About this blog

“They persisted in the teaching and communion of the apostles” (Acts 2:42).  What does it mean here and now for those who claim the heritage of the Lutheran Reformation to persist in the apostles’ teaching and communion?  After the recent decisions of the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, that question has become pressing.  Those who contribute to this blog believe that those decisions are flawed and that those flaws are deeply rooted in theological tendencies that have been present within Lutheranism for decades.  They will not be rectified soon.  Persistence and faithfulness is our intention; that intention can be met only in the mercy and power of the Spirit of Christ.  Where the Spirit will lead, we do not know.
Michael Root will have oversight of this blog.  David Yeago will contribute as the Spirit moves him.  Others may join us.  While those who write here share a common outlook, all contributors write only in their own names and do not speak for the others.
“They persisted in the teaching and communion of the apostles” (Acts 2:42).  What does it mean here and now for those who claim the heritage of the Lutheran Reformation to persist in the apostles’ teaching and communion?  After the recent decisions of the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, that question has become pressing.  Those who contribute to this blog believe that those decisions are flawed and that those flaws are deeply rooted in theological tendencies that have been present within Lutheranism for decades.  They will not be rectified soon.  Persistence and faithfulness is our intention; that intention can be met only in the mercy and power of the Spirit of Christ.  Where the Spirit will lead, we do not know.
Michael Root will have oversight of this blog.  David Yeago will contribute as the Spirit moves him.  Others may join us.  While those who write here share a common outlook, all contributors write only in their own names and do not speak for the others or for institutions at which they teach or work.
Michael Root
On the eve of the Commemoration of St. Augustine, 2009
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16 Responses to “About this blog”

  1. James Pence Says:

    Thanks for starting this blog. I look forward to future posts.

  2. Arthur Turfa Says:

    Many thanks for taking the point in this.

  3. Melinda H. Jones Says:

    Dr. Root, thank you for starting this means of dialogue. I am one who has taken an opposing stance on the Churchwide’s actions. I, too, look forward to the up and coming comments. Peace, Melinda Jones

  4. Jack Wilder Says:

    So glad you started this blog. We need to keep the discussion going. We need sound theological reflection on the current state of Lutheranism in America.

  5. Pr. Michael Jannett Says:

    Not sure where to post this, but I would request some guidance on Dr. Timothy Wengert’s recent article entitled “Reflections on the ELCA Churchwide Assembly and the Bible” (Journal of Lutheran Ethics, Sept. 09, which can also be found on the ELCA website: http://www.elca.org/What-We-Believe/Social-Issues/Journal-of-Lutheran-Ethics/Issues/September-2009/Reflections-on-the-ELCA-6.aspx).

    After reading your paper/talk on “20th c. Lutheranism,” it would seem like Dr. Wengert is falling right in line with all that is wrong with 20th c. Lutheranism. We seem to have come to a place where there is only ambiguity and Gospel.

    (If there is a place to allow us to conribute requests for topics/discussions, please let us know.)

    • lutheranspersisting Says:

      I’m on the road at the moment and rather tied up. I will look at it in the next few days and see if I have something to say.
      Michael Root

  6. Pr. Michael Jannett Says:

    Please delete the last parenthesis in the link above, to get to the proper web page.

  7. David Says:

    Thank you Dr. Root and Dr. Yeago for your continued teaching. I look forward to reading more.

    David Nuottila

  8. Eric Swensson Says:

    Thank you Dr. Root, Dr. Yeago and whoever else might become a contributor. There is a definite need for this.

    I heard Dr Root made very good comments on some work of Tim Wengert’s at the CWA. Is that available?

    • lutheranspersisting Says:

      No, the comments were made in a hearing and I didn’t write them up. Writing something out on the ‘bound conscience’ argument is on my ‘to-do’ list.
      Michael Root

  9. Eric Swensson Says:

    Thanks for getting back to me. Actually, I heard that you “took him apart”. But, heck, some seminarians are doing that with the bit he wrote for “Journal of Lutheran Ethics.”

    What I don’t get is how illogical it turns out to be. Is it just me, am I so prejudiced against this theological move, or did Esau just trade his inheritance for a bowl of stew again? That is, why, why, why? Such pitiful fig leafs-they cover nothing.

    • Vicki Says:

      You mention Timothy Wengert and a piece he wrote in the Journal of Lutheran Ethics. He is coming to a forum at our church and I want to read that before hand. Can you link me to it? Or tell me where I can get it? Thanks.

  10. reads elert also Says:

    the references to the Holy Spirit acting beyond God’s word are questionable to me. I will monitor this. otherwise, i’d like to introduce myself: i am an ELCA pastor who graduated from Christ Seminary-Seminex. I was a student of both Robert Bertram and Ed Schroeder. I am currently engaged in retranslating works by the Erlangen (Germany/Baviaria) professor
    Werner Elert. I am a regular of the Crossings community/St. Louis (cf.
    crossings.org) and am building bridges with various Lutheran confessionally based comunities. God bless you in your mission.

  11. Eric Swensson Says:

    Here Vicki:
    http://www.elca.org/What-We-Believe/Social-Issues/Journal-of-Lutheran-Ethics/Issues/September-2009/Reflections-on-the-ELCA-6.aspx

    Be prepared!

  12. Pr. Dan Cave Says:

    Dr. Root,
    I have been following Lutherans Persisting recently and am
    interested in any comments you may have relative to the “new” draft
    of the Candidacy guidelines and ministry policies that was posted
    on the ELCA website on January 4, 2010, especially in the context
    of your comments about the first draft of the policy revisions that
    came out last November. In meeting with my bishop yesterday (Marsh, Metro Detroit) he said that he understood that the new draft of the candidacy guidelines would allow committee members to vote their bound conscience and decline a PALMS candidate for ministry or transfer them to another synod. Thank you.
    Dan Cave
    Christ, Warren, MI

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