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NALS Reads

Stephen Covey famously wrote about the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. One of those habits is sharpening the saw. NALS Reads is about helping pastors and lay leaders to sharper their theological saws for the sake of Christian ministry and witness. Not everyone can travel to take a class, so we’re bringing a class to you!

2021 January – May Session

Join us for a five part Zoom conversation on the 4th Tuesday of each month. The first meeting will be on Tuesday, January 26th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern). The discussion will be  facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Maurice Lee on Phillip Cary’s new book The Meaning of Protestant Theology. This is a free opportunity to sharpen your theological skills. Participants are only asked to provide their own book for discussion. Click here to register.

5 Sessions on Zoom | Fourth Tuesday starting Jan 26


Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 23, Apr 27, May 25 | 1-3PM ET

Reading Schedule:

Please already have read these sections by the time we meet for each discussion session.

Session 1 (January 26): Introduction and chs. 1–2 (pp. 1–58)

Session 2 (February 23): Chs. 3–4 (pp. 59–100)

Session 3 (March 23): Chs. 5–8 (pp. 103–204)

Session 4 (April 27): Chs. 9–10 (pp. 207–268)

Session 5 (May 25): Chs. 11–12 and Conclusion (pp. 269–343)


Free! And open to all interested NALC clergy and lay people.

Book Discussion:

The Meaning of Protestant Theology by Phillip Cary | Participants must provide their own books for discussion.

Discussion Facilitator:

Rev. Dr. Maurice Lee

Phillip Cary’s The Meaning of Protestant Theology opens by asking “Why Protestantism?” (as opposed to Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, or post-Christian spirituality). The author’s aim is to show how Martin Luther conceived the Gospel as “the word of God that gives us Christ” — and so Protestantism’s gift to the whole Church. Another way to look at it might be this. Now more than ever, the Church and to the world need the insight — offered especially by the Lutheran tradition — that God, Christ, Spirit, Word, Sacraments, Kingdom are all relentlessly external, that they come from outside us to do what they do in us, and that only in this way can they deliver and transform us. The Meaning of Protestant Theology develops that insight rigorously and accessibly.

Maurice Lee is the pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Santa Barbara, California, a lecturer in theology for the North American Lutheran Seminary, and a member of the North American Lutheran Church’s (NALC) Commission on Theology and Doctrine. He was educated at Wheaton College, the California Institute of Technology, Fuller Theological Seminary and Yale University, and did postdoctoral work at Harvard University and taught at Westmont College before becoming involved with the NALC. He lives with his family in Lompoc, California.