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The term “navel gazing” took on new meaning for me when I was in seminary. During my Lutheran Confessions course, I learned about Martin Luther’s “Lectures on Romans” where he expounds on Paul’s understanding of sin as revealed in Romans 7:15, 18-19. Luther states,
Our nature, by the corruption of the first sin, being so deeply curved in on itself that it not only bends the best gifts of God towards itself and enjoys them (as is plain in the works-righteous and hypocrites), or rather even uses God himself in order to attain these gifts, but it also fails to realize that it so wickedly, curvedly, and viciously seeks all things, even God, for its own sake. (Martin Luther, Lectures on Romans)
This is an excerpt from an essay in Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50. Download the e-book for free.
Rozella Poston serves as Minister to Youth & Families and Young Adults at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, Ga. A graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, she is an advocate for lay leadership and is a lover of Jesus, young people & families, women’s issues, human rights and equality. She tries daily to do justice, love kindness & walk humbly with God. Follow her on Twitter @rozellahw.
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