Our Readers are the Best – Some More Ablaze Re-Definitions

Yesterday we posted an article that offered some redefinitions of words from the Ablaze dictionary. We asked for contributions of more definitions from our readers and got this very clever entry.

#5 by hb — August 14, 2009 @ 5:32 pmEdit

“Ablaze! (R)” – “Torch your grandfather’s church!” – also an initiative to count good works – also an umbrella organization used to funnel money by closing down old inner city churches, selling the property, and using the funds to open coffee houses



The “lost” – Methodists, Baptists, and other nondenominational evangelicals who got lost on their way to church and end up in a Lutheran church which they now want to change to their liking


“Seekers” – baby boomers who are looking for their grown children in church, but they can’t find them, so they want a more hip 70’s style worship service to make themselves feel better and make their kids want to come back to church


“Executive” – well paid effective people who lead church leaders and who are willing to support any gimmick for the sake of attracting the lost and paying the bills.


“Mission” – a coffee house in your church


“Mission Trip” – layman’s vacation to a third world country


“Mission vision” – church executives envisioning a movement of more power, money and authority away from local congregations toward them


“Prayer” – requests for our will to be done in the most glorious way possible

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.

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