Brian William Thomas is a writer-in-residence and pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in San Diego, CA. His writing focuses on confessional Lutheranism in a post-Christian culture and reclaiming ancient pastoral practices for present day service.
The Donatist controversy in the early church provides a lens for understanding how Rome viewed Luther at the outset of the Reformation.
Since we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, I thought we could look at a vital question of the era that brought sharp division; and in fact, divided the German reformers from the Swiss.
My mother owned a hair salon when I was growing up. Thus, I spent many afternoons doing homework, sweeping hair, and washing/folding white towels there. Like most salons, there were numerous fashion magazines stocked in the waiting room.
A woman once approached me after a service and said, “I don’t understand what I’m supposed to do, pastor! You never give me any advice on how to live my daily life in your sermons.”