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The Future Lies in the Past

February 13th, 2008
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Let those who have ears to hear, hear! Very interesting/informative article on worship trends in mainstream American evangelicalism. Might the church that was first called "evangelical" learn a thing or two from this report also?


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  1. MarkE
    February 15th, 2008 at 11:55 | #1

    In reading the article, I find it dismaying that, as these younger evangelicals seek to learn more about creeds, sacraments, and liturgy, they are looking to Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, and the Anglican tradition–and seem not to be at all aware of Lutheranism. Are we “too close to home” for them?

  2. WebMonk
    February 15th, 2008 at 14:11 | #2

    Not too close to home – too obscure and cloistered.

  3. February 16th, 2008 at 12:59 | #3

    I find it not so amusing that those who are wandering in the wilderness looking for the ancient church are from the same tree that rejected the old Lutheran confessors as not going far enough so as to throw out the baby with the bathwater.
    I also am concerned that there are those in the LCMS that want to pretend there was no reformation at all and chase after the mystics and meditating desert fathers to be relevant. In this way, there are many in our beloved synod in the same predicament as those mentioned in the article. Often, IMHO, we seem embarrassed by our confessions and the use of the historic liturgy. I struggle to comprehend what might be if we held to the very things we say we believe and confess. Might there be real sustained growth?
    I agree with MarkE that we are too close to home for those who would seek us out.
    But I also agree with Webmonk that we are too obscure and cloistered. However, we are both of these things be chase after one fad after another to remain relevant. Ironic considering that this is very thing that these young evangelical are fleeing.

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