Election Controversy

Pr. Eugene Brueggemann When I was a seminarian in the late ‘40s, we still heard a lot about the Election Controversy of the 1870s, a theological/ecclesiastical contretemps which fractured the newly created Synodical Conference. “Election” was shorthand for the doctrine of predestination. Fallout from the controversy poisoned inter-Lutheran relationships for decades. Election controversies do that….
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Christ’s Communion: “Recognizing the Body of Christ”

Theology of Glory or Theology of the Cross?  Rev. Howard Patten Editor’s Note: Howard Patten has served the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and the larger church for sixty years as a mission developer, a chaplain in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a pastor to multi-cultural congregations, a district executive for mission and evangelism, a district president,…
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Cyprian’s Plague: On Mortality (Part 3)

Rev. Edward A. Scott Pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church (LCMS), Hobe Sound, Florida As we face unprecedented circumstances in our daily lives, I am reminded that unprecedented circumstances are a part of every generation.  We can always find people and situations where lessons were learned that can help us today.  Nearly 1800 years ago, Cyprian,…
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Cyprian’s Plague: On Mortality (Part 2)

Rev. Edward A. Scott Pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church (LCMS), Hobe Sound, Florida As we face unprecedented circumstances in our daily lives, I am reminded that unprecedented circumstances are a part of every generation.  We can always find people and situations where lessons were learned that can help us today.  Nearly 1800 years ago, Cyprian,…
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Cyprian’s Plague: On Mortality

Rev. Edward A. Scott Pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church (LCMS), Hobe Sound, Florida As we face unprecedented circumstances in our daily lives, I am reminded that unprecedented circumstances are a part of every generation. We can always find people and situations where lessons were learned that can help us today. Nearly 1800 years ago, Cyprian,…
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Does God Play Favorites? (Sermon)

Rev. Dr. Eric Moeller Text: Matt. 15:21-28 11th Sunday after Pentecost Trinity Lutheran Church, Portland, OR August 16, 2020 This is such a difficult text, so easily misunderstood. Why doesn´t Jesus answer the woman right away? Is he cold and hard towards her? Why does he say such seemingly harsh things in the face of…
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A Take on Art & Theology

during the closure of the Balcony Gallery at Peace Lutheran Church, Salem, Oregon Rev. Joel Nickel The current viral pandemic requires personal safety, masking, and observing the directions of public health authorities. In the meantime while our church art gallery is closed, we have a chance to meditate and think about the intersection of art…
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