In his closing sermon at the Church and Change conference Dr. Mark Braun jokes about Rev.
(if this link doesn't work go the churchandchange site and follow the audio link to the sermon)
In his sermon, Dr. Braun says that he recognizes that over the last decade groups in the WELS have become polarized. He even says that “Birds of a feather flock together” (there you go again..oh those Magpies). He further says that these organized groups could be called an ecclesiastical version of political action groups.
Rev. Braun then quotes Rev.
Dr. Braun pauses in his sermon and the Church and Change congregation erupts in laughter (at the expense of a nameless
Dr. Braun goes on with his sermon and says he would like to ask this (nameless) pastor (who we know as the Rev. Bartling), “what is wrong here? Is it that we can’t put church and change in the same sentence? or the same title? Is it that if it is the church it can not change and if there is change it better not be in the church!?”
I wonder why he didn’t ask Rev. Bartling these questions directly instead of in a Conference sermon…hmmm.
Dr. Braun’s sermon goes on to emphasis the changeless Gospel in a changing church. I would invite you to listen to this quote and the entire sermon in context and post your responses.