The Holly Spirit, by Mollie

So now that Kari Jobe (who I’m sure is very nice and dedicated but not, you know, Lutheran) is no longer the “lead worshiper” at “Glorybound 2008” — the Texas Lutheran Youth Gathering, who’s “leading” the worship?

Kari’s now just the “song leader” (she’s still not Lutheran, apparently). The new “worship pastor” is one Pete Luedemann.

A tipster (one of my favorite Synodical employees) wonders whether this is the same Pete Luedemann who pastors Beautiful Savior in Portland, Oregon. I think the pictures would indicate we have a match.

Surfing around the congregation’s Web site, they have — oddly — a “spiritual gifts” survey (It’s been removed; you can view it here: archive) straight from the early 1980s. Here is a sample of the gifts listed on the survey:

I have spoken in tongues.

I speak in tongues as a personal spiritual exercise.

I feel welcome and a part of a group where Christians speak in tongues.

The Holly Spirit uses me effectively to lead others to respond to God’s gift of salvation through faith in Christ.

I know it’s a typo, but it cracked me up — the Holly Spirit. Here’s another typo (presumably):

I feel great compassion for the problems of others.

Compassion for the problems of others? Or the people with the problems?

Anyway — it’s interesting that the Texas “Lutheran” Youth gathering doesn’t seem to have much of a Lutheran emphasis. But it’s got the freshest spiritual inventories from the early 1980s.

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