Thank you for “A cure for Lutheran laryngitis”
(August). Amid our discussions of interpretation of Scripture and
disagreements over human sexuality, maybe we’ve overlooked the real
elephant in the room: our lack of evangelism to a broken world.
Evangelism is central to Lutherans because giving witness to the gospel
is at the core of who we are. Suggestions on how to share the good news
of Jesus are helpful but perhaps not the best starting point. Before we
learn how to share who we are, we need to know who we are. We are a
people called to “go therefore”—not out of obligation. As justification
by grace through faith in Jesus Christ is at our core, we are set
free—free from self-justifying, free to serve our neighbors. Maybe we
don’t need to find a cure for the laryngitis that limits us but must
first open our eyes to the gift God has freed us to be.
Just ‘be church’
Thanks for the laryngitis article
As the church continues to lose members, we wonder why and ask, “How do
we do church better?” One of our answers is to print another book for
worship. I suggest that rather than just “doing church” we need to be
the church, “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world.” If we
do that we will have exciting days ahead.
Live in Christ’s presence
laryngitis article offers good suggestions but left out one of the most
vital methods of lay preaching. Paul wrote: “Brothers and sisters, join
in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example
you have in us” (Philippians 3:17
Lutherans have forgotten that Christianity spread throughout the
existing society in Jesus’ day by people living the presence of Christ
in word and deed. Their lives actually cried out, “Imitate me.” When
our Christianity springs from sermons that say “Copy me,” we’ll no
longer be speechless.
David F. Conrad
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