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our faith vocabulary

Maybe I wasn't paying much attention in confirmation class. Or maybe at 13 I wasn't prepared to get my head around such abstract concepts as law and gospel, justification or grace. Whatever the reason, I became an adult with at best a rudimentary understanding of key elements of my faith tradition.

I like to think there are others like me. Some teach second grade Sunday school to avoid the Bible study class, where everyone must have more knowledge than they. Others avoid Christian education classes altogether. Yet, as active members of congregations, we yearn for a deeper understanding of our faith, sometimes afraid to ask questions to which we're sure we should know the answers.

The Lutheran asked eight pastors and professors to offer explanations of key words in our faith vocabulary. Consider these pages a confirmation refresher. We know there are other words to be explored, but these will get you started.


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