Great Stuff — Crisis of Catechesis — “Churches are full of activity, but may often fail to ensure quality teaching,” David Rueter

Found over on the new website, LutheranCatechism.com. Join in the conversation on Facebook in the group Lutheran Catechism:

Old cracked gray paint on the wall surface
Old cracked gray paint on the wall surface
In the Preface of his Large Catechism, Luther states substantive reasons why the Christian faithful should continually use the catechism. Both the weighty reasons and the urgency remain today, Luther was concerned with the lack of teaching of the faith that he saw in the churches of his day. I believe that we face a similar crisis today. Churches are full of activity, but may often fail to ensure quality teaching, especially for the young. The Church continues to struggle against the prevailing winds of the culture …. While the culture pushes toward a conception of faith lacking in distinctions, faithful Lutheran pastors, DCEs, teachers, and, most importantly, parents seek with much prayer to impart the unique claims of the Christian faith into the hearts and minds of young people. … Catechesis is an educational practice of the Church that provides a portion of the pushing back against the tide of our culture. Through the sounding again of the truths of Scripture, one generation bequeaths to the next the essential core of Christianity.

David Rueter, Teaching the Faith at Home, p. 10 (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2010).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.