An Exploration of A.A.'s Twelve Step Spirituality for the Purpose of Communicating a Right Understanding of Law and Gospel to Recovering Lutheran Alcoholics
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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Scripture References in this Resource
Isaiah 28:7-8; Acts 17:16-34; Ephesians 5:18; Exodus 3:14; Galatians 3:22; Hebrews 10:25; John 10:30; John 10:9; Mark 1:24; Matthew 16:25; Matthew 7:16; Proverbs 20:1; Proverbs 23:21-22; Proverbs 23:29-35; Psalm 19; Romans 1:19; Romans 6:14; Romans 7:24; Romans 7:25
This study addresses presenting Law and Gospel to recovering Lutheran alcoholics in the Twelve Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. The Twelve Steps offer a spirituality which has often caused confusion among confessional Lutherans. This involved interviewing recovering Lutheran alcoholics, non-alcoholic Lutherans and clergy. The Twelve Steps were evaluated according to Law and Gospel. A brief study of the influence of American Civil Religion and Two Kingdom Theology gave a backdrop in which to place the Twelve Steps. Practical ways in which pastors and congregations could better minister to recovering Lutheran alcoholics were included.
Galen, Gary, "An Exploration of A.A.'s Twelve Step Spirituality for the Purpose of Communicating a Right Understanding of Law and Gospel to Recovering Lutheran Alcoholics" (1992). Doctor of Ministry Major Applied Project. 161.
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