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Several of the overtures to the District Convention that were addressed by the resolution explicitly mentioned Lutherans for Racial Justice. The convention was wise in not including such language in the final resolution and concentrating on the biblical issues involved.

According to President Matthew Harrison the following resolution was passed at the Mid-South District Convention on July 3:


WHEREAS, God has created all people and they are blood related going back to our mutual fathers, Adam and Noah, and all are subject to the stain of original sin, but now also have been equally redeemed by the blood of Christ in order to be reconciled to God and to each other; and

WHEREAS, God’s Word says, “If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “’You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.” (James 2:8, 9); and

WHEREAS,  Racism (the sinful notion that some races are inherently superior to others),   misunderstanding, and strife are present in the world and experienced in congregations due to our sin; and

WHEREAS, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) abhors racism, and in convention has passed resolutions repudiating all racism, (see 1992 Res. 3-03 and 2019 Res. 11-04A); and

WHEREAS, Critical Race Theory (CRT) has become a common, multifaceted, and controversial theory for discussion of contemporary race relations; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Mid-South District in convention reject the world view of CRT, as it is contrary to Scripture and counterproductive to true racial conversation and reconciliation, for it pursues equality of outcome (“equity”) between racial groups, which requires treating individuals unequally based on race, and also reject all organizations, movements, petitions, and theological language that support that world view in a positive manner; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the LCMS Mid-South District reject any doctrine that teaches:   

● One’s race, ancestry, or nationality are inherently superior to the race, ancestry, or nationality of another.
● Any individual is inherently racist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously, because of his or her race, ancestry, or nationality;

RESOLVED, That the circuits of the Mid-South District of the LCMS develop an objective mission and ministry action plan for outreach to diverse communities among us;

RESOLVED, That the congregations of the LCMS Mid-South District be encouraged to conduct conversations on race and diversity, to strengthen unity within the congregation; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the congregations of the LCMS Mid-South District be encouraged to engage members of their communities in these conversations, in light of Christ’s Gospel; and be it further

RESOLVED, We commend those within the LCMS Mid-South District who intentionally proclaim and work to reach out with the Gospel of Jesus to those who are different from themselves in the light of the Great Commission; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That the Mid-South District send this resolution to the Synod as it gathers at its 2023 Convention to do similarly.

Your Turn / Re: Nominees for Concordia Seminary President Announced
« on: February 15, 2021, 01:56:23 PM »
Dr. Thomas Egger has accepted the call to be the 11th President of Concordia Seminary.

Your Turn / Re: Nominees for Concordia Seminary President Announced
« on: February 06, 2021, 03:03:59 PM »
Dr. Egger has been unanimously called to be the next President of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.

Your Turn / Re: Nominees for Concordia Seminary President Announced
« on: January 23, 2021, 04:07:52 PM »
He was added per this part of Synod ByLaw  The election will be on February 6th.

(i) At least two weeks before the election, the electors shall finalize the slate of nominees to be interviewed in the election meeting.
(1) The slate is fixed by a majority of the electors, with the members of the board of regents now voting as individuals.
(2) They may add names to the search committee’s list only from the officially published list of nominees, after consultation with the search committee.
(3) The entire board of regents (voting as individuals) shall participate, and the addition or deletion of names shall require a simple majority of all electors and board-of-regents members present. The search committee shall be available to answer questions regarding potential interviewees.
(4) If there are persons placed on the slate who were not on the search committee’s recommendation list, they shall complete all interviews and questionnaires prior to the election.

Your Turn / Re: Nominees for Concordia Seminary President Announced
« on: September 09, 2020, 05:54:25 PM »
In this first phase there is no weeding out of nominees, other that the nominee themselves can refuse the nomination.  The search committee will now go through the names and come up with a list of at least 5 finalists.

Your Turn / Re: Nominees for Concordia Seminary President Announced
« on: September 09, 2020, 03:33:21 PM »
The nominees for the Seminary President have been announced.  The election is scheduled for Feb. 6, 2021.

Dr. Joel D. Biermann
Dr. Gerhard H. Bode Jr.
Dr. Phillip L. Brandt
Dr. Jon S. Bruss
Dr. Albert Collver III
Dr. Anthony A. Cook
Dr. Burnell F. Eckardt
Dr. Thomas J. Egger
Dr. Joel C. Elowsky
Dr. Alfonso O. Espinosa
Dr. Carl C. Fickenscher II
Dr. Kevin S. Golden
Dr. Gifford A. Grobien
Dr. Matthew C. Harrison
Dr. Benjamin D. Haupt
Dr. Erik H. Herrmann
Dr. Ross E. Johnson
Dr. Jeffrey J. Kloha
Dr. Joel D. Lehenbauer
Dr. Robert R. Lessing
Dr. David W. Loy
Dr. David P. E. Maier
Dr. Aaron M. Moldenhauer
Dr. Steven P. Mueller
Dr. Martin R. Noland
Dr. David R. Preus
Dr. Jeffrey H. Pulse
Dr. Timothy A. Rossow
Dr. Travis J. Scholl
Dr. Gregory P. Schulz
Dr. Klaus D. Schulz
Dr. William W. Schumacher
Dr. Gregory P. Seltz
Dr. Don R. Stuckwisch Jr.
Dr. Dien A. Taylor
Rev. Daniel T. Torkelson
Dr. William G. Utech
Dr. Jon D. Vieker
Dr. James W. Voelz
Dr. Wilhelm Weber
Dr. John C. Wohlrabe Jr.
Dr. Lucas V. Woodford

Your Turn / Re: The Babylon Bee stings again!
« on: July 03, 2020, 01:47:13 PM »
Then there is the confusion between Washington, DC and that other Washington in the Pacific Northwest.

Your Turn / Re: Nominees for Concordia Seminary President Announced
« on: May 16, 2020, 06:41:26 PM »
From Pastor Peppercorn's Facebook page:

"For the record, the reason the Concordia Seminary announcement is late is because of the stupid internet in Rocklin, California. So if you must blame someone, blame the avocado toast we have to wrap around all of our Ethernet cables..."

The announcement was supposed to be at 2 p.m. CDT., but was an hour late.

Your Turn / Re: Nominees for Concordia Seminary President Announced
« on: May 05, 2020, 02:21:48 PM »

Secondly, the Missouri District DP is on the board but doesn't get a vote.  No problem, John Wille is the elector anyway, who is also a DP from my childhood home district.  Thirdly, the chairman of the Board is Rev. Todd Peperkorn, who is known to me.  Fourthly, there is a Paul Edmon on the board.  The person who began this thread was a Harry Edmon.  Are Harry and Paul related?

In the interest of transparency - Paul Edmon is my oldest son.  He is on the staff (not faculty) at Harvard University and attends First Lutheran Church in Boston.  I am retired from the staff (not faculty) at the University of Washington and attend Messiah Lutheran Church in Seattle.

Paul takes his position seriously and does not share anything with me from executive sessions of the Board of Regents.  Anything I have posted on this site about the seminary and the process have been public information.

Your Turn / Re: Nominees for Concordia Seminary President Announced
« on: May 02, 2020, 04:39:50 PM »
The final slate for Seminary President was just announced -

The following six individuals have been named to the final slate of candidates to be considered for election and call as the 11th president of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis:

Dr. Joel C. Elowsky
Dr. Glenn K. Fluegge
Dr. Jeffrey J. Kloha
Dr. Jacob A. O. Preus III
Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr.
Dr. Douglas L. Rutt

These candidates were selected from the 44 nominees who gave permission for their names to stand in consideration for the call. The slate was established by the Seminary’s Board of Regents (voting individually), the LCMS district president elected to the Seminary’s Board of Regents (Dr. John Wille, LCMS South Wisconsin District), the president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (Dr. Matthew C. Harrison) and the chairman of the LCMS Board of Directors (Dr. Michael Kumm).

On Saturday, May 16, 2020, these electors will vote to select the candidate to receive the call. Per the LCMS Handbook, in this vote, electors Wille, Harrison and Kumm each will have one vote, and the remaining members of the Seminary’s Board of Regents will have one collective vote. A public announcement will be made that day following the election.

The new president will succeed President Dr. Dale A. Meyer, who will retire June 30. Meyer became the Seminary’s 10th president in 2005.

Your Turn / Concordia Portland is closing at the end of the academic year
« on: February 10, 2020, 01:32:58 PM »

February 10, 2020—Portland, Ore.—Concordia University - Portland’s Board of Regents has voted that the University will cease operations at the end of the Spring 2020 academic semester. The resolution was approved February 7, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. PST. The Board’s decision came after years of mounting financial challenges, and a challenging and changing educational landscape.

“After much prayer and consideration of all options to continue Concordia University - Portland’s 115-year legacy, the Board of Regents concluded that the university’s current and projected enrollment and finances make it impossible to  continue its educational mission,” said Interim President Dr. Thomas Ries. “We have come to the decision this is in the best interest of our students, faculty, staff and partners.”

April 25, 2020 will mark the last commencement ceremony at the Concordia University - Portland campus. May 2, 2020 will mark the commencement ceremony for the graduating class of Concordia University School of Law. The Board made this decision to prioritize the well-being of students, faculty, and staff and fulfill its fiduciary obligations. In the Board’s best judgment, a thoughtful and orderly closure process offers the best possible outcome for all affected parties.

Throughout this process, students, faculty and staff will remain the top priority. The University is in active discussions with our accrediting bodies to provide our students the opportunity to continue their educational journey under the guidance of new institutions that fit their needs and can help faculty and staff transition to the next phase of their professional lives.

The Northeast Portland campus has been a part of the Portland community for more than a hundred years. Upon closure, the University will return the Northeast property to the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and one of the lenders, the Lutheran Church Extension Fund. It is expected they will seek a buyer for the 24-acre campus property.

As soon as more information is known, it will be shared.

Your Turn / Re: Presidents Of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
« on: October 03, 2019, 03:33:03 PM »
Dr. Dale Meyer is retiring as President of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis as of June 30, 2020:

Your Turn / Re: Independence Day 2018
« on: June 29, 2018, 06:20:32 PM »
I can be as patriotic as the next person, but I am not in favor of ever having the flag in the sanctuary.  It sends the wrong message about our ultimate kingdom - the kingdom of Grace.  The only exception I could accept would be on a casket in a funeral when appropriate.

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