In our day and age it is so easy to lose sight of what we believe and why we believe it. We can get swept up in going through the motions without taking the time to ponder the significance of certain teachings or actions. Being a Lutheran can be one of those things that we take for granted. Perhaps out of tradition, or merely by birth into a particular family, we call ourselves “Lutherans.” What does it mean to be a Lutheran, anyway? Why not simply be “Christian”? There’s nothing wrong with that. But, before we get carried away with that thought, I encourage you to see that every Christian has certain convictions regarding what he or she believes about life and faith. A friend of mine once described non-denominational churches as “being whatever kind of Baptist you want to be.” Tongue and cheek aside, he has a point. Even claiming to be “non-denominational” is, ironically, claiming a certain conviction.
Some state that denominationalism is going out the door. I beg to differ. I believe that one must know what he or she believes and why. We need to graciously stand on our convictions and be a Lutheran or Calvinist or Baptist or Methodist or…whatever you are convinced is closest to the truth. It takes honesty, hard work, and study to come to a place where one can say confidently that he or she is part of a church body that is closest to Scripture. It doesn’t mean that one will agree with every little teaching in an association of congregations. But, it does mean that overall one should be comfortable with one’s denomination. Are you comfortable being a Lutheran?
In this year when the 500th anniversary of the launching of the Protestant Reformation will be celebrated, I have been thinking about being a Lutheran. It is dear to my heart. For some years in my life I wouldn’t have said that. But, after reflection and study on the issues, I have come to a place of loving being a Lutheran.
Recently my friend, Pastor Jason Gudim, asked me to be a co-host with him on a podcast. The podcast is called “Being Lutheran.” Pastor Gudim taught a Sunday School class at his church in response to people constantly asking him, “Why are we Lutheran?” After teaching that class, he was asked to make that information available to the world. He thought about it, and landed on the avenue of using a podcast audio to get the teaching out. Instead of simply doing all the talking, he considered having a co-host. That’s where I come in. We are seeking to have a conversation on what it means to be a Lutheran. In the podcast audio, Jason and I walk through the Book of Concord, a summary of Lutheran teaching. Each episode is around twenty minutes. We have had a lot of fun recording the first few episodes. I invite you to listen. You can find the podcast in iTunes or any other podcast app by searching “Being Lutheran.” You can listen online here.

Let us know what you think. We pray you are blessed by this content and are strengthened in your convictions as a Lutheran Christian.