Invitation to Conversation, Part 2: Bob Kolb on the Ecclesiology of the Lutheran Confessional Writings
A few weeks ago we posted the first of a series of questions used as the basis of discussion for a Faculty Forum, centered on Bob Kolb’s article, in the Fall 2010 Concordia Journal: “The Sheep and the Voice of the Shepherd: The Ecclesiology of the Lutheran Confessions” (the article is available here, beginning on p. 324).
This question should provide some interesting thought and reaction. For context, see Bob’s article, p. 330:
Is Melanchthon’s list of “Lutheran” topics for sermons a good list for us to prepare our students to preach: ““repentance, fear of God, faith in Christ, the righteousness of faith, consolation of consciences through faith, the exercise of faith, prayer (what it should be like and that everyone may be completely certain that it is efficacious and is heard), the cross, respect for the magistrates and all civil orders, the distinction between the kingdom of Christ (the spiritual kingdom) and political affairs, marriage, the education and instruction of children, chastity, and all the works of love” (Ap XV, 42.43) (p. 330)
So, the Lutheran Confession actually list the topics our sermons should cover — and a lot of these, perhaps surprisingly, are “law.” So, given this list, is you or your pastor a “confessional” preacher?