After much thought and prayer, I have come to realize that it is time to bail from Bailing Water. I believe that this blog has allowed me the chance to dig deeper into Scripture, the Lutheran Confessions, and the doctrine of the WELS.
I have been reflecting back on where this journey has gone and where it is going. Not being a delegate at this year's convention I followed the streaming video on wels.net and the discussion on the imprint blog. Shortly after the convention, I stumbled on this blog run at that time by someone else. Another person picked it up to continue the discussion and then dropped it. So I resurrected this blog from the blogging ashes.
I believe much of the conversation has been fruitful and thought provoking. I also realize that some readers view every position espoused by the WELS to be inerrant. Some readers clearly articulated double standards in doctrine and practice in the WELS. Some readers simply threw mud. Some readers stood tall and identified themselves and issues of importance. Some readers yelled at me to contact the names mentioned. I did. You can read the labels and stories to the right to travel the Bailing Water journey.
So where is this blog and discussion heading? I don't know. I feel negligent in not posting a topic each day or week. Yet I need to find a balance. I have obligations to my family and work as do you.
I believe that the change in leadership in the WELS is positive. Yet I also strongly feel that the cutting edge pastors are the ones setting the worship and practice agenda (Church and Change) in the WELS.
One pastor I communicated with suggested that routinely following a liturgical format is akin to following behavior modification theories.
I have many unanswered questions. I think that a WELS internet forum is a benefit. Someone suggested a cyberspace convention.
I would like you the reader to post your reflections (eulogy) on Bailing Water. I will let the blog float along with your comments.