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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 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

Contents: Volume 53 No 2 (August 2019)

Adrian Muller On doing chaplaincy under the cross of Christ 62
Peter Lockwood Jepthah’s daughter: Canny and courageous to the end (Judges 11–12) 73
Will Frost The ‘Communion of saints’ and public theology in Australia 91
Book reviews Greg Sheridan. God is Good for You: A Defence of Christianity in Troubled Times. Sydney, NSW: Allen and Unwin, 2018. (Maurice Schild) 103
  Douglas McConnell. Cultural Insights for Christian Leaders. Ada, MI: Baker Academic, 2018. (Dan Mueller) 106
Learning for life   110