Scenes and Means of Grace
Article first published online: 4 DEC 2011
© 2011 Wiley Periodicals and Dialog, Inc.
Volume 50, Issue 4, pages 327–335, Winter 2011
How to Cite
Waldkoenig, G. (2011), Scenes and Means of Grace. Dialog, 50: 327–335. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6385.2011.00633.x
- Issue published online: 4 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 4 DEC 2011
Abstract: The Word, Baptism, and Holy Communion—key means of grace according to the Lutheran tradition—take place in a web of earthly conditions whenever they are celebrated. Generating their own scenes of grace, the means of grace give voice, sense of place, and creativity where those are otherwise threatened. Other scenes of grace complement the means of grace, similarly bringing voice, place, and creativity in the face of environmental and social injustices. Martin Luther's affirmation of Christ's presence in creation, both in means of grace and throughout God's world, is a strategic and meaningful threshold for Christians to engage environment and justice while continuing to listen and look for the grace in Christ that feeds and shapes them.