Braaten on ELCA Sexuality Proposal

Lutheran theologian Carl Braaten has released a critique of the latest ELCA proposal on human sexuality. Pastor Zip has it here. He regards it as a muddled confusion of law and gospel. Here’s a sampling–be sure to read the whole thing. 1) This draft social statement identifies two doctrines as foundational for a Lutheran understanding…

The ELCA and Sexual Abuse

It would be a good thing if other churches were to learn from the Catholic experience of the past several years about dealing with sexual abuse by clergy. The ELCA apparently has not learned, in the case of a pastor who died in 1997. Both the South Dakota Synod and the ELCA national office refuse…

ELCA and Israel–Wiesenthal Center “Disappointed”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has expressed its disappointment over the ELCA’s “confused Middle East signals.” The Simon Wiesenthal Center deplores a resolution passed this weekend at the 10th biennial Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to ‘study’ the feasibility of a boycott against goods produced in Israeli ‘settlements.’ “This marks the first…