Repentance is not a popular word in American Evangelicalism or the Mainline Progressive churches, but it is at the heart of the Lutheran confession of the Christian faith. An attack on confession and absolution (and the sacraments as means of grace) seems to be a common thread in the protestantizing of our inherited catholic consensus of the theology and practice of worship.
Sundberg, an ordained ELCA pastor and professor, calls his own church body to repentance. Given the references (and appendices) to resources in the ELCA (and predecessor bodies') tradition, I did at times feel like an outsider overhearing a conversation not entirely intended for me.
So much for the latest fads!
The Reformation did not happen overnight, not with the singular act of posting of the Ninety-Five Theses, or even the presentation of the Augsburg Confession.
The Rev. Paul J Cain is Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sheridan, Wyoming, Headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School, Yellowstone Circuit Visitor (LCMS Wyoming District), a member of the Board of Directors of The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education, Wyoming District Worship Chairman, and Editor of QBR.