The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Book highlights the best of Lull

The late theologian Timothy F. Lull wrote many articles for The Lutheran. Augsburg Fortress, Publishers, recently released a collection of some his best pieces, appropriately titled On Being Lutheran.

The 29 articles are grouped into four sections, covering “This Church Confesses,” “Lutheran and Evangelical,” “The ELCA at Five” and “Our Resilient Faith.” Topics range from “No Apology for the Faith” and “Rebuilding Lutheran Piety” to “Reason to Believe” and “Luther’s Great Discovery.”

In the book’s forward, ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson hails Lull’s extraordinary career and notes that “Tim continually brought us back to [theologian Dietrich] Bonhoeffer’s interpretation of life in Christ: being the community that bears Christ’s name and also lives out its faith in lives of radical discipleship for the sake of the gospel and the life of the world.”

At the time of his death in 2003, Lull was professor of systematic theology and president of Pacific Lutheran Seminary, Berkeley, Calif. Previously he had taught at the Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia. His published works include A Common Calling (Fortress Press, 1993, possibly available from www.amazon.com) and My Conversations with Martin Luther (Augsburg Fortress, 1999).


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