The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Lutheran laryngitis

Can we learn to talk about faith?

Thank you for “A cure for Lutheran laryngitis” (August). Amid our discussions of interpretation of Scripture and disagreements over human sexuality, maybe we’ve overlooked the real elephant in the room: our lack of evangelism to a broken world. Evangelism is central to Lutherans because giving witness to the gospel is at the core of who we are. Suggestions on how to share the good news of Jesus are helpful but perhaps not the best starting point. Before we learn how to share who we are, we need to know who we are. We are a people called to “go therefore”—not out of obligation. As justification by grace through faith in Jesus Christ is at our core, we are set free—free from self-justifying, free to serve our neighbors. Maybe we don’t need to find a cure for the laryngitis that limits us but must first open our eyes to the gift God has freed us to be.

Adam Forbes
Columbus, Ohio

Just ‘be church’

Thanks for the laryngitis article. As the church continues to lose members, we wonder why and ask, “How do we do church better?” One of our answers is to print another book for worship. I suggest that rather than just “doing church” we need to be the church, “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world.” If we do that we will have exciting days ahead.

Clyde Showalter
Coarsegold, Calif.

Live in Christ’s presence

The laryngitis article offers good suggestions but left out one of the most vital methods of lay preaching. Paul wrote: “Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us” (Philippians 3:17). Lutherans have forgotten that Christianity spread throughout the existing society in Jesus’ day by people living the presence of Christ in word and deed. Their lives actually cried out, “Imitate me.” When our Christianity springs from sermons that say “Copy me,” we’ll no longer be speechless.

David F. Conrad
Oneonta, Ala.

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