Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Can the PCA Learn from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod? 2010 LCMS Election of Rev. Matthew Harrison

I've been following from a distance the goings on in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. I saw this clip over at Gene Veith's blog, Cranach and decided to post it.

For those who don't know there's been a struggle in the LCMS between those who wish to move in the direction of broad evangelicalism and those who wish to remain confessional. The new president, Rev. Matthew Harrison, is a confessional minister and this is his acceptance speech. It is a very gracious and humble speech.

For us in the PCA who are divided over the Strategic Plan, this speech illustrates the only basis on which unity and reconciliation can take place.  It would be nice to hear a similar speech from those on the Cooperative Ministries Committee (CMC). 

Postscript: Go to this link for an explanation as to the momentous nature of Rev. Harrison's election: Revolution in the LCMS Cranach: The Blog of Veith


Anonymous said...

It is such a blessing for us in the LCMS and beyond, that God has blessed us with this most humble servant, Pastor Harrison.

Our church was being led more like a business, with the emphasis of what we do for God. President Harrison will remind us that our focus is on the amazing grace which comes from God, not on our personal works which are like filthy rags. May God bless the church through Pastor Harrison, and all who keep Holy Scripture as our focus: The Word of God.

Dave Sarafolean said...


I'm very happy for you and the LCMS. Here in the PCA we just took a turn toward broad evangelicalism when our General Assembly passed a "Strategic Plan". Those who pushed it through showed little of Pastor Harrison's humility.

My hope and prayer is that we in the PCA will see a similar return to confessional orthodoxy amongst our leaders.