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We’ve Won the Lottery: Now What?

July 31st, 2009
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This is a great article by Mark Galli who makes a radical proposal to American Evangelicals: stop working so hard to make God happy and start to focus more on what has made God happy. Hint: It’s all about Jesus! Great read. Check it out.

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  1. Steve Newell
    July 31st, 2009 at 10:37 | #1

    On Issues, Etc (the best Lutheran radio program), Todd was talking about Mary and Martha and it occurred to me that there are “Mary Churches” and “Martha Churches”. Many American “evangelical” churches could be classified as “Martha Churches” in that they are all focused on what they are doing for Christ and they look down of those “Mary Churches” that focus first on the teachings of Christ.

    A “Mary Church” focuses on what Christ has done for Us while a “Martha Church” focuses on that we should be doing.

    Luther would refer to this a theology of the cross vs. a theology of glory.

  2. James
    August 1st, 2009 at 20:09 | #2

    I read the article by Mark Galli and I disagree with the following
    “It’s now pretty much agreed that the evangelical church mirrors the dysfunctions of secular society, from premarital sex stats to divorce rates to buying habits.”

    It’s NEWSworthy because it does not reflect the percentages that exist in normal society. It’s newsworthy because the world likes to focus on the “non-perfect” among Christians. (See Dr. Hugh Maclure in “Physician”
    July-Aug 2002)
    I’m currently planning a family reunion for the 240 or so descendants of a pioneering Augustana pastor, in the close to 100 marriages there are maybe 10 divorces.

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