iab-728x90

The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

iab-728x90

Plumber analysis may miss mark

Luther stressed Christian values in all jobs, endeavors

I wonder about Peter W. Marty's "Christian plumber" analysis (July, "A Lutheran Christian life for today: Column to focus on faithful living"). I've never heard a clergyperson object to being called a "Christian minister" and his or her place of worship being called a "Christian church." Indeed, by doing so he or she specifies that the activities of the minister and those within the church will be of a particular nature. Martin Luther thought it should be the same with Christian laity. For example, I would expect that the work and billing activities of the plumber would be what he would expect of a fellow plumber, á la the Golden Rule, and not the selfish ethic of an objectivist.

Gary Moore
Sarasota, Fla.

July issue hits home

I admit that The Lutheran often goes unread at my house, so for whatever led me to open and read the July issue I'm extremely grateful. I look forward to Peter W. Marty's series on what it means to be a Lutheran Christian ("A Lutheran Christian life for today: Column to focus on faithful living"). I was moved by Joy M. Gonnerman's "My view" ("Blessed are the poor"). Other articles contain much to educate and inform, and I appreciate the words of our presiding bishop, Mark S. Hanson ("Give public service its due"). Thank you for the continued work you do.

Linda Carlson
Arvada, Colo.


The rest of this article is only available to subscribers.

text size:

this page: email | print

iab-728x90
August issue

AUGUST issue:

Advice for evangelism

More...