Just got back from CID conference in E. Moline. The first half of the conference featured Rev. Dr. Larry Rast from CTS in Fort Wayne, doing his best to teach us about Lutheranism in Illinois. I think we did get to Illinois, but the road getting there was a blast. I came away from his presentation with a realization that much of the reason we confessional Lutherans (especially where I live) have such a challenge has to do with American culture in general, and more specifically, Methodism. As he showed us in brief the history of American Christianity, it explained a lot about why it seems we Lutherans (at least those who have any kind of confessional committment) are so despised by surrounding churches. For one thing: we’re not “team players” when it comes to various ecumenical things (okay, most of us aren’t). But it also explains a lot about what has happened to Lutherans in America whenever they falter on their quia subscription to the Book of Concord. Not to mention, there is a huge amount of pressure coming from this American Christianity called Methodism to succumb to revivalism and other pragmatic techniques to get people in the doors of the church. It was all very enlightening, even though I had heard much of it before. That part of the conference was very worthwhile.
As usual, I ate too much over the course of 2 1/2 days, and was glad to get home today to the family. It was good to see friends and make new acquaintances, and I’m glad to made use of the jacuzi at least once.