A seasonally appropriate quote, from our 2009 conference speaker’s brand-new (as in this week) and highly recommended book Lutheran Theology, ht TB:

“[It is a mistake] to think that true freedom meant “autonomy”–being a law unto oneself, which means not having any authority that could impose itself heteronomously. Instead, Christian freedom is the freedom to call upon the almighty name of God in time of trouble, so we cry, “Abba Father!”– since we know we are speaking to a beloved Father whose favor we have, not an impersonal, spiritual force who stands outside and is unknown and unpreached to us.” (pgs. 203-204)