Friday, May 21, 2010

Just Say "No"



Lutheran contemporary worship is like how the "70s" look now - it just doesn't work.


photo credit: Chris Pirillo

7 comments:

Frank Gillespie said...

Recently I’ve put it another way: why do you want to go to the prom with a smoking hot date on your arm and spend all your time staring at the old girlfriend who dumped you?

Josh Schroeder said...

Nice outfit, Scott!

Scott Diekmann said...

Why thank you Josh!

Anonymous said...

The whole retro-1970s thing leaves me confused. If young people today were to understand how cheesy that decade really was, would they still embrace it? I am not sure I want my son to have a Bobby Brady haircut when he gets older.

Let us assume an LCMS church has two types of Sunday services: Contemporary and Traditional. I do wonder if a "happy clappy" worship service can function as a doorway to recruiting people for the traditional service.

My pastor recently noted in a sermon that the traditional stuff can be too stiff, depressing, and boring. Organ music can be creepy at times. If Luther hated the organ, then why should a traditional service mandate and organ or piano.

Dennis Peskey said...

Scott - the real disadvantage of being "older" is possessing photos like the above. Under no circumstances would I permit release of such incriminating evidence of sinful foolishness - I'd personnally walk those photos to the fires of hell.

The photo does make a strong point. The beauty and excellence of Jerusalem and the Temple are gone. When our eyes focus on the new Jerusalem with our Lord as High Priest, Temple and Sacrafice, the old city and temple begin to look just like a 70's photo. We weren't the best nor the brightest but we sure could wear some dog-ugly clothes. And the Lord still loved us! Kyrie Eleison.
Peace,
Dennis

Anonymous said...

The parallels between CW and leisure suits is striking. That says it all.

Johannes

jim said...

"Recently I’ve put it another way: why do you want to go to the prom with a smoking hot date on your arm and spend all your time staring at the old girlfriend who dumped you?"

Or go to a fine steak house and want to eat a McDonald's burger and fries?