As profound as Martin Luther’s ideas are, this giant of church history was concerned above all with practical instruction for daily Christian living. Harvesting Martin Luther’s Reflections highlights this concern of Luther, mining his thought in key areas of doctrine, ethics, and church practice. Gathering noteworthy contributions by well-known Luther scholars from Europe and the Americas, this book ranges broadly over theological questions about baptism and righteousness, ethical issues like poverty and greed, and pastoral concerns like worship and spirituality. There are even rare discussions of Luther’s perspective on marriage and on Islam. As a result, Harvesting Martin Luther’s Reflections is both a state-of-the-art discussion of Lutheran themes and an excellent introduction for newcomers to Luther’s work.
“Luther realized, however, that what made him genuinely right in God’s sight had to be distinguished from what made him truly human—genuinely right—in relationship to other creatures of God.” (Page 41)
“A Christian who merely goes through the motions or relies exclusively on manifest religiosity is not truly Christian” (Page 251)
“remember that the righteousness of God is that by which we are justified, or the gift of the forgiveness of sins” (Pages 39–40)
“the passive righteousness with which merciful God justifies us by faith” (Page 40)
“two definitions for the term ‘the righteousness of God” (Page 39)