Currents in Theology and Mission, the Theological Journal of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Wartburg Theological Seminary, offers theological essays and book reviews on a wide spectrum of theological literature, as well as exegetical and homiletical resources for every Sunday and major festival in the church year (the latter section is called "Preaching Helps"). Currents aims to provide resources for mission, ministry, and theological growth for pastors and other church leaders.

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The Globethics.net library contains articles of Currents in Theology and Mission as of vol. 43(2016) to current.

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  • Divinizing the Community: Implications for Luther’s Social Ethics from the Finnish School of Luther Interpretation

    Durheim, Benjamin (Lutheran School of THeology at Chicago, 2016-01-19)
    This article applies insights from the Finnish school of Luther interpretation to the issue of communal social ethics. After outlining the relevant points, the article contends that Luther’s theology of Christ present in faith can be translated into communal unification of Christ with the believing community. The article draws implications from this translation for communal action on behalf of social justice and transformation. Communal unification with Christ in faith provides a Lutheran theological warrant for action of the believing community toward systemic social reformation toward justice.
  • Word & World: Theology for Christian Ministry

    Gaiser, Frederick J.; Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 2016-01-19)
    Word & World is the journal of “Theology for Christian Ministry” published by the faculty of Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Word & World first appeared in 1980. Though based in a Lutheran institution and reflecting Lutheran theology, the journal is diverse in readership, choice of authors, and board and staff. As word and world, it seeks an open conversation with the world in all its aspects. As theology for Christian ministry, it seeks to direct this conversation toward Christian pastors and students. The journal is topical, with issues devoted to aspects of “word,” including almost every book of the Bible, and “world” with issues such “Land” and “Water.”
  • A Bishops' Letter about the Climate

    Westhelle, Vitor; Professor of Systematic Theology, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 2016-03-22)
    Archbishop Antje Jackelén, LSTC Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology, delivered the 2015 Commencement Address at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. During her time in Chicago, the LSTC Board of Directors and Faculty read and discussed a letter about the climate approved by the bishops of the Church of Sweden at the Bishops’ Conference of 2014 (A Bishops’ letter about the climate, Uppasala: Ineko, 2014). This essay is one of the formal responses to the letter, presented by Dr. Vítor Westhelle. It lifts up in particular the theological convictions about spirituality and theological anthropology present in the bishops’ letter, a letter that calls the global church to action in the face of the threat of climate change.
  • Word & World: Theology for Christian Ministry

    Gaiser, Frederick J. (Lutheran School of THeology at Chicago, 2016-01-19)
    Word & World is the journal of “Theology for Christian Ministry” published by the faculty of Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Word & World first appeared in 1980. Though based in a Lutheran institution and reflecting Lutheran theology, the journal is diverse in readership, choice of authors, and board and staff. As word and world, it seeks an open conversation with the world in all its aspects. As theology for Christian ministry, it seeks to direct this conversation toward Christian pastors and students. The journal is topical, with issues devoted to aspects of “word,” including almost every book of the Bible, and “world” with issues such “Land” and “Water.”
  • The Earth is Full of Your Glory

    Stewart, Benjamin; Gordon A. Braatz Associate Professor of Worship, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 2016-03-22)
    Sermon delivered at St. Luke's Church on Belmont in Chicago, Ill., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at a service addressing the ecotheological dimensions of the texts for the day as well as the St. Francis pet blessing that took place during that worship service.
  • Job Through the Eyes of Science: Designed for Survival

    Herman, Stewart W.; Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 2016-03-22)
    Explores the book of Job as a resource for spiritualizing the environmental movement
  • Preaching Helps

    Lundblad, Barbara; Union Theological Seminary (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 2016-03-22)
    Preaching helps for the Second Sunday of Easter to Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
  • What's the Right Rite: Treating Environmental Degradation as Sickness or Sin

    Stewart, Benjamin M; Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 2016-03-22)
    Benjamin Stewart brings together climate change, public health, and liturgy in this essay, making the case for framing environmental degradation as sickness rather than primarily as sin. Stewart suggests ways that the metaphor of healing might help shape vibrant worship and hopeful action in the world.
  • A Beloved Earth Community: Christian Mission in an Ecological Age

    Rhoads, David; Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; Rossing, Barbara; Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 2016-03-22)
    This essay was first published in Mission after Christendom: Emergent Themes in Contemporary Mission, ed. Ogbu Kalu, Peter Vethanayagamony, and Edmund Kee-Fook Chia (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 2010).
  • Book Reviews - April 2016

    Nessan, Craig; Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; Trobfuguten, Troy; Wartburg Theological Seminary; Klein, Ralph; Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 2016-03-22)
    Assorted book reviews submitted to section editors by peer reviewers.
  • Eco-Reformation and the 500th Anniversary in 2017

    Rossing, Barbara; Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 2016-03-22)
    Introduction to the issue with brief synopsis of essays.
  • A Living Body

    Thomas, Linda E.; Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 2016-03-22)
    Sermon delivered on Earth Day, April 22, 2015.
  • Borderland Ethics Sin Fronteras: Borderland Ethics Without Borders, Neighbor-Love in Liminal Spaces

    Alanis, Javier (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 2019-07-05)
    This article characterizes borderland ethics as ethics sin fronteras or without borders and argues that neighbor love is expressed as justice agency in the liminal spaces of the U.S.–Mexico “Third Space” borderlands. The author provides several definitions of liminal space such as a threshold for sacred encounter with the immigrant asylum seeker. The theological claim is that pastoral agents are Imago Dei to the immigrant who in turn reflects the Imago Dei as the immigrant Christ of the church.  The article presents an ethical framework based on these theological and ethical claims and further argues that conscience-bearing ethics takes the form of love and justice advocacy on behalf of the immigrant.
  • Intercultural Theology in the Multicultural Context of World Christianity: Issues, Insights, and Interactions

    Moe, David Thang (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 2019-07-05)
    This article examines the intercultural renaissance for world Christianity through the twin forces of the shift of Christianity to the Global South as a world religion beyond the West and the coming of Southern Christians to the Global North as pilgrims and refugees. The author explores hospitality, otherness, border-crossing, marginality, majority, and liberation as the contextual and conceptual issues for the new hermeneutics of intercultural theology in the multicultural context of World Christianity.
  • Ten Years Ago--The Day the ELCA Opened the Door to LGBT Pastors

    Lundblad, Barbara (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 2019-07-05)
    Commorating the tenth anniversary, LGBTQIA+ ELCA pastors offer sermon helps on the texts for July 7 through September 29, 2019.
  • Word & World: Theology for Christian Ministry

    Gaiser, Frederick J. (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 2016-01-19)
    Word & World is the journal of “Theology for Christian Ministry” published by the faculty of Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Word & World first appeared in 1980. Though based in a Lutheran institution and reflecting Lutheran theology, the journal is diverse in readership, choice of authors, and board and staff. As word and world, it seeks an open conversation with the world in all its aspects. As theology for Christian ministry, it seeks to direct this conversation toward Christian pastors and students. The journal is topical, with issues devoted to aspects of “word,” including almost every book of the Bible, and “world” with issues such “Land” and “Water.”
  • Word & World: Theology for Christian Ministry

    Gaiser, Frederick J. (Lutheran School of THeology at Chicago, 2016-01-19)
    Word & World is the journal of “Theology for Christian Ministry” published by the faculty of Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Word & World first appeared in 1980. Though based in a Lutheran institution and reflecting Lutheran theology, the journal is diverse in readership, choice of authors, and board and staff. As word and world, it seeks an open conversation with the world in all its aspects. As theology for Christian ministry, it seeks to direct this conversation toward Christian pastors and students. The journal is topical, with issues devoted to aspects of “word,” including almost every book of the Bible, and “world” with issues such “Land” and “Water.”
  • Theological Journals: Bridges over Troubled Waters

    Huffman, Tim (Lutheran School of THeology at Chicago, 2016-01-19)
    All printed materials face major financial challenges today, with theological journals particularly vulnerable. These challenges are magnified as denominations decline in membership and money, and sponsoring institutions struggle and even close. At the same time a “Luther Renaissance” has produced a wealth of new resources of serious theology, beloved by scholars but needing to be introduced and interpreted for ministry practitioners. Journals may need to adapt to the challenges, using online/digital publication and accelerated reviews of new material, in order to meet the challenges while serving their readers.
  • Dialog in Diversity

    Largen, Kristin Johnston (Lutheran School of THeology at Chicago, 2016-01-19)
    This article reviews the history of Dialog: A Journal of Theology and emphasizes the focus on diversity that is shaping the journal as it moves into the twenty-first century. In particular, diversity is being emphasized in four areas: gender and ethnic diversity, theological diversity (including ecumenical theological voices), religious diversity, and disciplinary diversity (for example, engagement with the sciences, literature, and the arts). This especially continues the vision of previous editor Ted Peters, who sought to move the journal into rich theological conversations with a broad range of dialogue partners.
  • Monologues to Conversations: Reflections on the Future of the Journal of Lutheran Ethics

    Santos, Carmelo (Lutheran School of THeology at Chicago, 2016-01-19)
    The Journal of Lutheran Ethics is an online monthly journal of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It focuses on issues of theological ethics from a purposefully broad perspective. To listen and engage the voices from the margins needs to be an intrinsic part of theological and ethical methodology. The JLE can be a privileged locus where listening from and engaging the margins can occur.

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