The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


For all the saints

Nothing keeps our focus on God like friendship with the friends of God

Spirituality is popular among some Americans when it promises a way to be religious without having to deal with the church, its long messy history or those often annoy ing folks who belong to it. Turning to the inner life seems to offer freedom from the constraints and obligations of the world. Lutheran spirituality doesn't allow this escape. It cultivates a liberty with a realistic view of humanity, and it is firmly bo und to other people.

Lutheran spirituality begins with the recognition that the offenses we find in others are also found in us. The Augsburg Confession defines the church as the assembly of believers, then admits that the assembly includes "many false Christians, hypocrites, and even open sinners" (Article VIII).

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