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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 LCA/NZ, 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 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

Contents: Volume 54 No 1 (May 2020)

Anna Nürnberger The Lutheran Theological Journal—a survey of its history and current readership 4
Matthew Schubert Catechesis and baptism of adult converts as Lutherans in mission today 16
Wendolyn Trozzo Towards Christian education for worship: intentional decoding for connection and participation 34
Adam D. Hensley Divine blessing and order in marriage and the church 43
Book reviews Horndasch, Irmgard. A Golden Glow Behind the Grey: An Autobiography. Translated by Erich Flierl, Adelaide, 2019. (Greg Lockwood) 60
  Flemming, Dean. Why Mission? Edited by Joel B. Green. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2015. (Tania Nelson) 63
  Harrison, Matthew C. Why am I joy:fully Lutheran? Instruction, meditation and prayers on Luther’s Small Catechism. Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2018. (Rachael Stelzer) 66
  Moroncini, Ambra. Michelangelo’s Poetry and Iconography in the Heart of the Reformation, with a foreword by Brian Cummings, an introduction by Matteo Residori. Oxfordshire and New York: Routledge, 2017. (Stephen G. Nuske) 68
Learning for life   73

Contents: Volume 53 No 3 (December 2019)

Stephen G. Nuske ‘Our confession approves giving honour to the saints’–really? Towards a calendar for ritual memory retention Downunder: Part 2 118
Friedemann Hebart Structures of nonverbal communication in worship 130
An LCANZ pastor and chaplain For a time such as this: A theological response to sexual identity and gender orientation in Lutheran schools and aged care facilities 148
Book reviews Ashby, Roland et al, eds. A Reckless God? Current Challenges in the Christian Conversation with Science. Reservoir, VIC: Morning Star Publishing, 2018. (W. Gordon Watson) 156
  Senkbeil, Harold. The Cure of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor’s Heart. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2019. (Glenn Crouch) 159
  Thompson, Katherine. Christ Centred Mindfulness: Connection to Self and God. Sydney, NSW: Acorn Press, 2018. (Tim Jarick) 161
  Graham, M. Patrick and David Bagchi, eds. Luther as Heretic: Ten Catholic Responses to Martin Luther, 1518-1541. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Press, 2019. (Trevor Schaefer) 164
  D’Arcy May, John. Pluralism and Peace: The Religions in Global Civil Society. Bayswater, VIC: Coventry Press, 2019. (Ian Rentsch) 166