I finished my adult education class last night. The majority of the time we spent reading The Spirituality of the Cross: The Way of the First Evangelicals, a quite excellent book outlining what Confessional Lutheranism looks and feels like. I have some minor quibbles with the book as far as his take on Lutheranism and Lutheran doctrine, but all in all, if one wants to get a feel for what the LCMS is/could have been, it’s pretty good.
What worked well about the class is that I intentionally structured it as an information class, not necessarily as a catechetical/membership class. It made the non-Lutheran participants more comfortable and took the pressure off “buying it” and placed it on understanding it.
What didn’t work so well is that now the class is finished, some who wish to become members will need some more pointed instruction to fill in the gaps. Assessing where and what those gaps are will be more difficult, but when I undertake this in January, I’ll report in and tell you how it went.
In more personal news, my voice survived the hour last night, but today I’m not doing so well again. So it’s Matins in about ten minutes if anyone comes, and then the doctor to see what’s ailing me.