- Participating in the Eucharist on the Lord's Day
- Offering hospitality
- Forgiving sins against us
- Testifying to the faith that is in us
- Serving the poor
Of course we Lutherans' brains tend to short-circuit at the very thought of tying our Christianity in a conditional way to doing stuff. Because, we argue, it's not about earning points by doing stuff.
Here's the thing, though. What if the "doing stuff" is not about earning points at all, but rather inviting people in our faith communities into a series of basic intentional practices that will help them live into their baptismal promises? Is there a way we can articulate this that won't degenerate into a merit- or shame-based to-do list?
Discuss, please! What do you think of this list? What, if anything, would you add to it or subtract from it?
Photo by Bill Potter, Lutheran Church of Honolulu