Following is the first in a series of roundup articles on developments at denominational meetings.
Disunity has plagued the 2.6 million-member Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) in recent years, resulting, according to some, in the loss of several thousand members. At the church’s triennial convention, Ralph Bohlman, re-elected LCMS president despite a strong challenge from the church’s most conservative wing, said he would make building bridges a high priority during his three-year term.
Bohlman’s critics say he has not taken strong enough disciplinary action against pastors who depart from the denomination’s strict theological standards, particularly in the areas of LCMS relations with other church groups and the role of women in the LCMS, which forbids women’s ordination. At a press conference during this year’s meeting, Bohlman suggested the church needs to find ways to recognize the contributions of women.
Meanwhile, a professor at an LCMS college, who had been accused of false doctrine because of an article he wrote, has been informed by the church’s doctrinal review commission that his revised article “contains nothing that conflicts with Scripture and the Lutheran confessions.” Daniel Bruch, of Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota, had been accused of advocating women’s ordination in the article, which discussed Jesus’ and contemporary society’s attitudes toward women.
For the first time since the Reformed Church in America (RCA) and the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) split in 1857, the denominations met concurrently in shared facilities. RCA delegates narrowly rejected a proposal to elevate the church’s status with the ...1
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