To the reader: The premier issue of this journal reflects papers and responses from the Summit on Lutheran Mission held in San Antonio, Texas, in November 2013.
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What are direct challenges to our mission identity?
How steeled are we to confess the faith, knowing that times of hostility toward those who hold to a clear, biblical confession are rapidly approaching?
As a response to Dr. Arand’s paper, “Teaching the Faith as a Component of Mission Strategy,” President Cripe details how pastors, teachers and parents can best carry out the all-important task of passing on the faith through imparting, receiving and applying that which is found in Luther’s Catechism.
What’s the difference between “church” and “mission”?
How do Luther’s Small and Large Catechisms assist us in carrying out a theology of missions when it comes to dealing with those outside the faith? In this article, the Rev. Dr. Charles P. Arand explains that they provide a framework for thinking about missions along with plenty of theological food-for-thought regarding our assumptions for witness.