NALS Reads is about helping pastors and lay leaders to sharpen 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! 

Fall 2022 NALS Reads 

Join us for a four-part Zoom conversation on Philip Melanchthon’s Loci Communes, celebrating the 501st anniversary of the publication of that seminal work. We will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month, starting on Tuesday, September 27, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern).


September 27, October 25, November 22, December 27 | 1-3PM ET

Book for Discussion:

Commonplaces: Loci Communes 1521 by Philip Melanchthon | Participants must provide their own books for discussion. 
Either the newer Concordia edition (translated by Christian Preus) or the older Westminster edition (in the Library of Christian Classics, translated by Wilhelm Pauck) will work.

Reading Schedule: 

September 27 — Pages 19–60 (Human Powers, Sin)
October 25 — Pages 61–110 (Law, Gospel)
November 22 — Pages 111–150 (Grace, Justification, Faith)
December 27 — Pages 151–194 (Old and New, Signs and Sacraments)


The cost to join is $25 and open to all interested NALC clergy and lay people.

Discussion Facilitator:

The Rev. Dr. Maurice Lee

This is arguably Philip Melanchthon’s most important work. Anyone interested in the history of the Lutheran Reformation will find that this book, the first Lutheran work of “systematic theology,” is presented in a very lively, accessible English translation, with extensive, helpful footnotes that explain the people and concepts used by Melanchthon to explain the Gospel.

Maurice Lee is the pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Abington, Pennsylvania, 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 Abington, Pennsylvania.