We in the ELCA should be thankful that gay and lesbian Lutherans want to stay in the church and serve it with all the gifts and talents they bring, and have brought also in the past in more ways than we probably can ever know. I don't think a decision like this should be made on the basis of generalized hostility and political-type rhetoric as exhibited in the words of Paull Spring and much of the Core materials. This Church believes that in the Word of God dwell principles of life that cannot be changed or redirected by time, place, or circumstance. One of the big changes since the Reformation has been the development of modern nation states and consitutional democracies based on human rights. I think this should be a factor that especially lay leaders of the church should appreciate since they in their various occupations also make use of science in many and various ways. I have been studying the bible for over a year now and am in search of a church in keeping with the teachings found therein.
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Appomattox Courthouse put the nails in the coffin. In his paper in the Core materials Benne repeats these things again as a reason to form a new Lutheran church. This term means "against the law" in the sense of not believing the law is important at all. Well, as for me, I am proud of the ELCA when it has the courage to carefully examine public issues and is willing to call the country to task when necessary, whether it is a Republican or Democratic administration. Benne does not speak for "traditional Lutherans" as he tries to claim.
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It is here with Benne that we see an intentional effort to promote a highly partisan particular political perspective in the church. In other words, the Lutheran Core materials start from the widespread prejudice against homosexual persons prevalent in earlier and current culture and ignore the larger context. I wonder sometimes whether or not many conservative Christians do the same with their Bible. For more information contact: When they do so they trivialize the heart of Lutheran confession. My question, which was directed to this article written by a retired LCMS professor, was how he envisioned us dealing with this issue specifically within the LCMS, and specifically on the parish level. The first person said yes, an uncle, then another said, yes, a sister, then another referred to a friend, another to a neighbor.
Love and kindness score yet another win The Bishop of Iceland states that same-sex marrages are no longer a controverial issue withn the Lutheran State Church. The issues of the relation of the church to government and economic institutions are not new. Pattie, I think that would be ideal. The idea that Christians DO believe what scripture says is hardly a recent notion. This will be a terrible witness in a society already torn apart by fractious and debilitating political rhetoric. Well, as for me, I am proud of the ELCA when it has the courage to carefully examine public issues and is willing to call the country to task when necessary, whether it is a Republican or Democratic administration.