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Dr. Craig Atwood discusses Moravian Essentials at Northern Province Synod

During the opening day of the 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province, the Rev. Dr. Craig Atwood shared his work on the essentials of the Moravian Church.

Atwood, the Charles D. Couch Associate Professor of Moravian Theology and Ministry at Moravian Theological Seminary and director for the Center for Moravian Studies, discussed Moravian theology in terms of essentials, ministerials and incidentals.

In his talk, Atwood focused on how Moravian history and our understanding of what is important to being a Christian shapes our faith today.  He concludes that these are the essential things: God creates; God redeems; God blesses. And we respond in faith, in love and in hope.

Below is his complete presentation to Synod.

Faith Love Hope: The Moravian Doctrine of the Essentials, Ministerials and Incidentals from IBOC • Mike Riess on Vimeo.

Related article: In Essentials Unity: Understanding the Essential Things

For more on the 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province, click here.

Moravian Daily Texts

11/19/2017

Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Watchword for the Week — So teach us, O God, to count our days that we may gain a wise heart. Psalm 90:12

Sunday, November 19 — Zephaniah 1:7,12–18; Psalm 90:1–8,(9–11),12
1 Thessalonians 5:1–11; Matthew 25:14–30

The Lord your God has blessed you in all your undertakings. Deuteronomy 2:7

Paul wrote: So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:7

God of the harvest, you make things grow. As gardeners in this world let your spirit work through us as we tend to the growth of others so that they will become what you meant for them to be. Amen.

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