Pastors’ input sought for research project
Pastors are being invited to share their insights into how religious beliefs and practices have been misused in the perpetration of violence, as part of a research project initiated by the LCANZ.
Respect is on the line
by Helen Lockwood
You may have heard the words: ‘If this program has raised any issues for you, please call 1800RESPECT’? This national counselling service supports people going through abuse or who have been abused. Lutherans who work on the helpline say that they pray for the right words to say.
What is dying well?
When it comes to dying, all of us hope to die well. The question is, what does this mean and what does this look like?
A final expression of faith
Being with people who are dying can be uncomfortable, daunting and sad. We might worry about saying or doing the wrong thing. But even those with years of experience ministering to people who are dying say that discomfort or anxiety may always be present as we confront our own mortality.
Prayer call for Myanmar
Members of the LCA/NZ are being urged to pray for peace in Myanmar, where the military staged a coup d’etat and took control of the country last month. LCA International Mission works closely with churches in Myanmar and Pastor Matt Anker says, ‘Please join us as we pray for a peaceful resolution’.
Lutherans respond to SA abortion bill
The LCA/NZ’s Lutherans for Life has responded to the new ‘Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2020’, which is before the South Australian parliament, with a public statement and call to action for the church.
Choosing the road to life
by Peter McGuinness
On 8 December 2012, Melissa and Peter McGuinness learnt of their 18-year-old son’s death in a tragic road crash that claimed five lives. Now Melissa shares their story with young people around Australia, hoping to facilitate change in driving behaviours.
LCANZ leaders report on ordination deliberations
The LCANZ’s governance and pastoral leaders have issued a report to members after meeting about the division within the church over women’s ordination.
Further ordination meeting planned
The General Church Board (GCB) and the College of Bishops (CoB) of the LCA/NZ will meet again in early 2020 to continue looking at the issue of ordination in the church.
Prayer in tough times
by Pastor Stephen Abraham
Jesus submits to God’s will. It’s not always God’s will for you to win the lottery. It’s not always God’s will for your severed finger to miraculously grow back. It’s not always God’s will for your hardship to be magically resolved. If prayer worked like that, Jesus wouldn’t have gone to the cross.