Perhaps it is a bold or arrogant venture to create a blog with a deliberately Lutheran perspective without having spent much of any time looking at other Lutheran blogs. I will get to them, to be sure, so that I can learn about the "art" of Lutheran blogging. But I’ll begin this blog without any such background or baggage, and simply lay out some thoughts that will shape the first few weeks of this blog.

I am 30 years old, and for most of my professional career I have worked in the church. At the parish level (as a youth director) and for broader church agencies (seminary, publishing house), I have been part of the day-to-day workings of a church that is at times strong and other times struggling, and usually simultaneously strong and struggling. In my curent and previous jobs, I have had the opportunity to travel throughout the Northeast United States and visit congregations, meet with leaders, and learn about our Lutheran church. On this blog I hope to share observations, insights, and perspectives I have gleaned from traveling through the church.

But I expect this blog to go beyond the issues of our institutional church.  As a post-modern, a member of (the poorly named) Generation X, and a Lutheran, I want to look at the joy/challenge of living a simul justus et peccator life, a life straddling two kingdoms, a life in which ultimate glory can be seen in suffering, a life of paradox, of tension, of muck. This is the blessing/curse of our Lutheran insight – black and white turns to gray, Red and Blue turns to purple, yet grace remains.

In the coming days & weeks I will post some offerings about congregational mission; the role of theology in youth ministry; the polarization of our country, our church and our youth into Red vs. Blue; and anything else of interest that might arise.

Thanks.  I’ll enjoy learning and living with you over the course of this blog . . .

Peace to you,

Published by C. Duckworth

Spouse. Parent. Lutheran Pastor. National Guardsman. Political Junkie. Baseball Fan.

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