Within the broader worls of contemporary evangelicalism, Lutheran distinctives remain unknown to many. The Lutheran tradition does not quite fit into any particular theological mold that guides theological dialog on a popular level. Lutherans are not Calvinists or Arminians, they are not Roman Catholics, but are not quite Protestant either. Within the milieu, an easy and brief introduction to Lutheran theology and practice is needed. George Luecke's The Distinctive Characteristics of the Lutheran Church is a compact introduction to Lutheranism. He discusses the central themes of Lutheran theology, the uniqueness of Lutheran worship, and the various Lutheran churches in America. Though written in 1920, this book remains relevant to contemporary society.