The CTCR forthrightly asserts that this volume does not change, question or supplant any doctrinal position of the LCMS, including any Synod teaching on contemporary cultural issues such as race or sexuality.
The LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations provides an overview of the Lutheran World Federation as a resource in advising partner churches about the LWF and the Commission’s concern over their joint membership with the LWF.
LCMS President Harrison, Synod officials and LCMS entities asked the CTCR to prepare a report that addresses questions about this issue, including if pastors should continue to sign civil marriage licenses on behalf of the state.
Racism grounds the identity and security of human life not in the God who alone is our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier, but in self. Racism is a sin against the First Commandment because it fails to receive other human beings as gifts from God.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) has prepared a Bible study titled “Immigrants Among Us: A Lutheran Framework for Addressing Immigration Issues” to complement a 2012 CTCR report of the same name.
The royal priesthood is all believers whom God has made a kingdom and priests by working faith in Christ in them by the Holy Spirit. Individuals are priests through their Baptism, and as such offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, pray for this world and confess the faith in their daily lives.
The LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations adopted a report on “Women and Military Service: A Lutheran Perspective” to address the issue of women serving in the military, particularly in combat roles.