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A compilation of essays and comments by concerned pastors, theologians and laypersons, challenging denominations who are denying Christ’s resurrection, ‘demythologizing’ Scripture, blessing same-sex relationships, ordaining non-celibate homosexuals.

Initiated by the WordAlone Network, written in plain English. Cost is $14.95. Non Minnesota orders, add $3.50 postage or $5.90 Priority Mail. Outstate Minnesota orders, add $4.70 for postage and sales tax or $7.25 for Priority Mail and sales tax Minnesota Twin Cities metro area orders, add $4.75 for postage and sales tax or $7.30 for Priority Mail and sales tax. To order call WordAlone at 1-888-551-7254 or
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It's A New Day!

Pr. Jaynan Clark (WordAlone president)

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photo of Pr. JaynanThe theme, “It’s a New Day!,” for the upcoming WordAlone 11th annual convention is either a reality or just another catchy phrase meant to attract the confused, conflicted Lutherans out searching for faithful pastures in which to reside and take up the work of the “true” church.

“Oh for the love of God in Christ Jesus,” let this gathering be about membership in your kingdom, alignment with you and your faithful followers, and not about more institutional concerns, self interest and agendas.

A new day is just that, a new start and all bets are off on how and what God might be up to. Except, we should be assured that it will include dying to self in order to be raised in Him.

That is “the way” that not only connected the cross to the door of the empty tomb but also showed us the way of Paul to Damascus, a knockdown, drag-out affair. The way to Emmaus was an encounter with the real, live, resurrected Jesus and the way of the first century church.

House churches and mission starts are apparently not a new phenomenon!

Theodore Roosevelt’s guiding principal was, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”

Some say talk is cheap but actually it is costly when time is wasted and the doing never gets done either because of fear of failure, lack of conviction or an inability to just “do,” which means stepping up to the task and its consequences.

Might the One who “makes all things new” have his way with us this one time?

Could we possibly put down the bricks and the blueprints of Babel and instead of building towers allow ourselves on bended knee to be formed, shaped and built by our sovereign Lord Jesus, into the cloud of witnesses only He can produce?

Can unity, for once, not be the primary calling, not be allowed to obscure truth? Can Jesus’ command and revelation that we are to love God first and our neighbor as ourselves bring to light, like a mirror, our own self-portraits of a god and show our conflict of interest in that self always comes first before neighbor and God?

Can human institutions, alignments and memberships be treated as the second order questions they are?

As we gather, can we do so as hearers and doers of the Word—fresh and new—and be engaged in the call to repent of our past, present and future church history and discover what church as a verb really means?

Humorist Bill Cosby said, “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”

Amen to that. Perhaps so much time is spent by leadership and pastors and institutions trying to please everyone and maintaining “unity” that we insulate ourselves from the cutting edge sword of the Word that calls us to God’s pleasure.

His sword, which cuts between marrow and bone, calls us to deny self, take up the cross and follow Him, the once and always Crucified One and the once and always Risen One who died for you and the forgiveness of your sin. This old story is the new news that we need to preach, teach and confess with an engaging sense of urgency.

Perhaps the key is to trust that Jesus knows “the way” for the new day.