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In living color

John Schuetze, a professor at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., wrote this article for the February issue of FIC. Schuetze is pictured here with his grandson, Isaiah.

I can still remember when my family got our first color television. The old black-and-white box was good, but now we could view the world in living color.

I had a similar experience a few months ago when I read some books that challenged the way I read Scripture and viewed slavery and racism. They encouraged me to read the Bible through the eyes of a Black person and see racism from a Black perspective. I had never done that before, at least not as much as I should have. I was looking at these matters using the old black-and-white box. My reading helped me see things in living color.
Grace, Waukesha, parade float
Open Bible with the words "Every day with Galatians"
Bible reading for February 15:
"Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Galatians 3:23-29).
Luther's commentary on the reading:
“The time of Law is when the Law disciplines, vexes, and saddens me, when it brings me to a knowledge of sin. . . . The time of grace is when the heart is encouraged again by the promise of the free mercy of God (341). For just as the [schoolmaster] scolds, drives, and troubles his pupils, [until] the pupils have been properly educated and trained . . . so those who are frightened and crushed by the Law should know that these terrors and blows will not be permanent but that by them they are being prepared for the coming of Christ and the freedom of the Spirit (347)” (Luther’s Works, Volume 26).

Explore these articles from the February issue:

Parent conversations: How do we teach our kids to value all people?

diverse kids with arms around one another
We can’t all raise our children in New York City like Tim and Amanda Bourman or serve as foster parents for a diverse group of children like Brenda and Steven Wagenknecht. Yet their experiences provide a guide for us on how to raise children who value all people.…

My Christian life: Born deaf to a hearing family

Rebecca Davis family photo
Rebecca Davis is a Christian. She loves her Lord. Yet, Rebecca has never heard the Word of God; she has never heard a hymn. Rebecca was born deaf.…

Catch a sneak-peek from the March issue:

Q&A with Vicar Zachary Satorius

Q&A with Vicar Zachary Satorius
On May 19, 2021, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary student Zachary Satorius learned that he’d be serving his vicar year in Medellín, Colombia. Satorius arrived in Medellín in August 2021 and is scheduled to serve there through August 2022. He’ll then finish his . . .

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