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What matters most in worship?

Gordon Lathrop: Word and sacrament, of course

Gordon Lathrop may be terminating his 30-year career as a seminary professor, but he hasn't lost the fire in his belly to teach American Lutherans — and others — about what matters in worship.

If anything, the fire burns brighter than ever.

What matters most? That would be word and sacrament, he says without missing a beat.

It's no surprise, coming from Lathrop, a foremost international authority on liturgy. He fears that too many Lutheran leaders are identifying with American evangelicalism, which he calls "the dominant religion on the scene."


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