For a while now I’ve been saying that there is no such thing as “Lutheranism.” “Lutheran” is not an “ism.”
The guys on the Gospel Asylum invited me on to talk about “-ism”s, and to defend myself.
This was a really fun interview.
Here’s the outline of the discussion:
6:30 Movements vs Institutions
8:00 Institutions (the basic work of theology)
9:30 Where the church is instituted in Scriptures
10:40 Authority vs Power
12:30 The use of words in movement vs institution
13:40 Jesus and authority and power, and how this comes into the church. office and institution
15:45 Minister vs Leader
16:20 Emergency and Order
19:50 What is the church instituted to do? or: How is the church instituted? And how the definition of the church precedes the ends of the church, which sets us free from worry.
23:50 What it means that Lutheran is not an -ism.
27:00 Why do we tend to emergency thinking?
31:00 How feminism and Islam coexist? How the movement must fight against institutions.
33:05 The comfort of knowing that the devil cannot create.
37:05 What life in the institutions looks like.
39:10 Mission and Vision in the movement
40:00 Institution vs Bureaucracy, and the immediacy of the Lord’s mediated work
41:10 Being in the office does not mean that we are free from sin
43:10 What is “Lutheran”? What is the Lutheran Church?
48:10 The sturdiness of life in the Gospel.
Let me know what you think.