This year begins the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. One of the best ways for each of us to observe and appreciate the gems of Luther’s influence in his efforts to restore the Gospel to its rightful centerpiece in the church is to turn to his Small Catechism. Has it been some time since we worked our way through the booklet? It is a masterpiece, clearly setting forth Law and Gospel and highlighting the important nature of the Sacraments for our everyday lives. Can we encourage all of our synod members to take a moment daily or weekly to reflect on these biblical truths set forth in clear terms for our mutual edification?
You may access a newly arranged layout of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism via our website: http://www.els.org/download/centennial/ELS-Small-Catechism-w-questions-2016-WEB.pdf
Blessings in Christ,
John A. Moldstad
The Bethany Lutheran College Choir graced Trinity Chapel in Mankato, Minnesota, for several days of concerts in bringing praise to our God during the Advent/Christmas season.
Representatives of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, and the Evangelical Lutheran Synod met November 29 through December 1 in Jacksonville, Florida. The meeting was the fifth in a series of annual informal discussions intended to improve mutual understanding of the respective doctrinal positions of the three synods, to clarify matters of doctrine and practice, and to establish and maintain lines of communication.
This year’s meetings focused on the efforts of each of the synods to help and encourage Lutheran church groups around the world to move toward stronger confessional Lutheran doctrine and practice. Another major topic of discussion was the role of men and women in the church. Participants reviewed written statements of the three synods and discussed the doctrinal positions of each synod in the areas of women teaching men in the church, the proper exercise of authority, and the biblical prohibition of the ordination of women. While many areas of agreement were identified, it was also clear that significant differences remain.