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June 1, 2008  Guest – Martha Stortz
Program:  Inside Out, Upside Down

Dr. Martha Stortz is Professor of Historical Theology and Ethics as Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.  She received, her PhD degree from the University of Chicago I Christian Theology, and  is quick to let you know, "I am not ordained.  I believe my calling is to the classroom." She has served at PLTS since 1981 and in that time, in addition to teaching, has written several books. 

Her most recent writings include:

“The Beatitudes: Compass for Christian Discipleship” (nine month series in Lutheran Woman Today starting in September, 2008), book in progress.

“Fruit of the Spirit” (twelve-month series in The Lutheran, January-December, 2006:

“School for Hope: A Memoir of Dying,” (, book in progress

“Discovering the Bible,” in Augsburg Fortress Adult Faith Practices course, akaloo (forthcoming, 2007)

“The Practice of Forgiveness: Disciples as Forgiven Forgivers,” in Word & World 27:1 (Winter 2007)

 “Purpose-Driven or Spirit-Led: A Spirituality of Work or the Work of the Spirit?” in Word & World 25:4 (Fall 2005)

“Naming and Reclaiming Power,” in Musimbi R.A. Kanyoro (ed.), In Search of a Round Table (WCC Publications, 1997)

Says Stortz, "The disciplines of history and ethics might seem an odd portfolio for one professor, but I’ve always been fascinated with how people conduct their lives; What we believe in has the ability to form, inform, transform, and malformed how we conduct our lives. That conviction unites the disciplines."


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