The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Great commission matters to all

Anything in way needs to go

I shared synod Bishop Michael Rinehart's article about outsiders and insiders on Facebook weeks before it appeared in The Lutheran (February). Although his choice of worship, especially hymns, as an example may be offensive to some, he is mostly spot on.

This is not to say that I'm in favor of dumping anything and everything just to catch the attention of the unchurched, dischurched or otherwise uninterested population. I don't think the bishop is suggesting that either. But we have to evaluate every single thing we do in our congregations in terms of its eventual impact on the people who are not part of the faith community.

Before you react, allow me to elaborate: we can start with liturgies, hymns and creeds.

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February issue


Embracing diversity