As Christians around the world face increasing persecution, injury and death on account of Christ, the Church speaks a word of comfort and peace in the face of suffering. The second issue of the Journal of Lutheran Mission aims to discuss those very topics while answering questions like “What do mission and persecution have to do with each other?” and “Why did Martin Luther call persecution the seventh ‘mark’ of the Church?”
In the recently released issue of the journal, confessional church leaders from around the world expound on timely topics such as “Christian Martyrdom,” “Sub Cruce Revelata: The Cross as a Mark of the Church — An Exegetical Perspective,” “Suffering Persecution and Martyrdom as a Mark of the Church: How Has This Affected Theological Education? A Practical Perspective from Africa,” and more.
“Although we can and must expect persecution and opposition to the proclamation of the Gospel and resistance to planting Lutheran churches around the world, we have the promise of Jesus that the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church,” the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, noted in the journal’s introduction. “In the midst of trouble and suffering, we can expect a blessing from our gracious Lord.”
For help discussing suffering and persecution with children, college students and others, download the June/July issue of The Lutheran Witness here.
Posted Sept. 18, 2014