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Luther and the Hungry Poor: Gathered Fragments [Hardcover]

By Samuel Torvend (Author)
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Samuel Torvend's original and important reconstruction of the emergence of Luther's and the early Reformation church's response to the poor gathers fragments from across Luther's early writings. He uncovers a striking counter-image to the usual portrait of a quietist orientation that left the world to deal with its own problems. Instead, he finds that Luther's concern emerged early in his career, centered around hunger and the hungry poor, and was deeply rooted in his encounter with the Bible and with the sacramental character of the local church.

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Studio: Fortress Press
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.08" Width: 6.33" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   1.01 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 2008
ISBN  0800662385  
ISBN13  9780800662387  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Samuel Torvend is Professor of the History of Christianity at Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA). He is Director of the Wild Hope Project on Vocation, and Director of the Center for Religion and Culture in the Pacific Northwest. He also serves as priest associate for adult formation at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Seattle. A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, he holds the MDiv (Wartburg Seminary), MA (Aquinas Institute of Theology), and PhD (St. Louis University). He is the author of Daily Bread, Holy Meal: Opening the Gifts of Holy Communion (Augsburg Fortress) and Luther and the Hungry Poor: Gathered Fragments (Fortress Press).

"When Samuel Torvend writes, I expect something splendid to emerge on the pages. That is exactly what happens, word by beautiful word, cover to cover in Flowing Water, Uncommon Birth. In the tradition of his inspired book, Daily Bread, Holy Meal, Dr. Torvend gives free play to his remarkable gifts as a teacher, historian, and theologian with such craft and acumen that he makes the mystery and ancient tradition of this sacrament both personal and imperative for living as sacred and gracious community in the world. I would love this book to be in the hands of every pastor in my synod."

--Bruce Burnside

Bishop, South-Central Synod of Wisconsin

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

"There is no more misunderstood or overlooked facet of our sacramental life today than baptism. Sam Torvend has, in this fine little book, helped the re-formation that is absolutely vital for the Christian in this season of our journey."

--Gregory H. Rickel

Bishop of Olympia

The Episcopal Church in Western Washington

"Samuel Torvend extends a gracious invitation: Explore a rich, ancient, multifaceted, deeply Christian baptismal practice and theology which draws us to Christ again and again. This book invites us to ask important questions about the central mystery of Holy Baptism and the fullness of the baptized life."

--Robert A. Rimbo

Bishop, Metropolitan New York Synod

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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Samuel Torvend has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Worship Matters (Augsburg Fortress)

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The implications of justification by grace  Jun 14, 2008
Professor Samuel Torvend masterfully connects Martin Luther's justification by grace theology with the piercing social implications it brings. This book uncovers how Martin Luther responded to the needs of the poor and homeless in his time by highlighting his innovative social welfare systems that met the needs of the hungry poor more adequately than individual giving did. Torvend emphasizes that Luther wrote preliminary social welfare orders to counteract an emerging capital based economy which valued goods over grace. Church orders such as the Order of Wittenberg and the Leisnig Ordinance called for Christ's love to be shown on earth through social legislation. Luther and the Hungry Poor is a blueprint for how Luther thought Christians should act in society. This book is applicable to all Christian's who wish to follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Luther surprising as social critic for today  Jun 7, 2008
Hungry Poor turned a sociological category into a verb! This small, important book took me through the tiny keyhole allowed for religion today (individual salvation, private and personal, with a few very radioactive topics and little real impact) into two big rooms. First, I felt part of the world in which Luther was commenting not on in-house church controversies but on the way his culture saw money, status, and religion, and ignored poverty, hunger and despair. Second, I found myself in an expansive adjoining room, the world of Jesus and the first century writers of the New Testament. In both arenas, the lines between religion and social justice were erased, and the focus was on the total welfare of those forgotten people who did not benefit from any of the systems, temporal or eternal. Luther was pulling away the blindfold that hides both his times and ours from the unintended consequences of ignoring larger social issues. Three dozen 16th C illustrations inserted at exactly the right spot in the text invited me to put my own face in the shot--and see where I am blinded. This book will appeal to thoughtful readers who are either socially or spiritually concerned, as well as those ready to meet Martin Luther with new eyes.

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