Can Orthodoxy Be Missional?
ndeed, Luther, Calvin, and Cranmer all argued that within the ancient theology-laden liturgy, one finds God's multifaceted means for efficacious missional enterprise. This is because the liturgy, as they saw it, was not a style of worship but a theology of missional worship through which God is present for the sinner in the promise of the gospel.
If you know someone heading out of seminary or a graduate school of theology eager to apply that confessional missionary zeal of their denominational fathers to a calling parish, then it's likely they will be in for a rude awakening rather than a great one.
Increasingly throughout Reformation orthodoxy, greenhorn pastors like myself-as well as aspiring ministers-are faced with a dilemma once we depart from the assumed safe haven of seminaries where the Augsburg, Heidelberg, and Westminster Confessions hold stock. We face a decision either go the route of "...