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Watching Hope Grow: Distant Reflections on Seminex June 2009 (Speech)

Currents in Theology and Mission 2011, April, 38, 2

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This is a storied gathering. It is storied because the exodus from Concordia Seminary in 1974 was arguably the most dramatic moment in twentieth-century theological education, but that is not the story that I have most in mind this evening. This is a storied gathering because this event is about the personal stories that have been draped around that historical event. All of you here have a story of how your lives and ministries have been fashioned and formed by the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod (LCMS) controversy. You have a story about your decision to process off the Concordia campus, as the tower bells were ringing. You have a story about your decision to attend Christ Seminary--Seminex, and in that choice, separate yourself from a future in the church body you knew best. Stories of human beings seeking to be faithful are sacred stories, and I am honored to have been asked to share in this event. I am not a Lutheran, although my Christian life bears ample evidence of simul justus et peccator. I am not a Lutheran, but I have struggled with law and gospel and the permeable boundaries between these two gifts of grace. While not a Lutheran, I want to share some stories from my life that, at least from a distance, overlap with your stories and reflect with you on denominational conflict, theological education, and ministry.

Watching Hope Grow: Distant Reflections on Seminex June 2009 (Speech)
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  • Category: Politics & Current Affairs
  • Published: 01 April 2011
  • Publisher: Lutheran School of Theology and Mission
  • Print Length: 13 Pages
  • Language: English
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