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Sarah Hinlicky Wilson's final LF editorial
« on: December 17, 2018, 12:55:10 PM »
Hello everyone. Please enjoy, free of charge, the latest and last editorial from our esteemed editor for eleven and a half years, Sarah Hinlicky Wilson.

https://www.lutheranforum.com/blog/the-church-and-happiness-1?fbclid=IwAR2bxsXgD5Uxk3NhuB-lzAMsC8NAx9lDVUuknLc5xxTFqaDWQiG6V0jYiTo

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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2018, 03:21:17 PM »
Hello everyone. Please enjoy, free of charge, the latest and last editorial from our esteemed editor for eleven and a half years, Sarah Hinlicky Wilson.

https://www.lutheranforum.com/blog/the-church-and-happiness-1?fbclid=IwAR2bxsXgD5Uxk3NhuB-lzAMsC8NAx9lDVUuknLc5xxTFqaDWQiG6V0jYiTo

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Amen. Matt says it well as does Sarah, whom we will miss. Blessings to Sarah and Andrew both in their new vocations in Tokyo!
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Re: Sarah Hinlicky Wilson's final LF editorial
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2018, 04:57:18 PM »
a very thoughtful, entirely Lutheran, article that if taken seriously by those who see themselves as church, should make us feel uncomfortable and yet with a direction of escape, if we would but by into it with the zest with which we play pursuant to the usual understandings of church.
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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2018, 05:26:13 PM »

A key point in understanding this article is that while it would be easy to see how the cautions contained within can apply to others, Sarah's point is that it applies to all of us and each of us needs to wrestle with the temptations she points out.  Once again, our temptation would be to see the splinter in the eyes of others while ignoring the log in our own.


Is it I she is talking about?  Yes it is I.
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Re: Sarah Hinlicky Wilson's final LF editorial
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2018, 05:58:51 PM »
That was just awesome. Very, very good reading. I confess it made me think of the old General Prayer from p. 15: “Most heartily we beseech Thee so to rule and govern Thy Church Universal, with all its pastors and ministers, that we may be preserved in the pure doctrine of Thy saving Word, whereby faith toward Thee may be strengthened, charity increased in us toward all mankind, and Thy kingdom extended. Send forth laborers into Thy harvest, and sustain those whom Thou hast sent, that the Word of reconciliation may be proclaimed to all people and the Gospel preached in all the world.”
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« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2018, 10:57:38 PM »
I confess it made me think of the old General Prayer from p. 15: “Most heartily we beseech Thee so to rule and govern Thy Church Universal, with all its pastors and ministers, that we may be preserved in the pure doctrine of Thy saving Word, whereby faith toward Thee may be strengthened, charity increased in us toward all mankind, and Thy kingdom extended. Send forth laborers into Thy harvest, and sustain those whom Thou hast sent, that the Word of reconciliation may be proclaimed to all people and the Gospel preached in all the world.”

And it made me think of the concluding intercessions and Doxology of the Anaphora of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom:

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Again we beseech You, Lord, remember all Orthodox bishops who rightly teach the word of Your truth, the presbyterate, the diaconate in Christ, and every priestly and monastic order. Again we offer You this spiritual worship for the whole world, for the holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, and for those living pure and reverent lives. For civil authorities and our armed forces, grant that they may govern in peace, Lord, so that in their tranquility we, too, may live calm and serene lives, in all piety and virtue.

And he exclaims:

Among the first remember, Lord, our Archbishop (Name); grant him to Your holy churches in peace, safety, honor, and health, unto length of days, rightly teaching the word of Your truth.

The Deacon, facing the people, exclaims:

And remember those whom each one of us has in mind, and all the people.

People: And all the people.

The Priest prays the following prayer in a low voice:

Remember, Lord, this city in which we live, and every city and land, and the faithful who live in them. Remember, Lord, those who travel by land, sea, and air; the sick; the suffering; the captives; and their salvation. Remember those who bear fruit and do good works in Your holy churches and those who are mindful of the poor, and upon us all send forth Your mercies.

And he exclaims:

And grant that with one voice and one heart we may glorify and praise Your most honorable and majestic name, of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.
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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2018, 11:19:20 AM »
Sarah again reminds us there is a difference between evangelism and proselytism.

"Evangelism seeks to hand on the apostolic word to those who have not yet received
it in trust and confidence, that through it and at the right time the Holy Spirit will effect
faith, salvation, and indeed the church."

"Proselytism is a program of church growth  for alien reasons. It invites the nations in
because they shore us up on our side or the other of our own culture wars, or because
they improve our color scheme and thereby our  self-image, or because they pay the bills."

Our parish churches need to focus on the Good News of Jesus Christ and offer the Word to
those who are starving without it.  The task of the church is to preach and teach Jesus Christ
as the Way, the Truth and the Life. We need to trust the Holy Spirit to touch the hearts
of those who hear God's message of salvation

Bottom Line: Healthy parishes see evangelism as a spiritual priority and unhealthy congregations
see proselytism as a  way to get more members contributing  to budget needs.
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« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2018, 01:26:21 PM »
Read this with great interest.
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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2018, 02:22:08 PM »
Sarah again reminds us there is a difference between evangelism and proselytism.

"Evangelism seeks to hand on the apostolic word to those who have not yet received
it in trust and confidence, that through it and at the right time the Holy Spirit will effect
faith, salvation, and indeed the church."

"Proselytism is a program of church growth  for alien reasons. It invites the nations in
because they shore us up on our side or the other of our own culture wars, or because
they improve our color scheme and thereby our  self-image, or because they pay the bills."

Our parish churches need to focus on the Good News of Jesus Christ and offer the Word to
those who are starving without it.  The task of the church is to preach and teach Jesus Christ
as the Way, the Truth and the Life. We need to trust the Holy Spirit to touch the hearts
of those who hear God's message of salvation

Bottom Line: Healthy parishes see evangelism as a spiritual priority and unhealthy congregations
see proselytism as a  way to get more members contributing  to budget needs.

Not disagreeing, but getting new Christians involved with other Christians, with church is also important.  If our primary motivation is institutional preservation and promotion, then that is unhealthy and in the long run counter productive.  People will soon perceive if our desire to share the Gospel is rooted in concern not for the people we share with but in recruiting for our organizational health.  But part of their spiritual health relies on them becoming involved with a Christian community.  Ultimately if not our community some other community.


Pr. Austin has been making this point when he's pointed out that those who left the ELCA (or the LCMS) over the various disputes in recent decades were not really lost to the Church, if they joined other communions.  They would only be lost if they left and did not become involved elsewhere.


The motto of Lutheran Hour Ministries is "Bringing Christ to the Nations -- And the Nations to the Church." Their Vision Statement is "Every person has the opportunity to hear the Gospel in an understandable way.  New believers are connected to a faithful Christian community where they can grow in their faith and witness.  All Christian reach out in love to those who don't yet know the Savior."


This points out that the job of evangelization is not complete until the new Christian becomes connected to a Christian community.  To do otherwise would be like giving birth to a child and then assuming that the job of parenting was complete.


The danger and temptation is to allow the integration of the believer into community becomes a goal not for the good of the new believer but for the good of the community.  We do not evangelize for the sake of carving notches in our Bible (like gun slingers of old carving notches in their gun for successful gun fights) or to put another body in the pew to help the year end statistics and pay the bills.  An alternative temptation is to neglect encouraging the new believer to become a part of the community for fear of succumbing to such temptation.
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« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2018, 02:37:06 PM »
It has been said that a healthy parish is only as strong as its interpersonal relationships.
This means that new members are integrated into the parish during their first 6 months
in that congregation.  Some parishes will assign families who have been active in the
parish to mentor a new family for  a period of one year.  This includes inviting them to
Adult Bible classes on Sunday and during the week, becoming part of a fellowship group
which meets monthly, and invitations to other parish activities. 

Bottom Line:  The local parish is an opportunity for God's people to make good Christian
friends, and actually have personal relationships with them and care about them.