The ELCA: Called, Empowered, and Sent

Darold H. Beekmann

Article Type: Face to Face

Publication Date: 4/1/1988

Paired Article (Face to Face): The ELCA: Faith and Order

Issue: The Lure of Heresy (Vol. 8, No 2, Spring, 1988)

There is profound gratitude and joy in seeing the birth of the ELCA as one more sign that “the Gospel” is indeed “the power of God to create and sustain the Church for God’s mission in the world” and that “the Church is a people created by God in Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit” (Constitution of the ELCA, 2.07; 4.01). At the same time, one cannot ignore how seductive such accomplishments can be. For example, the heavy emphasis on “structuring” this new church could easily lead to the delusion that this is our source of power and hope.

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