What does it mean to be a “theologian of the cross?” Martin Luther gave the Church this language to rightly confess the paradox of Christ’s revelation of Himself in suffering. As part of a lengthy disputation, he wrote that “we apprehend the things of God not in glory, but in the suffering and death of Jesus.” So what does this mean? How does this affect the way Lutherans approach life issues? And finally, what does this mean for our vocations? Join Steph, Tiffany, and special guest Pastor Robert Zagore for another episode of “The Floor is Yours” as they put legs on this rich aspect of our Lutheran theology.
Bio: Rev. Robert Zagore received his Master of Divinity in 1990 from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., and completed additional coursework toward a Master of Sacred Theology, also from the seminary. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind. Before becoming a pastor, Zagore worked as an accounting consultant for Cleveland Business Consulting Services. Zagore grew up in a blue-collar, immigrant Cleveland neighborhood and has served as a pastor for over 30 years in small, medium and large congregations, both urban and rural, and in the LCMS Office of National Mission. He and his wife, Gwen, have been married for 32 years and have four adult children.
Not all the views expressed are necessarily those of the LCMS; please discuss any questions with your pastor.
We believe that God is the author and sustainer of all life. We also know it can be hard to speak about the intrinsic value of that life when it feels like the world is trying to drown us out.
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