Friends in Christ,
Blessed Advent to you all! Christmas is quickly approaching! Are you ready? Advent is preparation time. We are waiting eagerly to celebrate the birth of our Lord, and awaiting His final return. It’s a time of repentance and joy . . . I pray all of you have a very blessed Christmas and treasure and celebrate the entire Christmas season.
The CLCC sponsored conference at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Garfield, MN will be on February 27, 2016. I hope you are able to come and spend the day with us. The title is “Ordaining Women: Why We Don’t”. Maybe you have some questions about this topic or have friends that don’t understand it, and you would like to explain it to them. Bring them along! It will be a time of learning, including how to better defend it in our world today. Please share the flyer at your church, also print out some registration forms. And this year online registration is available.
We are having a conference at the Ramada Bloomington, across the street from the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN, again next spring. The dates are April 5-6, 2016. It will begin on the 5th (times yet to be determined) and continue on the morning of the 6th. It will be arranged so that if you can’t attend both days, you can still come for part of it. This conference directly precedes the ACL/Luther Academy Conference. The speakers and topics are still pending, but all should be decided by the next newsletter.
This past quarter the CLCC released a booklet entitled “Pastor, What’s This About Church Discipline” by Rev. Robert Jarvis. It is in the format of a friendly chat with a pastor. As you ask one question and get the answer, it makes you think of another one, until frequently asked questions on the topic of church discipline are answered. This book is timely as church discipline has become very difficult and is frequently neglected. This book is available to purchase on our website for $2.99. It’s also available in the Library to read or print out for free.
CLCC also published a book, “The Early Church” by A. C. Schwark, which is the first in a series entitled A Layman’s Guide to Theological History. The book covers controversies such as Arianism that challenged the early church in its understanding of the Trinity and Christology. Champions of the faith such as Athanasius and Augustine are introduced and their defense of Scripture is examined with insight into why specific wording is contained in the Nicene and Athanasian Creeds. The book continues by examining how the early church wrestled with the nature of grace, free will, original sin, faith and reason. It concludes by revealing the religious climate that Luther faced in the sixteenth century. The Early Church is available on our website for $14.99 (members just $11.99) or an electronic copy can be purchased from Amazon for $4.99.
The next volume in A Layman’s Guide to Theological History is “The Formation of the LCMS,” which is scheduled for release this spring. This book recaps the challenges to doctrinal integrity faced in nineteenth century Germany, the emigration of the Saxons and other groups to America, and the events that brought these groups together. It also provides a comparison of key doctrinal differences that exist between the LCMS and ELCA as well as other Christian denominations. So watch for more releases of books and other publications.
Have a Blessed Christmas Season! As Christians we celebrate Christmas for a season, not just a day! And we start celebrating in the church at the time the world is sick of Christmas because it’s been around since Halloween.
Take time and have a Christmas rest,
Kari Anderson, Publicity Director for CLCC