A renewed understanding of the freedom of the Gospel
"in the world, but not of the world" (see John 17:16-18)
"Sing a new song to the Lord"
Explosion of worldwide hymnody/song as fruit of the Gospel
Renewal in Lutheran theology and practice:
Hymnal Supplement 98
Lutheran Service Book
The Lutheran Study Bible
Treasury of Daily Prayer
Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions
New Reader's Edition of Law and Gospel (forthcoming)
Resurgence in lay theologians in the local congregation
Rediscovery/more use of the concept of "adiaphora"
Some changes in American culture (some are not negative in and of themselves)
(Re)acculturation or (Re)contexualization of Christianity in America
The rise of recorded music
Weaknesses in Lutheran Worship (1982)
Perceived datedness of The Lutheran Hymnal (1941)
"Not in, but of"
Imitation of culture
Some are recluctant to be known as "Lutheran"
Lack of catechesis on worship
VBS exposure (or lack thereof)
Decreasing Bible literacy
Decreasing emphasis on music education in public schools
Decreased opportunities for "group song" other than "Happy Birthday" and "The Star Spangled Banner"
Influence of practical, individualistic Americanism
A good theology of Lutheran worship was out of print for 30+ years
Outside influence from