More in the ongoing discussion of style and substance…
It's a little perplexing to read Lutherans who claim that the method can be changed without changing the message. It's an argument that's sometimes floated by those who want to change worship practices – but how you worship influences how you believe, and vice versa (lex orandi, lex credendi). But it's beyond perplexing, in fact it's downright disturbing, to see someone who doesn't even hold to some of the basic tenets of Christianity point it out while fellow Lutherans deny the naked truth. In this case, it's Brian McLaren, one of the most widely know Emerging Church leaders, who could school some of our own on this point. McLaren, among other heresies, rejects the atonement. But he does understand that doctrine and practice are related:
Maybe it's time for us Lutherans to lose our naivete, and denial, as well.