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  1. This is an excerpt from the introduction of “Common Places in Christian Theology: A Curated Collection of Essays from Lutheran Quarterly,” edited by Mark Mattes (1517 Publishing, 2023).
  2. Human history, our history, is the story of two Adams with two very different encounters with the devil.
  3. What we discover in O’Connor’s stories and Martin Luther’s theology is that God’s grace is elusive because the human heart is resistant to it.
  4. Sunshine and rain, food and harvests, family, friends, and health, love and joy. All these things and more he gives, not because of what you do or don’t do, but because he is generous and gracious.
  5. We can’t predict the harvest. We can only sow.
  6. Nothing moves or drives Paul more than preaching about “Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2).
  7. We don't make Church "happen." Only Christ can do so. It's his happening.
  8. Some explanations are better than others, but they remain our explanations—except if we had some perspective from outside, above, and behind nature.
  9. Unprompted, without any warning, for no reason at all, without any instigation say, "I love you." And that will wash over your parents like a beautiful absolution.
  10. The hardest thing you and I will ever be called to do is to believe that it is done already, that it really and truly is finished.
  11. I hate to break it to you, but "are" is not an action verb. "Are" is a being verb.
  12. This is the message of Lent. We are not called to sacrifice for Jesus in order to earn our salvation. Rather, we are called to remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us.