Anthony Sacramone tells about his own spiritual history, his current frustrations in trying to find a Lutheran congregation, and various theological difficulties. He closes by asking “what is a Lutheran?” and asks for help in sorting through all of this.
The man is a great humorist, but this is a plaintive post. His experiences are important for us Missouri Synod types to face up to, how in our doctrinal purity we sometimes scare people off and drive them away even when they desperately want and are open to precisely what we can give them–Christ, the Gospel, the Sacraments. And can anyone help him with his search for a congregation that would put up with him and vice versa? (I do know that Lutheran identity is, in practice, more flexible than it is sometimes presented and that congregations vary a lot, in some positive as well as negative ways. He lives in New York City, a small town when it comes to the number of Missouri Synod Lutherans. But perhaps some of you could give him suggestions.)
If I send you over to his blog Strange Herring, will you help him and not attack him?
If so, here is the link: Nadia Bolz-Weber and Lutheran Identity « Strange Herring.