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Lutherans: Roman Catholic v.s. Lutheran, elca lutheran church, missouri synod lutheran church
elca lutheran church, missouri synod lutheran church, lcms congregations: Maura: Thanks for your question. I am going to say yes, but with a qualification. If you are attending an ELCA Lutheran Church, the answer is YES! All Christians are welcome at the Table of our Lord. We practice what is called an, open table. If...

Lutherans: religion question, roman catholic church, praying to the saints
roman catholic church, praying to the saints, stoneburner: Marcela: There are many differences. Are you just asking about practices? Catholics hold to 5 sacraments, Lutherans believe in two, baptism and communion. Lutherans do not recognize the Pope as anything other than the leader of the Roman Catholic...

Lutherans: Son of God, martin eldred, god the holy spirit
martin eldred, god the holy spirit, embracing the mystery: Christians have embraced the idea of a God as Trinity from the beginning, as they began to see that God had been revealed to them in three distinct people or persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Instead of embracing three gods, Christians...

Lutherans: Baptism, martin eldred, what this means
martin eldred, what this means, worship events: Joseph: Thanks for your question. By classes I am going with the idea of a pre-baptism meeting to discuss what this means. Is it a hard and fast rule? No. Is it a good idea? Yes. I know of no denominational rule that says that such a meeting mist...

Lutherans: Biblical canon, bible manuscripts, bible prophecies
bible manuscripts, bible prophecies, questions about the bible: Cody: Here is a web page that may help answer your question: Questions About the Bible Note: Some of the answers in this section are taken directly from writings posted elsewhere on the Christian Way Web site. These excerpts have been used with...

Lutherans: baptism, martin eldred, lords prayer
martin eldred, lords prayer, godparent: Debbie: Please excuse my tardiness in replying to your question. Godparents, or Baptismal Sponsors, are folks that commit themselves to being in relationship with the person baptized as well as the family involved. The later is especially true when...

Lutherans: Communion, martin eldred, divorced man
martin eldred, divorced man, roman catholic: Charlene: Let me assure you that I am not an expert when it comes to Roman Catholic rules and practices. From what I do know, however, I think you may have broken a rule by taking Communion unless you formally became Roman Catholic when you started worshipping...

Lutherans: comparison, assembly of god churches, denominations of christianity
assembly of god churches, denominations of christianity, apostles creed: Any: Let me start with the foundation of how we are they same. Both Lutherans and Assembly of God churches are denominations of Christianity, and as such, agree on the basics of the faith (The Apostles Creed is a good overview of this.) That is important...

Lutherans: ELCA vs LM, elca archives, gettysburg seminary
elca archives, gettysburg seminary, elca website: Dan: I will respond, even though you do not have a question stated. My background was ELCA! I was raised ALC and LCA. My grandfather was an ALC minister (google Forrest Stoneburner or check out the ELCA archives!). My father was a lay minister and...

Lutherans: First Communion, martin eldred, first communion
martin eldred, first communion, lca: Bonnie: Welcome back! I hope you are finding your experience a helpful one. I am going to assume here that you mean First Communion as opposed to the older process of taking first communion after Confirmation. The process of earlier instruction actually...

Lutherans: Lutheran vs. United Methodist, public school system, redistricting
Lutherans: Lutheran vs. United Methodist, public school system, redistricting, methodist church

Lutherans: Introducing God to a child, loving family environment, introducing god
loving family environment, introducing god, mom and dad: Debbie: I applaud you on your interest to teach your children about God from an early age. I would encourage baptism at the earliest time possible. As Lutherans, we trust in the Holy Spirit who indwells at baptism, to bring a child to saving faith. ...

Lutherans: LCMS ` Free Methodist, free methodist church, independent baptist church
free methodist church, independent baptist church, holiness movement: Marie: Yes, Mormonism is considered a cult by most Biblical Christians. I investigated the Free Methodist Church for you, since I was more familure with the United Methodist Church. It seems to be a conservative break-off that preceded the Civil War...

Lutherans: The Lutheran Church Service, faith lutheran church, contemporary worship services
faith lutheran church, contemporary worship services, roman catholic priest: Donna: If you were raised Roman Catholic I think you will find that, in most cases, Lutheran worship is VERY similar to what you are used to. Martin Luther, a Roman Catholic priest and monk, changed very little of the structure of the Mass little back...

Lutherans: Lutheran vs. United Methodist, elca evangelical lutheran church, evangelical lutheran church
elca evangelical lutheran church, evangelical lutheran church, evangelical lutheran church in america: Jennifer: Yes, that is how I would explain it. Lutherans revel on being the middle ground. We are often a good compromise between Roman Catholics and our fellow Protestants. We are formal and liturgical enough to be close cousins to the Roman Catholics...

Lutherans: marriage, marriage vow, broken vow
marriage vow, broken vow, selfish man: Carolyn: I am sorry to hear of your challenging situation. I know that it must be very difficult to be in such a marriage. First of all, all married people struggle in their marriages. My wife and I have been married for 25 years. There were a number...

Lutherans: Reward in heaven, martin eldred, what this means
martin eldred, what this means, new testament: Laurie: You raise a common question. IT is easy to get confused with some of the language in the New Testament. Is is literal? Is it metaphorical? When they talk about crowns and such, but what do they mean? I tend to think that the language is...

Lutherans: Female pastors, testament witness, women pastors
testament witness, women pastors, formal sense: Ron: Good question. The case for women pastors usually follows two tracks from the New Testament witness. The first is the most clear, but also the least formal of the roles of women as proclaimers: that is the women at the Tomb on Easter morning. Clearly...

Lutherans: First Communion, martin eldred, reformation sunday
martin eldred, reformation sunday, pentecost sunday: Rick: There is no set date for FC and local congregations are therefore free to choose what works best for them. Many congregations, however, do look to key important Sundays of the year to celebrate and welcome these young Christians into their First...

Lutherans: Lutheran Religion, sacraments of baptism, literal devil
sacraments of baptism, literal devil, pope church: Jeff: First of all, there are different Lutheran churches, but since you are working with schools, I assume you are working with LCMS (Missouri Synod) Lutherans. Lutherans strongly base our faith on the Word of God alone. No pope, church head, so...

Lutherans: lutheran baptism, martin eldred, lutheran baptism
martin eldred, lutheran baptism, expected way: Laura: First of all, congratulations on the upcoming baptisms! As far as an enumeration or an honorarium for the pastor is concerned, I can only answer from my own experience, since I am not absolutely certain what fellow pastors do (although I think it...

Lutherans: lutheran religion, sacraments of baptism, literal devil
sacraments of baptism, literal devil, pope church: Cassidy: Lutherans strongly base our faith on the Word of God alone. No pope, church head, so to speak, or other authority outside of God himself. Our sacraments of baptism and communion are practiced according to scripture. We practice infant baptism...

Lutherans: please pray for me, strong conviction, thin gs
strong conviction, thin gs, lord and savior: Paul: You seemingly base your faith a lot on how you feel. While this theology is popular, it lacks a lot Biblical support. God loves you period, no matter how you feel. He also promises to be with you and stay by your side (as a believer). Your...

Lutherans: Romans 11 and Messianic Jews, messianic jewish movement, messianic jews
messianic jewish movement, messianic jews, martin eldred: Bruce: I am sorry for the lateness of my replay, I have been at a church Assembly all week and forgot that I needed to set my profile to On vacation Your question is one that many faithful people have wrestled with over the ages: what to do about the...

Lutherans: Starting of Lutheran Church, roman catholic church, human realities
roman catholic church, human realities, catholic monk: Jane: Thank you for your question. I will try and give you a brief outline of the basics of Lutheran history and theology and how we came to be separate from the Roman Catholic church. Martin Luther was a Roman Catholic monk, priest, and Doctor of Theology...

Lutherans: 10%, leviticus and numbers, mosaic law
leviticus and numbers, mosaic law, gross earnings: Erik: You are correct in that tithing was an OT law . In the NT, Christ says that all we have is God s. I expect most people would prefer 10% to 100%. While it is not a demand placed on us, I have always tithed as a discipline beginning when I was in...

Lutherans: Baptism, lutheran baptism, roman catholic church
lutheran baptism, roman catholic church, stoneburner: Heather: There are a few different groups of Lutherans, but in general, the requirement for a godparent is that they are of the Christian religion. We accept other denominations within the Christian faith for godparents. The Roman Catholic church still...

Lutherans: Baptism...my husband is Lutheran and I am not., wonderful journey, best models
wonderful journey, best models, personal involvement: Mandy: Thank you for your question. I respect your desire to do the appropriate things in regards to your child s baptism. As parents, the main vow you will be asked to give before God is to raise your daughter or son in such a way that they will know...

Lutherans: born again, stoneburner, charismatic movement
stoneburner, charismatic movement, lutherans: Herb: That is a difficult question. The term born again is very Biblical. It refers to the process where God (often through baptism, or other action of God) changes us to a believer. This process causes us to be born again of the spirit. The...

Lutherans: Confirmation, martin eldred, cyndee
martin eldred, cyndee, child of god: Cyndee: Thank you for your question. Lutherans believe that in Baptism, God has given us the new birth about which Jesus tells Nicodemus in John, chapter 3. We are reborn through Water and the Word and claimed by God as Children of God. That begins...

Lutherans: Gays in the Church, benefit of marriage, two different things
benefit of marriage, two different things, gay lifestyle: Carol: The open gay lifestyle is a choice. There is no evidence to show that it is inborn . The one study that was reported to prove that being gay was inherited turned out to be done by a gay researcher the the data later was shown to be false....

Lutherans: gay or lesbian, evangelical lutheran church, wisconsin synod
evangelical lutheran church, wisconsin synod, evangelical lutheran church in america: Herb: It depends on which Lutherans you are asking about. The Wisconsin Synod and Missouri Synod Lutherans both adhere to the Biblical teachings that homosexuality is a sin. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, while confusing in their position,...

Lutherans: Infant Baptism, infant baptism, according to scripture
infant baptism, according to scripture, saving faith: Pamela: That s a good question. Since the change in the RC church views of purgatory, I am not sure what the church teaches now about baptism, especially as it relates to infants. I do believe our churches are similar in their teachings, however. ...

Lutherans: Lutherans and Catholics, bearing false witness, roman catholic sisters
bearing false witness, roman catholic sisters, martin eldred: Christa: Thanks for your question. The answer, in a word is: no. There is no time of the year, official or unofficial, where Lutherans are encouraged to bad mouth our Roman Catholic sisters and brothers, or any other denomination of fellow Christians...

Lutherans: miracles, martin eldred, lutheran christians
martin eldred, lutheran christians, corinthians 13: Susan: Thank you for your question, I am sorry that the holiday weekend delayed my answering you. Lutheran Christians believe that God is the Creator, Savior, and Sustainer of the world and all that is in it. As such, God is capable of doing what God...

Lutherans: miracles, lutheran religion, stoneburner
lutheran religion, stoneburner, christian religion: Susan: If, by miracles, you mean God working in our lives by unexplained and supernatural means, then yes. Lutheranism is a denomination of the Christian religion. Hope this answers your question. In Christ s Service, Gordon Stoneburne...

Lutherans: Changes in Lutheranism, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod
lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod, evangelical lutheran church: Gina: As with most large churches, Lutheranism has changed with time and especially with culture changes. Liberal churches change much more quickly with society, but conservative churches change as well, just much more slowly. For example, both the...

Lutherans: Communion at Wedding, lutheran communion, real presence
lutheran communion, real presence, denominational minister: Jennifer: Most Lutheran ministers would not permit a non-denominational pastor to distribute the sacrament. This issue is that a non-denominational minister would not view the sacrament as the real presence of the body and blood of Christ, but as a SYMBOL...

Lutherans: Marriage and the Roman Catholic Church, catholic faith, blood of jesus
Lutherans: Marriage and the Roman Catholic Church, catholic faith, blood of jesus, body and blood

Lutherans: marriage, infant baptism, blood of jesus
Lutherans: marriage, infant baptism, blood of jesus, theological differences

Lutherans: Thinking of becoming Lutheran, lutheran churches, lutheran church
Lutherans: Thinking of becoming Lutheran, lutheran churches, lutheran church, communion

Lutherans: Marriage and the Roman Catholic Church, pre marriage counseling, marriage as a sacrament
pre marriage counseling, marriage as a sacrament, sacrament of marriage: Desiree: What do you mean when you say you and your finance have been practicing catholics for 30 years, yet never been married and have numerous children from different relationships? It seems that the Catholic church and the Biblical teachings concerning...

Lutherans: Mary, neil bartlett, lutheran faith
neil bartlett, lutheran faith, callum: Callum: Good question. We follow scripture and hold Mary in high esteem. We see her as an instrument of God, who was blessed among women . We believe in the virgin birth. We do not, in any way, worship or pray to Mary, and consider those actions...

Lutherans: marriage, martin eldred, pre marital counseling
martin eldred, pre marital counseling, stress areas: Thank you for your question. If you were to come to me as a couple wanting to get married, I would have no difficulties in performing your wedding. What I would want to do, and what I do with all couples, is schedule three pre-marital counseling sessions....

Lutherans: Number of Lutheran "sects", lutheran bodies, lutheran churches
lutheran bodies, lutheran churches, taalc: Bob: In researching for an answer to your question, I found a website that explains the situation with much clarity: www.taalc.org/lutheran_distinctions.htm This explains what separates many Lutheran bodies as well. In Christ s Service, Gordon...

Lutherans: Succession of Bishops, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod
lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod, niv bible: Jim: Pastors in the LCMS are called by the congregation. They are ordained after graduating from a LCMS Seminary and receiving instruction as well as a one-year vicarage. The NIV Bible translates the term in 1 Timothy as overseer . Other terms such...

Lutherans: Synods, lcms churches, martin eldred
lcms churches, martin eldred, state churches: Gina: Thank you for your question--it is one that is commonly asked. Yes, we are all Lutherans so one would think that the ELCA, LCMS, and the WELS would be closer than they actually are. Unfortunately, there is very little connection. We are three separate...

Lutherans: Thinking of becoming Lutheran, lutheran churches, lutheran faith
lutheran churches, lutheran faith, first communion: Tanya: Lutheran churches generally have new member classes. These teach what the Lutheran church stands for and believes. After taking the class, you can then decide if that is what you are looking for or not. Different Lutheran churches start communion...

Lutherans: How did we come to this?, lutheran churches, northwestern publishing
lutheran churches, northwestern publishing, stoneburner: Bob: I would recommend What s Going on Among the Lutherans? by Northwestern Publishing House (WELS). It is very informative. In Christ s Service, Gordon Stoneburner http://www.amazon.com/Whats-Going-Among-Lutherans-Comparison/dp/0810004275 ...

Lutherans: Going from catholic to Lutheran...., broken relationships, grace god
broken relationships, grace god, couple face: Becca: Thank you for your question. Most generally, Lutherans approach remarriage with a Law and Grace standpoint. The Law refers to God s commandments and laws. Divorce was not part pf God s original intent, and Jesus makes it clear that it breaks...

Lutherans: death and the soul, jesus dies on the cross, resurrection of the body
jesus dies on the cross, resurrection of the body, spirit returns: Cal: Thank you for your question; you raise a particularly difficult and personally powerful question. I suppose that from the very beginning, we have wondered just what happens to us or our loved ones when we die. The Bible doesn t devote a great amount...

Lutherans: A question about Romans 10:9, jesus is lord, god is one
Lutherans: A question about Romans 10:9, jesus is lord, god is one, private interpretation

Lutherans: How do you see re-marriage?, church of faith, annulment
Lutherans: How do you see re-marriage?, church of faith, annulment, probable cause

Lutherans: Perpetual Virginity, blessed virgin mary, perpetual virginity
blessed virgin mary, perpetual virginity, elca lutheran: Christian: You are correct that Luther did discuss the perpetual virginity issue and tended to side with the Roman Catholic church on that issue. Most Lutherans today consider the verses discussing Jesus siblings to be literal siblings, not cousins ...

Lutherans: A question about Romans 10:9, resurrection of jesus, jesus is god
resurrection of jesus, jesus is god, heart god: Joe: You have some good questions. First of all, forget the wording issue. The issue at stake is if you have faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If so, the Holy Spirit has already worked faith in your heart (God saves us, we do nothing to...

Lutherans: How do you see re-marriage?, martin eldred, gospel perspective
martin eldred, gospel perspective, law gospel: Dear Michelle: Thank you for your question. I am very sorry to hear about your difficulties. I am not familiar with the term, Pauline Privilege although I will assume that it pertains to allowing you to remarry and still stay in good standing with...

Lutherans: transferring, martin eldred, presbyterian pastors
martin eldred, presbyterian pastors, lutheran synod: Donald: I write as an ELCA pastor, and I think that you may find that the ELCA has some similar issues. We struggle to maintain Scripture as authoritative, but I also think that the struggle is an active one, and that there are many who work to keep our...

Lutherans: Wisconsin Synod vs ELCA, elca church, synod members
elca church, synod members, wisconsin synod: Lynne: The two churches are at opposite ends of the Lutheran spectrum. I will try to summarize: WELS believes Scripture to be inerrant Word of God, women may not be pastors or vote in the church assemblies, strongly pro-life, consider homosexuality...

Lutherans: Age of Mary, martin eldred, first century palestine
martin eldred, first century palestine, mother of jesus: Nick: Thank you for your question. The Bible doesn t tell us how old Mary was when she became the mother of Jesus. Most biblical scholars will venture a guess for her to be about 14, a typical age for girls to be given in marriage in first century Palestine....

Lutherans: Coming of Lord, martin eldred, lord christ
martin eldred, lord christ, mark 13: Nick: The short answer to your question is, We do not know. Jesus was pretty clear that the time table for his return is something that we should not concern ourselves with (Make 13:32; Acts 1:6-8). While he indicated that many signs and events would...

Lutherans: communion and children, wels churches, first communion
wels churches, first communion, gods family: Nicole: I would have your son talk with the pastor. The pastor should be able to give reasons for waiting. Different Lutheran churches handle the age of communion in a variety of ways. I had early communion in the 70 s which was 5th grade, after...

Lutherans: The Difference Between Chatholics and Lutherns, roman catholic church, lutheran denomination
roman catholic church, lutheran denomination, protestant reformer: Emily: I am not familiar with 3 holy spirits in either church. There are similarities in the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran church. Martin Luther, the protestant reformer who founded the Lutheran denomination, broke from the Roman Catholic...

Lutherans: God command of killing, recognizing god, god jesus
recognizing god, god jesus, worshiping god: The killing follows the decree God gave in Deut. 13:12-18.k If a city (our country) is totally won over to rejecting God in exchange for sinful ways and idol worshiping, God chose to wipe them out. On other occasions, he seeks the lost (Jonah). God alone...

Lutherans: God command of killing, people of the old testament, testament writers
people of the old testament, testament writers, god jesus: Nick Thank you for your question. Your friend poses a very difficult and hard to reconcile question: how do we connect the God of love with some of the ethnic cleansing passages of the Old Testament? Two preliminary points: First, these are not new,...

Lutherans: Judaism and Trinity, messiah jesus christ, jacob david
messiah jesus christ, jacob david, jesus is god: Nick: No, Jews of today do not believe in the Trinity. The Old Testament Jews believed and trusted in the true God, as revealed in the Torah. We maintain that they are saved by their faith and trust in the coming Messiah. Jews of today ave rejected the...

Lutherans: Marriage and ordination, lutheran theological seminary, martin eldred
lutheran theological seminary, martin eldred, elca church: Cathleen: First, let me extend my sympathy for your recent experience--I cannot really imagine just how shocking and painful it all must be for you. Second, I am not really an expert on this matter, at least as far as what should happen officially....

Lutherans: marriage, Wedding, non-member
Wedding, non-member: Erin: Congratulations on your engagements and upcoming nuptials! I think that in most cases, a Lutheran church and pastor (we tend not to use, Priest by the way, just so you know when you contact one) will be welcoming to you and your fiance. IT DOES...

Lutherans: About Paradise and Hell, roman catholic bible, paradise and hell
roman catholic bible, paradise and hell, catholic bibles: Nick: Conservative Lutherans believe that Heaven and Hell are literal places, as described in the Bible. More liberal Lutherans often reject Hell as a literal place. (They also usually reject that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God as well!) Lutherans...

Lutherans: Pastor's wife, bible study leader, traditional tasks
bible study leader, traditional tasks, traditional expectations: Mare: To my knowledge there are no official rules or manuals to describe the role of the pastor s spouse. That is both bad news and good news. The bad news is there are a lot of assumed and not communicated expectations that can and do exist out there...

Lutherans: Religious differences, sacraments of baptism, literal devil
sacraments of baptism, literal devil, pope church: Donald: Lutherans strongly base our faith on the Word of God alone. No pope, church head, so to speak, or other authority outside of God himself. Our two sacraments of baptism and communion are practiced according to scripture. We practice infant baptism...

Lutherans: Satan, christian denominations, book of revelation
christian denominations, book of revelation, question god: Rob: Good question. God allows sin in the world. He has the power to remove it, but then we would not have the free will to reject Christ, and would be little more than puppets. God allows Satan to walk the earth so as to test our faith. The book...

Lutherans: Throne and Lamb, revelation 5, stoneburner
revelation 5, stoneburner, bride of christ: Nick: God, the Father, sits on the throne in Rev. 4:10, as verse 11 and 12 verify. Rev. 5:6 - the Lamb refers to Jesus Christ, who sacrificed Himself for the payment for our sins. Scripture refers to the Christian Church as the bride of Christ. ...

Lutherans: age of earth, giant scorpion, origin earth
giant scorpion, origin earth, gallup poll: Perry: How do we know that dinosaurs roamed the earth 59,000,000 years ago? (the modern dating for dinosaurs is 250 million to 65 million years ago). Part of the issue is that both creation and evolution are unproven and cannot be proven to any absolute...

Lutherans: Battle of New Orleans, Genesis, Biblical interpretation
Genesis, Biblical interpretation, biblical authority: Glenn: I think you are right on the track regarding some of the differences and their implications. You are correct that more than cultural sensitivity needs to be embraced as we interpret the Bible. What is often called the historical critical method...

Lutherans: Denomination of Protestants, martin eldred, lutheran theologian
martin eldred, lutheran theologian, saint francis of assisi: Nick: You ask a great question. The Lutheran theologian/historian, Martin Marty has described this fractionating of the church as the curse of Protestantism. Where as both the Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox have learned to embrace their diversities...

Lutherans: Denomination of Protestants, protestant denominations, south divisions
protestant denominations, south divisions, stoneburner: Nick: The Protestant denominations formed out of differences in theology or politics. During our Civil War, many churches split over the North/South divisions, including the acceptance or rejection of slavery. In the churches you mention, differences...

Lutherans: Differences between religions, affirmation of faith, holy communion
affirmation of faith, holy communion, death and resurrection: Chris: Thanks for your question. Some of the major differences between a Lutheran and a Baptist understanding of the church centers around what we call the Sacraments. Lutherans affirm two Sacraments, Baptism and Holy Communion. We see both as a means...

Lutherans: divorce, lutheran church missouri synod, martin eldred
lutheran church missouri synod, martin eldred, church missouri synod: Khristan: Thank you for your question. In the Evangelical Lutheran Church of American (ELCA) to which I belong. the answer is, yes (I cannot speak for the other two main American Lutheran groups, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the Wisconsin...

Lutherans: doctrine, baptism of the holy spirit, luthern church
baptism of the holy spirit, luthern church, stoneburner: Leah: Good question. I will attempt to answer briefly, but understand this answer could be 10 pages long! Lutherans believe in one baptism for salvation. Any additional baptism is not scriptural. We do not believe that some people are saved and...

Lutherans: ELCA LC-MS, interpreting the bible, biblical witness
interpreting the bible, biblical witness, ethnic ties: Glenn: Thank for your question. The relationship between the ELCA and LCMS is complicated, I hope I can shed some light onto the matter. First, we have always been separate. Lutheran history and experience in the US is largely tied to our ethnic immigrant...

Lutherans: LCMS Autonomy, martin eldred, church politics
martin eldred, church politics, polity: Leah: Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, I really don t have expertise in this facet of church politics. I am an ELCA pastor and cannot speak with any authority about this part of LCMS polity. I sense your frustration, and I sympathize. I would...

Lutherans: Lutheran Communion, lutheran communion, lutheran faith
lutheran communion, lutheran faith, stoneburner: Leonard: Good question! I don t really know for sure, but I would guess that it ends with the service since we do not have all the concerns the RC church does in its disposal. However, I do know of special procedures used to dispose of unused wine, which...

Lutherans: I am lutheran trying to go out with a SDA, sda church, mainline protestants
sda church, mainline protestants, seventh day adventists: Kyle: Thank you for your question. First, I would assume that your friend would qualify as whatever denomination with which she currently identifies herself. In this case, I would think that she sees herself as a member of the Seventh Day Adventist...

Lutherans: lutheran vs other christian denominations, reformation sunday, history of the reformation
reformation sunday, history of the reformation, bible scholar: Nancy: It sounds as though it will be a festive Reformation Day in Oklahoma City! I will assume that you know the basics of the history of the Reformation, so I will not bore you with all that. If you want a refresher, check out ELCA web site: (elca.org)...

Lutherans: Marrying in the Lutheran Church after Divorce, marriage annulled, lutheran pastor
marriage annulled, lutheran pastor, person person: Kathy: First of all, congratulations on finding a new person person to spend your life with. I pray that all goes well for you and your new life together. Generally, there should be no issue for you two be to be married at a Lutheran Church. While...

Lutherans: marraige and vows, sugar momma, lifetime goals
sugar momma, lifetime goals, benefit period: Crystal: Sorry to hear of your situation. I have a friend who is in your exact situation. Your question as if there is something in the vows that would allow an exit in a situation like this. The short answer is no. Marriage was ordained to be a...

Lutherans: marriage, martin eldred, second weddings
martin eldred, second weddings, second wedding: Gabe: Thank you for your question and congratulations on your upcoming wedding. It is possible to get married in a small service, either civil or religious, and then when you return have what would be technically a affirmation of wedding vows celebration...

Lutherans: Pastor, passive event, scripture readings
passive event, scripture readings, great preachers: Rose: Unfortunately, this is common. Part of the solution is to view worship as an active rather than passive event. We are not at worship to be entertained, we are there to worship our Lord! We are there to celebrate His victory over sin for OUR salvation!...

Lutherans: Wedding Service, lutheran faith, lutheran parish
lutheran faith, lutheran parish, stoneburner: Sarah: If you are just looking for a person to perform a ceremony, a Methodist minister can do that. A lot depends on your fiance s family and how strongly they adhere to being Lutheran. If it is not a big deal to them, then it should be fine. We view...

Lutherans: Cheap Grace, spirit babies, moral disagreement
spirit babies, moral disagreement, traditional christians: Rose: A Christian s life reflects their faith in Christ. It should be apparent in how we live. We are not saved because we deserve it, because we can never be good enough (perfect). We do good works because we love God and appreciate his gift of grace....

Lutherans: Church Government, martin eldred, lutheran bodies
martin eldred, lutheran bodies, administrative pastor: Diana: Thank you for your question. Generally, the Lutheran churches have a mixture of an episcopal form of governance (the form with bishops who are in oversee of a number of congregations) and a congregational one (where the local congregation has autonomy...

Lutherans: Rosary?, true repentance, leap of faith
Lutherans: Rosary?, true repentance, leap of faith, prayer to god

Lutherans: Jesus descending into hell, corinthians 13, many mysteries
corinthians 13, many mysteries, incarnation: Thank you for your kind feedback. The Ephesians text may refer to Jesus descending to hell, or simply to his Incarnation to earth. It is not clear what the lower parts of the earth means in verse 9, but people then did not necessarily think of Hell as...

Lutherans: JOINING LUTHERAN CHURCH, st peters lutheran church, roman catholic mass
st peters lutheran church, roman catholic mass, table of grace: Helene: Thank you for your question and while I am sorry for the occasion that brought you to a Lutheran congregation, I am glad that you found the experience welcoming. As a person who was raised Roman Catholic, I think that you will find in a Lutheran...

Lutherans: Luther Movie, prodigal son parable, martin eldred
prodigal son parable, martin eldred, grace mercy: Stuart: Great question. I am unaware of any historical instance in Luther s life on which this part of the movie is based. From what I can gather, this was wholly made up by the movie s writers, as a parable of Luther s commitment to God s grace, mercy,...

Lutherans: Lutheran view on young motherhood?, martin eldred, lutheran view
martin eldred, lutheran view, inappropriate manner: Chelsea: Thank you for your question. First, let me say congratulations on your new arrival! I will pray for your safe delivery. Second, let me also say how sorry I am that people choose to talk about you in such an inappropriate manner. One of the...

Lutherans: Neo-paganism, martin eldred, neo paganism
martin eldred, neo paganism, pagan religions: Alex: Thank you for your question. I am really not certain how best to answer you. You seem conflicted between the good feelings you have with neo-paganism and the guilt you have associated with your leaving Christianity. It seem to me that you are...

Lutherans: Rosary?, hail mary prayer, roman catholic tradition
hail mary prayer, roman catholic tradition, blessed virgin mary: Greetings, Kathy! I wish this were a simple answer... but it s not. The short answer is that some do and some don t. The Rosary, as it is most commonly known in the western catholic tradition today, is sometimes called the Marian Rosary, and is constituted...

Lutherans: Wedding question from Mom, elca lutheran church, wedding question
elca lutheran church, wedding question, catholic marriage: Kate: Thank you for question and for sharing your very touching family story. My personal opinion is that the fact that the groom-to-be is not baptized should not pose a problem with having their wedding at the Lutheran church. There is no Lutheran...

Lutherans: the authority of the pope, justification by faith, human realities
justification by faith, human realities, catholic monk: Jain: Thank you for your question. As I answer, I will also try and give you a brief outline of the basics of Lutheran history and theology. Martin Luther was a Roman Catholic monk, priest, and Doctor of Theology in sixteenth century Germany. The Reformation,...

Lutherans: enjoying life, martin eldred, resurrection of jesus christ
martin eldred, resurrection of jesus christ, thanksgiving god: Alex: I would be glad to recommend some books that I often loan to people in our congregation. 1. Manna and Mercy , by Daniel Erlander. More of a extended pamphlet than a full book, but Dan has one of the clearest and most concise looks at, Lutheranism...

Lutherans: Salvation and Suicide, eternal inheritance, story of the prodigal son
Lutherans: Salvation and Suicide, eternal inheritance, story of the prodigal son, unbroken fellowship

Lutherans: God's Law, second coming of jesus, sabbath day
second coming of jesus, sabbath day, heaven and earth: Craig: Thank you for your question. God did give to Moses the 10 Commandments and many other laws that the people of Israel were to follow. How do we, then live in relationship with those laws? Based on the teachings of Jesus, and especially illuminated...

Lutherans: God's Law, second coming of jesus, sabbath day
second coming of jesus, sabbath day, heaven and earth: Craig, There s a lot in your question, and there are many good resources you could reference to debate your points. Due to this medium, I won t debate your points, but I will address your final questions from a Lutheran perspective. If you have follow-on...

Lutherans: Lutheran Marriage requirements, pre marital counseling, lutheran marriage
pre marital counseling, lutheran marriage, marriage requirements: Ashley: Thank you for your question. Generally, the requirements for marriage in a Lutheran church are set up by individual congregations, but also generally, those requirements are pretty simple. When a couple come to me seeking to get married, it...

Lutherans: lutheran vs.catholic, holy catholic church, pontius pilate
holy catholic church, pontius pilate, apostles creed: Hello Shirley, Thank you for your question. These phrases come from the Apostles Creed, a confession of the Faith common among all Christians for over a thousand years and still confessed by most today. (Credo in Latin means I believe ) Lutherans and...

Lutherans: Numbers 22, martin eldred, christian nobility
martin eldred, christian nobility, cody cody: Cody: Thank you for your question. The story of Balaam s donkey is one of those interesting Old Testament stories that lead many people to ask, Did this really happen? Many scholars lean to the interpretation that it is an extravagant myth that is intended...

Lutherans: Please explain..., pastor harris, second reality
pastor harris, second reality, eternal nature: Hello Carol, This is a passage in which Jesus is claiming his divinity and eternal nature. Compare it to similar statements such as Before Abraham was, I am. Jesus Christ is the Son of David in a biological and legal sense, both Mary and Joseph...

Lutherans: Salvation and Suicide, god of compassion, bi polar disorder
god of compassion, bi polar disorder, suicide 2: Janet: Thank you for your question. Suicide is one of the most painful things that sometimes happens with people we know and love and it raises all sorts of questions and emotions. Those who are left behind often wonder, Could I have done more? and What...

Lutherans: The Triune God, god the holy spirit, triune god
god the holy spirit, triune god, father son and holy spirit: Lewis: Thank you for your question, sorry I was delayed in getting back to you. The doctrine of the Trinity is one of the more difficult to pinpoint as far as to its origins. We can see God refer to the Godhead in a plural way (Genesis 1:26) which may...

Lutherans: artificial insemmination., martin eldred, artificial insemmination
martin eldred, artificial insemmination, artificial insemination: Kitty: Thank you for your question. I don t think there is anything inherently sinful about artificial insemination. If I were to meet with a person individually, however, I would want to understand the situation a bit better. Life is precious and...

Lutherans: confessions, confession and absolution, private confession
confession and absolution, private confession, christian confession: Hello Dick, Luther says, When I urge you to go to Confession, I am doing nothing else than urging you to be a Christian. Confession of sins and pronouncement of the Absolution are basic and integral parts of Lutheran Christianity. Almost all Lutheran...

Lutherans: artificial insemmination., dominus vobiscum, blessed trinity
Lutherans: artificial insemmination., dominus vobiscum, blessed trinity, fatherless child

Lutherans: faith alone, martin eldred, gift of the holy spirit
martin eldred, gift of the holy spirit, justification by faith: Jain: Thank you for your question. Faith is one of those easy/hard aspects of faith. It is easy, in that it it is first, a gift of the Holy Spirit (Cf. Luther s Small Catechism, The Creed, Article III), and second, it is trusting in God s promises that...

Lutherans: God, righteous wrath, lutheran confessions
righteous wrath, lutheran confessions, lutheran perspective: Dear Don, beloved of God, Greetings! I don t know that anyone can speak authoritatively for the American Lutheran perspective, but I ll offer you this Lutheran s understanding, based on Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. As such, I believe it is...

Lutherans: LCMS pastor, forgiveness and reconciliation, production quota
forgiveness and reconciliation, production quota, humble attitude: Hello Jon, This is a very sensitive issue but also a quite common struggle within congregations of every stripe. I would, first of all, urge all people involved to avoid any kind of party spirit but to strive humbly serve and lookout for both the spiritual...

Lutherans: salvation, holy sacraments, precious gospel
holy sacraments, precious gospel, symbolic gesture: Kitty, Apologies on the delay. I m not sure I understand the question. It is as if you asked How fast does a baby have to grow before the mother will accept them? Does a mother wait until her child learns to crawl, talk or read before loving her child?...

Lutherans: the true God, evangelical lutheran church, evangelical lutheran church in america
evangelical lutheran church, evangelical lutheran church in america, scandinavian heritage: Don: Thank you for your question. The view of God that you describe sounds to me not too much different than that one held by young Martin Luther and his contemporaries--an angry, grim Father God whose wrath is placated by the sacrifice of the Son. Even...

Lutherans: Baptisim & communion, grace in action, person god
grace in action, person god, jesus words: Sherree: Thank you for your question. I pray that your relationship is one that is a blessed one for both of you. Let me address some Lutheran basics. First, baptism. Lutherans, along with other liturgical Christians, see baptism as a sacrament,...

Lutherans: Bible teachings and Christmas, pagan origins, bible teachings
pagan origins, bible teachings, common faith: Doris: I am so sorry to hear of your pain and your situation with your marriage relationship. It is a certain kind of grief when the person with which we have shared so much over the years seems to have changed into someone we don t recognize. Particularly...

Lutherans: Communion, martin eldred, bread and wine
martin eldred, bread and wine, communicants: Linda: Thanks for your question. Here s what I would suggest: each of you can give one another both elements. First, one of you can give the other the bread, then the wine. After they have communed, then they can give the second person the bread and...

Lutherans: Core Christian Beliefs, god jesus christ, martin eldred
god jesus christ, martin eldred, lutheran christians: Dru: Thank you for your question. Your raise an excellent point, and one that has been brought up by scholars, particularly Roman Catholic ones to begin with, since the Reformation. Rather than address each passage, let me say that as a rule, Lutherans...

Lutherans: christianity, revelation god, story of christianity
revelation god, story of christianity, christian scriptures: Dear Alex, I wouldn t say that you ve completely missed the point, but perhaps you ve missed the context. We only know God, by how He chooses to reveal Himself to His creation-- because He is transcendent (greater in every order of magnitude) than the...

Lutherans: Difference between Roman Catholic and Lutheran, pastor harris, lutheran religion
pastor harris, lutheran religion, god jesus: Kris, Rather than write out my own answers I will provide a few helpful links which address this very topic: http://www.lcms.org/pages/internal.asp?NavID=2968 http://www.wels.net/about-wels/doctrinal-statements (Click on Lutheran—that s just like Catholic,...

Lutherans: Divinity of Priests, martin eldred, angel on earth
martin eldred, angel on earth, lutheran doctrine: Andrew: Thank you for your question. I have never heard of the teaching you referenced, so I am as stumped as you are. Angels as messengers and servants of God, created specifically for that purpose. I would definitely challenge any person--pastor or lay--...

Lutherans: ELCA position on homosexuality, ELCA, Sexuality Study
ELCA, Sexuality Study: Kelly: Thank you for your question. First, please allow me to put your question into context of the recent decision. The vote on the Sexuality Study at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly allows congregations, or synods to call or not to call, homosexual clergy...

Lutherans: faith, lutheran communion, conservative catholics
lutheran communion, conservative catholics, redemptorist congregation: Dear child of God, Jain, Yes, indeed Lutherans recognize and confess the real presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. We confess it more simply than our Roman brethren, and do not attempt to parse the ideas of Transubstantiation. We stick with the clear...

Lutherans: spirits, martin eldred, proof of ghosts
martin eldred, proof of ghosts, ghosts spirits: Teresa: Thanks for your question. I am not really one that supports the belief that ghosts exists in our world. I don;t really think that the spirits of the dead stay in our reality. I do think that the possibility demonic activity could explain some...

Lutherans: Amillennialism, funky images, apocalyptic literature
funky images, apocalyptic literature, book of revelation: Dan: Sorry for the delay, I have had some extended family issues of late, and was a little distracted. Thank you for your question. I think your friend s interpretation shows a good example of what happens if we take the book of Revelation too literally....

Lutherans: ELCA vs Missouri Synod, lcms church, missouri synod
lcms church, missouri synod, biblical witness: Sheryl: Sorry for the delay. I have been thinking about what you have written and also had some log-range extended family issues. Here s what I would offer you as counsel: go with your heart. The more I have wrestled with this, the more I thought...

Lutherans: FAITH, roman catholics, human death
roman catholics, human death, catholic grade school: Thanks for this question. There are two differences between Roman Catholics on the Virgin Mary. First of all, Lutherans believe that Mary should be respected, but she should not be worshiped and does not need to be invoked in any prayers. We believe all prayers...

Lutherans: ELCA vs Missouri Synod, preachers, blessings
Lutherans: ELCA vs Missouri Synod, preachers, blessings, communion

Lutherans: I am a R.C. but do not feel comfortable R.C. church., parochial schools, lutheran church
Lutherans: I am a R.C. but do not feel comfortable R.C. church., parochial schools, lutheran church, phrase

Lutherans: interfaith marriages, interfaith marriages, stoneburner
interfaith marriages, stoneburner, parochial school: Daniel: Are the two of you planning on attending to one church or going to your separate churches? How will the children be raised? In which faith? Parochial school? Baptism? Giving or tithing to church? Who decides? Family issues with in-laws?...

Lutherans: Justification, john pless, robert kolb
john pless, robert kolb, augsburg confession: Lutherans believe (according to the Augsburg Confession) that we receive forgiveness of sin and become righteous before God by grace for Christ s sake through faith, when we believe that Christ suffered for us and that for his sake our sin is forgiven and...

Lutherans: marriage, catholic canon law, pre marital counseling
catholic canon law, pre marital counseling, summary of christian doctrine: Donna, When talking about these particular kinds of rules and regulations between Lutherans and Roman Catholics, one has to remember that we re talking about canons... the particular disciplines of our respective traditions. I am certainly no expert on...

Lutherans: Native american, native lakota, believing in jesus christ
native lakota, believing in jesus christ, cultural bias: Barbra: Thank you for your question. You raise a good question: why didn t Jesus physically visit more peoples here on earth? If you read the Gospels, you come to find that Jesus actually met a very small number of people while he was on earth, and 99 percent...

Lutherans: I am a R.C. but do not feel comfortable R.C. church., god the holy spirit, roman catholic church
god the holy spirit, roman catholic church, roman catholics: Thanks for the question. Here is one web site that may be helpful for you: http://www.lcms.org/pages/internal.asp?NavID=2968. Also, it is important to remember that while all of us who call ourselves Christians have different beliefs based upon our denominational...

Lutherans: Sick child, devotion time, liver cancer
devotion time, liver cancer, strong faith: Carol: I understand your feelings. I lost a young student to bone cancer after having a leg amputated. It does cause one to think. Luther also lost a young daughter. It is interesting to study not only his response, but the daughter s response while...

Lutherans: Catholic thinking of converting...also baptism of my 3 children, father son and holy spirit, profession of faith
father son and holy spirit, profession of faith, covenant of grace: Dear Carrie, I am glad that you found a Lutheran congregation that has been helpful and welcoming to you. I ll offer a couple thoughts on Baptism for you. Lutherans, like Roman Catholics, confess that Baptism is the work of God to wash away sin and...

Lutherans: Communion, martin eldred, lutheran response
martin eldred, lutheran response, consubstantiation: John: Thank you for your question. Transubstantiation is the doctrine that teaches that as the Presider says the Words of Institution, the elements of Bread and Wine are ontologically transformed into the actual Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. I think...

Lutherans: confirmation, grade confirmation, confirmation class
grade confirmation, confirmation class, christian denominations: Sharon: It is great to have your family part of our Lutheran School Family! I have worked with dozens of Lutheran schools and while there is a variety of ways of doing things most do not attempt to convert non-Lutheran Christian denominations to...

Lutherans: ELCA vs. other denominations, lcms church, time god
lcms church, time god, sacrements: Dee: Thank you for your question. I have been traveling, so I sorry that I am a little slow on getting back to you. I think that you will find either the Episcopalian or the Presbyterian similar to the Lutheran church. The role of women is affirmed...

Lutherans: Lent and Lutherns, roman catholics, catholic practice
roman catholics, catholic practice, mother church: Stacey: Thank you for your question. Lenten observances such as a lenten fast , or giving something up for Lent are most common among Roman Catholics, but by no means only found there. Many Lutherans,Episcopalians and other liturgical Protestants (generally...

Lutherans: Mary in the lutheran church, beautiful prayer, grace and peace
beautiful prayer, grace and peace, ancient tradition: Barbara, The Magnificat is a beautiful prayer found in Scripture, and is a beloved part of the liturgy. It s probably not what you were expecting, though, when you asked about honoring Mary. Lutheran practice spans a broad range on this topic, largely...

Lutherans: Muslim Lutheran Marriage, elca lutheran churches, martin eldred
elca lutheran churches, martin eldred, lutheran marriage: Holly: Thank you for your question and congratulations on both your engagement and future marriage. It should not be a problem in most ELCA Lutheran churches (and I think in many LCMS, or Missouri Synod congregations). It is not a Lutheran requirement...

Lutherans: marriage, gospels jesus, world marriage
gospels jesus, world marriage, jesus talks: Dear Cami, Thanks for your question. In the Gospels, Jesus talks about marriage in several ways, and one of those discussions of Jesus with some of the Jewish leaders of His day reveals the answer to your question. There was a group of folks called...

Lutherans: Pastor question, professional counsellor, church goer
professional counsellor, church goer, death in the family: Keira: Please accept my apologies for the tardiness of my answer. I had a death in the family, was out of state and way from the internet. There is am important difference between Counseling and Pastoral Care. Counseling is an intentional journey to...

Lutherans: Pet Death, martin eldred, animal companions
martin eldred, animal companions, new heaven: Stevenie: Please accept my apologies for my tardiness. I had a death in the family last week and was away from the internet for a while. Thank you for your question and for your poignant description of the love we feel for our animal companions. For...

Lutherans: question, father and the son and the holy ghost, jehovah is his name
father and the son and the holy ghost, jehovah is his name, lutheran christians: Dear Mariah, I think the best thing for you to answer all your questions, is to sit down with a Lutheran pastor in your area, and let them answer these for you. I think that might help clear up some of the misunderstandings you have. But, in short, here...

Lutherans: i have a question, jesus on the cross, christian context
jesus on the cross, christian context, son jesus: Austin, Forgiveness means that the one whom you offended, has relinquished his or her right to condemn you for the wrong you have done. In the Christian context, forgiveness is what God offers to us for the evil and sin that we are responsible for that...

Lutherans: No respect of Persons, last judgment, final judgment
last judgment, final judgment, stoneburner: Carol: This section of Romans is dealing with the Last Judgment. The phrase, For there is no respect of persons with God, is saying that in the final Judgment, a person s earthly position, his wealth, his social connections, have no bearing on God s...

Lutherans: Salvation, martin eldred, breath of the spirit
martin eldred, breath of the spirit, church theology: John: Thank you for your question. Being saved is as easy as trusting in the promises of Jesus. When Jesus told Nicodemus, For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten John and whoever believes in him, will not perish, but have eternal...

Lutherans: understanding history, norwegian lutheran church, immigrant ancestors
norwegian lutheran church, immigrant ancestors, lutheran religion: Barbara: Thank you for your question. You are correct, in 1913, the primary religious group in Norway would have been the Lutheran Church. While there were exceptions, I would say that the vast majority of Norwegians during that time (I don t have the...

Lutherans: alternative worship, church liturgy, alternative worship
church liturgy, alternative worship, stoneburner: Rose: Traditional worship is based on the church liturgy. It is usually taken from the hymnal. Alternative can mean many things, but usually involves contemporary music instead of hymns. From there, it can include part of the liturgy or no liturgy...

Lutherans: Confirmation, confirmation program, confirmation preparation
confirmation program, confirmation preparation, lutheran perspective: Dear child of God, Lisa, My heart breaks for your situation. Here are a few thoughts that may be of help. As you may have learned from your Confirmation preparation, the Lutheran perspective on Confirmation is regarding the faith we confirm-- i.e.,...

Lutherans: Divorce/remarriage, missouri synod lutheran church, missouri synod lutheran
missouri synod lutheran church, missouri synod lutheran, synod lutheran church: Dear Jane, beloved Child of God, My heart breaks for what you ve been through-- for the poor counsel you received, and the suffering you ve had to endure. Hopefully I can offer you some small solace. First, I think any Lutheran congregation would be...

Lutherans: Divorce/remarriage, missouri synod lutheran church, missouri synod lutheran
missouri synod lutheran church, missouri synod lutheran, synod lutheran church: Jane: I am sorry to hear of your past experience(s). I am also very disappointed and saddened to hear of your teenage pastoral experience in the area of abortion. While you may be correct in thinking that people may be surprised by your past experiences,...

Lutherans: Divorce/remarriage, missouri synod lutheran church, missouri synod lutheran
missouri synod lutheran church, missouri synod lutheran, synod lutheran church: Jane: First of all, thank you for sharing your journey. It sounds as if you are finally at a place of some stability and healing after a long road. I am an ELCA pastor, but I would think that most LCMS congregations would welcome you and your husband....

Lutherans: Divorced couple church wedding, pre marriage counselling, lutheran pastors
pre marriage counselling, lutheran pastors, canon lawyer: Dear Nancy, A couple thoughts I would share, and then a recommendation. First, Lutherans don t have the same canon law that Roman Christians do-- while we have a very high regard for Scripture and valid Tradition, we don t have a big legal code that you...

Lutherans: hell and the devil, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod
lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod, lutheran church missouri: Edward: The conservative groups of Lutherans accept hell and Satan as real. The more liberal groups of Lutherans do not accept these as real, only as figurative representations of existence apart from God, or evil . My church, the Lutheran Church...

Lutherans: Inter-faith/inter-cultural wedding, lutheran practices, getting married in a church
lutheran practices, getting married in a church, filipino wedding: Eric: Thank you for your question and congratulations on your pending wedding. Sorry that I have been delayed, I have been out sick the past few days. I think that you will find that there is very little difference between a Roman Catholic and a Lutheran...

Lutherans: Lutheran religion, chatolic church, martin eldred
chatolic church, martin eldred, roman chatolic: Berenisse: Thank you for your question. The Christian denomination known as Lutheranism began in about the year 1517, when a Roman Catholic monk and priest named Martin Luther began to campaign for a series of reforms within the church. He was later...

Lutherans: What do Lutherans call their church leader, martin eldred, clergy members
martin eldred, clergy members, lutheran body: Peggy: I am sorry for the delay, thank you for your question. For the most part, Lutherans (at least in the US) all their clergy members, Pastor. Often, I am called Pastor followed either by my first name ( Pastor Martin) or last (Pastor Eldred)....

Lutherans: protestents, sacrament of confirmation, faith and grace
sacrament of confirmation, faith and grace, grace and peace: Dear Lori, Lutherans, like Christians in many traditions, practice or celebrate the sacred rite (some say sacrament) of Confirmation. For us, it is a time when a young person, after significant training and study in the Christian faith (based on Scripture,...

Lutherans: Tree of Knowledge, martin eldred, dam and eve
martin eldred, dam and eve, god is god: Alex: Thank you for your great question. It does seem as if God is setting up Adam and Eve, doesn t it? We all know how hard it is to resist something when we are told specifically not to touch it. It seems to me that the overall point, however, is a...

Lutherans: attending a Catholic funeral, catholic funeral, stoneburner
catholic funeral, stoneburner, lcms: Crystal Good question. It sounds like you are right on track. I would not participate in communion, but other than that, relax and do not worry about any rule breaking. Communion is a close fellowship issue for us LCMS Lutherans (though it is not...

Lutherans: divorce and remarriage, marriage and divorce, inner turmoil
marriage and divorce, inner turmoil, sacred relationship: Alice: Thank you for your question. I am so sorry for the trouble you have experienced from others but happy that you and your husband have found one another. First, Lutherans believe that marriage is a sacred relationship that is intended to be a life-long...

Lutherans: ECLA vs Catholic, human realities, catholic monk
human realities, catholic monk, doctor of theology: Kyle: Thank you for your question. I will try and give you a brief outline of the basics of Lutheran history and theology. Martin Luther was a Roman Catholic monk, priest, and Doctor of Theology in sixteen century Germany. The Reformation, as it is...

Lutherans: Eucharist, everyday elements, 1 corinthians 11
everyday elements, 1 corinthians 11, real presence in the eucharist: The question of hair and clothing; etc. can best be allocated to the realm of contemporary cultural considerations. What would be scandalous in Paul s day (women with uncovered hair, men (at least in the Grecco-Roman culture) with long hair would probably...

Lutherans: Faith, the Church and Me, christmas palm, pastoral advice
christmas palm, pastoral advice, mass exodus: Rob: I am so sorry to hear of your pain, disappointment, and disillusionment with the church. To be honest,based on what you have written, I don t really blame you. There can be a lot with which to be disappointed in the organized church. Much of...

Lutherans: attending a Catholic funeral, dominus vobiscum, catholic church
Lutherans: attending a Catholic funeral, dominus vobiscum, catholic church

Lutherans: ECLA vs Catholic, dominus vobiscum, nicene creed
Lutherans: ECLA vs Catholic, dominus vobiscum, nicene creed, apostolic succession

Lutherans: remarriage, physical abuse, infidelity
Lutherans: remarriage, physical abuse, infidelity, alice

Lutherans: Liturgy, elca, lcms
elca, lcms, wels: Hello, For full disclosure, I am an LCMS pastor. My church wesbite is at http://saintjameslutheranchurch.org From what you say, it seems that you are in search of a socially conservative congregation with traditional worship practices. Almost all American...

Lutherans: Why be Lutheran, resurrection of jesus christ, mainline denominations
resurrection of jesus christ, mainline denominations, resurrection of jesus: Dusty: Thank you for your question. Why am I a Lutheran? For one, that is the denomination in which I was raised, so I know that has a lot to do with it. I have also had the opportunity to explore a wide range of Christian denominations, traditions,...

Lutherans: Lutheran dating a catholic, elca lutheran, catholic question
elca lutheran, catholic question, true christian church: Kyle: The issue between a Catholic, and an ELCA Lutheran would be more from the RC Church. They officially do not recognize other demonstrations as being part of the true Christian Church. Also, check previous questions and answers to find the major...

Lutherans: What should a Lutheran expect at a Catholic vigil service?, martin eldred, lutheran lcms
martin eldred, lutheran lcms, vigil service: Jesse: Thank you for your question. I must confess that I am not certain exactly what you may encounter at a Roman Catholic Vigil. I have attended other Roman Catholic services, but not a Vigil. I am going to assume that it will not be something radically...

Lutherans: Lutheran Grandparents & Catholic Grandson, roman catholic christians, lutheran christians
roman catholic christians, lutheran christians, sinners and saints: Grace and peace to you, brother Ken. This must be terribly painful-- as I cast my mind forward to when my own children might be in a similar situation, I don t know precisely how I would react myself. However, I ll offer you some observations that might...

Lutherans: Lutheran vs. Evangelical Lutheran, lutheran church missouri synod, american lutheran church
lutheran church missouri synod, american lutheran church, evangelical lutheran church: Dear Amelia, Grace and peace to you! When attempting to understand the different branches of the Reformation, it becomes important examine each tradition s confessional documents. For example, the most succinct statement on current Roman Catholic dogma...

Lutherans: about lutherans ?, practice baptism, triune god
practice baptism, triune god, father son and holy spirit: Dear Cheong, While a long examination is better left for another forum, I ll take a quick stab at the similarities and differances that come immediately to mind. Baptists and Lutherans both believe in the Trinity (Triune God-- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit),...

Lutherans: mainline/evangelical, assemblies of god church, free forgiveness
assemblies of god church, free forgiveness, roman catholic church: Shaun: Thank you for your question. First, I am sorry that people poke fun at your beliefs. Even if meant in fun, it is almost never appropriate to make fun of someone else s faith. Second, allow me give you an overview of Lutheran history and thought....

Lutherans: method of baptism, martin eldred, baptism question
martin eldred, baptism question, hebrews 11: Arjan: Great question. The way in which I read Hebrews 11 is that we are now called to live a life in the context of our faith in Jesus. In that faith, we are pleasing to God and while we are called to live in such a way that pleases God, by grace our...

Lutherans: remarriage, dear alice, inner turmoil
dear alice, inner turmoil, roman catholics: Dear Alice, child of God, The quandary you find yourself in is not unique-- these same questions and pains have been around a long time, but in our modern age, they are almost epidemic. I ll try to offer my best counsel. First, keep in mind that there...

Lutherans: school hiearchy, school decisions, final decisions
school decisions, final decisions, stoneburner: Michelle: You did not state what type of school it is, but I will assume it is a Lutheran school. You are correct that typically, the principal answers to the school board, which is a group elected by the church congregation. Without a school board,...

Lutherans: communion, lutheran church bodies, lutheran high schools
lutheran church bodies, lutheran high schools, stoneburner: Olga: This is not a yes or no answer. There are different Lutheran High Schools belonging to different Lutheran Church bodies. Some would say yes and some no. I would suggest asking the principal of the school. Sorry I could not be of more assistance....

Lutherans: Ecumenism, lcms, ecumenicism
lcms, ecumenicism, ecumenical movement: I don t feel qualified to give an official answer of the LCMS position but I can provide a good link and give my summary observations. http://www.lcms.org/graphics/assets/media/CTCR/ecumenism.pdf The basic idea is that the LCMS is involved in ecumenical...

Lutherans: Lutheran Baptism / Catholic wedding, roman catholic priests, lutheran baptism
roman catholic priests, lutheran baptism, baptism catholic: Dear Joanna, So long as baptism is done in the name of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and with water, just about every Christian communion on the planet will recognize the efficacy of that baptism. This is especially so between Lutherans and...

Lutherans: Lutheran baptism, lutheran baptism, spiritual parents
lutheran baptism, spiritual parents, lutheran faith: Dear Patti, The similarities between Lutheran and Roman expressions of the Christian religion reflect our common history and catholicity. This is certainly true regarding Baptism, as well. We usually ask that someone who is to be godparent or sponsor...

Lutherans: Luthern baptism, stoneburner, christian hope
stoneburner, christian hope, godparent: Pat: An adult converting from being Catholic to being Lutheran is not re-baptized. Lutherans recognize all Christian baptisms as being valid. Usually, the only requirement for godparents is that they be Christian. Hope that helps. In Christ s Service,...

Lutherans: Pastor remarry, lutheran church bodies, lutheran church body
lutheran church bodies, lutheran church body, speed cf: Dear Bobby, My prayers go out to you-- this is a scandal of epic proportions. There will be great brokeness and pain that will come of this... but that is how sin works... it destroys and tears down. My heart breaks not only for you, but for all who will...

Lutherans: Remarriage, roman catholic church, impending marriage
roman catholic church, impending marriage, lutheran churches: Dear Child of God, Laura, I suppose the short answer is, probably. There is no canon law among Lutherans, akin to what you may have experienced in the Roman Catholic Church. However, our Lutheran Churches respect the Scriptures and tradition, and...

Lutherans: school, lutheran schools, stoneburner
lutheran schools, stoneburner, quiet person: Olga: While there are significant differences between Catholics and Lutherans, we are still closer in many respects compared to other denominations. I would suggest talking to her on a regular basis about what she is learning. This way, you can continue...

Lutherans: Predestination, marian piety, historic feast
marian piety, historic feast, praying to the saints: Yes, we do. Luther was an Augustinian monk and priest, in addition to his doctoral status in Holy Scripture at the University of Wittenburg. He saw what Augustine saw in the Holy Scriptures, and affirmed predestination of the elect, as a doctrine of comfort...

Lutherans: From whence I came, big tent revival, different denominations
big tent revival, different denominations, baptist preacher: Hello Keith, While there could be many complex personal and individual reasons, I could venture a few guesses. The most common and mundane is marriage. When two people of different denominations get married they usually end up either both not attending...

Lutherans: Baptisim, lutheran faith, religious belief
lutheran faith, religious belief, stoneburner: Jennifer: The choice of a sponsor is usually made with the idea that they accept the responsibility to insure the child is raised in the Christian faith, should the parents be unable to do so, to pray and offer support. By definition, it should be someone...

Lutherans: ELCA, Lutheran Confessions subscription, variata, confessio augustana, theological presuppositions
confessio augustana, theological presuppositions, philip melanchthon: It seems from the wording of your statement/question that you have a considerably different worldview and set of theological presuppositions from the ELCA. I myself pastor a proudly UAC Lutheran congregation. I can not give an answer as such, but can perhaps...

Lutherans: ELCA, Lutheran Confessions subscription, variata, jason harris, donham
Lutherans: ELCA, Lutheran Confessions subscription, variata, jason harris, donham, book of concord

Lutherans: Martin Luther, gates of hell, sacred tradition
Lutherans: Martin Luther, gates of hell, sacred tradition, largest religion in the world

Lutherans: Godparents, infant baptism, role of godparents
infant baptism, role of godparents, baptist religion: Dear Mike, As a Lutheran pastor, I ll try not to speak definitively on what all Baptists believe, teach, and confess. What I have experienced among Baptists, is that their theology and practice tends to differ from place to place, and even congregation...

Lutherans: homosexuality, gay clergy, lutheran faith
gay clergy, lutheran faith, gay lifestyle: Chris: There are three main branches of Lutheranism in the US. WELS, LCMS, and ELCA. Check previous answers for more information on all three. The first two, WELS and LCMS both have official positions based on scripture affirming that the gay lifestyle...

Lutherans: Lutheran & Catholic, catechism of the catholic church, augsburg confession
catechism of the catholic church, augsburg confession, baptist belief: Dear Spincer, Grace and peace to you, and congratulations to on your path into college! I sense that there are many questions underneath and in between the ones you offer here, and I will do my best to answer them. It s important to remember that while...

Lutherans: The Luthern Faith vs. Baptist Faith, infant baptism, lutheran faith
infant baptism, lutheran faith, baptist faith: Patty: Lutherans believe that one can fall out of salvation. We can reject God - God does not reject us, but God does the saving, not us or our choice. These views differ significantly from the Southern Baptist views. Other significant differences...

Lutherans: Marriage, roman canon, roman catholics
roman canon, roman catholics, roman tradition: Dear Carol Kelly, Grace and peace to you, and congratulations on your son s impending wedding (as well as his service to our country!) While I am not an authority on Roman canon law, I ll offer what I think may be helpful. I am glad to hear that the...

Lutherans: Marriage / Pre-Marriage, pre marital counselling, holy matrimony
pre marital counselling, holy matrimony, marriage relationship: Dear RJ, I think you will find that pre-marital counselling is different from pastor to pastor... and from couple to couple, depending on their needs. However, common elements usually entail: -- A discussion about what marriage really is, from God s...

Lutherans: Martin Luther, pope benedict xvi, pope john paul
pope benedict xvi, pope john paul, pope is the antichrist: Dear Hasani, It is important to keep Luther in his context. During the 16th century, and for several centuries leading up to his time, the Pope was as much a political world ruler as he was a clergyman... and some might argue, he was more political than...

Lutherans: martial arts/meditation, confidence, goodness of god, eastern religions
goodness of god, eastern religions, eternal fellowship: Dear Alex, That s a pretty huge question, and I ll offer the best I can from a distance. Your best counsel would probably be with your local pastor, who could go over the details of your involvment more precisely. In general, there s nothing fundamentally...

Lutherans: salvation video, grace and peace, alpha project
grace and peace, alpha project, glory of god: Good evening Greg, I m not sure if it was just my connection, but I had a very hard time hearing the audio. I think you were trying to make St. Paul s point in Romans that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God-- but that salvation for all...

Lutherans: universalism, personal theology, lutheran churches
personal theology, lutheran churches, grace and peace: Dear Alex, Generally, anyone would be welcome in a Lutheran Church, regardless of their personal theology. However, if you re asking if the doctrine of universal salvation, understood that all people regardless of their faith or repentance shall be saved,...

Lutherans: Creation and Evolution, earth creationism, birth pangs
earth creationism, birth pangs, worldwide flood: Hello Loren, I am afraid I don t know the answer to either of your questions. I personally was not there at the time of the dinosaurs or the worldwide flood. The only thing I have to help me understand all the bones and scientific evidence is the word of...

Lutherans: Eternal Happiness, one true god, father son and holy spirit
one true god, father son and holy spirit, eternal happiness: Dear Henry, This seems similar to question you may have asked recently. Eternal happiness is reunion with the only true God-- the one who made you, and seeks to redeem you from the sin and death which are already at work in you. As for religious texts,...

Lutherans: Hindu - Protestant concerns, pontius pilate, apostles creed
pontius pilate, apostles creed, protestant christianity: Hello Shruthi, It is an honor and privilege to be able to share with you in the name of Jesus, our Savior. All of the angels in heaven rejoice over one sinner who repents and believes the Gospel. First of all, it must be noted that the primary aspect of...

Lutherans: lutheran holidays, all saints day, reformation day
all saints day, reformation day, augsburg confession: Dear Meghan, By the way you ask this question, I think you may be under the mistaken impression that Lutherans are not Christians. As a quick clarifying comment, Lutherans are a particular group of Christians that emerged from the Reformation era (16th...

Lutherans: Moksha, hindu myth, one true god
hindu myth, one true god, holy spirit one: Dear Henry, Perhaps you did not intend to send your list of questions to a Lutheran pastor, but since you did, I will take that as an act of divine grace intervening for your benefit. While Krishna is a Hindu myth, the real and living Christ becons you...

Lutherans: old covenant, mosaic covenant, alex dear
mosaic covenant, alex dear, eternal covenant: Dear, Alex, This is a good question, and one often asked between faithful Christians and Jews. Without going into the long history of how this question has been addressed over the centuries, I ll offer a few observations which kinda sum up the dialogue...

Lutherans: My question, infant baptism, lutheran churches
infant baptism, lutheran churches, holy ghost: Nicole: (1)i will like to know more about the Lutherans faith. Do they believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost? Yes! (2)What version of the Bible do Lutherans used eg the King James Version? Lutherans do not have a preferred version. (3)Are...

Lutherans: understanding different points of view, destruction of jerusalem, holy scripture
destruction of jerusalem, holy scripture, nerol: Good afternoon, Nerol, That s a tremendously broad question and subject matter, which has filled volumes and spanned eras. If I understand your general interest in this chapter of St. Matthew, you are asking about the field of Eschatology, and how different...

Lutherans: Archangels/Gabriel, lutheran perspective, messenger god
lutheran perspective, messenger god, medieval poetry: Lillie, The Angel Gabriel pops up quite regularly in many imaginative stories within church tradition, folklore, and medieval poetry. However, the Bible itself only mentions Gabriel by name in two sections: Daniel 8-9 and Luke 1. He is the angel who...

Lutherans: Bible ?, god jesus christ, martin eldred
god jesus christ, martin eldred, purpose of the bible: Bob: Thank you for your question, sorry for the delay. I would say that the Bible is the word of God since it points to THE Word of God--Jesus Christ (Cf. John 1:1). Luther made that distinction that the Bible is the manger where the Word of God (Jesus)...

Lutherans: Comparison of PC(USA) and Lutheranism (LCMC Mission Congregation(s), lutheran church missouri synod, american lutheranism
lutheran church missouri synod, american lutheranism, church missouri synod: Justin: Thank you for your question. The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) is a more orthodox, or theologically conservative expression of American Lutheranism. I am actually ELCA Lutheran, the more moderate or progressive of the American Lutherans,...

Lutherans: conformation, adult converts, sacraments of baptism
adult converts, sacraments of baptism, fundamental precepts: Dear David, There is no set age in the Lutheran tradition for the rite of Confirmation. Usually, it occurs between fifth and ninth grades, after a series of instruction on the core elements of the Christian faith. Lutherans usually use Luther s Small...

Lutherans: Comparison of PC(USA) and Lutheranism (LCMC Mission Congregation(s), lutheran congregations in mission for christ, elca congregations
Lutherans: Comparison of PC(USA) and Lutheranism (LCMC Mission Congregation(s), lutheran congregations in mission for christ, elca congregations, presbyterian beliefs

Lutherans: Lutheran annulment possible?, prejudices, assumptions
Lutherans: Lutheran annulment possible?, prejudices, assumptions

Lutherans: Sex on New Earth, new heaven, adam and eve
Lutherans: Sex on New Earth, new heaven, adam and eve, male female relationships

Lutherans: Lutheran annulment possible?, pre marriage counseling, divorce and remarriage
pre marriage counseling, divorce and remarriage, roman catholic church: Bonnie: Thank you for your question. As Lutherans, we really have no provision for a theological annulment. The heartbreak of a broken marriage is difficult and painful and often times, leads to a divorce. As Lutherans, we simply recognize the death...

Lutherans: officiating weddings, wedding
wedding: Karen: Thank you for your question and congratulations in your daughter s upcoming wedding. First, marriage is primarily a state affair, so you will need to check what constitutes an Officiant for your state. I say that because I don t know if your friend...

Lutherans: Salvation for Non-Lutherans, baptism church, promises of god
baptism church, promises of god, church unity: Carter, No! Thankfully salvation does not rest upon a church membership, logo, or title, but upon Christ and Him crucified. Those who know and believe this good news about who Jesus is and what he has done are equally forgiven, declared righteous and covered...

Lutherans: Sex on New Earth, resurrection bodies, resurrection body
resurrection bodies, resurrection body, angels in heaven: Samuel: Thank you for your question. I think I can give an answer to the first three of your questions by pointing you to Matthew 22:23-33 where Jesus was asked similar questions. His answer, to me, seems definitive: For in the resurrection they neither...

Lutherans: The Atonement, lutheran elca, devil god
lutheran elca, devil god, jesus god: Jake: Thank you for your question. I am sorry that circumstances have delayed my response. The term, Atonement can aslo be understood as At-one-ment , or a bringing together of two estranged parties. That relational aspect id at the coreof a Lutheran...

Lutherans: Communion /Eucharist, unaltered augsburg confession, catholic dogma
unaltered augsburg confession, catholic dogma, pastor harris: Kyle, I am not familiar enough with post-Tridentine Roman Catholic dogma and terminology to properly address your concerns. I do not use the terms soul and divinity of Christ , concomitancy , nor species in my teaching and practice. The reformers confessed...

Lutherans: Divorce/Remarrying, polish national catholic, anullment
polish national catholic, anullment, repentant heart: Dear Tanya, child of God, Yes, you would certainly be welcome in a Lutheran church. While we honor marriage highly, and do not celebrate divorce, we also recognized that according to the Holy Scriptures, the means of grace in Word and Sacrament are available...

Lutherans: ELCA, martin eldred, gays and lesbians
martin eldred, gays and lesbians, homosexual relationship: Wendell: After thirty years of praying, listening, and studying, I have come to the belief that homosexuality is an orientation that people are born with, and not something that the majority of gays and lesbians choose to become. Having said that, I do...

Lutherans: ELCA & vote of August 2009, elca congregations, nothing can separate us from the love of god
elca congregations, nothing can separate us from the love of god, brother in christ: Gayle: Thank you for your question. I share some of your confusion and frustration over the way in which some congregations are splitting internally or leaving the ELCA altogether. I think that you are absolutely correct in identifying what is the true...

Lutherans: Communion /Eucharist, dominus vobiscum, apostolic succession
Lutherans: Communion /Eucharist, dominus vobiscum, apostolic succession, matthew 16

Lutherans: LCMS vs LCMC, women pastors, lcmc
Lutherans: LCMS vs LCMC, women pastors, lcmc, elca

Lutherans: Getting Married/Faith?, dominus vobiscum, real presence
Lutherans: Getting Married/Faith?, dominus vobiscum, real presence, catholic faith

Lutherans: Holy Water, martin eldred, lutheran churches
martin eldred, lutheran churches, baptism remembrance: Linda-Lou Thank you for your question. Lutherans do not typically designate specific water to be holy water. In our theology, the blessing of a pastor or any other human does not make the water special or change it in any way. The waters of baptism...

Lutherans: human nature, magnum opus, nature question
magnum opus, nature question, apple of his eye: Alex, I am sorry that I can not answer these questions. We must speak where Scripture speaks and be silent where Scripture is silent. I trust that all Christians will understand these things when we meet God face to face in the new creation. Part of the...

Lutherans: LCMS vs LCMC, lutheran congregations in mission for christ, lutheran church missouri synod
lutheran congregations in mission for christ, lutheran church missouri synod, martin eldred: Wendell: Thank you for your question Unfortunately, I am not very versed in the beliefs of the new LCMC. I would assume that they have some similarities to the LCMS in regards to interpretation of Scripture, but they might, overall be a little more moderate-to-conservative...

Lutherans: Lutherans and Bishops, anglican reformation, lutheran bishops
anglican reformation, lutheran bishops, lutheran reformation: Dear John, The short answer to your question is, yes, but... Here s a bit more detail. The history of Lutheran Christianity since the Reformation, is deeply tied to the countries where the Lutheran Confessions were embraced. In that sense, from the...

Lutherans: Getting Married/Faith?, getting married in the catholic church, canon laws
getting married in the catholic church, canon laws, lutheran churches: Dear Matt, There are a lot of variables in what you ask, but I ll offer a couple observations. The short answer is that you should call (or better yet, come in and visit) the Lutheran pastor at the church you re considering. Most of this will come down...

Lutherans: Predestination, majesty of god, limited atonement
majesty of god, limited atonement, holy scriptures: Dear John, I suppose I should spare you a dissertation and long debate, so I will endeavor to give you a concise reply. Luther and Calvin approached their theology from different perspectives, and though they would have agreed on much (perhaps more than...

Lutherans: beliefs, embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells
embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells, vitro fertilization: Daniella, Thank you for your question. Regarding autopsies, Lutherans do not have any religious laws regarding the care or the bodies of the deceased nor regarding the preparation of their bodies for burial. To the best of my knowledge, autopsies...

Lutherans: catholics, protestants relations and related topics, roman catholic mass, catholics protestants
roman catholic mass, catholics protestants, american baptists: Jake, Thank you for your question. Matters of church fellowship, like the ones you mention can often be very sensitive issues. I hope that the following answers will help you in determining an approach that is Biblical and in accord with your own conscience....

Lutherans: LCMS vs. ELCA, women clergy, elca
Lutherans: LCMS vs. ELCA, women clergy, elca, synods

Lutherans: Infant Salvation and Adult Salvation, martin eldred, unbaptized babies
martin eldred, unbaptized babies, different denominations: Caleb: Thank you for your question. Lutherans believe that the Sacraments are visible means of grace in that Christ is truly present and through that presence, promises forgiveness in and through the action. When we are baptized, therefore, either...

Lutherans: LCMS vs. ELCA, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod
lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod, evangelical lutheran church: Christina: Thank you for your question. There are two main branches of American Lutherans, and the differences can be confusing. The two churches reflect two branches of 19th century immigrant Lutherans. The LCMS is basically Prussian and Saxon Germans,...

Lutherans: names, prophet samuel, biblical woman
prophet samuel, biblical woman, biblical women: Beth, Thanks for your question. As I think through the various Biblical women, the only one that comes to mind as matching the description kept up her end of the bargain and gave her firstborn to God would Be Hannah. She was the mother of the prophet,...

Lutherans: Rosary, martin eldred, catholic prayer
martin eldred, catholic prayer, rosary: Brenda: Thank you for your question. Lutherans traditionally do not make use of the Rosary, seeing it primarily as a Roman Catholic prayer tool. I have heard of recent examples of Lutherans adopting a prayer-bead type of Rosary for individual prayer use,...

Lutherans: Catholic or Lutheran, jesus and the apostles, understanding the new testament
jesus and the apostles, understanding the new testament, catholic apologetics: Dusty, I think you are on the right track here regarding the Marian apparitions. On one hand, there are always several potential explanations of apparent miracles (fraud, mass hallucination, demonic activity, a true miracle, etc.) and our understanding...

Lutherans: Confession, confession and absolution, sacrament of confession
confession and absolution, sacrament of confession, holy spirit lutheran: Attempts have been made in the past to bring Roman Catholics and Lutherans together on Justification. The most notable among these is the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification which occurred in 1999. It was the result of a decade-long dialogue...

Lutherans: confirmation, jesus christ god, affirmation of faith
jesus christ god, affirmation of faith, confirmation instruction: Jay: Thank you for your question. I know it must be very difficult to have your family divided over faith concerns. It is especially difficult when it comes to our children. I wish there was some magic, sure-fire answer for your son s uncertainty...

Lutherans: Lutheran Confessions, american lutherans, lutheran confessions
american lutherans, lutheran confessions, lutheran denominations: Dale, Thank you for your question. There are two typical positions among American Lutherans regarding the Lutheran Confessions. Neither of these positions consider the Lutheran Confessions to be the inspired Word of God. Instead, they consider the...

Lutherans: Mass, pax vobiscum, lutheran hymnals
pax vobiscum, lutheran hymnals, lutheran liturgy: Henrik, Thanks for the follow-up question. I have not encountered the criticisms that you mention of the modern Catholic mass, since I am not in contact with Roman Catholics to always be aware of the current controversies. Based on what I have...

Lutherans: union, international lutheran council, lutheran world federation
international lutheran council, lutheran world federation, lutheran denominations: I believe the situation arose because in the post-reformation era, an agreement was reached that the religion of the ruler of a territory would be the religion of the people who lived there. As a result, each territory became either Lutheran or Roman Catholic...

Lutherans: willful sinning, work of the holy spirit, sinners and saints
work of the holy spirit, sinners and saints, christans: Josh: Thank you for your question. In two of his most important writings, The Freedom of the Christian (or, Christian Liberty , as it is sometimes translated), and Bondage of the Will , Martin Luther gives a good examination of our human will to do...

Lutherans: Christ's Harrowing of Hell, eastern orthodox church, apostles creed
eastern orthodox church, apostles creed, roman catholic church: Hello Marcus, This is a difficult question to nail down because of translation difficulties and paucity of biblical explanation. Here is an article by an old classmate of mine, which should give some assistance but perhaps not fully cover your question:...

Lutherans: Christian Living, nazarene church, lutheran theology
nazarene church, lutheran theology, christian morals: Sam, I apologize for the delay in posting my answer. I was away on vacation and forgot to change my availability before I left. I am glad that you have come to understand and appreciate the teachings of classical Lutheranism, but I am sorry to hear...

Lutherans: Heaven, i corinthians 15, human invention
i corinthians 15, human invention, testament god: Xavier: Thank you for your question. If one reads closely in the New Testament, you ll find two different concepts about what happens right after we die. Jesus tells one of the criminals crucified next to him, Today, you shall be with me in Paradise....

Lutherans: Mary, the mother of God, platonic dualism, bodily pleasure
platonic dualism, bodily pleasure, hebrew culture: Hello Marcus, I can understand your troubles in this matter. I know many dear and respected brothers who hold to this teaching, known as Semper Virgo. It is also a long held and beloved tradition that holds great emotional weight with millions of Christians...

Lutherans: Wanting to be a Lutheran..., elca lutherans, elca congregations
elca lutherans, elca congregations, gay clergy: Shawn: Thank you for your question. My answer to your first question is, no. There is no requirement or pressure for everyone in the ELCA to agree on any specific doctrinal teaching, especially a controversial one. There are many ELCA Lutherans who...

Lutherans: baptism, weddings and funerals, holy baptism
weddings and funerals, holy baptism, dear scott: Dear Scott, Blessings to you, and your daughters, upon this marvelous day! In short answer to your question, no, it is not normal to offer your pastor donations for sacramental services rendered such as Holy Baptism. Sometimes, for services done outside...

Lutherans: Commandments, 10 commandments
10 commandments: Josh: Thank you for your question. The 10 Commandments were embraced slightly differently by the two main branches of the Reformation: the Lutheran and Reformed. Luther favored the break down you and I learned: 3 First Tablet commandments are about,...

Lutherans: Homosexuality, same sex relationships, interpretation of the bible
same sex relationships, interpretation of the bible, orthodox faith: DW: Thank you for your question. There are many issues that challenge Christian churches these days. Perhaps none have raised such emotion as issues surrounding homosexuality. You are correct, at our Churchwide Assembly, our ELCA recently adopted a resolution...

Lutherans: Luther's Bible, martin eldred, wittenburg germany
martin eldred, wittenburg germany, google search: Dari: Thank you for your question. Martin Luther s first translation of the Bible appeared in 1534 and it revolutionized the spiritual formation of average people by making the Scripture accessible to the masses. If you Google search, Luther s original...

Lutherans: Luthran vs catholic and divorce, closeness to god, rcia process
closeness to god, rcia process, pentecostal church: Sherry: I am so sorry I forgot to mention this aspect, since it was an essential part of your question! As Lutherans, we don t obviously encourage divorce, or see it as an easy option. We hold to the beauty and sanctity of the marriage vows. At the...

Lutherans: leaders & mass structure, lutheran church missouri synod, lutheran world federation
lutheran church missouri synod, lutheran world federation, church missouri synod: Bryce: Thank you for your question. The leadership of various Lutheran bodies can change depending on the country in which they are located. Unlike the Roman Catholic church, Lutherans have no one, global-wide organization. The Lutheran World Federation,...

Lutherans: Making groups / systems well., apostles creed, philosophical groups
apostles creed, philosophical groups, group lodge: Shawn: I am sorry, but I am not certain I understand your question. If you are asking if is it alright to create a club that is not religious and let every one join, then yes, there is nothing wrong with that. I belong to the Rotary, which would fit that...

Lutherans: Revelation, Revelation
Revelation: Ernie: Thank you for your question. The book of Revelation is one of those ongoing mysteries that intrigue and fascinate us all. It is fair to say that there is no one, definitive, formal Lutheran Teaching when it come to the interpretation of Revelation...

Lutherans: Scripture, interpreting the bible, understanding the bible
interpreting the bible, understanding the bible, god is a consuming fire: Thomas: Thank you for your question, I am sorry it has taken me a few days to get back to you. Lutherans do believe in interpreting the Bible literally. Luther rejected the predominately allegorical method of interpreting Scriptures which was the norm...

Lutherans: Sermon February 21, Temptation of Jesus
Temptation of Jesus: Frank: Thank you for your question. I suppose I could see what the editors of the Lutheran Study Bible are getting at--that Jesus is being tested/tempted. It surely is an internal struggle of Jesus to choose between the easier, softer way to build the...

Lutherans: support, roman catholic church, pastor harris
roman catholic church, pastor harris, tumultuous history: Chazzy, I am not sure I understand the question. Support from whom? The German people? The nobility? The clergy? Also the Lutheran confessors were all originally parts of the Roman church until being expelled by the Pope. Their main offense was returning...

Lutherans: USAFA Elevates Paganism, chief of chaplains, john bennet
chief of chaplains, john bennet, air force veteran: Dear Ed, As an Air Force veteran, I sympathize with your concern in this matter. This is a trend that is moving through more than just the USAF, but across our governmental structures as a whole. However, from a Lutheran perspective (which is borrowed...

Lutherans: The 10 commandments, god the problem, commandments of god
god the problem, commandments of god, gracious gift: Bec: Thank you for your question. Lutherans view the 10 Commandments, and all the commandments of God (over 600 in the Old Testament), in the category of The Law. They Lay constitutes all the things we are supposed to Do, all the things God tells us...

Lutherans: Baptism, different christian denomination, christian belief
different christian denomination, christian belief, faith community: Lauren: Thanks you for your question. As Lutherans, we believe that baptism is a visible sign of Go d promise in our lives, I will be your God and your will be my child. We also believe this promise relationship is something that needs nurturing and growing,...

Lutherans: Clergy, pastor harris, bible words
pastor harris, bible words, bible word: Carol, Lutherans confess that God has technically only established one office in the church, the Office of Holy Ministry. This is most commonly known in the modern United States as a pastor. The bible word for this is Poy-ay-may (shepherd). Other bible...

Lutherans: Communion ??, lutheran church elca, elca lutheran
lutheran church elca, elca lutheran, lutheran theology: Bill: Thank your for your question. In the ELCA, we have an open Table, meaning that any Christian is welcome at Christ s Table. We see Jesus as both host and meal, and I, as pastor, am but the usher, or wait staff at the Meal. Generally, I feel...

Lutherans: Communion, northern michigan area, holy sacraments
northern michigan area, holy sacraments, early adulthood: Dear Mary, The question you raise is one that has been troubling for many. I will do my best to answer it, and hope that it satisfies your curiousity... though I know it may only spark more questions. What you refer to is the practice of Closed or Close...

Lutherans: Doctrine, modern landscape, holy scriptures
modern landscape, holy scriptures, holy scripture: Ah, I think I better understand now. Pamphlets are useful things, but sometimes, without context, they can be a little confusing, in not misleading. I serve as a pastor in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and by and large, I can recommend these congregations...

Lutherans: Evangelical VS Misouri Synod, missouri synod lutheran churches, lutheran church missouri synod
missouri synod lutheran churches, lutheran church missouri synod, new testament greek: Dear Diana, my dear sister in Christ, Thanks for you kind words. I ll see what I can do now for addressing the differences between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS). As always, please feel...

Lutherans: Finding a Church Home, lcms churches, lcms church
lcms churches, lcms church, elca church: Dusty, I am sad to say that this is a common dilemma today, especially in the wake of recent ELCA decisions. First of all, let not your conscience be burdened as to simply attending a church. The Catechism teaches that we are to hold God s Word as sacred...

Lutherans: Doctrine, lutherans, derision
Lutherans: Doctrine, lutherans, derision, inquirer

Lutherans: Finding a Church Home, holy sacrament, pastor harris
Lutherans: Finding a Church Home, holy sacrament, pastor harris, lcms church

Lutherans: High Church Lutheran trapped in a Low Church Congregation, lutheran parishes, traditional lutheran
Lutherans: High Church Lutheran trapped in a Low Church Congregation, lutheran parishes, traditional lutheran, lutheran congregation

Lutherans: High Church Lutheran trapped in a Low Church Congregation, countless billions, public confession
countless billions, public confession, lutheran theology: Jesse, This is a common theme across many denominations in our times. It is my personal belief that the so-called contemporary style of worship is not truly contemporary or modern. It is 1960s and 70s. The LCMS in particular seems to have a habit of adopting...

Lutherans: Lent, martin eldred, morning celebration
martin eldred, morning celebration, easter vigil: Max: Thank you for your question. A lenten fast, or giving something up for Lent, is something you and God can decide on together. We Lutherans are less intent on the rules and more on the meaning of the disciple. What makes it meaning for you and your...

Lutherans: Marriage, pre marital counselling, lutheran pastors
pre marital counselling, lutheran pastors, covenant of grace: Dear Mary, I don t envy you this task. I think you will have to look for an opportunity to have that candid conversation, and as the Spirit of God leads you in faith, hope, and love, gently open the subject. I don t think you should see it as being pushy,...

Lutherans: marriage requiments, pre marital counseling, lutheran faith
pre marital counseling, lutheran faith, eternal destiny: Dear Nancy, No, Lutherans do not have canons regarding the intentionality of children in the marriage. However, this is a topic that will certainly come up in pre-marital counseling. Since the union of man and woman into one flesh is the basis of all...

Lutherans: get married to an atheist, elca congregations, lcms pastors
elca congregations, lcms pastors, pre marital counseling: Laura: Thank you for your question. I must confess that I cannot answer your question with absolute certainty since most marriage practices such as these are usually handled more on a local level. Each parish often will have their own stipulations and...

Lutherans: Preaching Schedule!, maundy thursday service, easter sunrise service
maundy thursday service, easter sunrise service, first communion: I will be preaching during our Maundy Thursday service, at which we will celebrate the first communion of some of our youth. I will also be preaching at the Easter Sunrise service, and again on April 18th. That s about as far forward as the schedule goes....

Lutherans: UMC vs LCMS, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod
lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod, evangelical lutheran church: Julie: Thank you for your question and congratulations on your daughter s engagement. I guess the easiest way to begin is to say that I also have a difficult time with some of the practices of my Lutheran cousins in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod...

Lutherans: animals, martin eldred, anthrozoology
martin eldred, anthrozoology, gifts of god: Nuyo: Thank you for your question. I have no doubt that God put animals here for our enjoyment as companions and not merely as food. Personally, I have experienced love from animals in away that I cannot really explain, except to say that I know that...

Lutherans: Is it appropriate for an ELCA Lutheran to practice REIKI, Homeopathy & other new age alternative healing methods?, elca lutheran, lutheran christians
elca lutheran, lutheran christians, new age healing: Lillian: Thank you for your question. I may need a pass on this--I really don t know enough about Reiki or homeopathy per se to feel like I can answer with any real accuracy. I know Christians whom I trust that have used these methods, but I haven t really...

Lutherans: communion, latter rain theology, jot and tittle
latter rain theology, jot and tittle, lutheran faith: Greetings, To clarify, I don t think a Roman Catholic who understands their catechism would articulate their understanding of the Supper quite that way-- for them, it s not a re-sacrificing of Jesus, but a re-presentation of that one sacrifice that Jesus...

Lutherans: communion and changing denominations, anglican churches, theologically conservative denominations
anglican churches, theologically conservative denominations, open communion: Dear Valerie, My apologies for missing that element of your question previously. There s a longer and shorter answer to it, so I ll give you both... and then offer a practical third perspective. In short, we should agree in all the essentials of Christian...

Lutherans: Lutheran Pastor officiating in a Catholic Church, roman catholic parish, martin eldred
roman catholic parish, martin eldred, lutheran pastor: Debbie: Thank you for your question. Yes, as long as it is permissible by the Roman Catholic parish in question, there is nothing that should prohibit a Lutheran pastor from officiating at a wedding in that parish. I hope that this is helpful. Martin...

Lutherans: Lutheran/RC Wedding, martin eldred, roman catholic church
martin eldred, roman catholic church, outdoor weddings: Kathleen: Thank you for your question. I pray that your daughter s upcoming marriage is a blessed one. While the vast majority of Lutheran weddings are held within our church buildings, it is perfectly okay for us to perform weddings in other respectfully...

Lutherans: Spiritual Warfare, intern pastor, spiritual warfare
intern pastor, spiritual warfare, general observations: Dear Heather, Spiritual warfare can take many forms, and they can be very dangerous. I will offer a couple general observations here, and encourage you to contact me privately so perhaps we can discern what is going on in particular. God and the devil...

Lutherans: Struggling with Finding a Church and ELCA Issues, lcms church, elca church
lcms church, elca church, praise choruses: Teri: Thank you for your question. I my opinion, one of the great strengths of the ELCA is that we encourage diversity--in thought, in practice, in music, and in people. That strength can also be a weakness, and some people have more trouble when it comes...

Lutherans: Communion, martin eldred, lutheran denomination
martin eldred, lutheran denomination, lutheran congregations: Sue: Thank you for your question. I would suggest that you check on this with your local pastor. Most Lutheran congregations have their own practices regarding who may take communion. A lot depends on the specific Lutheran denomination (ELCA, LCMS,...

Lutherans: Zechariah 12-14, Jerusalem, Israel
Jerusalem, Israel, Zechariah: Kevin, Thank you for your question. I am not certain that I completely understand what you intend to ask, so I apologize if this is not precisely what you were looking for. If I read correctly, it seems what you are seeking to know is, How do the physical...

Lutherans: Seminary in Crisis/ Jesuit roll, lcms pastor, post graduate study
Lutherans: Seminary in Crisis/ Jesuit roll, lcms pastor, post graduate study, louis faculty

Lutherans: Human Sexuality Statement, holiness code, sexuality study
holiness code, sexuality study, biblical passages: Maria: I greatly apologize for the lateness of this response--somehow I missed this! The biblical resources surrounding the sexuality study of the ELCA are, of course the crux of most of the debate and dissension. Those who are against the Assembly...

Lutherans: Lutheran Rosary, marian rosary, prayers and meditations
marian rosary, prayers and meditations, knotted ropes: Dear Heather, A desire toward prayer is a good and wholesome thing. In fact, we find in Scripture, that our deepest prayers come from within us, as the Spirit of God which lives in us, prays to the Father things we cannot even wrap our minds around. Thanks...

Lutherans: marriage after divorce in the Lutheran church, pre marital counselling, roman catholic christians
pre marital counselling, roman catholic christians, christian confession: Dear Carole, Thanks be to God for your coming wedding! May you be blessed in your future union. It s worth noting, that Lutherans do not have the expanse of canon law that Roman Catholic Christians utilize. Ours is more of a local pastoral approach,...

Lutherans: martin luther, reformation church, human realities
reformation church, human realities, catholic monk: Kirsten: Thank you for your question. The Christian denomination known as Lutheranism began in about the year 1517, with Martin Luther, a Roman Catholic monk, priest, and Doctor of Theology in sixteen century Germany. The Reformation, as it is now...

Lutherans: Rosary, apostles creed, great prayer
apostles creed, great prayer, prayer focus: Dear Debra, I responded to a similar question just the other day, so for a more detailed answer, you might want to reference that one for a Lutheran approach to the rosary. But, for a short answer, I d offer the following: -- Luther s Small Catechism...

Lutherans: Seminary in Crisis/ Jesuit roll, concordia seminary st louis, martin eldred
concordia seminary st louis, martin eldred, secular humanism: Glenn: Thank you for your question. I am not really versed much on the 1974 LCMS split, so I may not be the best resource for you on this question. I have not read, Seminary in Crisis. I am taking a guess that it comes more from the conservative, pro-Preus...

Lutherans: Bible, evangelical lutheran church, evangelical lutheran church in america
evangelical lutheran church, evangelical lutheran church in america, holy scriptures: Dear Bob, Yours is a good question, and while I ll answer it directly, it also points to another question which I ll also address. I pray you ll have patience with me as I do so. Authentic Lutherans believe, teach, and confess, that the Holy Scriptures...

Lutherans: bible, grace and forgiveness, doctor of theology
grace and forgiveness, doctor of theology, unconditional grace: Bob: Thank you for your question. Lutherans very definitely believe that the Bible is the Word of God, and not just a another book. It was an essential part of the Reformation--that the Word of God trumps the authority of church officials, history, tradition...

Lutherans: Creation (Genesis 1:14), creation, Genesis
creation, Genesis, expanse: Karl, Thanks for your question. My background in Old Testament isn t as strong as other areas, but I will answer to the best of my ability. Verse 14, along with verses 6-8 where this subject is first introduced, have a couple of difficult words and...

Lutherans: a choice ?, holy spirit, repentance
holy spirit, repentance, evangelicals: Dear Sue, It s not quite a discussion of semantics, but it s a little theological point that can cause big problems down the road. While it is certainly true that Christians of various traditions often speak right past each other, misunderstanding each...

Lutherans: ELCA Human Sexuality Statement, seminary classrooms, lutheran denominations
seminary classrooms, lutheran denominations, lutheran response: Sue, Thank you for your question. In order to avoid the appearance of beginning a debate with Mr. Eldred, I will focus more on directly answering the question regarding a conservative Lutheran response to the ELCA sexuality statement. Also, there is so...

Lutherans: Ablaze and Church Growth, Ablaze, Lutheran
Ablaze, Lutheran, Mission: DC, Thank you for your follow-up question. I have heard many of your same concerns about the Ablaze! movement from other pastors and laypersons in the Missouri Synod, and there has been much discussion of these same objections on Lutheran Church--Missouri...

Lutherans: Bible, dominus vobiscum, sacred tradition
Lutherans: Bible, dominus vobiscum, sacred tradition, posesses

Lutherans: home-schooled confirmation class, american lutheran church, pre marital sex
american lutheran church, pre marital sex, confirmation instruction: David: Thank you for your question.I think you have a wonderful start on thinking about your son s Confirmation instruction, and I congratulate you on your diligence and the seriousness with which you are looking ahead to this. Obviously, being in an international...

Lutherans: original sin and baptism, baptism question, human depravity
baptism question, human depravity, infant baptism: Dear Sue, There s a short and a long answer to that question, written across the centuries of Christian martyrs who never made it to Holy Baptism, but died for their faith in Jesus. This is one of those things that the Church has generally decided to stick...

Lutherans: Women's hair, headcovering, women
headcovering, women, hair: Owen, Thanks for your question. The subject you mention has been the source of much confusion over the course of church history. The concern among some Christians regarding women s hair arises from 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, which says: 2Now I speak...

Lutherans: What is the best way to convert people into Christianity, martin eldred, catholic protestant
martin eldred, catholic protestant, jesus is lord: Ramiro: I am not certain I can really advise you on this one. Try different congregations, talk things over with the pastor or priest and pray about where you fit best. As long as Jesus is Lord, and the people are seeking his voice and direction, I don...

Lutherans: Faith Lutheran Seminary, evangelical lutheran seminary, faith evangelical lutheran seminary
evangelical lutheran seminary, faith evangelical lutheran seminary, trinity lutheran college: Dear Bill, At its beginning, the name was Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary, and was formally affiliated with the small Conservative Lutheran Association (CLA). In time, it took on an inter-denominational focus, training pastors for other traditions...

Lutherans: Sunday Readings, lc ms, lutheranism
Lutherans: Sunday Readings, lc ms, lutheranism, german word

Lutherans: This web site advertising
Lutherans: This web site advertising

Lutherans: prayer, Mary, Praying to Mary
Mary, Praying to Mary: Aldena: Thank you for your question. While Lutherans respect and honor Mary as Mother of our Lord and one of the key leaders of the early church, we do not pray to her for forgiveness or for intervention. Historically, Lutherans affirm that all our prayers...

Lutherans: Sunday Readings, mainline protestant denominations, second vatican council
mainline protestant denominations, second vatican council, revised common lectionary: Gina: Thank you for your question. I am so sorry it has taken me this long to answer, I left for vacation and neglected to put my AllExperts status as on vacation. There are a variety of weekly Scripture readings, or lectionaries, used by various...

Lutherans: This web site advertising, web site advertising, free db
web site advertising, free db, pg 3: Harry: Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, I do not understand which web site to which you are referring. I understand the link and the advertisement, and agree that it would not be appropriate in a church web site, but you do not reference which...

Lutherans: Baptism, lutheran baptism, gracious act
lutheran baptism, gracious act, god god: Leo: Thank you for your question. For Lutherans, baptism is a central focus of our overall theology. We see baptism as the beginning of our relationship with God, a paradigm of God s free gift of grace, and the sacrament that under girds all that we say...

Lutherans: Bible verses for a mature wedding, bible oremus, martin eldred
bible oremus, martin eldred, mature sweethearts: Jean: Thank you for your question. I am sorry for the delay, I had set my account to Vacation but I must have done it incorrectly. Tobit is part of the books that lie between the Old and New Testaments, often called the Apocrypha . They are accepted...

Lutherans: contemplative prayer, martin eldred, christian mystics
martin eldred, christian mystics, contemplative prayer: Bob: Thank you for your question. Contemplative prayer is a form of prayer that seeks to be deeper, and more meditative. There may be long periods of silence, which is similar to meditation, but this focused silence seeks to connect to God and have God...

Lutherans: divination, tarot, christian
tarot, christian, demonic: Alex, I rejoice that you have come to trust Jesus, and I thank you for your question. I pray that the Lord will guide you and transform you in His own image as you seek to follow Him. The Bible teaches that anything which seeks or uses spiritual power...

Lutherans: divorce, martin eldred, lutheran denominations
martin eldred, lutheran denominations, lutheran pastors: Glenda: Thank you for your question. I can only speak for the ELCA, and not other Lutheran denominations, such as the LCMS, but in general, Lutheran pastors who suffer through a divorce are often allowed to stay in the congregation to which they were called....

Lutherans: Fundamentalism and Lutherans, term fundamentalist, missouri synod
term fundamentalist, missouri synod, lc ms: Dear Larry, I sympathize with you in this. What I ve found over the last 15 years or so, is that the term fundamentalist is largely intended to be pejorative, and used in such a way as to immediately discredit and marginalize another person. Most of...

Lutherans: Types of Lutheran Churches, american lutheran church, aflc
Lutherans: Types of Lutheran Churches, american lutheran church, aflc, episcopal church

Lutherans: The Lord's Supper, lutheran theology, roman catholicism
lutheran theology, roman catholicism, forgiveness of sins: Leo, Thank you for your question. The Lutheran theology regarding the Lord s Supper (a.k.a. Eucharist, Sacrament of the Altar, Holy Communion)is literally unique among the many denominations of Christian churches. This unique theology also has implications...

Lutherans: Martin Luther, sins of the popes, personal animosity
sins of the popes, personal animosity, ad hominem: John: Thank you for your question. I apologize that I neglected to answer right away, it must have gotten lost in my email pile. Martin Luther was a complex person, as you mention. He was not much of a politician at all, and could be quite blunt...

Lutherans: RAPTURE, context of scripture, left behind series
context of scripture, left behind series, gain popularity: The teaching of a rapture, in which Christians are whisked away to heaven for some period of time before the actual return of Jesus, is a very recent teaching to be believed among some groups of Christians. In Lutheranism s earliest years, this teaching...

Lutherans: Reserved Sacrament, Anglicans, and Baptism, baptism of blood, baptism of desire
baptism of blood, baptism of desire, porvoo: Jack, Thank you for your question. These are certainly very interesting topics which are not commonly raised. Regarding the reservation of the sacrament... It is extremely rare for this to occur among Lutherans. I have heard rumors of a handful...

Lutherans: Types of Lutheran Churches, martin eldred, open communion
martin eldred, open communion, women pastors: Catherine: Thank you for your question. I must admit, however, that I do not know very much about the new splinter group, LCMC. I do know that they except women pastors, generally have open communion and are basically congregationally based--probably...

Lutherans: assingment, evangelical lutheran synod, lutheran church missouri synod
evangelical lutheran synod, lutheran church missouri synod, wisconsin evangelical lutheran synod: Jessy: Thank you for your question. The Lutheran Church is an international expression of Christianity, but there is not one unified denominational structure that unites them all. We are different in that way than say, the Roman Catholic Church in that...

Lutherans: children as sinners, man jesus christ, branches of christianity
man jesus christ, branches of christianity, psalm 51: Jennifer, Thank you for your question. The teaching you ask about is probably one of the most difficult to accept in all of Christian doctrine, because it seems so contrary to what we can observe. As far as our senses can tell us, children seem innocent....

Lutherans: Divorce, lutheran church missouri synod, martin eldred
lutheran church missouri synod, martin eldred, elca lutherans: Robert: The Eucharist, or Holy Communion is one of two Sacraments for Lutherans, the other being Holy Baptism. For Martin Luther, a sacrament needed to satisfy the following: It was commanded by Jesus and it is a visible means of grace (forgiveness is...

Lutherans: Free Lutheran church, free lutheran congregations, association of free lutheran congregations
free lutheran congregations, association of free lutheran congregations, free lutheran bible school: Denise: Thank you for your question. AS I mentioned in that previous letter your referenced, I am not totally versed in the smaller groups and denominations that carry the Lutheran heritage, but I will share what I can. The Lutheran Free Church was...

Lutherans: forgiveness, jesus paid the debt, dishonest employee
jesus paid the debt, dishonest employee, bad feelings: cloey, Thanks for your question. Even though forgiveness is a central concept to Christianity, it is often one of the most misunderstood aspects of Christian teaching. Many Christians feel guilt because they feel they have not forgiven as they should,...

Lutherans: Lost Property, local food bank, martin eldred
local food bank, martin eldred, church youth group: Alexander: I am glad your things were returned to you. It s so nice to see that there are people that are honest and responsible in this world? As to a reward, in my experience, people such as this kind woman probably operate under the feeling that...

Lutherans: LUTHER, relative religious freedom, violent suppression
relative religious freedom, violent suppression, wide hips: Henrik: Thank you for your question. Martin Luther was a polarizing figure in his time, and in some respects, he can still do that today. One of the chief embarrassments among his voluminous writings are his tirades against the Jews, and those writings...

Lutherans: Old Testament Laws, pax et bonum, poor richards almanac
pax et bonum, poor richards almanac, old testaments: Certainly not. The New Testament repeatedly takes a clear and consistent stance against religious syncretism. To worship any other God alongside the Triune God is an act of idolatry, which is a sin against the First Commandment, which says, You shall...

Lutherans: other Lutheran groups, martin eldred, lutheran denominations
martin eldred, lutheran denominations, lutheran brethren: Carolyn: Thank you for your question. I must confess that I do not know a great deal about the other, smaller Lutheran denominations or groups. I do know that some congregations have looked at the new, Lutheran Congregations for Mission in Christ (LCMC)....

Lutherans: Remarriage, jesus day, adultress
jesus day, adultress, religious teachers: Ann: Thank you for your question. Divorce is an unfortuanate reality, I am happy that you and your husband were able to find one another and fall in love Jesus pulls no punches when it comes to divorce--he calls it a sin (Mark 10:2-12 -- compare: Matthew...

Lutherans: Breaking Communion bread, Communion
Communion: Fred: Thank you for your question. It is not necessary to actually break the bread during the Words of Institution. My liturgy professor actually discouraged it, telling us that we aren t replaying Jesus actions. In my case, I have always favored it,...

Lutherans: Commuion, Communion
Communion : Shelley: Thank you for your question. In the Evangelical Lutheran Church of American (ELCA), the denomination in which I serve, Holy Communion is regarded as an open invitation to all believers from Jesus himself. We, therefore, practice what is called...

Lutherans: communion, lord jesus christ, language jesus
lord jesus christ, language jesus, missouri synod: Sheri, Thanks for your question. This is a very good question, and a topic which even many Lutherans do not understand. The key to understanding the Lord s Supper is that we must hold to what scripture does say, while at the same time, avoiding the temptation...

Lutherans: Breaking Communion bread, ulrich zwingli, teachings of john calvin
Lutherans: Breaking Communion bread, ulrich zwingli, teachings of john calvin, communion service

Lutherans: Rapture, lutheran view, earthly reign
lutheran view, earthly reign, matthew 24: Matt, Thanks for your question. The essential outline of Lutheran Eschatology is that Jesus will return on a day which no one expects and which is known to no human. On that day, He will resurrect all who have died. He will judge the living and the dead...

Lutherans: Confusing Bible Verses, multitude of sins, subtle distinction
multitude of sins, subtle distinction, faith without works: Jake, Thanks for your question. The verses you mention, along with several others can be very challenging for those who understand we are saved by grace alone, because they seem to contradict that idea. However, there is a subtle distinction which helps...

Lutherans: German childrens prayer.
Lutherans: German childrens prayer.

Lutherans: marriage, divorced woman, adultery
Lutherans: marriage, divorced woman, adultery, repentance

Lutherans: German childrens prayer., martin eldred, alein
martin eldred, alein, wonnet: Caroline: Thank you for sharing your childhood prayer. Those prayers stay with us for a long time. I am not certain, however, if you are asking me a question or not. If so, I may be missing something. Please let me know if there is something with...

Lutherans: marriage, denominations in canada, evangelical lutheran church
denominations in canada, evangelical lutheran church, evangelical lutheran church in canada: Rob, Thanks for your question. You will find that the Lutheran approach to divorce and remarriage is quite different from that you may be familiar with in Roman Catholicism. This is primarily because the Lutheran Church has no canon law to consult on...

Lutherans: Bible Story?, fellow lutherans, jesus parables
fellow lutherans, jesus parables, hell in the bible: I resent my first answer, but will be post it here as well, just in case that one doesn t come though again: This was my first answer. Don t know why it did not come through. Johnny: I owe you a great apology. I am sorry that I missed your...

Lutherans: Blessing of animals, roman catholic theology, false dichotomy
roman catholic theology, false dichotomy, smalcald articles: Stuart: You raise an excellent point. I have participated in a few of these Blessing the Pets services, so it got me to thinking, What IS the purpose of these? I see the teaching in the Smalcald Articles (which I regard as some of Luther s best and...

Lutherans: "Mixed" Marriage follow-up, mixed marriage, catholic man
mixed marriage, catholic man, catholic mass: Rachel, I applaud your willingness to thoughtfully discern these matters and to discuss them forthrightly with your fiance. In the long haul, you will find that this is a very healthy thing to have done. Your understanding of the theological issues underlying...

Lutherans: Rich Man Parable, parables of jesus, places in the bible
parables of jesus, places in the bible, hell god: This was my first answer. Don t know why it did not come through. Johnny: I owe you a great apology. I am sorry that I missed your question previously. I have a brand new granddaughter that lives with us, and I guess my life has been a little busy...

Lutherans: Why?, apostle john, dying on the cross
apostle john, dying on the cross, sounds silly: It s hard to say if Jesus (potentially shorter than normal) death by crucifixion was an act of God s mercy or not. Jesus crucifixion was preceded by a flogging which used a multi-headed whip made of leather cords with bone, metal or glass fragments on the...

Lutherans: Eucharist, personal attitudes, confusing question
personal attitudes, confusing question, court ladies: Eric, Thanks for your question. Whether or not to participate in communion when visiting a congregation has become a bit of a confusing question in recent decades, both because of changes in denominational positions as well as personal attitudes toward...

Lutherans: Eucharist, court ladies, episcopal parish
court ladies, episcopal parish, theological differences: Eric: Thank you for your question; I have actually been pandering it most of the day today. I finally asked myself, What would I do, given the same set of circumstances? I think I would listen to my heart and if I felt at peace with it, I would participate...

Lutherans: Herod Death, herod agrippa, historian josephus
herod agrippa, historian josephus, poor babies: Karl: Thank you for your question. In short, the answer lies with multiple rulers with the same name. The Herod that was alive during Jesus birth, and the one who executed all those poor babies in Galilee, was the first Herod (often termed, Herod the...

Lutherans: Lutherans vs. Non-Denominational, affirmation of faith, non denominational churches
affirmation of faith, non denominational churches, baptist theology: Kris: Thank you for your question. Non-Denominational churches, are by definition, a little hard to pin to one specific set of beliefs and practices. In my experience, however, they usually fall into some camp of general Baptist theology, worship,...

Lutherans: Baptism, Baptism, salvation
Baptism, salvation, discipleship : Wesley: Thank you for your question. Lutherans focus on God s promise in Baptism. As a Sacrament, we believe Baptism to be a visible word whereby God uses a physical element to give us saving grace. In Baptism, God claims us as his children and we...

Lutherans: Embryonic Stem Cell Research, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod
lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod, embryonic stem cell: Yvette, Thanks for your question. I am sorry that I will not be able to give you an extremely detailed answer on this, since it is not an area in which I specialize. However, I will tell you what I know and try to direct you to a few references where...

Lutherans: Original Sin/ The Fall, liberal theologians, dearest family
liberal theologians, dearest family, spirit world: You pretty much have the right idea when you place this question into the realm of mystery where we simply aren t given any information concerning this in the Scriptures. The Bible very rarely goes into the inward thoughts of God. Instead, it concentrates...

Lutherans: Biblical interpretations, interpretation of the bible, religious justification
interpretation of the bible, religious justification, subjective perception: 1. why do you follow a particular denomination or accept certain interpretation? I grew up in the denomination to which I now belong (Lutheran), so that has a lot to do with it. I did take some time to explore theology and practices when I was in college,...

Lutherans: First Communion preparation, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod
lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod, maundy thursday: Mary: Thank you for your question. First Communion is one of those special times in a young person s life, and for his or her family. I pray that this even will a special one for your all. I would suggest beginning with Luther s Small Catechism. It...

Lutherans: God, gender of God
gender of God: Bob: Thank you for your question. I apologize for taking too long to get back to you--it is Spring Break here and I wasn t paying to my email as I usually do. There is no specific reference of which I am aware that states that defines God s gender....

Lutherans: Headcoverings as 'unusual', theological tradition, head covering
theological tradition, head covering, new testament: Vaughn, Thanks for your question. In the answer you reference, my goal was to communicate that any interpretation which would make a law of female head-covering is not commonly evidenced in present-day theology and practice. I regret, however, that I...

Lutherans: Marriage after Divorce, divorce, remarriage
divorce, remarriage: Amy: Thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear about your past marriage. I pray that you do find a future relationship that can grow into a healthy, loving marriage. While I cannot speak authoritatively for LCMS Lutherans (I am one of the other...

Lutherans: I'm drawn to the Lutheran Church but my husband is a lifelong Catholic, martin luther and the reformation, pope john paul
martin luther and the reformation, pope john paul, pope john paul ii: Ann: Thank you for your question. Divided religious loyalties can be one of the most complex of relational issues, so I understand your dilemma. It is made harder if one spouse feels constrained by his or her religious tradition in such a way that they...

Lutherans: St.Paul, dominus vobiscum, galatians 2
dominus vobiscum, galatians 2, paul dear: Glen: Thank you for your question. It is important to remember that there was no formal denomination of any kind when the original Christians were around, there was not even any central, authoritative administration (the closest centers in Jerusalem before...

Lutherans: Bibical point, books of the apocrypha, intercession prayer
books of the apocrypha, intercession prayer, martin eldred: Harry: Thank you for correcting my understanding of the words for the Hail Mary. I must admit that my main experience of the words comes through singing the Latin text in the Gounod solo, so I did not know that the original was merely the words from...

Lutherans: christianity, rich histories, branches of christianity
rich histories, branches of christianity, western christianity: Henrik, Thank you for your question. Both the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity have beautiful traditions and rich histories. However, regardless of the beauty or longevity of a religious tradition, the only valid measure for choosing a Christian...

Lutherans: Bibical point, testament apocrypha, books of the old testament
Lutherans: Bibical point, testament apocrypha, books of the old testament, books of the new testament

Lutherans: Hail Mary, martin luthers, personal prayer
Lutherans: Hail Mary, martin luthers, personal prayer, prayer book

Lutherans: Lutherans vs. Seventh Day Adventists, seventh day adventists, jesus christ our lord
Lutherans: Lutherans vs. Seventh Day Adventists, seventh day adventists, jesus christ our lord, lord and savior

Lutherans: Hail Mary, Mary, Intercession to Saints
Mary, Intercession to Saints: Martha: Thank you for your question. For Martin Luther and the Reformers, the question of petitions to Mary and the Saints boiled down to the simple facts first, that they saw no evidence for it in Scripture and second, they felt it took away from Jesus...

Lutherans: Holy Eucharist, traditional lutheran worship, roman catholic mass
traditional lutheran worship, roman catholic mass, social justice issues: Paul: Thank you for your question. For the most part, I think you will find that Lutherans and Episcopalian/Anglicans, being the first two to break from the mother church , are remarkably similar to one another in theology and worship practice. A traditional...

Lutherans: Looking for a church, martin eldred, lutheran expression
martin eldred, lutheran expression, sacramental presence: Todd: Thank you for your question. There are some theological similarities between a Orthodox and Lutheran expression of Christianity. We both emphasize a liturgical style worship that has, at its core, a very basic foundational relationship (the structure...

Lutherans: Lutheran Minister as Officiant, martin eldred, elca lutheran
martin eldred, elca lutheran, missouri synod: Joe: Thank you for your question and congratulations on your upcoming wedding. I cannot imagine that this would be a problem for most Lutherans pastors. I would be begin, however, by contacting an ELCA Lutheran, rather than a Missouri Synod (LCMS) or...

Lutherans: Lutheran/ UMC Communiom, wesleyan theology, reformation tradition
wesleyan theology, reformation tradition, wesleyan tradition: Paul, Thank you for your question. If I remember correctly, the ELCA declared altar and pulpit fellowship with the UMC at its church-wide assembly in the summer of 2009. It really was quite a significant decision, but because of the high degree of publicity...

Lutherans: Lutherans vs. Seventh Day Adventists, jehovah s witnesses, father son and holy spirit
jehovah s witnesses, father son and holy spirit, seventh day adventists: There is some good news regarding the Seventh-day Adventists. This is that they do teach that God is a Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that Jesus is both God and Man. In light of this, they are Christians, in the broadest sense of the term....

Lutherans: Marriage, martin eldred, lutheran religion
martin eldred, lutheran religion, legal act: Tim: Thank you for your question. Yes, Lutherans would recognize such a marriage. In our theology, marriage is primarily a legal act, sanctioned by the state, that is blessed and celebrated by the church through the worship service of a wedding. In Martin...

Lutherans: Curious, martin eldred, evangelical lutheran church
martin eldred, evangelical lutheran church, elca evangelical lutheran church: Kearstin: Thank you for your question and congratulations on your upcoming wedding. There is nothing per se that would prevent you and your fiance from being married in any ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church In America) church, and I would assume it is...

Lutherans: Luther's quote re: John 3:16, lost in translation, electronic form
Lutherans: Luther's quote re: John 3:16, lost in translation, electronic form, quotation

Lutherans: Gay Clergy, martin eldred, writers of the bible
martin eldred, writers of the bible, gay clergy: Shawn: Thank you for your question. The decision to allow gay and lesbian Christian to have complete participation in the church--as both lay and clergy--has been proceeded by literally forty years of prayer, biblical study, debate, and conversation. ...

Lutherans: Luther's quote re: John 3:16, martin eldred, google
martin eldred, google, best guess: William: Thank you for your question. I haven t forgotten you, I just have been frustrated trying to track this down. I too have used this quote and have heard it many times, so I figured it would be easy to find it. As you already know, it wasn t. ...

Lutherans: One loaf, martin eldred, apostle paul
martin eldred, apostle paul, holy communion: Kendra: Thank you for your question. The quotation from I Corinthians 10:16-17 states. one bread, one body. The Apostle Paul is teaching the Corinthians about community/body unity by correcting their misuse of Holy Communion. Specifically, many were...

Lutherans: Mysticism/Lectio Divina, lectio divina, lectio divino
lectio divina, lectio divino, prayer meditation: Bill, Thanks for your question. These two concepts of centering prayer and lectio divina have very similar qualities, but applied to different areas of Christian spirituality--namely, prayer and the reading of Scripture. However, they can be somewhat...

Lutherans: music, lutheran theology, eastern mysticism
lutheran theology, eastern mysticism, music question: It is one acceptable choice, and is common in some parts of the world. Whether it is a good choice will depend on local needs and culture. For example, it would probably be a detrimental choice for most U.S. congregations. In the end, instrumental choice...

Lutherans: Ressurection of the soul and the body, apostles creed, apostle paul
apostles creed, apostle paul, jesus on the cross: Raymond: Thank you for your question, and sorry for the delay. I would agree, it does seem confusing to read the different ways to explain what happens when we. Do we go right away or do we wait? I look at it as a both/and kind of thing. Here is...

Lutherans: religious vs. legal marriage, male female couple, obtaining a marriage license
male female couple, obtaining a marriage license, legal marriage: Eileen, Thank you for your question. I am glad to hear of the sincere commitment you describe between yourself and your fiance. Based on what you have written, it sounds like your circumstances are complex. I would definitely encourage you to meet...

Lutherans: words, greek word order, testament epistles
greek word order, testament epistles, greek transliteration: Henrik, Thanks for your question. The two terms you mention are essentially synonyms. There are a few odd theories circulating about the two supposedly referring to different people or different stages of Jesus incarnation, but they do not have any historical...

Lutherans: the garden of eden, martin eldred, garden of eden
martin eldred, garden of eden, adam and eve: Charles: Thank you for your question. According to the Bible, the ages of either Adam or Eve or not listed when they left the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). Any attempt to ascertain their age, therefore, would only be speculation. Thank you, Martin...

Lutherans: holy ghost, king james bible, time ghost
king james bible, time ghost, mid twentieth century: Henrik, Thanks for your question. The two terms are essentially synonyms. Holy Ghost was common from the 17th century through the mid-twentieth century. I know in my church body s hymnals, it was still the exclusively-used term as late as 1968, and the...

Lutherans: Matthew 11 - Sirach, holy spirit of god, religious hatred
holy spirit of god, religious hatred, studying the bible: Christaras: Thank you for your question. I have been on holiday, and am away from my library, but I will try and answer this the best I can. In the era of Jesus earthly life and the first few centuries of the Christian church, the line between what...

Lutherans: unpardonable sin, parable of the prodigal son, gift of the holy spirit
parable of the prodigal son, gift of the holy spirit, sin against the holy spirit: David: Thank you for your question. When people ask me this question, I do usually say, If you are worried about whether or not your have committed the unpardonable sin, then you have not really done it. The Lutheran explanation about this unpardonable...

Lutherans: The Virgin Mary, Virgin Birth
Virgin Birth: Anna: Thank you for your question. Yes, as Lutherans, we affirm that Jesus was, as the Creed states, born of the Virgin Mary and that she was indeed a physical virgin and that Jesus conception was a divine miracle. We do not tend to believe that she...

Lutherans: Closed Communion, lcms congregations, open communion
lcms congregations, open communion, roman catholic church: *sigh!* I have to tell you I get rather urped at people who make false analogies. A lot of this becomes clear when you let the Bible interpret itself and read things in context. No, the canon was decided by the time the Apostles all went to be with the Lord....

Lutherans: Gay Clergy/etc;, martin eldred, apostles creed
martin eldred, apostles creed, elca church: Shawn: Thank you for your question. Yes, you will be welcomed into your ELCA fellowship even if you do not agree with everything that the ELCA believes or practices. Even the 2009 Churchwide resolution that allowed ELCA gay clergy in committed relationships...

Lutherans: marrying outside of state, martin eldred, executive presbyter
martin eldred, executive presbyter, getting married in church: Dan: Thank you for your question. You are right, this is a tough one. I can only offer my best guess on what I would do. I think, if this were me, I would offer them a religious ceremony blessing their union. Whether I would call that a marriage or...

Lutherans: Eschatology, late great planet earth, lutheran perspective
late great planet earth, lutheran perspective, chip implants: Hello, Anon, The Missouri Synod takes an amillennial position, which is to say that the Lutheran perspective is NOT to try to take Revelation and other prophecies literally. I find that attempts to take the passages literally are fairly commonly unsuccessful....

Lutherans: Forgiveness of Sins in Communion, lutheran response, doctrinal positions
Lutherans: Forgiveness of Sins in Communion, lutheran response, doctrinal positions, amazon

Lutherans: Lutheran rosary, rosary beads, string of beads
Lutherans: Lutheran rosary, rosary beads, string of beads, orthodox prayer

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Lutherans: Lutheran rosary, australian defence force, rosary beads
australian defence force, rosary beads, hap hazard: Hello, Jeanine, You didn t ask a question, but I ll make a comment. Please know that I am not a pastor. I am a woman. If you are having difficulty focusing when you pray, ask God to help you focus. The rosary has been blessed by a heretic: someone...

Lutherans: Am I still Catholic?, catholic denominations, grace luthern church
catholic denominations, grace luthern church, roman catholic church: Janette, Thanks for your question. I am sorry that you are facing the kind of difficulties you describe, but I am glad that you have found some degree of comfort in the Lutheran Church you mention. Often when we have past experience with a certain type...

Lutherans: Unforgivable sin, work of the holy spirit, sin against the holy spirit
Lutherans: Unforgivable sin, work of the holy spirit, sin against the holy spirit, rejection

Lutherans: Lutheran/Catholic wedding, catholic doctrines, marriage is a sacrament
catholic doctrines, marriage is a sacrament, catholic dogma: Hello, Hector, This is a question you will need to ask the pastor. It will be up to him whether to marry you or not, without confirmation. The Catholic Church teaches that marriage is a sacrament. The Lutheran Church does not teach this. Lutherans teach...

Lutherans: Unforgivable sin, power of the holy spirit, jesus and the holy spirit
power of the holy spirit, jesus and the holy spirit, words of jesus: Michael, Thanks for your question. The unforgivable sin is a topic that has been troubling for many Christians over the centuries. However, I believe that a closer look at the words of Jesus, as well as the context in which they were spoken reveals the...

Lutherans: why has the 2nd Commandment been changed or deleted, protestant reformation, roman catholics
protestant reformation, roman catholics, editorial decision: Felicia: Thank your for your question. You raise a great point. The original text of the Bible did not contain verse numbers, they were added later by Christians in the early centuries of the church. The question, therefore, was to determine how best...

Lutherans: bible accuracy, literal translation of the bible, soul sleep
literal translation of the bible, soul sleep, literal interpretation: Hello, Richard, Your question doesn t sound serious to me, but I will give you a serious answer anyway. I wouldn t say a literal translation but rather, a literal interpretation . You are assuming that I do believe in a literal interpretation. Actually,...

Lutherans: Birthdays, lives of the saints, celebrated birthdays
lives of the saints, celebrated birthdays, celebrating birthdays: Harry, Thanks for your question. I rejoice to hear that you have been delivered from the false religion of the Watchtower by the knowledge of Him who is the Truth, and commend your desire to help those who still suffer within it. Your recollection about...

Lutherans: Concentration of Lutheran Church, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod
lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod, evangelical lutheran church: Hello, Darlin, We re not supposed to help with homework questions, so you will need to do the research yourself. That said, you can find information about which countries have the most Lutherans by going to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutheranism_by_region...

Lutherans: death penalty, women pastors, infant baptism
women pastors, infant baptism, loving god: Hi, Richard, I have to be a little bit careful. The conversation can easily exceed the time I have to respond. ;) I am indeed concerned about putting to death an innocent person. That said, I don t think it has happened very often, and we do make mistakes...

Lutherans: why has the 2nd Commandment been changed or deleted, tenth commandment, first commandment
Lutherans: why has the 2nd Commandment been changed or deleted, tenth commandment, first commandment, mid sentence

Lutherans: death penalty, ordination of women, 1 corinthians
Lutherans: death penalty, ordination of women, 1 corinthians, pastoral office

Lutherans: Women Elders?, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod
Lutherans: Women Elders?, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod, lutheran church missouri

Lutherans: Grape Juice at Communion, jesus in the gospels, communion cup
jesus in the gospels, communion cup, recovery from alcoholism: Sam, Thanks for the follow-up. I m glad my initial answer was helpful to you. I want to start out by clarifying that I do not intend to meddle in the affairs of your congregation or have any desire to undermine your pastor. However, I believe it...

Lutherans: Women Elders?, female elders, leadership role
female elders, leadership role, bad information: Hello, Bell, Thank you for the kind words. When I write, I also write for the people who just come and read. Elders are simply lay people who take a leadership role in the congregation. If I recall correctly, it s the elders who do ushering when that...

Lutherans: Worship Styles, traditional hymns, praise teams
traditional hymns, praise teams, sectarian groups: Tanya, Thanks for your question. Although there is a great deal of unity in the LCMS on matters directly related to doctrine and theology, this worship style issue that you mention is one area where we have not been able to attain the same level of agreement...

Lutherans: Sacraments, church polity, baptismal regeneration
church polity, baptismal regeneration, infant baptism: Caleb, Thanks for your question. Often the Lutheran answer to theological questions is a sort of third option, as I think you will see on this topic. On most issues, the Roman Catholics classify us as holding the protestant position while the protestants...

Lutherans: Seeming contradiction of Jesus' command and Easter evening, authenticity of the bible, resurrection appearance
authenticity of the bible, resurrection appearance, seeming contradiction: Michael, Thanks for your question. The assumed contradiction that you mention has been a favorite of people seeking to undermine the authenticity of the Bible for quite some time. However, this is an impressively simple discrepancy to solve, because...

Lutherans: Unbaptized babies of believers, lcms church, unbaptized babies
lcms church, unbaptized babies, infant baptism: Hello, Andrew, In my opinion, based on what I have seen in the Bible, I don t think God answered that question! Matthew 28:19 commands us to baptize all nations. It doesn t say all nations except young children. We are to baptize and teach, simultaneously....

Lutherans: Lutheran annulment, martin eldred, brokenness
martin eldred, brokenness, annulments: Barb: Thank you for question and congratulations on your future wedding. No, we Lutherans do not recognized religious annulments of marriage. For us, divorce is divorce, a unfortunate part of the brokenness that is part of our humanity. It is a fracture,...

Lutherans: Marriage in the church, missouri synod lutheran church, missouri synod church
missouri synod lutheran church, missouri synod church, missouri synod lutheran: Hello, Chris, As far as I know, Missouri Synod won t refuse to marry a baptized Lutheran to a non-baptized person. I am aware of at least one case. It probably varies with the pastor, though, and he s the one to ask. That said, your daughter is probably...

Lutherans: Can I be accepted into the Lutheran Faith, lutheran faith, short periods
lutheran faith, short periods, brokenness: Lisa: Thank you for your question. I appreciate your struggles to maintain a healthy, life-giving relationship while wondering how it all fits into God s plan for our lives. IT sounds to me as you have really tried to do what is right and have now...

Lutherans: Communion Wine -- Heart Patients, communion wine, wine heart
communion wine, wine heart, sewing thimble: Glen, Thanks for your question. This is a concern pastors often must address, not only for heart patients, but also for pregnant women as well as people recovering from drug or alcohol dependence. I m not sure of the synod has officially consulted...

Lutherans: Copy of Baptismal Records, elca synod, martin eldred
elca synod, martin eldred, synod office: Laura: Congratulations on your engagement, and thank you for your question. I am surprised that the congregation in which you are getting married is requiring you to produce a copy of your Baptismal Certificates. They will not merely take the dates...

Lutherans: Lutherans vs. Presbyterian Church USA, presbyterian church usa, doctrinal positions
presbyterian church usa, doctrinal positions, usa greetings: Tim, Thanks for your question. If you were asking about LCMS vs. PC-USA, there would be a number of differences to list. With the ELCA, it s a little more difficult to nail down because neither the ELCA nor the PC-USA have a high degree of uniformity...

Lutherans: spiritual disciplines, lutheran piety, spiritual disciplines
lutheran piety, spiritual disciplines, richard rohr: Jake: Thank you for your question. The practice of certain spiritual disciplines, such as fasting, silence, and solitude have traditionally not been a part of Lutheran piety and practice. There may be many reasons for this. It may stem from our Northern...

Lutherans: Interpretations, lutheran church elca, papal encyclicals
lutheran church elca, papal encyclicals, wisconsin synod: Hello, Shawn, You have a very good question. Thank you for asking! The answer has a number of facets, so I will cover each of them relatively briefly. First, I don t recommend ELCA. They have largely departed from the faith once handed down from the...

Lutherans: joining church, good news club, joining church
good news club, joining church, communion service: Don, I would like to help with your question, but I don t think I have enough information, because there are no Bible commands regarding things like ages for church membership. However, each denomination has set up a structure which seems the most wise...

Lutherans: significant other non believer, 1 corinthians 7, unbelieving spouse
1 corinthians 7, unbelieving spouse, new believer: Hello, michael, Here is the passage you are asking about: 1 Corinthians 7 12. But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. 13. And the woman...

Lutherans: Worship and follow who?, roman catholic theology, lutheran church elca
roman catholic theology, lutheran church elca, protestant traditions: Shawn, Thanks for your question. Your questions about the validity of Lutheran and protestant churches are very common among Roman Catholics. I think the obstacle you are struggling with arises from some presuppositions which underlie Roman Catholic...

Lutherans: bible question..., messiah jesus, jesus prayer
messiah jesus, jesus prayer, bible question: Karina: Thank you for your query. I find your question, however, a series of complex and confusing questions mixed with statements and biblical interpretations. I really cannot find what you question really is, so if you could condense it, I might be able...

Lutherans: Communion, klan member, wisconsin synod
klan member, wisconsin synod, model constitution: Cheryl: Thank you for your question. You raise a very important question, when do we as Lutherans every ex-communicate a member? My quick response -- very, very rarely. In our ELCA model constitution (which the vast majority of congregations have...

Lutherans: True Presence, catholic priesthood, mother god
Lutherans: True Presence, catholic priesthood, mother god, blood of jesus

Lutherans: WELS and LCMS and Current Issues
Lutherans: WELS and LCMS and Current Issues

Lutherans: True Presence (follow-up), lutheran sunday school, true presence
lutheran sunday school, true presence, images of mary: Hello, Rachel, It is so much fun to read your messages! I haven t started writing an article; I am just thinking about doing it. I have a small section on my web site where I have put a couple of essays about why I am not a Catholic. Luther also struggled...

Lutherans: True Presence, jesus and the apostles, fruit of the vine
jesus and the apostles, fruit of the vine, true presence: Hello, Rachel, Wow! Maybe you should be one of the experts here! That was quite a good explanation of why some Catholic teachings make no sense! Unfortunately, my time is short at the moment. So I won t be able to write much. This is my personal belief,...

Lutherans: WELS and LCMS and Current Issues, message paraphrase, lcms pastor
message paraphrase, lcms pastor, lcms congregation: Wally, Thanks for your question. I apologize for my delay in responding. My family recently returned from an out-of-state funeral for a relative, and since our return, I have been responsible for planning two funerals in my own congregations. I have...

Lutherans: The worship of God vs. sin, reformation study bible, bible ten commandments
reformation study bible, bible ten commandments, exodus war: Raymond: Sorry for the delay, I was very sick all last week and am just back in the office today. You raise a very interesting question, What if our first parents had not sinned? There is no way to know for certain, but I think it is a fascinating...

Lutherans: the ark of the new covenant, bible translator, filthy rags
bible translator, filthy rags, straight word: Hello, Glen, You are talking about him adding the German word allein in his translation. The fact is, adding that word does not change the meaning of the text. It is common for a Bible translator to do something of that nature if it is needed for clarity....

Lutherans: "Biblical Christianity", justin martyr, scripture portions
justin martyr, scripture portions, liturgical colors: Hello, Jenna, I am saying that Justin Martyr said some things that border on the heretical. I didn t say he was a heretic. I base my opinion on Martyr and Luther on whether or not their views are in agreement with the Bible, just as I always judge whether...

Lutherans: "Biblical Christianity", justin martyr, beginning of christianity
justin martyr, beginning of christianity, biblical christianity: Hello, Jenna, You basically attacked me with this message. I am not here to argue with you and I WILL NOT ARGUE WITH YOU. Tone it down, or I will stop responding. Yes, the sentence makes sense. 150 AD is 70 years after the last book of the New Testament...

Lutherans: "Biblical Christianity", old testament times, orthodox christian doctrine
old testament times, orthodox christian doctrine, books of the new testament: Hello, Jenna, It s real simple. If some very powerful organization departs from historic and orthodox Christian doctrine, then if a smaller group rejects these changes, that smaller group returns to biblical Christianity. The modern-day Roman Catholic church...

Lutherans: error in true presence dialog, pope damasus, catholic catechism
pope damasus, catholic catechism, baltimore catechism: Hello, Glen, I m real short on patience right now, and it has nothing to do with you. But I will try to address some of what you said. There are only two occasions in Sacred Scripture the term full of grace is used And your point is? Wouldn t the...

Lutherans: error in true presence dialog, protestant sects, catholics and protestants
Lutherans: error in true presence dialog, protestant sects, catholics and protestants, council of constantinople

Lutherans: I'm so lost!, gift of faith, relationship with god
Lutherans: I'm so lost!, gift of faith, relationship with god, gospel truth

Lutherans: Specific Differences between UMC and ELCA, sacrament of holy communion, wesleyan quadrilateral
Lutherans: Specific Differences between UMC and ELCA, sacrament of holy communion, wesleyan quadrilateral, methodist episcopal church

Lutherans: family & faith - priorities, faith journeys, christian denomination
faith journeys, christian denomination, different faiths: Lara: Thank you for your question. I an so sorry for the conflict that has arisen in your life about this. I would, in my own opinion, agree with you that family is really more important than what Christian denomination you attend or don t attend. I...

Lutherans: forgiveness, step prayers, simple prayers
step prayers, simple prayers, ill feelings: Katie: Sorry for the delay, our State Assembly/Convention was this week. I am sorry for your situation. Forgiveness and letting go is so much harder than it sounds. So is trusting someone who has given you cause to not trust him. One of the things...

Lutherans: I'm so lost!, lord and savior, believing in god
lord and savior, believing in god, relationship with god: Hello, Chessa, First, please don t apologize for the length of your question. The more people tell me about what they are thinking, the better I am able to respond. And you re welcome. A child should be baptized as soon as possible, long before there...

Lutherans: Specific Differences between UMC and ELCA, no trespassing signs, umc website
no trespassing signs, umc website, armenian theology: Matt: Thanks for your question. Here are some more basic comparisons between the UMC and the ELCA. Lutherans tend hold to the primacy of scripture in terms of authority over the Weslyan Quadrilateral which holds four modes of authority: scripture,...

Lutherans: True Presence (follow-up 2), ovulation and fertilization, forms of contraception
ovulation and fertilization, forms of contraception, what the bible says about marriage: Hi, Rachel, From what you said, I think you are both emotionally and spiritually a virgin. I realize there is a lot of emotional baggage that attaches to being raped, but you know that you never willingly had sex. It is possible you have a medical condition...

Lutherans: True Presence (Follow-up 3), vicar of christ, first pope
vicar of christ, first pope, true presence: Hi, Rachel, Thank you for the kind words. I don t know if the Lutheran church ever refuses communion to its members. It would depend on the individual pastor. I do know they deny communion to baptized but unconfirmed children, and I don t personally...

Lutherans: Abortion?, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod
lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod, lesser of two evils: Jayden: Thank you for your question and sorry for the delay. When talking about views held by American Lutherans on theological and social issues, it is important to remember that there are two main Lutheran denominations in the U.S.: the Evangelical Lutheran...

Lutherans: Abortion?, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod
lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod, evangelical lutheran church: G day, Jayden, I am not familiar with the Lutheran Church in Australia. So I can t tell you anything about its positions there. You probably would be able to get some information by contacting one or more pro-life groups there. This is a list of such organizations...

Lutherans: Biblical Christianity, wisconsin synod, vernacular translations
wisconsin synod, vernacular translations, missouri synod: Hello, Glen, I doubt seriously that Luther admitted that we would have a Bible without the Catholic Church. I don t know what you have read that you are INTERPRETING to mean he said that. After all, he believed the Pope was the Antichrist. On the contrary,...

Lutherans: Conversion - Calling on the Name of the Lord, pentecostal church international, oneness pentecostal
pentecostal church international, oneness pentecostal, united pentecostal church: Hello, Gregory, That s a very interesting question, and I will take some time to answer each of the criteria you mentioned, but not necessarily in the order you gave them. Lutherans don t speak in tongues. The Lutheran service provides no opportunity...

Lutherans: Abortion?, hebrew scriptures, unborn child
Lutherans: Abortion?, hebrew scriptures, unborn child, fetus

Lutherans: Biblical Christianity, papacy, protestants
Lutherans: Biblical Christianity, papacy, protestants, catholic church

Lutherans: rapture/tribulation, jewish apocalyptic literature, head scratcher
jewish apocalyptic literature, head scratcher, lutheran perspective: Beth: Thank you for your question and sorry for the delay. Theologies about the end times can be very confusing and reading through the book of Revelation can also be a head scratcher, at times. Revelation is part of a genre of literature called,...

Lutherans: True Presence (Follow-up 4), true presence, thinking about children
true presence, thinking about children, genuflecting: Hi, Rachel, As always, you ask some worthwhile and meaty questions. Let s take a look at the Catholic claim that bread and wine are transformed into Jesus body and blood. I have always gotten the impression Catholics believe that this is a physical...

Lutherans: VBS, lcms church, lcms pastor
lcms church, lcms pastor, corinthians 13: Laura: I am so sorry that you are having such problems. While ecumenical ministries are a wonderful idea, it becomes less than a partnership when one party demands more control than the others. I would have a very difficult time working with another pastor...

Lutherans: Christ's death, righteous wrath, holy anger
righteous wrath, holy anger, christus victor: Alex: Thank you for your question, and I am sorry it has taken me a little while respond. There are others views about Christ s death besides the satisfying righteous wrath one. Basically, throughout the history of the church, three have dominated....

Lutherans: True Presence (Follow-Up 5), true presence, presence of god
true presence, presence of god, bread and wine: Hi, Rachel, If we keep this up, we ll be writing a book to each other each time! :) Thank you for the kind words. I do a lot of thinking, and I ve been doing that for nearly seven decades. Hopefully, I ve figured out some things. I also grew up in Missouri...

Lutherans: Baptism and salvation, lutheran catechism, thief on the cross
lutheran catechism, thief on the cross, lutheran faith: Hello, benjamin, No need to thank me for reading your question. You have a very interesting question, though I am not totally clear on what you are asking, but I ll take a stab at it. There is a Canadian Lutheran church which is affiliated with our Missouri...

Lutherans: Christian mysticism, orthodox christian theology, mysticism in christianity
orthodox christian theology, mysticism in christianity, mainstream tradition: Miriam, Thanks for your question. It is correct to say that Mysticism has not at any time been a mainstream element of Christianity. This is primarily because orthodox Christian theology emphasizes the factual nature of Christian truth claims and...

Lutherans: True Presence (Follow-up 6), true presence, priest celibacy
true presence, priest celibacy, mithraism: Hi, Rachel, You commented on my knowledge. It helps when you have belonged to the Lutheran church for many decades, to know a couple of things, anyway. I don t want to talk about bad entities, though. No forgiveness necessary for mentioning Jesus at...

Lutherans: Catholic to Lutheran Conversion, elca lutheran church, confirmation in the catholic church
elca lutheran church, confirmation in the catholic church, martin eldred: Allen: My profound apologies in missing your question. I was traveling and this got lost in transition. My basic answer is to check with your local pastor, but I would generally say that if you were joining an ELCA Lutheran church, there would be no...

Lutherans: Divorce of Lutheran marriage, roman catholic sisters, forgiveness and reconciliation
roman catholic sisters, forgiveness and reconciliation, lutheran marriage: Josette: I am sorry for the delay in answering, I am traveling oversees and should have set my setting to vacation mode. Thank you for your question. In short, Lutherans do not recognize an ecclesiastical annulment. Marriages are dissolved, period...

Lutherans: Spirit Baptism or Water Baptism, spirit baptism, water baptism
spirit baptism, water baptism, baptismal regeneration: Thanks for your question. I actually answered your first question in an article for our local newspaper last year. You are pretty much on target with your explanation. You can find further information in my articles at: http://lutheranreformission.blogspot.com/2010/09/my-article-from-todays-algona-upper-des.html...

Lutherans: Lutheran approach to confirmation for disabled, friendship ministries, disability ministries
friendship ministries, disability ministries, elca church: Virgil: Thank you for your question. I once had a Confirmation class with a young person (who also happened to be my nephew) who was on the Autism/Asberger s spectrum. He had been asked to leave from one Lutheran church s program, and came to ours. Fortunately,...

Lutherans: buddhism, christianity salvation, wheel of rebirth, pain sorrow
wheel of rebirth, pain sorrow, world religions: Sakura, Thanks for your question. As an college instructor of world religions, the question you are describing sounds a lot like an assignment I often give to the students in my classes. For Christians, the thing that one is saved from is eternal...

Lutherans: ELCA vs Methodist-Presbyterian-Episcopalian, presbyterian church usa, presbyterian denomination
presbyterian church usa, presbyterian denomination, elca church: Ryan, Thanks for your question. I apologize for my delay in responding. Several demands in my congregation have kept me away from the office for the past several days. The degree of similarity between the denominations you mention will depend a great...

Lutherans: Lutherans and Jews, evangelical lutheran church, dietrich bonhoeffer
evangelical lutheran church, dietrich bonhoeffer, evangelical lutheran church in america: Ovadiah: Thank you for your question. The relationship between the Jewish and Lutheran communities has often been a strained one. Luther, towards the end of his life, wrote an infamous anti-Semitic treatise, On the Jews and Their Lies , which while...

Lutherans: Adoptism
Hello, James, Thank you very much for the kind rating. By the way, I am not a pastor. I am simply a person who has been a Lutheran nearly all my life, and who has studied deeply in many relevant subjects. I have been regarded as an expert particularly in...

Lutherans: The book of Joel
Judy: Thank you for your question. It is my understanding that you are in agreement with most Old Testament scholars on this. The prophet, like all of the prophets, uses metaphor and imagery to convey a powerful message to the people of God. As you...

Lutherans: gospel of water and holy spirit
Mahesh, Thanks for your question. I apologize for the delay in responding, but I had to spend a significant amount of time researching this site to see what they were teaching. After scanning through the site for quite some time, I honestly have to...

Lutherans: Infant-communion
Michael, Thanks for your question. This is an item that has popped up a few times in the past 20 or so years in the LCMS. I remember it surfaced last around the time I arrived at the seminary (11-12 years ago), and a few times prior. Usually this is...

Lutherans: perfect
Hello, gawynne, This refers to the completed Bible. This is what is taught in the Lutheran Church. Lutheran services do not include speaking in tongues, nor provide for them to happen. According to the Bible, tongues means the ability to be heard in a language...

Lutherans: symbolism of unique cross in church
Michelle: Thank you for your question, I am sorry I was delayed in responding to you. I would agree that this is an unusual cross, a mixture of symbols that I have not seen before. My guess is that the artist was somehow giving homage to the total witness...

Lutherans: Coming to LCMS from Lutheranism in France
Clint, Thanks for your question. I apologize for the delay in responding. LCMS schools staff teaching positions in 2 ways: The first, and more traditional, way is the called teacher. These teachers are certified as Lutheran School teachers, listed...

Lutherans: Lutheran confusion!
Lutherans: Lutheran confusion!

Lutherans: Lutheran confusion!
Hello, Robert, I agree with you that the ceremonies are important. They teach us of the majesty of God (in the Catholic church, they also teach the majesty of the bishops and all that stuff, but you won t run into that in the Lutheran church). They also...

Lutherans: Ordination
Dustin: Thank you for your email. I am not completely certain on this, but I think you are able to attend Iliff and still be okay for ELCA ordination. I think you may, however, need to supplement that with a year or part of a year at a Seminary. The...

Lutherans: question about Lutheranism
Joseph, Thanks for your question. This can be an interesting topic, since most Christians who find out that Lutherans do retain private confession simply assume that it is the same as the Roman Catholics, and at the same time, many Lutherans do not even...

Lutherans: God, god loves the world, personal exploration
god loves the world, personal exploration, christian friend: Andrew, I m sorry to hear that you are under the impression God does not love you. Because this question is so personal, and so broad, it could really only be answered properly in a conversation, and I could never do justice to it in a forum such as...

Lutherans: THE KJV HOLY BIBLE AND IT'S SOURCES, kjv holy bible, lutheran christians
kjv holy bible, lutheran christians, first five books: Lew: Thank you for your question. As Lutheran Christians, we believe that the Holy Bible is the Word of God, insofar as it points to Christ. (Martin Luther) Jesus Christ is the Word of God (John 1) and the Bible contains the witness of Jesus Christ for...

Lutherans: Concern about unpardonable sin, sacred relics, sin against the holy spirit
sacred relics, sin against the holy spirit, sexual immorality: David, Thanks for your question. This topic is one that has troubled Christians for generations, because it can be so difficult to discern precisely what sin it is Jesus is talking about. I have written on this for another reader on this site at:...

Lutherans: Diverse Thinking in LCMS, lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod
lutheran church missouri synod, church missouri synod, roman catholic church: Justin, Thanks for your question. I m glad you have been researching so carefully and comparing the teachings of the various denominations against the Scriptures to conclude who is most consistent with the truth. In the LC-MS, there is (whether for...

Lutherans: not being married, adultery, conscience
Lutherans: not being married, adultery, conscience, truth

Lutherans: LCMS vs ELS, lutheran denominations, family disagreement
lutheran denominations, family disagreement, pastoral office: The relationship between the WELS, ELS, and LCMS is kind of like a long family disagreement. They are so close, but a few issues divide them and for some clergy and congregations, those few issues are the source of a great deal more animosity and condemnations...