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The narrative of decline in the mainline church underestimates the continuing influence of its members, says a religion researcher.

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  1. Given Lutherans are specifically referred to in the article, it should be noted that not all Lutherans affirm homosexual relationships or clergy. Many Lutherans, including the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, still define position in line with the actual intent of the Holy Scriptures rather than basing doctrine and practice upon popular theology.

  2. I found this article quite interesting and reflective of my experience as a former Catholic turned Mainline Protestant (Episcopalian). A fair number of the Episcopalians I know truly live the “priesthood of believers,” in that their daily lives reflect their dedication to ministry. Not only do they go to church on Sunday, but they donate generously to causes that support the needy, the type of outreach work that is so crucial to Christian witness. They adopt needy children. They run church outreach committees, including managing charitable trusts that fund their work, and they do work at the diocesan level, ie., staffing committees that are dedicated to the church’s ministry. They teach Sunday school, organize adult Christian formation programming. One friend I know who is a professor writes almost exclusively in the field of church history and theolocy, and she doesn’t even teach in a seminary! She teaches at a secular institution and brings her knowledge of church history to the US history classroom in ways that are unique; her non-Mainline Protestand and secular colleagues can’t do the same. I feel my life is so much richer as a Mainline Protestant than it ever as when I was Roman Catholic.

  3. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I

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