“Why even bother with Lutherans?”

  Square Peg in a Round Hole by danstorey14







This is part one (to be continued):



click here > A Different Christian Paradigm


A portion of Pastor Mark Anderson’s class from Sunday July 11th, 2011 at Lutheran Chruch of the Master, Corona del Mar, CA.





Thanks, Pastor Mark.

Thanks to the late Dr. George Forell who went to be with the Lord this past April.

And thanks to flickr and danstorey14, for the photo.




5 Responses

  1. Hey Steve: This is so good, I’ve listened to it several times already. I have a few questions though by which you could help me as I continue to understand lutheran theology and leave behind some of my evangelical law/gospel/law baggage. Pastor Mark said something early on to the effect that our tendency is to hear the gospel and believe it, but then to drag out the law and give it something to do… In what way or where does passages like “putting to death the deeds of the flesh…Col.3, Rom 8. or “put off… and put on in Eph.4:22ff fit into this? Or, another question I have is, where does the title of your blog fit in with the becoming a “new creation” of IICor.5:17? Am I missing something here? Have you written about this somewhere already? I don’t apologize for my questions but I do admit to many years of Calvinistic theological training followed by decades of regular evangelical christian stuff in regard to these issues. Tnanks

  2. Hi Ron,

    Glad you’re enjoying the class.

    The Old Adam is law driven. He is all about the self-justification/sanctification game. And we have him with us all throughout life. So we don’t look to what ‘we do’, in any way towards making us right with God.

    We “put on…”, or “put off…” in such a way as to affirm what Christ has done, is doing, and will yet do in our lives.

    Galatians 3:7 refernces putting on Christ in our baptisms. Romans 6 references “condsidering ourselves dead to sin” (because of what Christ has done for us in baptism).

    We try our best (sometimes we actually don’t), knowing that our efforts don’t count for anything in God’s eyes…but are for the benefit of the neighbor.

  3. Bear with me, Ron. When I try to make comments on my blog the box in which I am trying to type is covered with text and little boxes and I can’t see what I am writing. I get so far and then post it and then I can see it, and then go back and edit it.

    It’s weird and I don’t know why it is that way.

  4. Ron,

    There are many post which have great sermons and classes by Pastor Mark regarding these issues.

    Click on his name on the left side of the blog and you will get lots of good stuff to come up.

    He does a much better job than I of explaining it.

    Here’s a couple of good ones:



    I’ll look around for some more good ones a bit later for you.

    Thanks, Ron.

    • Thanks a lot, I’ll listen to these as soon as I can. This is such rich stuff, and so different in its perspective for me, radical stuff actually.

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