Are our seminaries getting too liberal for the
church? I heard they do all kinds of liturgies that we would never do
in the parish and that they are soft on gays and let in all kinds of
students from strange places in the world. Are we going to have to take
foreign pastors into our congregations?
As I write this response, I am at one of our church’s seminaries following my retirement from parish ministry. Therefore my answer is based on firsthand knowledge and experience. At the center of the life of this faith community is daily worship using a variety of liturgical forms. They range from standard Lutheran liturgies to worship in new forms with even a few testimonies to faith: Amen! and Praise the Lord! Every worship service is Christ-centered, participatory and full of the Spirit—with forms that can easily be used in most congregations. But this isn’t the main purpose of worship here. It is to be strengthened in our life with God in and for the world.
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