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The Ethiopian church has a long history of playing a vital role in the global church as it has developed, including as forerunner to the Reformation. What do you attribute that vitality to? Ethiopia may be the best example of taking


Luther’s priesthood of all believers seriously. Evangelism is not primarily the task of the ordained clergy—it’s everybody’s job, and they actually do it.


What do you feel all Lutherans stand to gain by learning from the life and witness of Gudina and Tsehay? I’m continually impressed by Gudina’s insistence on wholistic ministry. In North America we tend to


see a bifurcation in churches—[usually] they are either really bold in proclaiming Jesus but quiet in the face of social and political issues, or they are really outspoken on social and political issues but seem to choke on the name of Jesus. There is no either/or in Gudina’s ministry and theology. … We don’t need to be in a situation of [his] political extremity to benefit from this witness—though probably all Christians at all times need to be prepared for that possibility.


John Potter is a content editor of Living Lutheran.


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