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  • Cardinal Kasper Feels Left Out: Lutherans Snub Joint Declaration on Justification

    06/15/2014 6:10:58 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    It’s a big pain that the hard-won basic text for justification is not mentioned by the EKD. Berlin (kath.net / KNA) The former Vatican Ecumenical Head Cardinal Walter Kasper has criticized the statement of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) on the doctrine of justification. The “basic text published in May didn’t mention a single word on the pact singed in 1999 by Catholics and Lutherans "Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification" (GER), said Kasper this weekend in Berlin. "I could not believe it, it hurt me," said the retired German Cardinal. For the upcoming anniversary of the Reformation...
  • Gay Danish Couples Win Right to Marry in Church [Church compliance "mandatory"]

    06/10/2014 6:12:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 92 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6/7/14 | Richard Orange
    Homosexual couples in Denmark have won the right to get married in any church they choose, even though nearly one third of the country's priests have said they will refuse to carry out the ceremonies. The country's parliament voted through the new law on same-sex marriage by a large majority, making it mandatory for all churches to conduct gay marriages. Denmark's church minister, Manu Sareen, called the vote "historic". "I think it's very important to give all members of the church the possibility to get married. Today, it's only heterosexual couples." Under the law, individual priests can refuse to carry...
  • Palin on the wane: She's even ticking off Christians (The Left worried about Christianity?)

    05/02/2014 11:02:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    It's generally a waste of space to reference Sarah Palin, which is why she so rarely appears here. She long ago devolved into a cartoon, and her clout (such as it was) continues to wane. She's like the incoherently choleric aunt you see once a year at Thanksgiving. She's like the real-life version of Kristin Wiig's brain-addled Aunt Linda. But... (You knew there'd be a But.) But every great once in a while, John McCain's Hail Mary gift to America says something so scintillating that we'd be remiss to ignore it. Her remark earlier this week about the religious virtues...
  • After Five Centuries of Division, Catholics and Lutherans Consider Their Common Heritage

    08/21/2013 5:11:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 74 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 8/21/13 | CHARLOTTE HAYS
    WASHINGTON — Although Martin Luther likely simply sent his Ninety-Five Theses — his harsh critique of contemporary Catholicism — to the local archbishop instead of dramatically nailing them to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, the event is commonly regarded as marking the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. A new document, “From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017,” has been released to pave the way for joint observances of Luther’s action by both Lutherans and Catholics, a development that certainly could not have been foreseen in previous centuries.
  • Largest Lutheran group elects first female leader

    08/15/2013 2:59:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 14, 2013 10:37 PM EDT
    The nation’s largest Lutheran group elected its first woman as presiding bishop on Wednesday. The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton was chosen as head of the liberal-leaning Evangelical Lutheran Church in America during its national legislative meeting in Pittsburgh. Eaton won on the fifth ballot with 600 votes, defeating the incumbent, the Rev. Mark Hanson, who is finishing his second six-year term. Hanson received 287 votes. Eaton, a bishop from the northeastern Ohio district, is taking over leadership of the more than 4 million-member denomination at a time of major transition. In 2009, the denomination cleared the way for openly gay and...
  • ELCA Has Biggest Split in American Church History

    07/28/2013 3:59:35 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 36 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 7-28-13 | Kevin Vogts
    Promoting acceptance of sexual behavior has replaced the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the primary mission. On the one hand, the world will never be satisfied–until Christians completely renounce their faith. More importantly, the Lord will never bless such unfaithfulness to Him and His Word. We see from the sad example of what’s happened to the ELCA–the biggest split in American church history–that whatever churches and other organizations such as the Boy Scouts imagine they will gain by giving in to the world is dwarfed by what they will surely lose.
  • ELCA Has Biggest Split in American Church History

    07/13/2013 12:19:30 PM PDT · by rhema · 189 replies
    Steadfast Lutherans ^ | 7/12/13 | Rev. Kevin Vogts
    Since shortly after its formation in 1988 the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has been fixated on deviant sexual behavior, culminating in the endorsement of homosexual pastors in 2009, homosexual “marriage” in 2011, and the election last month of their first homosexual bishop. Dr. James Nestingen, a highly respected scholar and retired ELCA seminary professor, recently concluded that promoting acceptance of deviant sexual behavior has actually replaced the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the primary mission and message of the ELCA. Those within the ELCA demanding these radical changes asserted it is necessary for the ELCA’s very survival. Supposedly, they...
  • Will There Be ‘Priest Holes’ in the U.S.A.?

    07/07/2013 4:05:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 7/7/2013 | ROBERT MORRISON
    It was my first encounter with a "priest hole." I had read about that architectural feature of some great English manor houses in history, but I had never seen one. Recently, my wife and I toured Agecroft Hall in Richmond, Va. It is not a reproduction of an English manor house. It is the very thing. (snip) That’s where the priest holes come in. Our guide, a young, bearded and most knowledgeable Falstaff of a fellow, noted that it was a capital crime to celebrate Mass in Elizabethan England. Priests were publicly hanged for doing it. Nobles and higher gentry...
  • Pope Francis meets head of German Evangelical (Lutheran) Church

    04/09/2013 1:33:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    Vatican Today ^ | 04/09/2013
    On Monday morning, Pope Francis received in audience Dr. Nikolaus Schneider, Präses (“President”) of the Evangelical Church (Lutheran) in Germany, who was accompanied by his wife, and a small group of associates. The head of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, described the meeting as “very friendly”, noting the Präses expressed his appreciation for the choosing of the name Francis, “because it is the name of a saint that truly speaks to all Christians in a very effective manner.” The Evangelical leader also spoke about his concern for the victims of the recent flooding which has caused...
  • Are Seminaries Putting Their Blue Days Behind Them?

    04/01/2013 9:23:05 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 162 replies
    The American Interest ^ | March 30. 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    America’s mainline Protestant seminaries are in crisis, but so far they seem to be spending more energy dodging tough choices than preparing for the future. A recent article at Inside Higher Ed describes the enrollment collapse at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. Luther is one of the most important Lutheran seminaries in the country, but its status wasn’t enough to insulate it from the forces upending seminaries everywhere. Enrollment fell off sharply, and the institution ”was running multimillion-dollar deficits, spending down its endowment and relying on loans.” The seminary’s response? It’s making some painful cuts, letting go of some staff...
  • Lutheran Missouri Synod's Minnesota southern district supports marriage amendment

    06/19/2012 8:58:04 AM PDT · by rhema · 11 replies
    The Minnesota South District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod voted at its convention in St. Paul late last week to support the state's proposed marriage amendment. The district includes 245 congregations in the Twin Cities and southern half of Minnesota. Clergy and lay representatives approved a resolution affirming marriage as the union of a man and woman and were encouraged to support the proposed amendment on Nov. 6 that would add that definition to the state's constitution, according to a news release from church officials. The Minnesota North District approved a similar resolution in April. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is...
  • Bonhoeffer's Message: No Compromise With Evil (100th Anniversay of His Birth)

    02/04/2006 5:02:10 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 11 replies · 219+ views
    Madison.com ^ | February 3, 2006 | Steve Argo
    Seekers of peace and social justice should take note of today's 100th birthday celebration of the life of German theologian and Nazi resister Dietrich Bonhoeffer. As much as anyone - and as early as anyone - Bonhoeffer spoke out against the wickedness of Adolf Hitler's regime and took some of the most significant actions to thwart it. It was Bonhoeffer and a small circle of Lutheran ministers who first condemned the virulent anti-Semitism and reawakened militarism in Germany. It was Bonhoeffer who most loudly denounced his country's suicidal summons for war. It was Bonhoeffer who attacked the timidity of German...
  • Lutherans join chorus of voices slamming HHS contraceptive mandate

    KIRKWOOD, Missouri, February 9, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The President of the Missouri Lutheran Synod added his voice to the growing chorus of religious leaders from across denominational lines who are objecting to the HHS mandate requiring employers to cover sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs in their healthcare plans. “The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod objects to the use of drugs and procedures that are used to take the lives of unborn children, who are persons in the sight of God from the time of conception,” wrote Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, in a statement issued February 3rd. “Increasingly we are suffering overzealous...
  • Lutheranism and Private Confession (Is Lutheranism Biblical?)

    11/28/2011 3:27:18 PM PST · by rzman21 · 65 replies
    On Private Confession and Absolution Confession has not been abolished in our churches. For it is not customary to administer the body of Christ except to those who have been previously examined and absolved. The people are also most diligently taught concerning faith in the word of absolution, about which there was a great silence before now….Nevertheless, confession is retained among us both because of the great benefits of absolution and because of other advantages for consciences. (Augsburg Confession XXV [Kolb/Wengert 73:1-2; 75:13]) As a consequence of the vows I took to uphold the Scriptures and the proper interpretation of...
  • Pope with Lutherans in Erfurt: “It is not strategy that saves us and saves Christianity, but faith.”

    09/23/2011 1:40:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 23, 2011 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    During his State Visit to Germany, the Holy Father gave this address at Erfurt during an ecumenical gathering at the Lutheran church. Erfurt is, of course, where Martin Luther’s Augustinian convent was. A highlight: Faced with a new form of Christianity, which is spreading with overpowering missionary dynamism, sometimes in frightening ways, the mainstream Christian denominations often seem at a loss. This is a form of Christianity with little institutional depth, little rationality and even less dogmatic content, and with little stability. My emphases and comments. Ladies and Gentlemen,As I begin to speak, I would like first of all to...
  • Greensburg native, IUP grad named bishop of new breakaway Lutheran (NALC) denomination

    09/19/2011 4:43:02 AM PDT · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Pittsburgh Live ^ | 19 Sep 2011 | Richard Robbins
    The new bishop of a breakaway Lutheran denomination says there will be "no compromise" on the issue of gay pastors with its liberal counterpart, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.Bishop John Bradosky, 59, a native of Greensburg, said while he is open to dialogue between the North American Lutheran Church and the ELCA, there is a limit to what can be agreed to. Closing the breach between the two would "require some really major changes" on the part of the ELCA, Bradosky said. "I'm not sure there is an openness to those kinds of changes," he added. "We're certainly open...
  • The "How To" Show: How To Be Controversial Finished Version (Ep. 5)

    08/21/2011 3:31:52 PM PDT · by ReformationFan
    Youtube ^ | 8-7-2011 | The Lutheran Satire
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87vo2jkmJUg
  • Michele Bachmann Leaves Church Accused of Anti-Catholic Bias ["I Love Catholics"-Bachmann]

    07/15/2011 2:23:55 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 94 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 13, 2011 | James Oliphant
    Michele Bachmann Leaves Church Accused of Anti-Catholic Bias By James Oliphant July 15, 2011 Taking a page from President Obama’s political playbook, Michele Bachmann has formally left a church in Minnesota accused of holding anti-Catholic views. According to CNN, the church that Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus had attended for more than a decade, Salem Lutheran in Stillwater, Minn., granted the couple’s request to be released from their membership last month, a week after Bachmann told a national audience that she would run for the Republican presidential nomination. The Bachmanns had approached their pastor and verbally made the request...
  • The Trials of American Lutheranism

    05/10/2011 8:57:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    First Things ^ | May 2011 | Robert Benne
    The torments that the two major American Lutheran churches have visited on themselves.The two largest Lutheran churches in America have now broken up: the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) in the 1960s and 1970s after a brutal conflict between insurgent conservatives and complacent liberals, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) in the last few years, as the predictable result of a flawed ecclesial foundation. While both stories are instructive in their own right, the striking thing about them is that they are compellingly connected. The refugees from the first conflict were instrumental in shaping the flawed foundation of the second....
  • Relativism Promoted by German Diocoese in Children's Literature

    11/04/2010 12:03:10 AM PDT · by 0beron · 2+ views
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 11/02/2010 | Tancred
    Editor: Reminds us of the old saying, "we'll get to you through your children", or the Jesuit adage, "give us a boy till seven, and I'll show you the man" The following was translated from the website, "The Catholic Church in Germany" put out by the German Bishops, thank you very little. It's a children's book which features a visit by two friends of different confessional backgrounds to each others churches. Lena is Protestant. She and Laura are good friends. Last Sunday Lena asked: "Would you like to go with me to Protestant Service?" And Laura said yes. There was...
  • Lutherans' Ecumenical Journey Highlighted by Unexpected Moments

    09/30/2010 6:33:05 PM PDT · by lightman · 11 replies
    ELCA News Service ^ | 30 September AD 2010 | John Brooks
    ELCA NEWS SERVICE September 30, 2010 Lutherans' Ecumenical Journey Highlighted by Unexpected Moments 10-256-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- Two Lutherans retracing Martin Luther's 1510 journey from Erfurt, Germany, to Rome report that "unexpected company or hospitality" from people they've met are among the best moments they've experienced so far. The Rev. Dr. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson and her husband, Dr. Andrew Lars Wilson, left Erfurt on foot Aug. 22 and are now in Italy. Luther was an Augustinian friar who created controversy with his 95 Theses. Luther's statement, which he nailed to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany in...
  • Disaffected Lutherans Constitute New Body

    09/07/2010 12:11:19 PM PDT · by wmfights · 22 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | August 28, 2010 | Audrey Barrick
    Conservative Lutherans began forging the new body just weeks after the ELCA gave the green light in 2009 for non-celibate gays and lesbians to serve as clergy. Over the last year, hundreds of congregations have moved toward severing ties with the ELCA, which is the largest Lutheran denomination in the country with 4.5 million members. The ELCA experienced its biggest-ever drop in membership last year, with 90,000 less members than the year before. The vote on Friday to forge a new body took place during the annual Convocation of Lutheran CORE, a renewal group that seeks the renewal of Lutheran...
  • LCMS Convention addresses human trafficking, life issues

    07/19/2010 10:47:27 AM PDT · by Patriot1259
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 07/19/2010 | Staff
    Convention delegates overwhelmingly adopt resolutions HOUSTON—Delegates to the 64th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) endorsed Thursday resolutions to support efforts to end human trafficking/slavery and to uphold the sanctity of life. More than 98 percent of voting delegates supported a resolution that upholds efforts to end human trafficking/slavery. The resolution also directs the LCMS president to write a letter to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime expressing support for that office’s efforts to end trafficking/slave trade. It also directs the LCMS Board for National Mission to provide LCMS pastors and congregations with information about this...
  • Conservatives' pick wins Lutheran denomination's presidency (Teddy Roosevelt?)

    07/16/2010 7:09:47 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | July 14, 2010 | TIM TOWNSEND
    HOUSTON • Delegates of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod elected on Tuesday as its president the denomination's director of disaster response, a candidate backed by its more conservative members. The Rev. Matthew Harrison of Ballwin received 54 percent of the vote for the three-year term. He defeated the incumbent, the Rev. Gerald Kieschnick, who received 45 percent and who had served three terms.
  • Tanzanian Bishop, African Churches Comment on ELCA Assembly Decisions

    04/07/2010 12:49:51 PM PDT · by lightman · 8 replies · 294+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 7 April AD 2010 | John Brooks
    ELCA NEWS SERVICE April 7, 2010 Tanzanian Bishop, African Churches Comment on ELCA Assembly Decisions CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) said in an Easter sermon that the ELCT does not support certain decisions of the 2009 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) nor the Church of Sweden's decision to allow its clergy to conduct same-gender marriages. The ELCA assembly, held this past August in Minneapolis, approved proposals that would create the possibility for Lutherans in committed, publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous same-gender relationships to serve as ELCA clergy...
  • ELCA Head Affirms Commitment to Centrality of Scripture

    04/09/2010 7:44:29 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 270+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 4/9/10 | Lillian Kwon
    The head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America plans to affirm to an overseas bishop that the U.S. church is committed to the centrality of the Word of God. The Rev. Mark S. Hanson will share the statement when he meets with presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, the Rev. Alex G. Malasusa, in May, according to the ELCA News Service. Malasusa had recently rebuked the ELCA for its liberal direction on homosexuality. "I will share with Bishop Malasusa the ELCA's strong commitment to the centrality of the Word of God in our faith and witness....
  • ELCA Church Council Approves All Full- Inclusion Revisons Without Opposing Votes [HURL ALERT]

    04/11/2010 6:00:55 PM PDT · by lightman · 21 replies · 604+ views
    Lutherans Concerned-North America ^ | 11 April AD 2010 | Emily Eastwood et. al.
    ELCA Church Council Approves All Full- Inclusion Revisons Without Opposing Votes This weekend, the ELCA Church Council meeting in Chicago moved the decision of the 2009 Churchwide Assembly into policy by replacing the language in church documents that excluded ministers in committed same-gender relationships with a policy that allows congregations and organizations to call a fully-qualified minister in a committed, same-gender relationship. And, the Council also approved the way to reinstate ministers who have been removed from the roster because of the previous policy and to receive ELM pastors onto the roster of the ELCA. The Council also made the...
  • ELCA Council Adopts Significant Revisions to Ministry Policies

    04/11/2010 7:03:17 PM PDT · by lightman · 12 replies · 467+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 11 April AD 2010 | John Brooks
    ELCA Council Adopts Significant Revisions to Ministry Policies CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) adopted a series of historic and sweeping revisions to ministry policy documents April 10, the result of months of extensive writing, comment and review by hundreds of leaders and members following the 2009 Churchwide Assembly. The Church Council is the ELCA's board of directors and serves as the interim legislative authority of the church between churchwide assemblies. The council is meeting here April 9-12. The next churchwide assembly is in Orlando, Fla., in August 2011. The changes were...
  • Church stops hosting conservative group after blog complaint (from DailyKos)

    03/04/2010 3:19:05 AM PST · by Brugmansian · 38 replies · 1,629+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | March 04, 2010 | James O'Toole
    The Pittsburgh 9.12 Project, a grass-roots conservative group, was forced to seek a new home after complaints about a North Hills church's decision to allow them to use their meeting room. The group, an affiliate of the movement promoted by Fox commentator Glenn Beck, had staged a series of gatherings in St. John Lutheran Church of Highland. The church's meeting room was also to have been the site of a similar conservative group, the Pittsburgh Tea Party movement, last weekend, but that session was canceled due to weather . . . The decision came after a blog post on the...
  • The ELCA Homosexual Deception

    03/03/2010 1:11:07 PM PST · by Enought · 9 replies · 441+ views
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 3/3/2010 | Dan Skogen
    We all know that in August of 2009, at the ELCA Church Wide Assembly, the delegates voted to adopt a resolution that committed the ELCA to a find a way for people in publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships to serve as rostered leaders. It was a bold move against Holy scripture. The liberal, homosexual supporting leadership found a way to pass their agenda. Let's be honest here, do we really think that the ELCA will . . . 1) Deny homosexuals from being rostered that are not in a monogamous relationship? 2) Deny homosexuals from being rostered that are...
  • ELCA Publisher's Board Terminates Defined Benefit Retirement Plan

    01/04/2010 7:44:16 PM PST · by lightman · 7 replies · 562+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 4 January AD 2010 | John Brooks
    ELCA Publisher's Board Terminates Defined Benefit Retirement Plan 10-001-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- Augsburg Fortress, the publishing ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), announced in a Dec. 31, 2009, letter to participants that it will terminate its defined benefit retirement plan effective March 5. The action, approved by the board of trustees of Augsburg Fortress Dec. 18, affects 500 plan participants. Not affected by the decision is the company's current retirement plan -- a defined contribution plan -- in which Augsburg Fortress' current employees can participate. That plan is a 403b plan "common for non-profit organizations," according to...
  • Martyred [Lutheran] Pastor Gustaw Manitius Honored In Poland

    12/23/2009 8:49:13 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies · 391+ views
    On November 19, 2000 a ceremony held in Poznań, Poland, honored the grandfather of Redeemer member Andre Manitius, Pastor Gustaw Manitius (1880-1940), a Lutheran pastor and bishop who was martyred by the Nazis. A city park was dedicated in honor of Pastor Manitius, and a cross which had belonged to him was returned to his church. (See photograph in the online photo Gallery). Pastor Manitius was honored for the courage and dedication of his service to the Lutheran community in Poznań, and for the faith that empowered him to resist the Nazis regardless of the cost to himself of doing...
  • Lutherans Denounce Israel, Just in Time for Christmas

    12/24/2009 6:53:45 AM PST · by rhema · 38 replies · 1,068+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | December 24, 2009 | Mark D. Tooley
    Led by a Palestinian Lutheran bishop, 16 Palestinians Christians have blasted Israel in a new declaration that the 4.9 million Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is obligingly disseminating. “We…declare that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land is a sin against God and humanity because it deprives the Palestinians of their basic human rights, bestowed by God,” asserted the “Kairos Palestine Document. “It distorts the image of God in the Israeli who has become an occupier just as it distorts this image in the Palestinian living under occupation.” Not content to criticize the Jews, the manifesto also excoriates Christians who...
  • Dissident Lutherans: bullying over gays

    12/19/2009 9:30:46 AM PST · by Not gonna take it anymore · 16 replies · 810+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Saturday, December 19, 2009 | Wayne M. Anderson
    A decision to ordain actively gay clergy has caused deep fissures in the nation's largest Lutheran church group, with some traditional Lutherans saying they have been subjected to threats and retaliation as they consider breaking away. Several disaffected members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) say the decision made at the church's national convention in Minneapolis in August could prompt a major exodus from one of America's biggest Protestant denominations. "I wouldn't even begin to tell you how many thousands [of calls] I've gotten," said Paull Spring, chairman of Lutheran Coalition for Renewal, or CORE, a national coalition...
  • Eastern European Lutherans respond to sexuality decisions

    12/15/2009 7:57:22 AM PST · by rhema · 6 replies · 455+ views
    Lutheran Churches in Eastern Europe have added their voices to those of Lutherans worldwide who are critical of the decisions of the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly to endorse same-sex unions and to allow pastors to be in same-sex sexual relationships. The leaders of the Lutheran Churches in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania met Nov. 3-4. The bishops issued a message noting the crisis of faith and fellowship caused by the actions of the ELCA and the Church of Sweden in endorsing same-sex sexual relationships. These churches are all members of the Lutheran World Federation. “At the present time a common witness...
  • Ariz. Megachurch Cuts Ties with ELCA

    09/28/2009 6:55:20 AM PDT · by rhema · 20 replies · 1,175+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Sep. 28, 2009 | Eric Young
    A megachurch in Glendale, Ariz., unanimously voted Sunday to cut ties with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and will be joining the smaller Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. At a congregational meeting following worship, Community Church of Joy voted 129-0 to terminate its affiliation with ELCA as the church’s vision, values and mission are no longer aligned with the nation’s largest Lutheran denomination, according to the Rev. Walter P. Kallestad, senior pastor of the congregation. "There is such a different direction that the ELCA has chosen, a path they're traveling on, and we really believe that it just...
  • Lutheran bishop warns about withholding donations

    09/23/2009 2:12:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 79 replies · 3,867+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 23, 2009
    The presiding bishop of the nation's largest Lutheran denomination warned Wednesday that withholding financial support to protest a recent gay clergy vote would be "devastating" to the church. Bishop Mark Hanson laid out his concerns in a letter to leaders of the 4.7 million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which is based in Chicago. The ELCA churchwide assembly voted last month to allow gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy, dropping a requirement that gay clergy remain celibate. The Rev. Mark Chavez, director of Lutheran CORE, said the gay clergy vote was the devastating event — "a...
  • Homosexuality and the apostate church

    08/30/2009 7:39:02 AM PDT · by ellenbrewster · 6 replies · 585+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | August 29/30 2009 | Ellen Makkai
    Many members of the clergy must be using the Bible like the old Sears catalogue – for toilet paper – because they obviously don't read it. Last week, another once-great church succumbed to the relentless, media-savvy campaign of determined homosexuality. "Leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America voted to lift the ban that prohibited sexually active gay and lesbian people from serving as ministers," reported the Associated Press. In July, the Episcopal House of Bishops and laity approved liturgies for same-sex couples and endorsed the right to elect gay bishops. Lutherans and Episcopalians join other denominational giants, Unitarians and...
  • LORD, WHERE SHALL WE LUTHERANS GO?

    08/22/2009 5:15:57 PM PDT · by rhema · 122 replies · 3,768+ views
    VirtueOnline.org ^ | August 22, 2009 | Uwe Siemon-Netto
    As one whose profession it has been for many years to observe the plight of Christianity, I am always grateful for signs that our God is truly a Jewish God - one with a hilarious sense of irony. This happened again during the ELCA's national assembly, which will go down in history as a singularly boneheaded display of unfaithfulness. Just as delegates worked themselves up to their decision to allow homosexuals in committed relationships to serve as pastors, a highly selective tornado knocked the cross off the roof of Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, where some of their shameful meetings...
  • 'Monogamous' Gays Can Serve in ELCA (Largest Lutheran Denomination Split on Divisive Issue)

    08/21/2009 9:13:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies · 1,851+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 8/21/2009 | jacqueline Salmon
    Leaders of the nation's biggest Lutheran denomination voted Friday to allow gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy in the church -- making it one of the largest Christian denominations in the country to significantly open the pulpit to gays. Previously, only celibate gays were permitted to serve as clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a denomination of 4.8 million members. But delegates to a church assembly voted 559-451 to allow gays in "life-long, monogamous" relationships to serve as clergy and professional lay leaders in the church. The vote is the culmination of a years-long process in...
  • Lutherans adopt more open view on homosexuality (Godless ELCA)

    08/21/2009 4:14:25 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 77 replies · 2,504+ views
    One News Now ^ | August 21, 2009 | Staff
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Leaders of the country's largest Lutheran denomination have moved toward a more welcoming view of homosexuality. Delegates of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, meeting in Minneapolis, approved a "social statement on human sexuality" that acknowledges differing views on homosexuality. It says the ELCA is strong enough to accommodate such differences. -snip- Wednesday's vote was a prelude to votes scheduled Friday on whether to let people in same-sex relationships serve as Lutheran ministers.
  • Lutherans prepare for decision on homosexual clergy (Just Say No!)

    08/16/2009 12:12:52 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 39 replies · 1,058+ views
    One News Now ^ | 8/16/2009 | Patrick Condon
    FRIDLEY, Minn. - The Rev. Dave Glesne stood before the members of Redeemer Lutheran Church a few weeks ago and told them there might be some painful decisions in the near future. Glesne is against letting people in same-sex relationships serve as pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and he says his congregation is behind him. They're worried this suburban Minneapolis church could find itself on the losing side as leaders of the nation's largest Lutheran denomination vote on whether to take that step at their biennial national convention, which starts Monday in Minneapolis. "Of course the question...
  • In German Birthplace of Reformation, a Revival of Interest

    06/22/2009 7:49:08 PM PDT · by aussiemom · 12 replies · 636+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 18, 2009 | Craig Whitlock
    WITTENBERG, Germany -- Martin Luther, a renegade monk, triggered the Reformation here five centuries ago . . . Today, fewer than one in five people identify themselves as Christian . . . " . . . east Germany is perhaps the most atheistic region in the world" . . . The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the second-largest Lutheran body in the United States, has bought a building next to the old Town Church, where Luther used to preach . . . plans to start a congregation . . . "In east Germany, you actually have to go up to people and...
  • Christians Free to Pass Out Leaflets at Gay Pride Event, Not at Arab Festival

    06/22/2009 5:41:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 1,408+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 6/21/2009 | Aaron J. Leichman
    A Christian group in Missouri will be allowed to freely distribute religious literature at “gay pride” event this weekend after a federal judge ruled in their favor. Another Christian group in Michigan, however, was not so fortunate in its quest for free distribution at a recent Arab festival but is still hopeful for a favorable conclusion. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds denied a motion from Calif.-based ministry Arabic Christian Perspective (ACP) for a temporary restraining order that would have prohibited the city of Dearborn, Mich., from restricting the group from handing out literature during the Arab International Festival,...
  • What Kind of Church Accepts Dr. George Tiller?

    06/07/2009 2:56:42 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 176 replies · 4,604+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | June 7, 2009 - 11:29am. | By Barb Shelly
    News of Dr. George Tiller's death was only hours old last week when bloggers began asking the question: What kind of church accepts a doctor who performs abortions into its membership? "I wonder what kind, if any, preaching against sin this church did since Tiller felt welcomed there," opined Blue Collar Todd, who declares on his blog that "liberalism, or sometimes called progressivism, is a false religion that stands in total antithesis to biblical Christianity." Todd has already made up his mind, and so have others who called or e-mailed me this week to criticize a column I wrote describing...
  • Churches Fight Back Against Shrinking Membership

    06/03/2009 7:26:03 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 105 replies · 2,270+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | June 3, 2009 | Dan Gilgoff
    "What if church wasn't just a building, but thousands of doors?" asks a new website launched by the United Methodist Church. "Each of them opening up to a different concept or experience of church. . . . Would you come?" After watching its membership drop nearly 25 percent in recent decades, the United Methodist Church, which is still the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination, thinks it knows the answer. So it's pouring $20 million into a new marketing campaign, including the website, television advertisements, even street teams in some cities, to rebrand the church from stale destination to "24-7 experience."...
  • George Tiller (Child Murderer) shot to death at Wichita church

    05/31/2009 9:35:48 AM PDT · by Kansas58 · 1,499 replies · 77,417+ views
    Wichita Eagle ^ | 05/30/2009 | Stan Finger
    Kansas Abortionist George Tiller was shot today as he was going to Church.
  • Lutheran Seminarians Support Task Force Recommendation

    05/07/2009 12:23:58 PM PDT · by lightman · 28 replies · 2,565+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 6 May AD 2009 | Melissa Ramirez-Cooper
    utheran Seminarians Support Task Force Recommendation 09-107-MRC CHICAGO (ELCA) -- In an open letter to the 65 synod bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Lutheran seminarians expressed their support for a recommendation that would allow Lutherans in committed same-gender relationships to be included on professional church rosters. On Feb. 19 the Task Force for ELCA Studies on Sexuality released a report and recommendation for a process to consider changes to ministry policies that could make it possible for Lutherans who are in "publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous, same-gendered relationships" to serve as ELCA associates in ministry, deaconesses, diaconal...
  • California Supreme Court Lets School Expel Lesbians

    05/03/2009 7:33:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies · 1,382+ views
    NBC 11 ^ | Sat, May 2, 2009
    The California Supreme Court is letting stand a lower court ruling that allowed a private religious school to expel two girls for an alleged lesbian relationship. The state's highest court this week declined a request from the girls' attorney to review the case. The 4th District Court of Appeal in Riverside in January had upheld California Lutheran High School's right as a private, religious organization to exclude students based on their sexual orientation. The teens initially sued the Riverside County school in 2005 based on a state anti-discrimination law. Advocates for religious freedom called it the right decision but the...
  • ELCA leaves gay clergy decision to local churches

    02/21/2009 10:38:18 AM PST · by Zender500 · 17 replies · 1,156+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 2/21/09 | JEFF STRICKLER
    The long-awaited position on ordaining gay clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America isn't a clear yes or no. An ELCA task force admitted Thursday that it could not reach a consensus on the issue that has polarized its members for years. But with the matter expected to dominate this summer's national convention in Minneapolis, its position paper offers this suggested solution: The ELCA will allow the ordination of gay pastors but will leave it up to individual congregations and synods whether to ordain or appoint pastors. The term used to describe this compromise is "structured flexibility." While acknowledging...