New Website by Steadfast Lutherans —


SteadfastLutherans has developed a new website since the first issue of Today’s Business came out which contains the resolutions that will be put before the convention in July.

This website is The website has all the resolutions, a link to the reports or overtures that the floor committee used to develop the resolution, and a place for you to express your opinion on the resolutions. There is a search option where you can search for words found within the resolutions. Thanks to Tim Wood who I’m sure you are aware of from his other posts on SteadfastLutherans, each resolution has a scoring system set up to help you evaluate the resolutions.

This site will be useful to both delegates and others interested in the convention who see this mass of resolutions and are trying to figure out what it all means. This will help you to better understand what’s coming before our church at this convention and help you in talking with your delegates.

If talking on your blog or on facebook about these resolutions, we’ve made it simple to link directly to the resolution by including include the resolution number in the link, e.g. with take the person directly to resolution 4 from floor committee 12.

Feel free to respond here if you have any questions about the site or the process. Steadfast Lutherans intends to help you understand what happens at our conventions.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

Norm has been involved behind the scenes in many of the "go-to" websites for Lutherans going back many years.


New Website by Steadfast Lutherans — — 9 Comments

  1. Do our BJS logins work, or do we need to register there separately? (I am willing to do so, just need to know what to do)

    I navigated the site a little. Could be a little more user friendly. I did not find things obvious, but I think that will get better as I get used to the site, and how it works. But certain links (particularly to the overtures) went straight to the PDF of the Workbook (509 pages) and the Today’s Business (204 pages). I wouldn’t call that readily available. That’s a lot of digging, and I have been reading through both. I understand that it may be a lot more work to get all that transferred in and such.

    Any helpful hints on using the site? I will continue to peruse to become adept at it.


  2. You need to login there separately.

    I’d be interested in any suggestions for improvement. Yes, many links go directly to the workbook or Today’s Business. It should go right to the correct page in most cases if your system is set up correctly.

    Suggestions from users will make it easier to use in the future. An immediately desire for me to add is to list resolutions by our scoring system, and/or by user scores or comments on the resolutions.

  3. Everything on the site is organized by Floor Committee, since that’s how the resolutions are presented. Click on the Floor Committees tab and select a floor committee, then you can look through their resolutions. Use of the search tab also makes life easier as you can find resolutions on the top that you are interested in.

  4. A cursory read of the resolutions on marriage and “sexuality” (whatever that it; it certainly isn’t in the Bible), reveals psycho-babel drawn from Sigmund Freud and Alfred Kinsey, including the horrible terms “sexual beings”, which has been expunged from all CPH literature under Paul T. McCain, as well as “God’s gift of sexuality”, which was drawn not from the Bible or the Lutheran Confessions, but from an antiquated, ecumenical document prepared decades ago.

    That’s right… lurking within these resolutions is the previous pleasure-oriented evil that so many people in the LCMS have worked tirelessly to get rid of.


    Yet here it is again, apparently courtesy of the LCMS’s Sexuality Committee.

  5. That would be the handiwork of Committee 14: Church & Culture,

    C: Terry Forke (MT);
    DP: Vice chair: John Denninger (SE); Anthony Steinbronn (NJ);
    VOM: Paul Gregory Alms (SE); Adam Filipek (MO); Paul Undlin (MI);
    VL: Alan Brodbeck (NEB); Paul Lagemann (EN);
    AOM: John Pless (IN);
    ACM: Erik Ankerberg (TX)

    as well as the CTCR’s 2014 document, “Gender Identity Disorder or Gender Dysphoria
    in Christian Perspective” (p. 6).

  6. Dear Norm and BJS Editors,

    Wow! Thanks very much. I don’t think we have ever had such a useful tool for reviewing the legislative work of the synod. I found the navigation pretty easy to use. Have a great summer!

    Yours in Christ, Martin R. Noland

  7. Question for clarification regarding the scores of the resolutions, particularly with respect to “Strengthens Doctrine & Practice” & “Strengthens Walking in Fellowship”: My understanding is that high scores in these areas mean that these resolutions are helpful toward strengthening these things. Is that correct? Now, the crux of the question, does a low score in these areas indicate that these resolutions are detrimental to these areas or simply don’t apply to them? In other words, does a “0” in “Strengthens doctrine and practice” mean that the resolution contributes to weakening doctrine and practice or that it just doesn’t apply? Thanks!

  8. @Rev. Josh Leigeber #7Thanks for the question, Pastor. Your understanding is correct. Where there is a 0 in the scores, it’s because the Resolution is a commendation, which we treat as a waste of time. The commendation can be harmful or helpful, but our default approach is to treat it as a nothing that is not worth paying much attention to. Delegates can safely take a bathroom break when the back patting starts.

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