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These Are Not Exceptional Times For The Two Kingdoms
Rev. Adle: “Drafting women alongside men into combat positions is not an exception, it’s an attempt at making the unnatural to be the rule. Even in Deborah’s time, they did not draft women to fight alongside the men of the army. Should we speak out? Yes. Whether our leaders listen is another matter.”

First, we don’t have a military draft anymore, even though there is still selective service registration for men.

Second, as noted     Carl Vehse at Feb 11 2016 04:22 pm

These Are Not Exceptional Times For The Two Kingdoms
“Now I know that we don’t want to mix opinions and the traditions of men with the commands of God”

This is what has been done.

I would suggest that the problem isn’t a failure to discuss politics in the church enough. Rather the issue is a failure to actually be grounded and united in the underlying beliefs. I have, like a broken record, commented here and elsewhere that the basis for unity in most of the church (including most of the …
    Lance Brown at Feb 11 2016 04:12 pm

On My Heart, a Lutheran memory work program
@Heather #2

Would be nice for LCMS pastors, teachers, CE directors, and congregants to be able to use the 1986 CPH-LCMS translation, but alas.

Between NPH-WELS and ELS, for me, it is a toss up. I have been working much with both of their translations in the last two weeks and there are nice things to commend in both of them, but …
    T. R. Halvorson at Feb 11 2016 02:52 pm

On My Heart, a Lutheran memory work program
@Ryan #1

Roger that …
    T. R. Halvorson at Feb 11 2016 02:46 pm

On My Heart, a Lutheran memory work program
I don’t know which version to download since I’m with LCMS …
    Heather at Feb 11 2016 02:22 pm

Overture to Condemn the Conscription of Women
In the June/July 2003 issue and in the August 2003 issue of the Lutheran Witness, there were numerous letters to the editor commenting on May’s “Women in Combat” point/counterpoint …
    Carl Vehse at Feb 11 2016 02:06 pm

Overture to Condemn the Conscription of Women
The 2013 Synodical Convention Resolution 2-12A wasn’t the first time the CTCR was given the assignment of dealing with the theological issue of women in combat.

At the 2010 Synodical Convention, Overture 3-29, “Offer Biblical Rationale for Opposing Combat Roles for Women” (2010 Convention Workbook, p. 177), was placed in Omnibus Resolution A, for referral to the CTCR. Ov. 3-29 including the following: Resolved, that the Synod in convention …
    Carl Vehse at Feb 11 2016 01:38 pm

On My Heart, a Lutheran memory work program
Would sure love an LCMS translation …
    Ryan at Feb 11 2016 12:32 pm

Great Stuff — Women Don’t Need To Get Drafted To Be Equal With Men
Good stuff, as usually is the case from Pr. Fiene. He makes an excellent Christian argument, which sadly will probably fall on deaf pagan ears. I was particularly fond of this quote:

“Instead of creating you to die for your husbands, God created you to be worth dying for. This is a far greater glory than the Selective Service could ever offer you.”

If only our people could get a better grasp on the reality that equality of value does not …
    Brad at Feb 11 2016 12:25 pm

FiveTwo’s Wiki Christianity is Foolish and Dangerous
@Wendy #126

Withholding tithes seems prematurely confrontational IMO.  I’d recommend trying winsome Bible-based persuasion …
    John Rixe at Feb 11 2016 11:42 am

Overture to Condemn the Conscription of Women
The 2013 Synodical Convention passed (947-63) Resolution 2-12A, “To Speak re Employment of Women in Military Combat,” after voting down (247-748) a substitute resolution, “To Speak Boldly re Employment of Women in Military Combat.”

Res. 2-12A sort-of-boldly Resolved, That the CTCR study this issue and produce a statement that can be considered and acted upon by the Synod in its next convention.” So far the CTCR has not released any such …
    Carl Vehse at Feb 11 2016 11:05 am

FiveTwo’s Wiki Christianity is Foolish and Dangerous
@Wendy #126

I wouldn’t waste time contacting the District office. While I have had certain opportunities to read things and interact with certain people, some of what Pres. Maier says/does is public. He was the missional challenger to Pres. Harrison 3 years ago, has 5-2 resources promoted at the District office… (has …
    Jason at Feb 11 2016 10:30 am

FiveTwo’s Wiki Christianity is Foolish and Dangerous
Tithing to the Church does not necessarily mean tithing to a particular church (see An Explanation of The Small Catechism, Question 175., pp. 74-5). OTOH, a church, in which the teachings and practices cause one to consider withholding any giving, is a church that one should probably not be …
    Carl Vehse at Feb 11 2016 09:06 am

These Are Not Exceptional Times For The Two Kingdoms
Well said, Pastor Adle. Thank …
    T. David at Feb 11 2016 08:45 am

FiveTwo’s Wiki Christianity is Foolish and Dangerous
Thank you all for your counsel. I’m praying about and considering different actions. I think most important at this point is to let others in the congregation in on what’s happening. I’ve considered contacting the Michigan District, but there is a 5/2 person on staff there. I’ve read our constitution and there is nothing in it about a pastoral search. I’ve left an email for the head of the search committee/church council.

Something my …
    Wendy at Feb 11 2016 07:17 am

These Are Not Exceptional Times For The Two Kingdoms
@Carl Vehse #6

It has not missed my attention that there may be a time in the future in which I as a Christian may have to step down from my vocation as a teacher and find another …
    J. Dean at Feb 10 2016 06:59 pm

These Are Not Exceptional Times For The Two Kingdoms
Schools in Nova Scotia, another Canadian province, have had similar Guidelines for Supporting Transgender and Gender-nonconforming Students since 2014. The same goes for schools in Toronto and Vancouver, where the Archdiocese of Vancouver has agreed to transgender policies for Romanist schools.

If …
    Carl Vehse at Feb 10 2016 02:51 pm

Why I Quit the Gideons
First of All when we have scripture reading at our camp meetings we do not explain anything on the reading. Only members from Christian Churches that believe that Jesus paid it all are invited to become members. The day that I see Lutheran mentioned in the bible I will resign my membership in the Gideon’s International.
The comment that God works only through word and sacrament, those testaments are the word, please rethink your statement. …
    Lorene Haertling at Feb 10 2016 02:37 pm

Reactions to BJS Publication of “Catechesis: The Quiet Crisis.”
@helen #4

It doesn’t hurt anyone to take another guided tour of the SC. You learn something every time.

O so so true, Helen …
    T. R. Halvorson at Feb 10 2016 02:10 pm

These Are Not Exceptional Times For The Two Kingdoms
@Carl Vehse #3

I hope our Christian friends up north are successful in getting that rolled back. South of the 49th parallel, I hope that the lobby shop we recently set up in DC will pursue topics in addition to the usual abortion/euthanasia ones. Don’t get me wrong, those are extremely important. However, they are relatively safe things …
    scott at Feb 10 2016 01:41 pm

These Are Not Exceptional Times For The Two Kingdoms
@Pastor Andrew Preus #1

So noted. I’ll accept that as a friendly …
    scott at Feb 10 2016 01:35 pm

These Are Not Exceptional Times For The Two Kingdoms
“The Lutheran idea of the two kingdoms recognizes that both God’s left and right hands are His right and left hands, and that therefore both should listen to Him and do what He wills.”

Perhaps the pastors of the Lutheran Church-Canada (a partner church of the LCMS) will use their pulpits to get both kingdoms to listen. The regime of Alberta, Canada, has issued     Carl Vehse at Feb 10 2016 11:13 am

Reactions to BJS Publication of “Catechesis: The Quiet Crisis.”
@kc #3

how does your congregation handle adult instruction for those joining the congregation?

I went to the instruction class in my present congregation just for a refresher. The class was varied, RC, Baptist, ?, and me (life Lutheran). Basically we went through the Small Catechism in the same way as the senior …
    helen at Feb 10 2016 10:57 am

These Are Not Exceptional Times For The Two Kingdoms
@Pastor Andrew Preus #1

Here’s another way to make the same case. It doesn’t argue on the authority of scripture, but is worth the read: …
    kc at Feb 10 2016 10:41 am

These Are Not Exceptional Times For The Two Kingdoms
Thank you for this post. Well said! I only have one point to make. Deborah ended up not going into battle. She, as a helper, helped Barak be a man, and in the end he went into battle without her. And as you alluded to this, Jael was protecting her tent just like any woman should do when necessity trumps the rule.

Thank you for speaking on this. We need more of …
    Pastor Andrew Preus at Feb 10 2016 09:27 am

Reactions to BJS Publication of “Catechesis: The Quiet Crisis.”
@T. R. Halvorson #2

It’s a good start. Some of the challenge here is identifying the differences in context between catechesis for different groups of people. Right or wrong, the way “confirmation age students” are instructed is going to be different than “adult bible study.” The “new member class” has such a variety of past …
    kc at Feb 10 2016 08:56 am

FiveTwo’s Wiki Christianity is Foolish and Dangerous
@Wendy Essenburg #122

some unexpected things have happened, including the dis-inclusion of our most doctrinal associate pastor in all but the minimum of sermons. It’s all so secretive.

If this is likely to be the preference of your DP, you may have to consider leaving with your good Pastor. I’m hoping enough members are …
    helen at Feb 09 2016 08:53 pm

FiveTwo’s Wiki Christianity is Foolish and Dangerous
@Wendy Essenburg #122

Wendy, you mentioned the council is doing the pastor search, which is another red flag. Your constitution should speak to how the call process takes place, hopefully in specific terms. Here is a process not well understood by many laity. One thing I would say clearly the call committee should be made …
    Gene White at Feb 09 2016 08:41 pm

Reactions to BJS Publication of “Catechesis: The Quiet Crisis.”
Take a look at the following Pastoral Catechesis page, which is a modest start at collecting links to that type of materials.

Pastoral Catechesis

When in doubt, the simplest way to start in any circumstance is:

1. Small Catechism.
2. Bible.
3. Didache, John T. Pless.
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That Pless work is a jewel and can be used flexibly. Pless is one guy who really …
    T. R. Halvorson at Feb 09 2016 06:59 pm

FiveTwo’s Wiki Christianity is Foolish and Dangerous
@Wendy Essenburg #122 Very sorry to hear of your travails, Wendy. There is much to be concerned about. Specific steps to take:

* As everyone has said, pray.

* Read and know your church constitution. Very often leadership ignores or rides roughshod over the Constitution if it wants to get something done. They need to …
    Tim Wood at Feb 09 2016 05:52 pm