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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.

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Recent issues

Contents: Volume 55 No 1 (May 2021)

Tania Nelson Exile as a metaphor of comfort 3
Peter Lockwood The ordination of women: assessing the counter claims of complementarianism 13
Jacob Fabich United in song: The story behind the Lutheran Hymnal (1973) 34
Book reviews Bo Giertz. Faith Alone: The Heart of Everything. Translated by Bror Erickson. Irvine, CA: 1517 Publishing, 2020. (Greg Lockwood) 50
Learning for life   52

Contents: Supplement No 1 (May 2021)

Andrew Jaensch Nice Lutheran schools? Glory or cross in the education marketplace 4
Anna Nürnberger Student agency through the Lutheran lens 9
Kerrin Huth Competing interests and the inclusion of children with complex needs 21
Dianne Eckermann Bringing love to life: the inclusion of transgender students in Lutheran schools 28
Stephen Haar Supporting same-sex attracted students in Lutheran middle and secondary schools 35
Tim Jarick Positive psychology—flourishing within a Lutheran school? 47
Lutheran Education Australia Science and theology within Lutheran school communities 56
Shane Paterson The lens of Lutheran theology on managing teacher underperformance 70

Contents: Volume 54 No 3 (December 2020)

Tom Brennen Australian Lutherans and social justice: scripture, tradition and experience 157
Dan Mueller God is a farmer—a missional reading of agricultural metaphors in scripture 169
Sven Sterken and Lisa Marie Daunt From Austria to Australia: three Lutheran churches by Karl Langer 181
Book reviews Luther’s Small Catechism with African Descent Reflections. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 2019. (Matt Anker) 194
  Matthew E. Borrasso. The Art of Exegesis: An Analysis of the Life and Work of Martin Hans Franzmann. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2019. (Greg Lockwood) 196
  Yves Congar, O.P. A History of Theology. Trans. and ed. H. Guthrie, S.J. Doubleday, New York 1968. Repr., Hindmarsh, SA: ATF Press Publishing, 2019. (Roger Whittall) 200
Learning for life   202

Contents: Volume 54 No 2 (August 2020)

Brett Kennett, David Schmidt and Stephen Schultz The impact of Covid-19 on the mission of the church 82
Tim Koch What will the future church look like in a post-Covid-19 world? 84
Noel Due ‘Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens’ (Heb 12:26 NIV) 86
Thomas Böhmert Church after Corona 90
Valerie Kupke The church has left the building… 93
Matt Schubert What would Paul think of online sermons? 95
Jodi Brook Church at home: a reflection on congregational life during Covid-19 99
Kerrin Huth and Neil Huth The post-Covid church will see with its eyes opened 102
Jodie Hoff To be seen 104
Jonathan Krause Stinky feet 106
Shane Altmann Washing up, the Imperial Church and Covid-19 109
Benjamin Lyons Letting go of what we knew 111
Nicole Gregory Crisis—a time to pivot 113
Alison Short Hope-makers in an un-peaceful world 115
Richard Fox What does the coronavirus pandemic mean for using media to reach out to people? 118
Lisa Schmidt Education revelations 121
Jane Mueller Defying worldly perfection and reclaiming our gloriously imperfect nature 125
James Ruei and Milton Fritsch What’s happening with cross-cultural ministry at St John’s Geelong? 130
Matt Huckel Reflections on a post-Covid-19 church: perspectives from Trinity Pasadena 132
Grace Pietsch-Pamungkas Guilt and gratitude—review and reflection from New Zealand 134
Stephanie Maher Covid’s challenging invitations 137
Cathryn Hamilton Covid-19—an opportunity for creation care? 142
Neil Bergmann Covid-19 and care for creation 144
Chris Materne Challenges, stress and support reported by church workers of the LCA/NZ during Covid-19 pandemic restrictions 146
Book reviews Root, Andrew. Faith Formation in a Secular Age: Responding to the Church’s Obsession with Youthfulness. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2017. (Tim Jarick) 149
  Moses, John A. Anglicanism: Catholic Evangelical or Evangelical Catholic? Essays Ecumenical and Polemical. Homage to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Hans Küng, Martin Luther and John Henry Newman. Adelaide: ATF Publishing, 2019. (Maurice Schild) 151
Learning for life   153