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A Presbyterian Comes to Lutheranism: Why?

February 29th, 2008
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I’ve been in contact recently with a Presbyterian pastor who has shared with me his deeply moving account of coming to a point where he is on the cusp of a decision about his continued membership in the Presbyterian Church. What is it all about for him? Christ! Here is what he has said about why he has come down this path toward Wittenberg. I get these kinds of message at least twice a week. I am convinced that if we Lutherans stopped apologizing for being Lutheran, stopped trying so hard to imitate the big-box non-denoms and E-Frees around us, reached out with sincere love, concern and sympathy for others, extended the mercy of Christ through word and deed, and were clearly and positively and enthusiastically intent on letting people know what Lutheranism is all about, these kinds of situations would be commonplace. Listen to this man’s words:

My interest in Lutheranism is deeply rooted in my sense that Christ
Jesus really is the center of all truth and theological reflection
about God. Over the years I’ve moved from one tradition to the next,
each one stating the centrality of Christ and each one proving, in the
long run, to be not so dependent upon Jesus as the One and only Savior
after all. My wife and I attended a Lutheran Church while we lived in
North Dakota and the one thing I remembered after nearly 20 years of
being away from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church is that there we were
encouraged to entrust ourselves without qualification to God through

Beautiful!  He gets it. Do we??

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  1. February 29th, 2008 at 07:19 | #1

    I’ll second that, as another (very recent) convert from Presbyterian/Reformed to Lutheranism. An especially fervent amen to what you just said about Lutherans not apologizing for being who they are. It’s the distinctive Lutheran approach to faith, life, and worship that I found so compelling, and evidently it’s not just me.

  2. Andrew Packer
    February 29th, 2008 at 07:42 | #2

    As a recent convert from Presbyterianism to Lutheranism I agree as well!

  3. Rob McLeod
    February 29th, 2008 at 08:48 | #3

    Our family has recently started attending a Lutheran Church after a 20 year journey through several wonderful fellowships of wonderful people. Non-denom, baptist, Calvinism and Calvary Chapel…
    Yet something was always missing. We think we have no found it! Christ in everything!!

  4. John C. Hudelson
    February 29th, 2008 at 10:24 | #4

    My father is a retired Presbyterian minister.
    When I got married to lady that came out of the “Christian” (Campbellite) denomination she insisted that we attend non denominational or Baptist churches (in general, churches of the “baptistic” form). We were attending a large Baptist church and then finally, I had enough of the simplistic services. Their communion did not even have the Words of Institution; they were just passing around crackers and grape juice.
    I started looking around, and found a local LCMS congregation. I joined it, and started to grow in it. I am now an elder of the congregation. This congregation has been a real blessing to me.
    About my father: He made sure (didn’t take any persuasion) that I joined the congregation instead of being only a regular attender. He even gave me a Lutheran hymnal and explained to me the presence of Jesus in the elements at communion: that it is a mystery in the Hebrew sense: the Body broken and the Blood shed.

  5. Another Kerner
    February 29th, 2008 at 19:45 | #5

    I write as an adult convert who found rest, at last, in the centrality of the Cross, in the Christology of the Lutheran Confessions, in the Word rightly preached, in the Sacraments, in the Gottesdienst.
    Imagine the sorrow and consternation, then, to discover that sometimes confessional Lutheran congregations, with the help of the “cradle” Lutheran membership, begin to emulate and make accommandation with the “evangelical” and “fundamental” Protestant worship practises in order to “grow the church”, losing some of the Lutheran distinctives in the process.

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