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

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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).

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

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Great Stuff — Crisis of Catechesis — “Churches are full of activity, but may often fail to ensure quality teaching,” David Rueter — 2 Comments

  1. Even in the secular world this is recognized: “Don’t mistake activity for achievement,” John Wooten.

    Amazing how churches will bend over backward and open pocketbooks for any and every new fad, but look down on generations’ worth of tried-and-true sound tradition and practice.

  2. Reporter Online has a January 29, 2016, article, “2016 youth-ministry symposium explores confirmation,” about the January 14-16 LCMS Office of National Mission — Youth Ministry symposium, which discussed “catechism revision.”

    One would think one important topic in the symposium and its “five-point outline for confirmation” would be the public confession of the doctrine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church to be faithful and true. This is a requirement for individual and congregational members of the Missouri Synod, and it is also present in constitutions of LCMS congregations as a requirement for communicant membership.

    This public confession is also important because it is part of the understanding by the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Missouri Synod of the doctrine of closed communion.

    Yet this public affirmation of the Lutheran confessions by the confirmand doesn’t seem to be mentioned in the Reporter article. Further discussion about the significance of this public confession in the Missouri Synod is discussed in the November 23, 2015, Wittenberg Trail article, “The Lutheran Confirmation Vow.”

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