Communion Practice: Evangelical or Legalistic, Ecumenical or Sectarian

Closed communion is evangelical and ecumenical. Open communion is legalistic and sectarian. Closed communion is the practice of communing only those who have been instructed in the pure doctrine of the Scriptures. This doctrine is summarized in the six chief … Continue reading

Is Missouri Lukewarm?

Has fidelity to the institution become more important than doctrine in the Missouri Synod? There are deep doctrinal divisions in the Missouri Synod today, divisions which are particularly evident in worship practices. Pr. Winter is correct: we do not agree … Continue reading

“Inviting Some and Keeping Back Others”: Who is Welcome to the Lord’s Table?

Christ established His Church on earth so that sinners might receive His gifts of Word and Sacrament. Put another way, the Church exists to give sinners Jesus. The last thing we want to do is to put a barrier between … Continue reading

The Problem of Denominational Loyalty

It’s not uncommon these days to hear people lament the loss of denominational loyalty, particularly in congregations which were once thriving but are now experiencing a decline in membership. Denominational loyalty does not seem to be particularly high these days, … Continue reading

LCMS Congregation Becoming an ELCA Congregation

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gilroy, California, is changing denominational affiliations from the LCMS to the ELCA. Although Good Shepherd is Missouri Synod, the congregation doesn’t function like one, says Ron. Callers “need to know that we use the worship … Continue reading