Theology of the Cross
The Summer Worship Series is entitled "Our Great Heritage". The 500th anniversary of the Reformation, 2017, provides a particular opportunity for us to consider what it means to be Lutheran and to teach and to preach it. The topics that we consider through this series are not necessarily unique to Lutheran churches. Each of the Sunday themes is connected to an historical comment. The idea is to tie the history of the Reformation to its practical implications for us today.
Today's theme is Theology of the Cross. At the Heidelberg Disputation in 1518, Luther described what he referred to as the “Theology of the Cross.” Among the theses that he presented there was: “A theologian of glory calls evil good and good evil. A theologian of the cross calls the things what it is.” Luther recognized that the glory of God in his dealings with man is often hidden in suffering and under the cross.