We Lutherans don’t go in for “personal testimonies” very much, but after the jump is a “testimony” from a pastor who discovered the doctrine of vocation and tells about the difference that has meant in his ministry. [Read more…]
The doctrine of vocation, in its different versions, seems to have come back to Christendom. In fact, people are now speaking of a Faith and Work movement! Recently, a whole channel on the topic was started here at Patheos. You should check out the blogs on that channel that are devoted exclusively to this topic, though they approach vocation from different perspectives, not always as Lutherans would recognize the term. (At some point, I might do some posting there to bring in the Cranach perspective.)
A leader in the Faith and Work movement is Greg Forster, who has recently made the important point that those concerned with “Faith and Work” must keep it grounded in our justification by Christ. [Read more…]
Last Sunday, our pastor preached on the text about the apostles’ lottery for who would take Judas’s place among the Twelve (Acts 1:12-26). Joseph-called-Barsabbas-called Justus was the apostolic loser. Later, he couldn’t even get elected to be a Deacon! But tradition said that he would die as a martyr to the faith, which was the same fate as that of the apostolic winner, Matthias. The sermon turned into a profound exploration of vocation. [Read more…]
Thanks to Dan Kempin for alerting me to this song “Do Everything” by Contemporary Christian Music artist Stephen Curtis Chapman. It is about vocation, but it is about the Reformed doctrine of vocation, rather than the Lutheran doctrine of vocation. They overlap, but the Reformed emphasis is that the purpose of vocation is to glorify God, as in this song (lyrics and video after the jump). The Lutheran emphasis is that the purpose of vocation is to love and serve our neighbors. What difference does that make, if any?