Sonntag, Holger. Edited by Paul Strawn and Scott Krieger. The Unchanging Forms of the Gospel: A Response to the Eight Theses on Worship (Questions in Lutheran Theology and Church, Volume 1). Minneapolis: Lutheran Press, 2010. 129 Pages. Paper. $6.00. www.lutheranpress.com (LHP)
I was particularly helped by the reminder of the Walther reference of the benefit of uniformity in form (68), The Apology's list of sermon topics (113), an assertion in number 11 of the need to get to the "cause of strife, division, and polarization" rather than merely addressing a symptom (120, worship practice), an appeal to a personal favorite part of the AC (121, AC XXIV, 1-9) where it is actually true today that some have "abolished the Mass," a comparison between Reformation-era Roman pressure to conform and similar pressure from today's American Evangelicalism (126), and a call to accurately address the problem in hope of a future satisfying "answer" (128).
At $6, this book is a bargain. Buy in bulk and discuss the Theses and this Response at Winkel.
Although Christians are given considerable freedom in worship, a freedom which is ruled by the humble service of love, there are certain aspects of Christian worship which must remain until Christ returns again in glory. In this response to a set of 8 Theses recently approved by the Council of Presidents of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (USA), Dr. Holger Sonntag raises the question as to the theological limits of freedom in worship which the theses describe.
This is the first title in the Questions in Lutheran Theology and Church series.