New Resources AND ideas for Lent
New at the Resource Center:
aking Sense of Martin Luther" is a new 7-session study by David Lose.
(wait, 7 sessions, isn't that how many weeks are in Lent....)
ly guide your groups through "Making Sense of Martin Luther" with this easy to use Leader Guide. This study also includes a DVD with segments for each of the 7 sessions. A Participant Guide is available from Augsburg Fortress. And for those who prefer to study on their own, we have a book with the same title By David Lose.
The seven sessions and video lengths are:
Session 2: Freedom! Justification by Grace Through Faith (11:46)
Session 3: The Present-Tense God: Law and Gospel (12:35)
Session 4: The Ambidextrous God: The Two Kingdoms and God's Ongoing Work in the World (16:35)
Session 5: Called for Good: Vocation, Sinning Boldly, and the Respiratory System of the Body of Christ (12:18)
Session 6: God Hidden and Revealed: Luther's Theology of the Cross and the Sacraments (19:54)
Faith In Action: A Handbook for Activists, Advocates, and Allies
"Faith in Action" will deepen your perspective on important issues - from racial justice to environmental concerns, from LGBTQIA equality to Native people's rights, from women's equality to disability rights, from mass incarceration to immigration - so that w
hen you step out into the world to be an activist, advocate, and ally, you'll have the tools and confidence you need. Created by contributors with varied experiences in activism, faith, policy, and social change, "Faith in Action" is the book for you if you are ready to make a real difference in the world.
A Complicated Pregnancy: Whether Mary was a Virgin and Why It Matters
The virgin birth is a much-loved story in the Christian tradition. It is the standard "origin story" of Jesus, marking the incarnation of the Son of God. Today, however, many theologians dispute the tradition of the virginal conception on both historical and scientific grounds.
As a progressive Protestant theologian - and a husband and a father - Kyle Roberts was growing unsure of his belief in Mary's virginity. It contradicted modern science, and it seemed to undermine her feminine power. So he set out to investigate the virgin birth from every angle: the Bible, history, science, and philosophy.
"A Complicated Pregnancy" records his journey through the evidence and the myth. Did the Holy Spirit form Jesus as a zygote in Mary's womb? If so, where did Jesus get his male genome? Was Jesus's birth really bloodless, as the early church believed, and is Mary a "perpetual virgin?"
Robert's quest is a fascinating journey through history, biblical interpretation, and church politics. His conclusion surprised him, and it will surprise you, too.