Reflections on a Lutheran Theology of Creation: Foundations for a New Reformation By David Rhoads Published in the Seminary Ridge Review, a periodical of Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary (Fall, 2013). Seminary Ridge Review has an online archive. Print copies of the issue are available. The article proposes a new Lutheran reformation that rises to the global ecological crises we are facing. This proposal is one expression of many possible ways to respond to the degraded state of God’s creation and what we as Christians need to do to address it. The ideas and views contained here are meant to be preliminary rather than final, generativeRead More →

Preach the Good News for all Creation on Reformation Sunday “When anyone is in Christ, creation is new. The old has passed away. Behold! Everything is new!” II Corinthians 5:17 Why an eco-reformation? There are voices across the ELCA calling for a reformation of the church to encompass care for all of God’s good creation. We have spent centuries rightly nurturing our relationship with God (Love God) and one another (Love your neighbor). However, we have neglected God’s relationship with creation, our relationship with the rest of creation, and God’s relationship with us through the rest of creation (love creation). Now it is time toRead More →

A reformation that recognizes God’s presence in all creation – Tom Mundahl reflects on Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Romans 3:19-28 Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Reformation Sunday in Year C (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022) Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 46 Romans 3:19-28 John 8:31-36 What can we preach faithfully on Reformation Sunday? Should we attempt to recapture the theologically correct “side” from old arguments in a post-denominational age? Ecumenical agreements, especially those on justification with the Roman Catholic communion (1999), must mean something! Or, might there be a way of learning from an ever-fresh Word what might be the meaning today of Paul’s cry, “forRead More →

Care for Creation Commentary on the Common lectionary in Year A Reformation Sunday, by Dennis Ormseth Psalm 46 Jeremiah 31:31-34 Romans 3:19-28 John 8:31-37 How can Reformation Sunday be a Care for Creation Sunday? Historical assessments of the impact of the Protestant Reformation on the orientation to and care of creation in Western culture give us little reason to observe Reformation Sunday with gratitude. The following comment from Michael Northcott’s The Environment and Christian Ethics is representative: Protestant theologians emphasized more strongly than their medieval forebears both the fallenness of nature, and its consequent fearfulness, and they treated nature as a resource created entirely for human purposes. ThroughRead More →