Implications of the Advisory Nature of Synod

Rev. Dr. Norman Metzler Emeritus Professor of Theology Concordia University, Portland The Daystar Journal has recently published three articles explicating the congregational polity of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) and its advisory nature.[i] They have made clear that while the Synod was organized around the concept of local congregational autonomy, that autonomy has been increasingly challenged…
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Diaconate: The Biblical Basis for the Ministry of Deacons

Norm Metzler *Dr. Norm Metzler taught  Systematic theology and Ethics at Concordia University  in Portland Oregon.  He recently served a vacancy at a congregation where he worked with a deacon in training to complete his program and get licensed by the district.  The deacon then was contracted to serve a vacancy at a neighboring congregation which…
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“Marriage Policies” of the LCMS

This is the third article in the Epiphany (Winter) issue of the Daystar Journal on the subject of missions.  It inquires whether the present synodical  directives are the best way to reach out to those affected by the homosexual debates going on in the nation. “Marriage Policies” of the LCMS: Are We Seeking to Reach…
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