Dear WE: My wife and I visited our LCMS+U church this past Sunday. This is the pastor’s first call since graduating seminary. This congregation had been practicing open communion for many years. This new Pastor expressed to me that he would prefer things become more closed but that as long as the members who are there […]

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Dear WE: I know that the LCMS holds to the confessional position on women’s ordination, i.e. it doesn’t allow it. (I agree with this position). Why then do almost no women wear head coverings anymore? As it is a similar exhortation by St. Paul. Why do we abide by one and not the other? Thanks, […]

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Dear WE: Can you explain what the phrase “Do not boil a goat in its mother’s milk” means? Thanks, M M: What you have there is a reference to one of the many dietary laws in the Old Testament. The idea was specifically this – you don’t cook an animal in its mother’s milk. This […]

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Dear WE: What do you think about holding members of a church accountable for their attendance? I have heard of some Lutheran pastors who actually drops someone’s membership in the church because they refuse to come on a regular basis. Do you agree or disagree with this and is there a Biblical reference on why […]

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Dear WE: I have a friend who is a non-celibate homosexual and a Christian. He argues that he is not in violation of Scripture (I disagree), and I don’t know how to handle our relationship. How does 1 Cor. 5:11 apply both here and in general? Am I truly not supposed to be friends with […]

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Dear WE: Thank you for all you do.While talking about sanctification with someone, we disagreed on this very specific issue that can be generalized: if a Christian dies when drunk, are they going to heaven still? If you can clear up something’s like “you will know them by their fruit” and “fruits of the Holy […]

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Dear WE: I have recently left a works based cult. I know the consequences of adding to the gospel and have been praying for personal forgiveness for perverting the gospel. I am trying to reevaluate my beliefs but am having trouble adjusting. I really do see that the correct use of baptism is for people […]

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Dear WE: When is a baptism not a baptism? Today one of my friends was “baptized” but apparently no one thought it was important to actually SAY the words “I baptize you into the name…etc.” They just dunked him. Does that even count? Thanks, A Dear A, From our WE Team discussions, we would have […]

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Dear WE: Twice I’ve heard Pastor Fisk say you can’t be “called” by God because He hasn’t spoken since the Days of the Apostles. I find this very confusing perhaps because my definition of “called” is inaccurate. Please clarify for me what Pastor Fisk is addressing when he says you can’t say you were called […]

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Dear WE: How should I respond to a person who states that there is no exact translation of the bible, which means that we cannot show others that some of their beliefs are false? Thanks, A Dear A: The Holy Scriptures have been wonderfully preserved by the Holy Spirit from their inspiration and writing, through […]

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