Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 9. Good Works

Invitation happens most naturally in the realm of vocation, that is, in one’s stations in life. One need not expend great amounts of money, take great pains, have great knowledge, or put oneself under great pressure in order to extend … Continue reading

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 8. Invitation

We now move out one more ring, from the congregation, from the families of the congregation, from the straying members of the congregation, to those who (at first glance) have nothing to do with the congregation. This is chapter eight … Continue reading

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 7. Straying

Outreach happens most simply through families when a husband and wife have children and bring them to church. I’ll be clear that families do not exist for the sake of outreach, as if families are only good because they’re useful. … Continue reading

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 6. Catechesis

So young men and young women are getting married to faithful Lutherans and having children. Excellent! Now comes the lifelong duty of parents: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the education and instruction … Continue reading

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 5. Procreation

So, we’ve talked about why the Church need not fear for her survival. We’ve started the discussion of outreach with the importance of doctrinal faithfulness, the appropriateness of beauty, and the essence of congregational hospitality. Our discussion of outreach now … Continue reading

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 4. Hospitality

A congregation that believes, teaches, and confesses sound doctrine is a place of divine outreach. When people are brought to that place, God himself is the one at work. There is a certain extent to which, once people are in … Continue reading

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 3. Beauty

No congregation can claim to be Christian without faithfulness to the Word of God, because it is the pure Word of God that makes us Christians. God’s Word is the one thing needful, both for our preservation in the faith … Continue reading

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 2. Faithfulness

Steadfast Lutherans will soon be publishing a book titled “Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach.” The book will be available as a free PDF and in print for the cost of printing at Lulu.com. The chapters of the book … Continue reading