One of the official publications of one of our LCMS Districts reports
that a retired pastor has just been given an honorary doctorate from one
of the Concordia universities owing to the fact that under his
leadership, his congregation's music "transitioned from the emphasis on
traditional music and added a more Gospel oriented genre."
It is bad enough when this happens, it is worse when it is not only official sanctioned but held up as exemplary service. Perhaps we ought to have a whole new category of honors in the LCMS... one for those who courageously have jettisoned Lutheran faith in confession and in practice in missions, parishes, districts, etc... Surely we would have more people to complete for this honor than if we counted up those who restored a lip service Lutheranism to its confessional, liturgical, and catechetical identity. But just maybe that is exactly what we need... an honor bestowed upon those pastors and parish musicians who have tirelessly worked to rekindle an awareness and affection for the Lutheran Divine Service and the richest tradition of hymnody, choral, and liturgical music that supports the full expression of the Divine Service.
Anybody in with me?