Talking Points about Doctrinal Authority in the LCMS

By Matthew Becker This summer marks the fortieth anniversary of the adoption of a controversial and divisive document at the 1973 Convention of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). “A Statement of Scriptural and Confessional Principles” appeared in 1972 and was adopted by a slim majority of LCMS convention delegates a year later. When “A Statement…”…
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Holy Scripture in the Thought of Martin Luther

By Matthew Becker The most controversial issues in the last half millennium of Christian theology surround the Christian Bible.  Of course the major division that began in western Christendom in the 16th Century was largely the result of disagreements over scriptural authority and interpretation vis-à-vis church doctrine and practice; yet even among the church bodies that adhere…
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