Here's an interesting story on the so-called "ancient-future church" phenomenon at "Get Religion." While we can certainly applaud the desire of many in American Evangelical circles to seek the ancient practices of the Christian Church, one must ask, "Whence comes the urge to put a modern twist to such things?" Is not the purpose of learning and reclaiming the ancient practices to regain something that our modern (and especially "post-modern") era has lost? Sounds like a most intriguing case of wanting to eat one's ecclesial/liturgical cake and have it too.
Oh, and by the way, notice how the article highlights and clarifies the quote about last summer's LCMS convention promoting the rejuvenation of Private Confession and Absolution.