Pr Bob Kempe speaks on women’s ordination

18 Apr

General Pastors’ Conference is in session at Immanuel College, Novar Gardens, SA.  While pastors’ deliberations are important the main game remains General Synod.

Today’s video has Pr Bob Kempe sharing his thinking on women’s ordination.


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3 responses to “Pr Bob Kempe speaks on women’s ordination

  1. restforhealth

    April 18, 2013 at 8:52 am

    It’s actually at Concordia College, Highgate, not that that will make much difference to the deliberations!! Peter

    Peter Bean
    School Pastor

  2. Wally Schiller

    April 18, 2013 at 9:38 am

    It is good to get basic facts right – Pastors’ Conference is at Concordia College.

  3. John Miller

    April 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks Bob for a reasoned response. The problem is that if the LCA permits women to be ordained, is has to explain to its membership why this has not been an acceptable practice for the last 400 years of Lutheran tradition.

    The choice is offending God, or women; reason versus blind faith; new thought versus ancient and dark-age thought.

    Historically women have always been offended. We know what Paul thought of women. Here’s what Luther thought of women:

    ‘Women … have but small and narrow chests, and broad hips, to the end that they should remain at home, sit still, keep house, and bear and bring up children.’

    If God is offended it will be interesting to see which member of the Trinity does anything about it! My feeling is Yahweh would be predisposed to bringing on some catastrophic event and punish the daughters of the people who voted for it ‘unto the third and fourth generation’. Jesus of Nazareth would think it a very good thing and lift up his countenance on the ‘yes’ voters. The Ghost would take credit for whichever way the vote went.

    If women are offended it will be interesting to see what they do about it. A very small minority who have set their hearts on becoming pastors will leave the LCA and become pastors within the Uniting Church.

    Of those that are left, half of them will accept it, either as their lot in life or because they don’t care. They’ll continue in their leadership and supportive roles in their congregation. Why bother about something you can’t change. Take no thought for the morrow … Go placidly …

    The other half will follow the thousands upon thousands of women who have already turned their back on the LCA in the last 50 years. They’ll put their compassionate energy into teaching, social work, nursing, counselling and the myriad of therapeutic and helping arts.

    So where are you anyway, Concordia or Immanuel? I can’t work out where you are from your video. I forgot to tell fellow bloggers that I taught at Concordia for four years – while you were there.


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