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Converts to Lutheranism Tell Their Stories

September 27th, 2007
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I ran across recently an interesting web site that provides the personal accounts of people who have come to Lutheranism from other denominational backgrounds. Very interesting indeed! If you know of other converts to Lutheranism who might like to share their stories, please send them to: people can email their conversion stories to Adam Roe at adamroe@wordandsacrament.com 

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  1. September 28th, 2007 at 09:29 | #1

    I keep thinking about dropping CPH a suggestion to come out with a book of conversion stories, sort of an LCMS version of “Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail” or “Rome, Sweet Home.”
    McCain: We actually had one in the works, but it kind of flopped due to the stories being, in the end, fairly on the weak side. We are working at developing it again using better conversion accounts.

  2. Jeff
    September 28th, 2007 at 11:54 | #2

    I was baptized and raised a Methodist. I struggled for ten years as an adult with the UMC. I graduated from a Wesleyan seminary and spent two years as a UM pastor in small charge. I always wanted Methodism to be something it is not: a church. I described my self to my ordination boards as an “evangelical-catholic” long before i knew of Lutherans who describe themselves that way. I explored Methodism’s closest theological relative the Episcopal Church but found little gospel taught there and weak doctrinal statements. I always knew about the Lutheran tradition, it was always in front of me and around me, but i did not give it much thought. All the while I had semianry professors asking me if I was a Lutheran after reading my papers. As a Methodist pastor I was appalled at the doctrinal and theological indifference displayed by the church’s ordained and lay leadership(at heart all Methodists are pragmatists first). I was especially concerned with the liturgical chaos throughout my annual conference. The liturgical horror stories are too numerous to mention. Being the good Methodist pastor I thought I was I attended the closest church to me to receive the Eucharist weekly. The closest church was a Lutheran church. There i found a home. i heard the gospel preached clearly. The pastor preached the apostolic faith and followed the ancient catholic order. I knew I had found a home. I left the UMC and my church. I joined the ELCA and I love being a Lutheran. i love my local church and my pastor is one of the best I have ever encountered. I am a proud Lutheran. I give all thanks to God for this gift.

  3. October 4th, 2007 at 08:59 | #3

    If you need the story of a lifelong LCMSer who “converted” to Lutheranism after 30 years of dopey ignorance, count me in. I’m sure there are lots of other folks out there who’ve gone through the same thing, and it might be interesting to include a story from one of them.

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