Lutherans in Crisis

An Overview of the Challenges that Face Lutherans Today 

   The Lutheran Church was born out of great turmoil in the early 16th century. As one looks at the history, one finds a continued healthy struggle to proclaim the truth of God's Living Word in the Bible amidst a world that tolerates error and welcomes compromise.

    Lutherans are passionate about doctrine which explains the many splits and mergers that have occurred over the centuries in America and round the world. We list below for the reader who wants to be informed--various blogs, papers, and web sites that describe the varied approaches and positions taken by well-meaning Lutherans who have a distinct (though often overlapping) Lutheran identity, theology, and practice.

    Most of these sources will reflect the more traditional approach one will find at Agnus Dei. It is a doctrine and practice most closely aligned with the original founders of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod (C.F.W. Walther, Francis Pieper, and others).

    Agnus Dei was formed out of a desire to leave much of the fighting over doctrine behind by forming a much more unified group of Lutherans. Our experience is that desire for diverse theological thought and practice has a negative impact on truth and unity.

    In a rather unique way, the members of Agnus Dei recognize that The Lutheran Faith is the widest and broadest minded of all churches because it accepts all truth. At the same time, they recognize The Lutheran Church is the narrowest minded of all churches in that it accepts no error.

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What's Going on in Our Synod? (Chart-PDF)
Of Diversity and the Use of Statistics in Worship By David Berger
Because I Care Packet - Pilgrim Lutheran Church Decatur, IL (PDF)
Final Report on the Six Points of Dissent - Trinity Lutheran Church Herrin, IL (PDF)
The LCMS—Its Past and Future by Dr. Wallace Schulz
C.F.W. Walther's 13 theses on Closed Communion
Theses on evangelism by Pastor Robin Fish
Doctrinal Integrity And Outreach Within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod by Wohlrabe (1 mb PDF)
Playing the Pharisee Card by Todd Wilken (PDF)
Time to Move on by Rev. Richard Bolland
In Defense of Historical Worship by Sean L. Rippy

Lutheran Clarion

ACELC Documents

Ablaze Theology Examined
   Ablaze!®, the Movement by David Berger
   Accountability and Faithfulness in Reaching the Lost by Newton
Response to Newton's Paper

Web Sites
Rev. David Jay Weber's Lutheran Theology Site

Aardvark Alley*
Ask The Pastor
Augsburg 1530
Cleaving the Darkness
Extreme Theology
Rev. Cwirla's blog
Stand Firm

* These sites are a treasure trove of confessional Lutheran Blog lists and sites.