church, denominations, Lutherans
Scott Brill

In terms of denominational origin stories, it’s hard to get more dramatic than Lutheranism: in October of 1517 a young monk, troubled by the dissonance between what he reads in the Scriptures and what he sees in his church, boldly nails 95 statements of theological challenge to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg and unleashes a revolution that changes the entire direction of Christianity and European history. This compelling narrative arc, embellished over time, became the common reading of the beginnings of “The Reformation.” That story has also created a number of misconceptions about the branch of the Western church that would bear Martin Luther’s name.

By Colleen Degen

For those unfamiliar with Catholicism and its beliefs, it may seem complicated, antiquated, and full of ritual. But, having been raised in the Catholic Church, I recognize the ways I have been formed by its teachings and its history, and see ways that it has much to offer the broader Church.

By Chandra Crane

Presbyterians aren’t usually seen as being the life of the party. But I am grateful for the ways the gospel is preached, in all its nuance and life-giving truth, at my Presbyterian church in Jackson, Mississippi. 

By Drew Larson

Aren’t you a little curious what similarities and passions you might share with your neighbors in the faith? Crack open the door of your tradition and peek behind some of the others by reading first-person reflections from a selection of denominations and traditions.

By Christopher K. Lee

The greatest challenge to our evangelism isn’t a hedonistic culture or a relativistic worldview. Nor is it scientific reasoning or religious pluralism. It’s our own faithless witness.

By Lisa Rieck

What do we do with disappointment? What do we do when there’s a gap between what we wanted or expected and what actually happens? Even more, what do we do with God in the face of disappointment?

By Nathan Peterson

Bulging biceps. Watermelon-sized shoulders. Abs so defined you could see them from outer space. No, I’m not describing myself. Well, I guess I sort of am. I’m trying to describe the image in my head of the “ideal me.”

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