in today's Writing from the Treasury. From the Augustana:
"In doctrine and ceremonies we have received nothing contrary to Scripture or the Church universal. It is clear that we have been very careful to make sure that no new ungodly doctrine creeps into our churches."
Note the "received." Gifts delivered in doctrine and ceremonies, received from those who went before, and the only things ruled out are what would be contrary to Scripture or what is contrary to the Church universal.
Can we possibly make this confession today with a straight face - this not being your grandfather's Synod and all? Do these words not invite us as Lutheran Christians to repentance for the way we have dishonored our parents in the faith by carelessly and thoughtlessly tossing what they were willing to DIE for in order to deliver into our hands?