In the Lutheran Tradition?
Lutherans have earned a reputation among non- Lutherans for
being willing to drop all other entertainments in order to argue
with each other over fine points of theology. It will therefore
be regarded as a huge disappointment if Lutherans, of all people,
fail to engage the issue of gay ordination with the intellectual
rigor it deserves. After all, there is no scarcity of theological
arguments, deeply rooted in the Lutheran tradition, to which both
sides can appeal.
David Steinmetz, Amos Ragan Kearns professor
of the history of Christianity, commenting on debate in the Lutheran
church over issues related to homosexuality in an op-ed in the Aug.
7, 2005, issue of The Orlando Sentinel
Heís not just brought the crowds to the Gospel, heís helped
assimilate those people to be a part of local church communities.
Laceye Warner, assistant professor of the
practice of evangelism and Methodist studies, quoted in a story
about the Rev. Billy Grahamís ministry, in the June 23, 2005, issue
of The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J.
Theater as Church
The challenge for worship today is distinguishing it from
entertainment or a spectator event. It is made more difficult
when surrounded by the symbols and signs of the
Bishop Kenneth Carder, director of Dukeís
Center for Excellence in Ministry, quoted in a story about the use
of movie theaters as churches, in the July 24, 2005, issue of The