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Christian Scharen

Reach the “Godforsaken” through Missional Worship | Worship

Tags: flowers, Godforsaken, insiders, Leonard Cohen, missional, worship

“Flowers for Hitler” is disturbing, I know. It was the title of a 1964 volume of poems by Leonard Cohen. He was a poet even before he started playing guitar and singing his poems. On first glance, the book of poems is as disturbing as the title. But the title and its collection of poems was, in this sense, meant to be “like” the cross: God refusing to allow anyone, any place, to be Godforsaken.

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About Christian Scharen

Christian Scharen is assistant professor at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. His main research and teaching interests center on worship and practical theology. A leading scholar working at the intersection of ethnography and theology, he lectures and writes in the areas of ministry, worship, ethics, ecclesiology, and popular culture. Scharen is Co-Director of Luther’s Learning Pastoral Imagination Project, an ecumenical national study of ministry. He is also Co-Founder of the Ecclesiology and Et