The first “Evangelicals” were the courageous Christians who gathered 500 years ago around Martin Luther, the monk who taught faith insights so revolutionary that the Roman Catholic Church excommunicated him as a heretic and outlaw. Luther’s teachings still inspire millions, but at least in North America the term “evangelical” is more likely to be associated with non-Lutherans. But Lutherans can (and probably should) work to reclaim “evangelical” for their own.
Download a study guide for “The ‘e’ word,” which appeared in Living Lutheran‘s April print issue. The three-page guide includes discussion questions and a copy of the article.