Ivy Gauvin is an ELCA pastor at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Bemus Point, New York. She writes that students were penalized if they used gendered names for God at her ELCA seminary.
4/18/2019 05:25:15 am
Did the ELCA seminary professors issue scissors to students with instructions that they cut out every offending Bible reference by Jesus to His Father?
4/19/2019 12:39:49 pm
Nothing new under the sun! In 1998 while preparing / getting dressed for my first chapel at Trinity (Columbus OH) as a new "student", I was asked for my prayer petitions for the morning service. I was "told" that I could not use "Father" -- which I had used ONLY ONCE! But once was ONE TOO MANY! I informed her that I WOULD use FATHER! I was a 3rd career student -- been around the flagpole a few times, including 4 years with Campus Crusade, chapel assistant in the USAF, counselor at Promise Keepers.... and "they" had no basis for their so-called gender "teaching" from my understanding of scripture! Kind of like breaking horses (family farm/ranch) -- you got'a keep the reins tight from the moment you get on and let them know who's in charge... and even so, they'll still keep trying to throw you off! Happened all the way up to AND including graduation because I stood up to the deception and outright lies of the person in charge of internships. (4th yr internship, AND we locked horns!) Yep, if you do not abide by / conform to "their" teachings, social issues, agendas, etc. you are suspect and subject to their every attempt to buck you off! She failed to break me AND I did receive my diploma! IMO, seminarians without other healthy "outside" insights, support, and already developed critical thinking skills are potentially fair / easy game for an all too often very progressive/liberal closed-minded seminary staff/faculty.
4/20/2019 11:10:05 am
Dear Lordy. I’ve been an LCMS member my entire life and remember clearly Seminex, being confirmed in the middle of it. We had an LCMS pastor that tried to have our congregation become a part of ELCA, and thanks to our elders it did not happen. It was one big giant mess and the membership suffered greatly, spreading members to other LCMS congregations throughout the area, ourselves included.
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