Great Stuff — Liturgical Bootcamp for Evangelicals: Liturgical Shock

Another great episode of Issues, Etc. interviewing Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller of Hope Lutheran-Aurora, CO.

Evangelicals often find themselves lost when walking into a liturgical church service for the first time. Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller has a name for this: Liturgical Shock. This interview between him and Issues, Etc. host Todd Wilken is helpful both for evangelicals coming into the Lutheran Church and for Lutherans who struggle to understand their Evangelical neighbors.

What theological assumptions are behind evangelical worship, and what does an evangelical expect out of worship? What kind of theological assumptions drive Lutheran worship? How are they distinct? Why are they important? Find out by listening to this interview.


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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.

Norm has been involved behind the scenes in many of the "go-to" websites for Lutherans going back many years.


Great Stuff — Liturgical Bootcamp for Evangelicals: Liturgical Shock — 4 Comments

  1. I enjoyed that interview too. Having come from a Pentecostal (Assemblies of God) upbringing and having spent a good chunk of my twenties in an Independent Fundamental Baptist Church, I encountered the same issues when I first went to a LCMS service. Fortunately the Pastor there helped me unlearn a lot of that stuff.

  2. Thank you for sharing! Coming from non- Lutheran background, it makes me sad to sometimes see fellow Lutherans trying to copy evangelical churches…it was the Lutheran liturgy and doctrine which attracted me to leave our “hip” nondenominational and start attending a LCMS congregation this time last year. As we wait to call a new pastor, I get nervous, I admit, because I want our church to keep and vakue its Lutheran heritage.

  3. Worship practices among Lutherans as well as “Evangelicals” can vary considerably, as can personal reactions to practices different from one’s own. I’ve invited Evangelical friends to my LCMS church, which follows the orders of worship in the LSB, with hymns. To the best of my knowledge, they weren’t “shocked”; among other things, one expressed genuine appreciation for the sermon, another for the music.


    I’m not clear on how the Lutheran pastor’s attire can be seen as subtle (8:10 in the recording): “In the liturgy, the pastor’s covered up …. He’s wearing church camouflage …. He’s blending into the background of the service.” It’s a minor point, but doesn’t a bright white robe, a colorful stole and a gleaming pectoral cross all tend to make him stand out?

    I understand from one Lutheran pastor that in the early church the robe was worn by clergy precisely because it was the same simple garment that the common people wore, and the clergy did not want to appear uppity as they served their brothers and sisters in the Lord. But the robe has long since become distinctive. If clergy today actually followed the same principles as those of the early church, wouldn’t they wear much the same attire as the modestly dressed men in the community served by their ministry?

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