Your Lutheran pastor loves finding materials that will help him teach the true faith to his congregation. But does he love being bombarded with materials that will revolutionize his congregation by teaching them really horrible theology?
Your Lutheran pastor loves addressing actual people’s concerns directly. But does he love addressing anonymous people’s concerns through self-appointed intermediaries?
Your Lutheran pastors loves it when people know he’s a Lutheran. But does he love it when people think he’s that OTHER kind of Lutheran? Absolutely!
Your Lutheran pastor loves explaining Lutheran worship to people. But does he love explaining Lutheran worship to people who know everything the Bible says even though they’ve pretty much never actually read the Bible? Absolutely!
Your Lutheran pastor loves answering people’s theological questions. But does he love answering super meaty questions in under five seconds? Absolutely!
These are perhaps the kind of promises NOT to make if we wish to achieve greater unity.
What happens when we institute liturgical practices before discussing them.