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Duck Dodging The Title 'Lutheran' Or Daring To Be Lutheran?

One online Lutheran resource I'm growing quite fond of is Higher Things.

However, it's more than just a website -- it's a full blown ministry!

In fact, I dream of the day when there's enough interest within the LCMS-Eastern District that they choose to partner with Higher Things for a Youth Conference or Retreat, because then it would signal that things are truly starting to change here in my little neck of the woods, and it would signal that many are returning to "the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 1:3).

In any event, here's an EXCELLENT 5-minute video posted on the Higher Things YouTube Channel from almost 2 years ago...

Daring To Be Lutheran

Pr. Borghardt answer the question, "What's the difference between a Lutheran and a Christian." He explains that there is no difference. He also talks about the differences between Lutherans and other denominations. If you have questions you'd like answered you can email them to radio@higherthings.org or send them via text message to 936-647-3235.

In short, that's really as simple an explanation of "What is a Lutheran?" and "How are Lutherans different from other denominations?" as you're likely to find anywhere and in a 5-minute segment, IMHO.


"Whenever you make a confession, you're making a statement of belief, and that belief causes division. So, although it's sad that their are divisions in Christendom, it's unavoidable as long as people confess what Scripture them to say, and Jesus actually says, 'I didn't come to bring peace, but the sword.' So, there's no way of dodging a confession and even a label.

*- Pastor George Borghardt

In a Lutheran layman's terms, are you duck dodging the title 'Lutheran' or daring to be Lutheran in this day-and-age?

NOTE: As you know, I am a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you believe that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is not consistent with our Confessions and Lutheran doctrine (in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word, which our Confessions merely summarize and point us back to) so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray (James 3:1). Finally, please be aware that you might also discover that some of the earlier pieces I wrote on this blog back in 2013 definitely fall into that category since I was a "Lutheran-In-Name-Only" at the time and was completely oblivious to the fact that a "Book of Concord" containing our Confessions even existed. In addition, there are some entries that are a little "out there" so-to-speak since the subject matter was also heavy influenced by common Evangelical concerns/criticisms that aren't that big a deal for us Lutherans. I know that now and I'm still learning. Anyway, I decided to leave those published posts up on this website and in cyberspace only because we now have this disclaimer and only to demonstrate the continuing work of Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life (Hebrews 12:2; Philippians 1:6). Finally, please know that any time we engage in commenting on and/or interpreting a specific portion of the holy Scriptures, it will always follow the verse-by-verse notes from my Lutheran Study Bible unless otherwise noted. Thank you for stopping by and thank you in advance for your time, help, and understanding. Grace and peace to you and yours!


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