Friday, February 13, 2015
Our Church ought to be proud and humbled. . .
There are problems in seminary education. There are problems with the SMP program. There are problems with lay people (so-called deacons) who are authorized for Word and Sacrament ministry in our church body. There are problems with a fear of Lutheran worship that practices on Sunday morning Lutheran theology confessed in our Concordia. There are problems with doctrinal integrity and unity in our Synod. Yes, we all know about these and should rightly be concerned. What we may not realize is that hidden in all of this are faithful, talented, dedicated men and their families who have heard the Lord's call, who have paid the price of residential seminary education in move and money, and who have shown themselves to honor both the Lord and his church by their commitment.
God bless them! God bless the seminaries that formed them for the pastoral office. God bless the congregations that will call them. God bless the placement process that will put them into the right locale. God bless their work when the stole is laid upon them and they are charged to be faithful over the flocks which the Lord has entrusted to their care.