“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied. He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of the storeroom new treasures as well as old.” –Matthew 13:51-52
Happy 4th of July everyone!
I just got back from my two weeks in Germany, where, with a bunch of other Lutherans, we followed in the footsteps of Martin Luther. One of the purposes of the trip was to train those of us who are interested in taking groups in the future. This is especially pertinent, as 2017 is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
In Germany, we visited Erfurt, Eisenach, Eisleben, Naumburg, Wittenberg, Leipzig and Dresden. We saw where Luther was born, baptized, and lived as a youth. We saw where he wrote the New Testament in German while hiding from the Pope in Wartburg Castle. We saw the doors of the Wittenberg Church where Luther would have nailed the 95 Theses. We visited the Black Cloister, where Martin and Katie Luther lived. And we also had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of some Bach history, Buchenwald Concentration Camp, and the Zwinger in Dresden.
One the things that stuck with me, especially in Leipzig, was how ancient architecture coexists next to modern buildings. Old and new. Side by side.
There was something inspiring about that for me. And it reminded me of Celebration, and our original commitment to being a post-contemporary, “emergent” church. And what we mean is that we honor and celebrate that Lutheran heritage that has been passed on to us in faith, while at the same time being open to new ways of being the Body of Christ in the world today. Old and new. Side by side.
This is a gift. And it isn’t always easy. But, I believe it makes us a healthier community. And that is something to celebrate!
Old and new. Side by side.
It’s just a thought.
+pax et bonum,