This is the first episode in our “What do they believe?” series. The purpose of this series is not to debate opposing theological traditions but rather to learn about them. At the end of the series we will record an episode where we will respond and defend in more detail what we believe. As part of this series we will also be addressing how Christians from different traditions can and should discuss our differences while remembering that we are part of the same holy and apostolic church.
Our guest on this episode of Theology Gals is Pastor Brian Thomas author of Wittenberg vs Geneva: A Biblical Bout in 7 Rounds on Doctrines that Divide. Pastor Brian is an associate Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in San Diego, CA, a Congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. He is also a contributor to 1517 The Legacy Project blog
Thank you to 1517 The Legacy Project for arranging this interview and providing copies of Pastor Brian’s book which we will be giving away. 1517 Legacy is committed to, “Supplying theological resources that strengthen congregations, and modeling ways of engaging the culture in a manner that is thoughtful, courageous, and Christ-centered.” Learn more here about “What is 1517?”
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Check out the upcoming Here We Still Stand: A Reformation Conference, a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in San Diego California, October 19th-21st with both Reformed and Lutheran speakers including Rod Rosenbladt, Chris Rosebrough, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Jared Wilson, Steve Brown, John Warwick Montgomery and more.
How Christians from differing traditions can and should, discuss/debate our differences in a generous, kind, and honest fashion while recognizing we all belong to the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church:
- Be clear on both sides and major on the majors. Understand what it is we disagree about.
- Be respectful and kind. Say what you mean, but you don’t have to say it mean. Be honest and don’t argue about something you know little about.
- Read original sources
- Be in it for the long haul
- Remember the point of Theology debate is unity.
Also mentioned on this episode: The Thinking Fellows podcast on Eternal Subordination
Suggested Resources for further study from Pastor Brian Thomas:
- Called, Believe, Teach, and Confess by Steven Mueller probably the best single volume, readable, introduction to Lutheran theology
- The Lutheran Difference Looks at a wide scope of theological topics with a contrast to other Christian traditions (Reformed, Methodist, Eastern, Roman Catholic).
- Katie Luther: First Lady of the Reformation Thought this one of Luther’s wife would be a fun and encouraging read for your listeners. She led a fascinating life and Luther would not have accomplished nearly as much as he did without her.
- The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Lutheran Church
Suggested Resources for further study from the Theology Gals:
- Resources on Understanding the Differences Between the Lutheran and Reformed Traditions by R Scott Clark
- Between Wittenberg and Geneva: Lutheran and Reformed Theology in Conversation by Robert Kolb and Carl Trueman This book which is being released in October is available for pre-order
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