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What's in a Name?
« on: February 03, 2012, 08:38:18 PM »
In this midwestern city we have some interesting names for parishes.

Among the older LC-MS churches there are Trinity, Grace, Redeemer, Christ, Holy Cross.

Among the older Wisconsin Synod churches there are Resurrection and Ascension.

The ELCA churches have Bethel, Mount Olive, Our Savior, Gloria Dei, Good Shepherd, etc.

The older Catholic parishes are St. Francis, St. John the Evangelist, St. Pius XII, St. Bridget.

The newer Catholic parishes are Pax Christi, Resurrection, Holy Spirit.

The newer ELCA churches are Hosanna!, People of Hope.

The newer LC-MS churches are Life, Family of Christ.

The newest Wisconsin Synod church is Christ Our Rock.

It is interesting that the Catholic Church are choosing more traditional and Gospel-centered names for their new parishes while the Lutheran churches are flying all over the board to be anything but traditional. Not that they are any less so in proclaiming the Gospel, but why all this new-fangled name playing? Incidentally, one of the LC-MS churches named above is nothing but short of trying to be a mega-church, pastor in a suit, a disproportionately long sermon, a choir that seems to be focused on entertaining, and the Eucharist regulated to "something we must do once in a while" kind of thing.

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Re: What's in a Name?
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2012, 09:09:35 PM »
Roger, an earlier thread, "Why Zion?, might interest you:

Fr. Michael Slusser
Retired Roman Catholic priest and theologian