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"Three Things That Could Split the Church"
LGBT people will destroy the church, it is said, if we don't sit down and be quiet. For the good of the whole church, our sexuality should just be a cross to bear, not a crusade. Well, there are three things that could actually split the church: if people just "walk," if the church expels us, or if Christians don't get the Gospel and take it seriously. Dowload in PDF format.
"An Unlikely Fortress Slides and Crumbles: the ELCA Abandons the Reformation!"
This article was originally published in two parts in The Concord, the quarterly journal of Lutherans Concerned/North America. 8 pp. Download in PDF format.
"The Fourfold Ministry: Welcome, Acceptance, Hospitality, and Reconciliation"
An overview of what a Reconciling Ministry includes; based on the parable of the "Prodigal Son." 4 pp. Download in PDF format.
The longer discussion, which was originally presented as an address for a LC/Los Angeles Reconciling congregations workshop in 2002 is in this article: "Why Is There a Need for Reconciliation?"
"Will Our Church Become a Gay Church?"
People in your church may be uneasy about declaring their welcome for LGBT persons. It takes patient conversation to win them over. The shortest distance between two points of view is the truth. A ministry of Reconciliation means quality growth, not run-away change. 4 pp. Download in PDF format.