Rev Dr Rick Strelan reflects on women’s ordination

14 Apr

Rev Dr Rick Strelan reminds us that ordination is a gift of God, and raises the issue of authority in the church.


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6 responses to “Rev Dr Rick Strelan reflects on women’s ordination

  1. John Miller

    April 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Rick, authority in the LCA is vested in the Synod.What the ancients think is of no concern.

    The Synod does have to remove the Blaess/Hebart misogynystatement for its statutes.

  2. Barney

    April 14, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    John, the authority in the LCA is derived from the Holy Scriptures, c.f. our Constitution Article II.
    Misogyny or not, is not the issue here, the Word of God is and remains the ONLY rule and norm according to which all issues are to be assessed and judged. This is not only stated in our Constitution but also in our Confession and in our Lutheran Doctrine. The Synod is only empowered to act in accordance with our Constitution – particularly Article II – they may make decisions outside our doctrine but those decisions do not hold a cup full of cold water and are not binding on the membership of the LCA.

  3. Ronnie Mann

    April 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    “Thank God that the Church has remembered me” stated an inmate at a Forensic Psychiatric Facility in Adelaide on an Easter morning. The Lutheran female Prison Chaplain was much later than expected because of Ecumenical services at three other prison facilities, was greeted with this comment. It was of no concern to this young Croation Catholic man (or the other inmates) that I was female. What was important was the Sacrament from our Saviour. The Church was supplying the need of confession, absolution and forgiveness.

  4. Doug

    September 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    The discussions of Women in the Lutheran Ministry has been going on up hill and down dale for many years now.
    I have no inclinations anyway whether it takes place or not.
    I have vivid memories of the days of Deacons in our church. I knew many of them. Had great respect for them Anyone remember Miss L Zadow who spent many years in New Guinea serving there.
    Women who did a marvelous duty in helping Pastors in their duties and ministring to many people of all walks of life.
    What happened to this part of our church set up. Why was this part of ministry deleted.
    My majo thought on all this Womens Ministry is this.
    Surely our well educated pastors with the highest degree of Theology studies and their Diplomas should be able to with their knowledge of the Holy Bible be able to find out what our God says on the subject in His Holy Word. This has often puzzled me.

    • John Miller

      September 4, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      I think that Rick Strelan is soon to find out that on the issue of the ordination of women, Man is (once more) about to triumph over God. Maybe not next week, but sooner rather than later – and then where will that leave him (Strelan). The excremetal sandwich (on infallibility, inerrancy …) inserted into the LCA Constitution by its authors looks pretty shaky.

      Hands up all those who still believe it.

    • Katie and Martin

      September 4, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      Our CTICR has twice found that there are no theological objections to women’s ordination. This was not, however, the outcome that ex-President Semmler was looking for, hence the endless erection of hurdles for women’s ordination, including the ban on pastors discussing the matter and the ban on The Lutheran carrying articles or letters on the matter.
      I believe the women were called Deaconesses, and I believe that they were often treated very poorly, which is a story that has not yet been broadly told.


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