I’ve been writing a lot “off line” these days trying to get started on a book’s worth of material cross referencing Luther’s Theology of the Cross and Strauss & Howe’s generational theories. It’s been lots of fun, but I haven’t written here on my blog as much.
I’ve also noticed that my goal of 500 words per day does leave me with time for about 250 more words (or so), so maybe I should get back up on the horse and do something more with my web presence than “Music Friday” (as great as that is).
The question is - what does someone write in 250 words that makes a cogent point?
Today I had lunch with a new member of University Lutheran who has been away from the church since the 70’s. It was interesting for me (and has been interesting for her) what all has changed since she was in church last, as well as what has been the same.
Both the changes and the steadfastness in certain areas of church are interesting concepts to me. I fully realize that a church must change because the context and circumstance around the church changes, but I also realize that the basic building blocks - the marks of the church - must remain the same. I suppose it’s the difference in the fundamentals and the accidentals (meaning the time-bound stuff, not mistakes).
It was interesting to hear how LCMS Lutherans were once told they shouldn’t pray with people of other denominations because they didn’t want to give the impression that the denominations believed the same thing (this is something, to my knowledge, that the Wisconsin Evangelical Synod still believes and promotes). It was also interesting to hear how the dress code for church seems to have changed for the better (in this person’s eyes anyway) and how the addition of coffee in the church proper is welcomed.
I’m well over my 250. I’m going to have to work at this – it’s like blogging haiku. Hmnn…sorry if I just wasted your time.