I don't know how many of you know that I was raised (briefly) Lutheran. My family has Jewish roots but somehow they managed to become Missouri Synod Lutherans. There is a joke that the longer you are part of the Missouri Synod, the smaller it gets. Like being part of a small town, if you know someone in this church, chances are you probably know someone in my family.
My adored great uncle, who is a retired Missouri Synod Lutheran clergyman, has a birthday coming up. I always have to practically nag him to death to let me know what kind of a present he'd like, as he tries to say, "Just make a donation somewhere." I do that for Christmas, but birthdays are special.
So somehow I beat it out of him over e-mail. He'd like a book. Not just any book. There is apparently a
"Lutheran thriller" about someone in the Missouri Synod who works for
I didn't know Lutherans were allowed to have thrillers...maybe it's
about a Lutheran going on vacation and pretending he's a Methodist? Or as one of my friends said, pranking Catholics after having some sherry?
As many good qualities as we may have, the words "Lutheran" and "excitement," let alone "thriller," don't tend to go together. We don't tend to do anything interesting like declare Jihad, curse people, handle snakes, or speak in tongues. We're rather on the tame and boring side. I mean, we haven't even updated our hymns for a couple of centuries.
So I am just curious enough that maybe I'll read this book, too.
What are you reading these days? Would you, by chance, read a Lutheran thriller?