Saturday, July 04, 2015

Responses to same sex marriage

The same sex marriage is creating significant discussion and debate in the broader community and the Christian community.  Even amongst Lutheran Churches there is no clear and consistent agreement on this issue.

A note:  the following resources will present different views of the arguments regarding same sex marriage and whether homosexuality is sinful or not sinful.  This entry is not about us defining or supporting a position but the information is presented so you can research the area.   

The following are some responses::
Lutheran Responses to same sex marriage
Lutheran Church of Australia's statement
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
North America Lutheran Church
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Lutheran Church Canada
Evangelical Church in Germany
Reconciling Works - an advocacy site for LGBT in the Lutheran Church

Ecumenical summaries to same sex marriage
Pew Research - overview
A paper giving an ecumenical perspective
A summary of some Lutheran responses from around the world (Wikipedia) 

Articles relating to same sex marriage
Got Questions -  What the bible says!!
Bible.org
Christianity Today
Some advice from a Canadian church a helpful perspective for pastors
Australian Marriage Forum
Australian Christian Lobby
Reasonable Faith - A Christian perspective on homosexuality
In my opinion 
Religious Tolerance
Gay Christian Network
40 Questions for those who support same sex marriage - Gospel Coalition 

Bible Studies
What about homosexuality?
Changing Currents - The Bible and same sex marriage
Making Love Just
Gay (Same Sex) Marriage - Dr Andrew Corbett
What does the bible say about being gay?

If you have some further material to recommend regarding same sex marriage, from any perspective please feel free to email richardschwedes@gmail.com with the information.

Book: Post God Nation

Why religion fell off the radar in Australia - and how it can get back on.

At the time of Federation 98% of Australians identified themselves as Christians. Now only 8% say they regularly go to Church. What's changed? How did Australia become a post-Christian nation and what part did the Churches play in their own decline?

Author Roy Williams (God, Actually, In God they trust?) has long been an impassioned defender of Christianity. Here, he tackles the decline of the church head on, acknowledging that in many cases, inflexibility, negativity and a refusal to listen have led to a tarnished image. But he also argues that Australia had a long and often misunderstood Christian heritage. And without it, he says, we will become a society with no moral centre, a community where rampant materialism is the only rule.

Offering a bold roadmap for the Church to change, Williams challenges atheists, agnostics and true believers to a genuinely open debate about the force of faith.

Paperback available from booktopia 

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Article: 5 prompts for praying the news

Everyday, right before our eyes we are given opportunities to pray...every news story is an opportunity to pray....
In the article 5 prompts for praying the news Kristi Atkinson discusses a way of praying the news....take a moment to read, reflect and share this article

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Web Site: Women's Ordination - We are listening

We are listening is a resource site for the Lutheran Church of Australia as it discusses and dialogues the issue of Women's Ordination.  
There is a considerable number of resources and documents relating to the issue of Women's Ordination, presenting both sides of the arguments as well as information relating to how best to be involved in the dialogue.
Take some time to explore the site at http://owl.lca.org.au/

Article: 12 OFTEN OVERLOOKED PRACTICES GREAT LEADERS DEVELOP THAT POOR LEADERS DON’T

12 often overlooked practices great leaders develop that poor leaders don't is a good article for leaders to reflect on...The 12 practices are:
1. MAKE COMPLEX MATTERS SEEM SIMPLE
2. FIGHT FOR CLARITY
3. REFUSE TO MAKE EXCUSES
4. THINK ABUNDANCE
5. REGULARLY SIFT THROUGH KEY PRIORITIES
6. THINK WON’T, NOT CAN’T
7. MASTER SELF-DISCIPLINE
8. THINK WE, NOT ME
9. DECIDE TO WORK FOR YOUR STAFF
10. GET STARTED EARLY
11. ARRIVE PREPARED AND ON TIME
12. PRACTICE SELF-CARE

to explore each of these practices visit here