I appreciate the editor’s comments in “Circulation tales”
(August). Of the reasons you cite, the one that concerns me is what you
call “splendid isolation.” Good term. This is analogous to the concept
of church/liturgy as sanctuary, a retreat from
the world in total contradiction to Christ’s command. It’s an idea I’ve
fought in my ministry as music/liturgy director for years. It also
concerns me as it seems to reinforce an increasing congregationalism
among Lutherans. While I admit I don’t always read it cover to cover, [The Lutheran]
helps me keep aware that we are part of the larger body of Christ and
not just our parish. You remind me, too, to include offering envelopes
for The Lutheran in our weekly liturgy folder to help defray the costs. Thanks to you and the magazine staff.
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