The Elastic Lutheran Polity

John Hannah In the early 1960s the ecumenical vanguard was the Consultation on Church Union (COCU). It involved Episcopalians, Presbyterians and Congregationalists in an effort to bring together their quite diverse and mutually exclusive understandings of ministry and church polity. American Lutherans were not involved, but we are evolving slowly but surely toward restoration of…
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Deacons/Pastors?

By Robert Schmidt                At its recent convention, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod resolved to deal with the question of licensed deacons. The President is to create a task force to develop a plan “to resolve questions about individuals who are not rightly called (prepared, examined, called and ordained) serving congregations of The Lutheran…
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Informal Reflections on Women Pastors and Theologians

By Matthew Becker Those few Christians from previous centuries who appealed to Scripture to argue against the institution of slavery in Britain and the United States, and who opposed racial inequality, faced a difficult challenge. After all, there are few biblical texts that oppose slavery or that support liberal, egalitarian principles, and there are many…
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An Argument for Women Pastors and Theologians

By Matthew Becker For many Christian church communities today, the practice of women teaching theology in a university or seminary is not an issue.  The largest Christian denomination in the world, the Roman Catholic Church, has allowed this practice for many years.  The number of female teachers of theology in Roman Catholic and Protestant universities and seminaries…
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