Thursday, June 1, 2017
A Reunion and A Remembrance
Though the Lutheran Church in Australia is small by many standards, it has had a large and profound impact upon Lutheranism and the Missouri Synod, in particular. Hermann Sasse spent a good deal of his life in Australia and his contributions to Lutheranism in general and the LCMS are very significant. The LCA has given us such eloquent and faithful teachers as Dr. John Kleinig (whose new commentary on Hebrews has just been released to join his Leviticus volume also published by CPH). With him are included the likes of Gregory Lockwood (who did the First Corinthians CPH commentary). Add to it such figures as Michael Lockwood and Andrew Pfeiffer, to name but a few. They are all well published in scholarly journals. My point is that we are deeply connected in heart with the LCA and deeply indebted to them for the many faithful confessional Lutheran pastors and teachers who have touched our own lives in the LCMS and throughout the world.
So it matters greatly how things are going down under, so to speak. It matters greatly to the LCMS how the LCA deals with the issue of the ordination of women. It matters greatly to the LCMS and to the cause of confessional Lutheranism at large how the LCA both approaches the issues of sexuality and the decisions of the LCA in dealing with such issues that all Lutherans face. We do not do so in isolation from each other and our witness is strengthened by our common confession of the truth that does not waver. So before you dismiss the LCA, think of those whose lives were shaped by service there, the great teachers who called the LCA home, and those whose faithfulness and scholarship have touched us in so many different ways. Pray for a God-pleasing solution, for a faithful decision, and for the cause of a vibrant and confessional Lutheran witness in Australia!