Almost every week I hear from people who've been told that denominations have no future. Sometimes they report this with glee. Sometimes they break the news carefully, perceiving that I'm enthusiastic about being a Lutheran Christian.
I can never simply tell such folks that they are wrong. The future is unknown. Perhaps "Lutheran," "Catholic," "Episcopal" and "Reformed" have become meaningless realities. Denominational identity is unimportant to many who seek a church home. But as a historian I know that the death of Lutheranism has been predicted many times. There have been even harder struggles in the past than we experience today.
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