Skip to Content Skip to Navigation

Lutheran Theological Journal

Lutheran Theological Journal (LTJ), the tri-annual publication of the ALC teaching staff, explores and applies the tradition of the church in ways that are fresh and that engage the issues of today.

LTJ seeks to encourage and challenge its readers—chiefly the pastors, teachers and lay members of the LCANZ, and the teaching staff and students of theological colleges in Australia and overseas—by keeping them abreast of recent developments in the primary areas of biblical, theological, historical, educational and pastoral studies. It also provides a forum for students of theology to publish the fruits of their research.

Single issues available

Single issues of the LTJ—including back and recent issues—are available for purchase at $20 per copy, subject to stock availability. To request a copy, contact

Find article information

For a complete index of all articles published in the journal since inception:

Recent issues

Contents: Volume 56 No 1 (May 2022)

This issue includes memories and insights written in honour of Dr J.T.E. Renner.

Tom Brennen The creation theology of Martin Luther and its relevance for Christians fulfilling God’s call for social justice 3
Jacob Fabich The function, dynamics and aesthetics of music in the liturgy of the divine service 14
Tim Jarick Challenges and opportunities of staff formation in Lutheran schools—a case study 21
A tribute to Dr J.T. Erich Renner
Mark Worthing Erich Renner remembered 36
Vic Pfitzner Johannes Theodore Erich Renner—a tribute 38
Maurice Schild J.T.E. Renner—pastor, educator, friend 40
Andrew Pfeiffer Encouragement, humour and dialogue 42
John W. Kleinig A gentleman indeed  
Book reviews Carl R. Trueman. The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2020. (Fraser Pearce ) 46
Learning for life   48

Contents: Volume 55 No 3 (December 2021)

Roger Whittall Boundaries and horizons: Luther on the church and its priesthood 127
Michelle Eastwood Reading Proverbs 31:10–31 from a literary perspective 139
Samuel Deressa Luther on two kingdoms theology and Christian education 151
Ray R. Schulz Which text? 159
Book reviews Steen Olsen. Jacob’s Ladder: Missional Church in the 1970s. St Marys, SA: Steen and Ruth Olsen, 2020. (Brett Kennett) 164
  Susan Beaumont. How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You Are Going: Leading in a Liminal Season. London: Rowan & Littlefield, 2019. (Tania Nelson) 166
  Nick Page. Dark Night of the Shed: Men, the Midlife Crisis, Spirituality—and Sheds. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2015. (Tim Jarick) 170

Contents: Volume 55 No 2 (August 2021)

Gigie Sijera-Grant Journeying as church together 56
Augustin Muthusami Mission in Malaysia: to infinity and beyond 59
Matt Anker Embrace the mess—celebrate the joy! 61
David Spanagel Change the rule book! 64
Greg Schiller Discovering ways to be 'intercultural' at Trinity Lutheran congregation, Cairns 66
Tanya Crooks Diversity—are you ready for this? 69
Brenton Altmann As a matter of principal—multicultural mission and ministry in Lutheran education 73
Alison Short Herzlich Willkommen to our mob, nǐ hǎo and salam 77
Greg Pietsch South Sudanese Nuer Lutherans in Melbourne 80
Jan Baker Called to be God’s feet, hands and presence: Geelong Lutheran congregations’ ministry to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants 84
Eloise Beveridge Just like Jesus: an insight to the development of a multicultural mindset in our Lutheran schools 87
Mark Greenthaner A walk with Kelly 89
Melanie Endacott Simply ministry 91
Robyn Kuchel Walk with me 93
James Winderlich Who…is my neighbour? Human research methods as critical ways to more fully hear the voices of ‘others’ 95
Robert Borgas Lutheran efforts towards improving cross-cultural communication in rural Australia 99
Suanne Tikoft Multicultural church—Why try? 102
Michael Prenzler Developing a multicultural mindset—integration or cooperation? 105
Barbara Mattiske Listen, learn and be blessed 108
Matt Huckel The art of grafting in cross-cultural relationships in the Lutheran Church of Australia and New Zealand 110
Colleen Fitzpatrick A church where love comes to life 112
Noel Due Cross-cultural ministry: some New Testament reflections 114
Craig Heidenreich Some insights into the thinking of new arrivals from non-European backgrounds 117
William Chang Theological vs cultural: When does the theological override the cultural? 119
Committee for Cross-Cultural Ministry, LCANZ Multicultural vision for the Lutheran Church ofAustralia and New Zealand: a call to action 122
Book review Meredith Lake. The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History. Sydney: New South Publishing, 2018. (Trevor Schaefer) 123