Part II of Martin Noland’s Essay on Laymens’ Rights – The Pre Reformation History of the Matter

(Editor’s Note: for an introduction to this essay and for Part I  click here.) Before we look at contemporary challenges to laymen’s rights in Lutheran congregations, I would like to take you on a historical tour of the idea.   … Continue reading

Laymen’s Rights in Lutheran Congregations: Origins, Developments, and Contemporary Challenges, by Martin Noland

Church historian and regular contributor to BJS Pastor Martin Noland has written a timely review of the significance of laymen’s rights in the church. His point is to place into a helpful historical context the current challenges to congregational autonomy … Continue reading