What the world expects and what God has given to preach- ers to preach are at odds. The art of preaching involves, in part, a fundamental understanding of the distinction between the world governed by its prince, the devil, and the church, whose head is Christ. Yet there is tension. Why? Because preachers live in the world. That is how God set up the preaching office.
Seven minutes. That’s it. That’s all a preacher gets nowadays. After that hands fidget, minds wander, and bodies are restless. Yes, 420 seconds is all that’s left of the average attention span. That means seven short minutes is all that the average person is willing to listen to a sermon.
The juxtaposition of “Luther, Wall Street, and Welfare” may disturb American church-goers, who, to paraphrase the old cliché about the Church of England, may often be dubbed “the Republican Party at prayer.”
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A number of significant parallels exist between the garden of Eden and the tabernacle. The contour, substance, and meaning of the garden inform the tabernacle and its service. The reverse also is true; understanding the tabernacle helps one conceptualize the garden. The biblical texts provide a discourse between the two "sanctuaries."
As you are coming to the motherland of the Reformation, you will observe that reformation is not only a once-and-for-all event in the history of a church, but it is a necessity within the church ever new.
Many American Lutherans have rejected Luther because of his alleged anti-Semitism or supposed hatred of the Jews — even formally condemning him twice for this at national conventions in 1974 (American Lutheran Church) and 1994 (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America).