Convention Day Two – The Good.

2016-LCMS-Convention-Logo-1024x684-300x200Day two of the National Convention of the LCMS has concluded.  Today had some really good results in elections.  The new Secretary of the Synod is going to be Rev. Dr. John Sias.  He will be able to serve our Synod faithfully for a good long time.  Some Board of Directors elections also went very well.  The Convention also passed some good resolutions.  One was about having a Lutheran identity for the Concordia University System.  The best resolution of the day was Resolution 6-02, which set out the Biblical and Confessional pattern of the pastoral office and what qualifications are required for it.  When contested by the group of folks bent on nit-picking everything, the response of the Floor Committee simply reminded them of the disputed sections simply being from Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions (they objected to the same words we find in Scripture and the Confessions, go figure).  That resolution is worth reading if you haven’t already.  Glad to hear the convention overwhelmingly approve the resolution that confessed nothing more than the doctrine of the Scriptures and Lutheran Confessions.

In another article I will go on to the “ugly” of the day.

About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.


Convention Day Two – The Good. — 5 Comments

  1. Also 11-03 passed with 68% of the vote.
    Now all congregations can vote in June, 2019.
    Attending the previous year district convention is not a prerequisite.

  2. I am a graduate of an LCMS elementary school,
    Hugh School and of Concordia Ann Arbor and River Forest. I went to college to get a strong Christian education and that I did.
    The past 27 years I have been a truck driver and a vocational teacher of truck driving both in a classroom setting and on the road with students for weeks as a time with my students.
    Apologetics has been a passion of mine since my High School days and was blessed to have th the late Dr. Paul Zimmerman as sort of a mentor in this persuit.
    What troubles me about the resolution is that it seems that I am (nor is any other man) not to teach other adults in a Bible class setting.
    Is this the case?
    Please note that I have never done Word & Sacrement and would not do so.
    Your advice would be greatly appreciated

  3. Thank you for your reporting. Sounds a lot different than 3 years ago when everything went so smoothly.

  4. Dear Pastor Scheer,
    Thanks for your excellent and accurate reporting. I could only be at convention through yesterday’s closing (Monday). Your reports agree with what I saw and heard as a non-delegate.
    Dear BJS bloggers,
    There were two objections to Resolution 6-02 from two different delegates. One objected to wording that was a verbatim quote from the Lutheran confessions. Fortunately the chair pointed that out to the delegate. The next delegate highly objected to wording that was a verbatim quote from the New Testament and a familiar passage at that. The chair also pointed out, in a charitable way, that this was from Holy Scripture.
    I thought about this for awhile. I don’t ever remember a delegate in the 30 or so years I have been to conventions making such an obvious gaffe, by objecting to verbatim passages of Scripture and Confessions. The person reading the resolution read the citation and it was cited clearly in Today’s Business. We used to have more theologically astute delegates both pastors and laymen. I don’t know how else to explain it—I still scratching my head.
    Yours in Christ, Martin R. Noland

  5. @Martin R. Noland #3

    We used to have more theologically astute delegates both pastors and laymen. I don’t know how else to explain it—I [am] still scratching my head.

    Knowledgeable laity will produce sensible, thinking, delegates…which makes it harder to pull off a snow job. [Still possible, evidently, but harder.] In quite a few areas, that has meant a purposeful longtime neglect of lay education. Lutheran, that is.

    (Very probably the “entertainment sector” doesn’t create incentives for keeping up pastoral Greek …charitably assuming he had some… or the BOC.)

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