(The following article was written by Rev. Tom Brock of pastorsstudy.org. You can follow Pastor Brock on Facebook - here and Twitter - here.)
I graduated from this seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America back in 1979. It was somewhat liberal back then and much more so now.
In the below chapel service at minute 6:50, the preacher from Intertwine Church in Northeast Minneapolis talks about prayer as "listening to self" and then leads the seminary congregation in deep breathing, centering meditation. Later he preaches that secular people are finding the Spirit of Christ at yoga studios. His church is about "gathering around questions and not answers", they are about "how to be human together".
I prefer a denomination which unapologetically sings "Jesus is the answer for the world today" and which does not incorporate non-Christian meditation and breathing exercises in its worship. It is one more reason I am glad I have left the ELCA for a more Biblical branch of Lutheranism and that many others have also left. The size of the congregation at the Luther Seminary chapel in the below video is way down from what it was when I was a student at Luther, just one more evidence of the shrinking effect of liberal religion.
In Jesus our Savior,
Pastor Tom Brock
12/29/2017 02:35:19 pm
Uff da...in the worst sense of the exclamation. But, there is an ELCA congregation near us (Bethel ELCA-Shoreline, WA) that was so successful in its driving people away with their ersatz good news that they got to sell their 250 seat sanctuary to the Buddha Jewel Monastary and relocate to a former yoga studio...just the right size to handle the crowds of 25-30 or so.
12/29/2017 03:13:23 pm
Actually, according to Intertwine itself, it is not a church, it is a community based on "practice and exploration of art, science, psychology, and the Judeo-Christian spiritual tradition (as wells [sic] as others)." The speaker is not a preacher, he is a "Thinker/Speaker/Entrepreneur."
12/31/2017 12:24:56 pm
Apparently, Jesus merits mention only insofar as we need to repent of our "white Jesus" and listen to the "brown, jewish Jesus", and because Jesus is "an invitation into a new way of being human." This new way of being human is about listening, which, if he listened to himself, he would hear the words "I, me, and my" dozens of times. The words themselves are telling. The chasm between how often Jesus was mentioned and self was mentioned is telling and damning. I'm glad so few people were there to hear it.
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