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A Catechetical Imitation of Christ

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The catechumen knows that there is a liturgical rhythm to being a disciple and a life of discipleship and, thereby, is able to live without despair or delusion and even go to bed in peace and joy.

So I get this assignment from Modern Reformation asking me to consider writing something on recovering discipleship in the local church, particularly paired with the idea of vocation. Good topic as usual. So I head off to the local evangelical bookstore to do a little reconnaissance in the "discipleship" section and find that the shelves are glutted with paperbacks from the usual suspects (Max Lucado, Rick Warren, Stormie Omartian, that Eldredge couple, Joyce Meyer, John Ortberg Shop, Joel Osteen, etc., etc.), and then it hits me that I'm looking in the wrong section for confessional input on the subject. In fact, I'm probably in the wrong store.

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1 [ Back ] Charles P. Arand, That I May Be His Own: An Overview of Luther's Catechisms (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2000), 16-17.
2 [ Back ] Herman A. Preus, A Theology to Live By: The Practical Luther for the Practical Christian (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2005), 149.
3 [ Back ] Gene Edward Veith, Jr., The Spirituality of the Cross (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1999), 73.
4 [ Back ] Gustaf Wingen, Luther on Vocation, trans. Carl C. Rasmussen (Evansville, IN: Ballast Press, 1999), c.3.

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Rev. John J. Bombaro (Ph.D., King's College, University of London) is the parish minister at Grace Lutheran Church in San Diego, California and a lecturer in theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego.

Issue: "The Imitation of Christ" March/April 2009 Vol. 18 No. 2 Page number(s): 31-35

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