Things usually run in three, be they bad or good. This month, the magazine has three somewhat similar items to celebrate.
Starting with this issue and for at least the next year, Peter W. Marty assumes the mantel of The Lutheran's page 3 column. Marty, 51, serves as a pastor of St. Paul, a 3,200-member ELCA congregation in Davenport, Iowa.
He is particularly well-suited to tackle the subject, "A Lutheran Christian life for today." The idea is to explore the joy of being a Lutheran Christian, using that identity for an experiential look at facets of a faith-filled life. He is a frequent preacher and speaker; author of more than 60 articles on leadership, preaching and parish renewal; and was host from 2004 to 2009 of the ELCA radio program Grace Matters. Presently he chairs the board of The Christian Century magazine and is writing a book on the essentials of faith: A No-Nonsense Guide to the Christian Life. Just recently the Academy of Parish Clergy named him 2010 "Parish Pastor of the Year."
Full disclosure: I've known the Marty family for decades. His father, Martin E. Marty, provided a quick but thorough tutoring in comparative religion when I became religion writer for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1985. Shortly thereafter, Peter Marty served as one of the pastors at the parish I attended and we became friends.
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