Further Censorship of The Lutheran

02 Apr

Pastor Mike Semmler, President of the LCA

Good reader, you will remember how The Lutheran has been barred from publishing any Letters to the Editor on women’s ordination … the latest is that Pastor Mike Semmler has barred The Lutheran from publishing any notices or advertisements about the coming Conference on women’s ordination that will be held at ALC.  (More information to come shortly.)

This is an intriguing situation.  While the previous President, Pastor Lance Steicke encouraged open conversation on the matter in order that the Church might find a resolution to this vital matter, Pastor Mike Semmler, the incumbent, seemingly does whatever it takes to stop the conversation.


Posted by on April 2, 2012 in politics


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8 responses to “Further Censorship of The Lutheran

  1. PIchi

    April 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    The problem is that we want our ministry to have the honour of being ‘ordained’ and that requires formal structures in the church which ratify that sort of thing. But those very structures are decades behind some strong realities in the church. So there is no way for individual (or even collective) congregations to make the change as it is an institutional change we want. Sigh.

  2. Rex

    June 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    It seems the LCA needs to clean house by excommunicating the unfaithful women. It’s amazing the number of “Eve’s” the Devil has deceived.

  3. Katie and Martin

    June 19, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    We’re not sure if your tongue is planted in your cheek, Rex. Either way, it’s a sure recipe for the death of the church.

  4. Bernard van Niekerk

    October 1, 2012 at 3:27 am

    As a male Lutheran, I hugely admire the ministry that many women do have in the church. However, if insufficient Lutherans in Australia wish to have women ordained then it also seems to me that that position should be accepted; with leaders such as the President being respected for their position of authority. I feel that the Lutheran church in Australia is built on a very sound scriptural foundation; just go to service on a Sunday and experience the joy of being spiritually fed direct from the Bible. Churches like this are rare in our world.

    As someone who became a Lutheran in middle age after half a lifetime fellowshipping in a number of different denominations, I have come to realise that what carries the label of a “Christian Church” in our world today can often be spiritually scary, with many false doctrines and with “church leaders” sometimes placing heavy financial demands on their congregations in order to enrich themselves.

    • Katie and Martin

      October 1, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      It is a good thing to respect authority, for they have been elected to serve the people. However, such respect is eroded when they are lethargic in responding to Synod’s direction to work towards consensus, when they accuse supporters of women’s ordination of bypassing studies of Scripture, when they silence the debate in the national magazine, when impartiality and power is abused by constantly working towards rebutting the arguments of supporters of women’s ordination, …
      There is nothing inherently holy about leadership, no more than being part of the electorate. In a democracy, when the elected representative does not perform well, it is time for someone else to take the reigns.


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