Thanks, Pastor.You did a very nice job. Lots of info.
First off, congratulations and on the new baby boy! May God richly bless your family!Second, this was very good and engaging. It's a very interesting and informative look into the history of the different branches of the Lutheran church. Of particular note to me is the "seminary walk out" you referenced that happened in the 1970s. I'd heard that referenced before in passing by other Lutherans, but wasn't sure which side was the one walking out. It sounds like the Down Grade Controversy experienced by the British Baptists of the 19th century, except in that particular case it was the conservatives (and Charles Spurgeon in particular) who withdrew from the Baptist Union. So does a lack of "altar pulpit fellowship" preclude co-belligerant work together outside of the ministry proper? For example, suppose you wanted to do something that addressed abortion, or wanted to put together some sort of charitable activity, such as a food drive: could you call the local WELS pastor (assuming there was one nearby) and ask him to help out?
Justin, you don't need to apologize for the "dryness" of the topic. I am sure that even for ones who hate history it is still fascinating to hear about the plethora and diversity expressed by the different lutheran groups. I had no idea that there were Baptist-like-legalistic lutherans, or high-churchey ones, or still the overtly-pietystic (Covenant-Evangelical-like). For an armchair-historian like myself, it has been great to hear about their backgrounds and various mergers and splits. God bless you in your ministry and book projects. Gabriel (an LCMS lutheran, living in Denmark)
J. Dean, I think that such works would be acceptable for a WELS member to participate in because they are not part of the church's worship life.
Jordan,Congrats and best wishes on the birth of your firstborn baby.Martin
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