PD2 Coaches If Necessary Use Words

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PD2 Coaches If Necessary Use Words

  1. 1. “When Necessary, Use Words”?Verbum Dei Theology for Right Now a Workshop of the ELCAYMNet Practice Discipleship Initiative with Hans Wiersma, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota Slide 1
  2. 2. Crypt of St. Francis Assisi, Italy Slide 2
  3. 3. The original St. Francesco Mission (aka Mission Dolores) after the 1906 Quake Slide 3
  4. 4. The Simpsons“Homer the Heretic” Slide 4
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  7. 7. “Preach the Gospel at all times; if necessary, use words”Where have you encountered this saying? What does the saying mean? Slide 7
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  9. 9. This willprobably getmore play if Isay it’s by St. Francis. Slide 9
  10. 10. “No brother should preach contraryto the form and regulations of theholy Church unless he has beenpermitted by his minister …However, all the brothers shouldpreach with their deeds.” —Rule of St. Francis, 1221 version Slide 10
  11. 11. Preach the Gospel at all times.If necessary, use words? Slide 11
  12. 12. What is better? That I should spend my timein prayer or that I should go around preaching? Slide 12
  13. 13. Does it make adifference to youknowing that the“if necessary, usewords” quotation is not mine?Why or why not?” Slide 13
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  19. 19. What do you know about the “Rise of the Nones”? What do you think are thereasons why the “Nones” are on the rise? Slide 19
  20. 20. 1. Backlash 3. Less against need for political community agenda locales 2. Later 4. More starts for health, marriage wealth,and family security Slide 20
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  22. 22. “[The Internet is] a religion destroyer as much asanything else we’ve ever seen—open access toinformation, the ability to prove your pastorswrong, the overwhelming number of atheistswho make their case online…how is that not aforce to be reckoned with?” —Hemant Mehta Slide 22
  23. 23. To “outsiders,” the Church is:1. an organized religion with a political agenda2. judgmental and negative3. dominated by males and an oppressor of females4. homophobic5. arrogantly claims that all other religions are wrong6. full of fundamentalists who take the whole Bible literally Slide 23
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  27. 27. QuizTime! Slide 27
  28. 28. Question 1: According to the Augsburg Confession(art. V, German text), in order that we might obtainjustifying faith, what did God do?a. Institutum est ministerium docendi Evangelii et porrigendi Sacramenta.b. Gott hat das Predigtamt eingesetzt, das Evangelium und die Sakramente gegeben.c. God instituted the office of preaching, giving the gospel and the sacraments (English translation).d. Du, du, liegst mir in Herzen; du, du, liegst mir in Sinn… Slide 28
  29. 29. Question 1: According to the Augsburg Confession(art. V, German text), in order that we might obtainjustifying faith, what did God do?a. Institutum est ministerium docendi Evangelii et porrigendi Sacramenta.b. Gott hat das Predigtamt eingesetzt, das Evangelium und die Sakramente gegeben.c. God instituted the office of preaching, giving the gospel and the sacraments (English translation).d. Du, du, liegst mir in Herzen; du, du, liegst mir in Sinn… Slide 29
  30. 30. FOR DISCUSSIONDo we need to rethink what the preaching“office” is?Can “giving the gospel” mean more than Wordsonly, in much the same way that the Sacramentsare more than words only? Slide 30
  31. 31. Question 2: According to the Augsburg Confession(Art. 6), the faith produced by giving the Gospel is…a. not yet fully formed.b. needs to be proven by doing good works.c. should yield good fruit or is bound to produce good fruits.d. irrational, foolish. Slide 31
  32. 32. Question 2: According to the Augsburg Confession(Art. 6), the faith produced by giving the Gospel is…a. not yet fully formed.b. needs to be proven by doing good works.c. should yield good fruit or is bound to produce good fruits.d. irrational, foolish. Slide 32
  33. 33. FOR DISCUSSIONWhat is the difference between a faith that“should” produce good fruit and a faith that is“bound” to produce good fruit?(Note: Augsburg Confession, Article Six, makesclear that “good fruit” means “good works.”) Slide 33
  34. 34. Question 3: According to Luther’s Large Catechism,“the reason we take such care to preach on thecatechism frequently” isa. to impress it upon our young peopleb. so that it may penetrate deeply into their mindsc. so that it may remain fixed in their memoriesd. Wait. What? We’re supposed to preach on the Catechism frequently? Slide 34
  35. 35. Question 3: According to Luther’s Large Catechism,“the reason we take such care to preach on thecatechism frequently” isa. to impress it upon our young peopleb. so that it may penetrate deeply into their mindsc. so that it may remain fixed in their memoriesd. Wait. What? We’re supposed to preach on the Catechism frequently? Slide 35
  36. 36. FOR DISCUSSIONa.Isn’t it time to proclaim clearly that theCatechism is concerned with more than justwhat one thinks or says but also what one does?b.Can the same be said of the Catechism’s othersections (Creed, Prayer, Sacraments)?c.Have we truncated the original Lutheran visionfor the preaching office and for teaching thegospel? Slide 36
  37. 37. Question 4: According to Luther’s Small Catechism,what are believers redeemed and set free for?a. To become Franciscans.b. To belong to Christ.c. To live in Christ’s Kingdom.d. To serve Christ (in ever-lasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness). Slide 37
  38. 38. Question 4: According to Luther’s Small Catechism,what are believers redeemed and set free for?a. To become Franciscans.b. To belong to Christ.c. To live in Christ’s Kingdom.d. To serve Christ (in ever-lasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness). Slide 38
  39. 39. FOR DISCUSSIONa.Has the Lutheran teaching of justification byfaith (or any other teaching of justification)emphasized what believers are saved from orwhat believers are saved for?b.What kind of changes would you like to see inour pulpits so that the hearers of Lutheransermons will be taught about “freedom from” aswell as “freedom for”? Slide 39
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  41. 41. Verbum Dei =Word of God. What DoesThis Mean??? Slide 41
  42. 42. THESIS ONEWe can learn much from the fake St FrancisQuotation. AND we can learn much from the realSt. Francis. Slide 42
  43. 43. THESIS TWOIf the Lutheran understanding is that good fruit(good works) are bound to follow the faith thatresults from preaching, perhaps we can also saythat “actions that preach” follow “words thatpreach.”Furthermore, there is also a way to understandthat words that preach follow actions thatpreach. Slide 43
  44. 44. THESIS THREEWe have a great resource for how to live livesthat “preach”: it’s called the Small Catechism(esp. the Ten Commandments section). Slide 44
  45. 45. THESIS FOURNot only should we enhance our understandingof the preached Word, we should also enhanceour understanding of the preaching office. Slide 45
  46. 46. Be Doers of the Wordand not merely hearers. —James 1:22 Slide 46
  47. 47. Be Hearers of the Wordand not merely doers. —a Lutheran Take on James 1:22 Slide 47

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