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Vicar Ben and a Class on “Two Kinds of Righteousness”

My class on Lutheran Distinctions finished in February. It was the best class in this seminary track so far, in part for the professor’s enthusiasm; in part, I had a lot of questions. One question was how faith and good works play together. How do you encourage one without taking anything from the other? Example: How do you encourage a specific, Christ-like way of life yet never have people wondering if God completely loves them (because he does)?

A better way of saying it might be: How do we live in imitation of Christ, because Christ knows how to fully live (he is the fully human one) yet not put our faith or trust in how we pull that off?

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