.  Preus not only draws distinctions, but gives explanation and illustration of why it is necessary “To contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints,”(Jude 1:3) with reference to doctrine, certainly, but also with reference to practice, that is, to worship, and how the Christian church does what it does.

Upon casual observation, the influence of doctrine to practice and how practice is affected by doctrine may not be immediately noticeable.  However, the two cannot be separated.  Recognizing the practice will help determine what the doctrine is, and understanding the doctrine will give answer for the kind of practice.

This book is especially needful in the church, for little regard is often given, not only to the historical practices of the church (and why we might use them), but more importantly, how practice may demonstrate either a consistency or an inconsistency with the Gospel itself.

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