What’s in a name?

I read with interest the article by Rev. Ronald E. Nelson entitled  “Mosaic—a Multiethnic Multigenerational Church Start” (“Fan into Flame,” September). I am pleased that the California-Nevada-Hawaii District is making the effort to reach out in this  way, and also with the “successful” results, with 210 people attending the “first celebration event.”

But I am disturbed by the choice of name for this mission church. Googling “Mosaic Church” and “Mosaic Ministry” reveals there are many such groups  affiliated with different denominations, with divergent doctrinal beliefs, including one headed by a rabbi!

While the term “mosaic” is descriptive of its purpose, it also is confusing because it says nothing about doctrinal basis or church affiliation. Or is the full title “Mosaic Lutheran Church (or Mission)”?

In this age when denominational differences are being downplayed and obscured, let’s not add to the confusion, but let the name indicate its doctrinal basis.

Rev. Richard A. Krugler
Vancouver, Wash.


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