We had a great sermon last Sunday on Jesus walking on the water (Mark 6:45-56), bringing in the ups and downs of the spiritual life, Christ’s presence in the ordinary, vocation, the Word, law, gospel. . . . [Read more…]
Rev. Adam Roe, in the series on vocation at MissionWork, discusses the concept of “sacrifice” in the Lutheran confessions. Unlike in Roman Catholicism, Holy Communion is not seen as a sacrifice, nor are pastors considered priests who offer up sacrifices. And yet Christians are called to sacrifice, but not for the forgiveness of sins, since Christ, who is both our Priest and our Sacrifice, has accomplished the only sacrifice we need. But the Apology of the Augsburg Confession does speak about the sacrifices that pastors and all Christians perform. [Read more…]
In the second in Mission Work’s series on a Lutheran perspective on faith & work, Rev. Adam Roe offers a post entitled No super-Christians. He discusses Luther’s reaction against the view that those who want to be particularly spiritual–“super-Christians”–would become monks, nuns, or priests. These were considered callings from God–“vocations”–while lay occupations were not.
I would add that the specific way that a person became a “super-Christian” contributed to the problem: A person who sought to become “religious” took–and still takes–vows. [Read more…]
The blog Mission Work, which focuses on faith, work, and economics, is hosting a series on the Lutheran perspective on these issues, also known as the doctrine of vocation. Every few days for several weeks, it will post some reflections by Rev. Adam Roe, a pastor in the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). I’ve been asked to respond to what he has to say. His first post is about the Priesthood of All Believers. [Read more…]
Thanks to David Bergquist for alerting me to an article in the Wall Street Journal about how corporate mission statements are now all about “changing the world” and other idealistic and even religious motivations (including having a “mission”), rather than just making a product. This demonstrates both people’s need for a sense of vocation and their misunderstanding about what a vocation actually entails.
Read an excerpt and follow the link after the jump, then consider what I have to say about this. [Read more…]