Convention

Committees propose 116 resolutions for convention

Comments (6)
  1. Avatar Michael says:

    With the recent decision of the BSA and the ordaining of homosexual bishops in the ELCA, I am surprised that there is nothing about the LC-MS’s position on human sexuality, especially as it pertains to homosexuality in these overtures. If there was ever a time to speak up, this is it.

    1. Avatar LCMS Church Information Center says:

      Michael,

      On page 31 in the first issue of Today’s Business, there is late resolution regarding the Boy Scouts. It is assigned to Floor Committee #2. To read it, click here: http://lcms.org/convention. It’s under the 2013 Convention Documents. I pray this is helpful.

  2. Avatar John J Flanagan says:

    It looks like a fine agenda.

  3. Avatar J. Morrison says:

    Of course you should retain the names of the Holy Trinity in baptism. Also you may wish to build standards for youth Christian education. More and more Sunday School, Christian day school, and confirmation classes DO NOT include learning the Bible or catechism. I am rather amazed, when speaking with young, confirmed LCMS Lutherans, at the total illiteracy of their faith. Psalm 22:6 says: Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Yes, their is much responsibility for this on the parents; but so many parents now days do not know their Bible because they were not taught. With all the evil influences of this world (abortion, violence, homosexuality, false teachers – especially some of those on television, and false religions), I believe we will be held accountable before God if, as a Church, we do not go back to teaching the young the simple truths found in the Bible. It is how God speaks to us, so why wouldn’t we put more emphasis on Scripture? If a child can memorize how to get to the “umpteenth” level of a video game, can’t we have them learn and memorize God’s word? As you can see, this is an area that bothers me greatly. I believe an initiative to go to a ‘back to the basics’ form of teaching our children and youth. You talked about “church planting” in your article. What about your already existing churches? After all, the true work of a garden comes after the planting.

    I close with two more references from Scripture:
    Luke 18:16 “Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.”

    Matthew 7: 21-23 “Not everyone that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.”

    Please, no longer allow our children and young adults to go which ever way the wind blows; grant them the firm foundation in the words of the one true God found only in the Holy Bible.

    1. Avatar Tim says:

      Amen!!! What you said somewhat reminds me of Dr. Luther’s comments in his preface to the Large Catechism. Unfortunately, today’s gross lack of fundamental Christian knowledge is something that the vast majority of our clergy and laity appear to be generally content with. I would be curious to see what percentage of our 2.3 million members could recite from memory the Ten Commandments, Apostle’s Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. Shamefully, I must admit I was almost middle aged before I could not count myself as one of them. I think LC-MS leadership is reluctant to take a hard line on this because they know what it will do to our membership. What makes us Lutheran cannot be limited to what is written on our offering envelopes. We need to pray that God raise up leaders who are confident in speaking the word in its entirety, point us to Christ in a way that is faithful to the Bible and the Book of Concord, and train the sheep how not to live like goats.

  4. Avatar Larry Townsend says:

    Will the recent election of what I understand is a actively practicing homosexual to lead the ELCA going to be addressed at the convention. The leadership and direction of the ELCA continues to flaunt their attitude that Scripture is no longer without error and can be changed to meet the societal mindset of the existing times. I once served on a board along with another LCMS pastor of a RSO at the time, about a decade ago, and even though we would challenge them, and be that thorn in their flesh when it came to Scriptural issues as it related to certain practices in their social services, the ELCA pastors on the board, basically said, “that is you opinion, and we are proud we see it differently.” More and more the ELCA slips down that slippery slope, I believe it is time to give them a wake-up call and sever all ties., as much as it saddens me. It sends a mixed message, we no longer see eye to eye with where you are going theologically, but that’s okay we can ignore that and work along side you. Other Confessional Lutheran Church bodies (especially in Africa) aren’t shy of breaking ties with the ELCA, why are we so hesitant? I also believe in most situations we actually do a better job in our social ministries, while keeping a Christ centered and Scriptural (inspired and without error) focus.