of things that aggravate me about previous generations of Lutheran pastors grows long:
Why didn't they teach their people the Symbols?
Why didn't they encourage private absolution?
Why didn't they encourage weekly Eucharist?
Why didn't they study Luther more?
Why did they ignore the Church Fathers?
Why didn't they work to engender a love and understanding for the liturgy among the people?
Why did they tolerate the abolition of our church's art (both visible and audible)?
Why did they pretend that Lutherans were mostly like other Protestants?
Oh, the list could go on and on and on. BUT, it led me to wonder: what are the blind spots today? What are the things that the next generation of pastors is going to scratch their heads in wonder over and ask "how could those duffuses have missed THAT?"
My friend, Paul McCain, would no doubt head off the list with:
Why were they afraid to instruct their people in good works?
But there's got to be more. What do YOU think folks will come up with? Where are WE being blind in our day? What am *I* totally missing?