Thursday, March 30, 2006

File this under: Humor, Lutheran

This is page 67 from The Lutheran Handbook, which was given to me by my pastor as part of my confirmation coursework. It offers lots of good advice, like the following from the section entitled "How to Avoid Getting Burned at the Stake" -- which comes right after the section on history's most notorious heretics (Martin Luther was #5.)


Blogger The Management said...

I can't believe this is for real.. With books like this, I might have to convert.


4/05/2006 9:59 AM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

I couldn't believe it either. The whole handbook is like that, half-serious/half-jokes. My other favorite section is the "Six Grossest Stories in the Bible," and includes a detailed illustration of Jeremiah flailing around in nothing but filthy underpants. The opening page of the handbook explains

Martin Luther's theology is grounded in paradoxes -- sinner/saint, law/gospel, hidden/revealed -- and illuminated by a down-to-earth, everyday sense of humor.

...even though theology is serious stuff, we should nonetheless remember that it is not our theology that saves us, but Jesus Christ. Therefore, our life in the church can be buoyant, and our theological wranglings can be done with a sense of humor and love for our neighbor.

This is definitely the church for me!

4/05/2006 10:25 AM  

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