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A Deep and Certain Joy

July 30th, 2008
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While we struggle, as indeed we do, with errors and challenges of all kinds, let’s not get ourselves so wrapped up in our problems that we lose sight of the deep and certain joy that is ours in Christ. Thanks to Pastor Alex Klages for posting this great comment from Dr. Werner Elert:

He who is no longer deeply sensible of the joy in Luther’s Christmas hymns, of the jubilation in our Easter hymns, of Paul Gerhardt’s “God for us” and “Christ for me,” should examine himself to see whether his theology is not more closely related to the Koran than to the Gospel.

(Elert, The Structure of Lutheranism, 70)

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  1. wmcwirla
    July 30th, 2008 at 23:03 | #1

    This is a great quote. I am always suspicious of the joyless orthodoxy or joyless pietisms that seem to permeate the church along with joyless worship. Elert here reminds us that joy is one facet of the fruit of the Spirit.

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