Why the LCMS can’t exercise church discipline

(Why groups like the ACELC aren’t helpful: Part Three) So let’s get to the point.  I am going to make a couple presumptions here from my reading of the ACELC, its documents and stated goals.  If I have misunderstood or misrepresented those goals, I will gladly receive correction. As I read the stated intents of […]

Why groups like the ACELC aren’t helpful: Part Two

In my last post on the topic, I posited that the multiplication of statements has not historically been helpful in the Missouri.  I would be delighted to be corrected, but I am hard pressed to find one example in our LCMS history that would point to an external group (which I will explain in a […]

Why groups like the ACELC aren’t helpful: Part One

I do not believe that groups like the ACELC are helpful to the cause of faithful Lutheranism in our midst. While this is not an exhaustive examination, it is a start of my thoughts on the process.  I would welcome your thoughts and insights along the way. The Association of Confessing Evangelical Lutheran Congregations (ACELC) […]

My answer to the ELCA Gay/Lesbian Clergy question

The following is a slightly edited version of an email I wrote recently responding to a question about what “we believe” regarding Gay & Lesbian Clergy. Since I’m sure it will come up in other contexts, here are my thoughts: Dear Friend, …The short answer is that we believe along with the Scriptures that any […]