One of the most memorable times in my Seminary career was my Tuesday nights during my final year. After Intramurals several students would gather at the house of Dr. Ronald Feuerhahn and discuss an essay or letter written by Hermann Sasse. While he was very well spoken, Sasse had a certain earthiness to him that really spoke to the very ministry which we were preparing for. In fact, it was because of Dr. Feuerhahn and Sasse that I really came to love studying historical theology. A wise person once said “If one does not learn the lessons of the past they are bound to repeat it.” Or as an even wiser man once said by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “there is nothing new under the sun” (Solomon in Ecclesiastes).
We would be well advised to take heed of the lessons learned from Sasse’s scholarship. Many of the struggles of his day, from combating apathy towards the Word of God and the Sacraments, to speaking out about violence to humanity, to his concern for continued eccumenical dialog in a fractured Church are ones that we face to this day.
Sasse, Dr. Feuerhahn, and my favorite hymn is “Lord Jesus Christ, with Us Abide”: