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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

03/31/2017

Thursday, March 30 — Psalm 40:9–17

Esther 8:1–9:17; Romans 10:1–13

Moses said, “You must diligently observe everything that I command you; do not add to it or take anything from it.” Deuteronomy 12:32

Jesus says, “If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” Matthew 19:17

We commit ourselves to your word, O Lord. May we live with its claims upon our lives—to love you and our neighbor. May we, through our obedient actions, usher in your kingdom. Amen.

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