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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Young Lutheran Church in Siberia

One of the things that struck me about the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Siberia is how youthful it is. And I'm not just referring to the newness of this Confessional Lutheran church body. I mean that there are lots of kids, teens and young adults active in this church and that is so encouraging. And refreshing. Even their head bishop-elect and many of their clergy and lay leaders are young.

It seems to me that the generation who came of age after the fall of the Iron Curtain are eager and open toward spiritual matters. And they crave substance. The Christianity Lite which American Christians often prefer isn't going to cut it. I just pray that they continue to have a zeal for sound doctrine and in-depth teaching. It is bearing amazing fruit thus far.






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3 comments:

Rev. Todd Peperkorn said...

Boy that just sounds like a great article for Higher Things. Know anyone involved with editorial on that?

-Peperkorn

Darrell said...

they crave substance. The Christianity Lite which American Christians often prefer isn't going to cut it.

God bless 'em! Meat, not milk! What a great looking bunch of folks in those photos... and they sound like my kind of people. This trip must have been so rewarding for you.

Pastor Scott Stiegemeyer said...

Hi Darrell, yes they are your kind of people. Many of the Lutherans there are coming from various pentecostal type or free-church sects. And being in an Orthodox Church context, they are much more comfortable with stuff like sacraments, liturgy, tradition, ecclesiology and all that other churchy stuff.

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