Theses on Women in the Church – Part Three

Arnold J. Voigt III. A FEW SELECTED PASSAGES FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT PERTINENT TO THE DISCUSSION AT HAND WHICH SPEAK TO THE MANNER IN WHICH OUR HOLY GOD DESIRES WOMEN TO EMBRACE THE GIFTS HE HAS GIVEN THEM IN THE SERVICE OF MINISTRY IN THE NAME OF HIS SON  ▬ Women “In Authority” in the Old Testament  ▬ Genesis 21:12:…
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Theses on Women in the Church – Part Two

Arnold J. Voigt Excursus: “The Order of Creation” or “The Orderings of the Creator”? □ “…because it is a woman…” [emphasis added] (CTCR-WIC, 36) □ “The Order of Creation” paragraph is followed by the words “the concepts which these terms denote are of long-standing importance… Luther for example…” (CTCR-WIC, 21). The purpose of this Excursus…
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Ecumenism and Our Identity

John Hannah Whenever we engage Christians who are not Lutheran, our own identity is challenged. We find ourselves asking questions like these: “Who are we as Lutherans?” “Where did we come from?” “Who were we?” “How did we get to be what we are now?” The late, great Jaroslav Pelikan is said to have invented…
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Conflict, Confession, and Unity

Conflict, Confession and Unity: Addressing Doctrinal Issues Faithfully and Fraternally for the Sake of Christ’s Mission Rev. Dr. David H. Benke, Presenter PACIFIC SOUTHWEST DISTRICT 2004 ANNUAL THEOLOGICAL CONVOCATION February 16–19, 2004 Suncoast Hotel, 9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada The Practice of Theology, Prayer and Worship in the 21ST Century or How Do Churches and…
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LCMS 2000: Advice for an Advisory Synod

Dr. Ralph A. Bohlmann There is a great deal of concern within the LCMS about the proper relationship between the synod and its members. Just a few months ago, the chairman of the synod’s Task Force on National/District Synod Relations (Rev. Eugene Oesch, May 2000 Reporter, p.3) publicly expressed his surprise “at how little some church…
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“Not” – Resolution 4-06 Task Force Report

Robert Schmidt The 2013 convention of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) resolved that the president of the Synod establish a task force to resolve questions about the service of licensed deacons serving congregations of the Synod with the word and sacraments of Christ. The task force recently issued a report in response to the convention’s…
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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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Heresy in Missouri?

Pr. Gene Brueggemann Heresy is a teaching which has the venom of the Serpent in it to poison the wellspring of the church’s teaching and life: the gospel of God’s gracious redemption of humankind revealed most clearly and convincingly in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, the Word made flesh. Luther and…
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