Dr. Wohlrabe’s important paper, “Doctrinal Integrity and Outreach” is now available. Click here to read it in its entirity.
Here is an excerpt from the paper’s Conclusion:
There is no denying the deep polarization within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod at present. However, it should be recognized, as this paper demonstrates, this is not a recent occurrence. It has been developing for some time. Nor can it be characterized simply as a political power struggle. In reality, for more than fifty years there has been a battle within the Synod over the both/and of doctrinal integrity and outreach, as well as over the proper distinction between Law and Gospel. While some have sought to advocate outreach at the expense of doctrinal integrity, confessional pastors and lay people have sought to pull the pendulum back from an either/or to a both/and. The outcome of this ongoing struggle is unclear.
Dr. John C. Wohlrabe, Chaplain in the USN, will be speaking at 7:00
pm on June 16, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Gresham, OR. Gresham is a
suburb of Portland and the church is located at 795 E. Powell Blvd.
The phone number for the church is 503-665-5414.
The theme for the presentation will be “Restoring Unity in the LCMS.”
and will be a repeat of the presentation given the week before (10
June) in the Chicago area at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Brookfield,
Illinois. This is a most important topic for our Synod in today’s
environment and all (clergy and laity) are encouraged to attend.
Dr. Wohlrabe will speak for about one hour and then open the floor up
for questions. It is hoped that we can make a video of the evening
and make it available shortly thereafter in DVD format.
There will be time increments available between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm
on June 16, and 1:00 to 6:00 pm for private discussions. Please make
arrangements directly with Pastor Eric Lange (cell 503-816-8558) for
Walter Dissen writes:
Rev. John Wohlrabe conducted Bible Class and
preached at Faith Ev. Lutheran Church in Chesapeake, VA
today (May 20) AND will do the same next Sunday as
So, anyone interested in participating in a good
Bible Class this coming Sunday and in an excellent
worship service, come to Faith Ev. Lutheran Church
next Sunday on South Battlefield Blvd. worshiping
at Twiford Colonial Chapel (funeral chapel) which
is off Interstate 64. Chesapeake, Virginia Beach
and Norfolk are all one metropolitan area. Bible
Class is 9:15 A.M. and divine worship at 10:30 A.M.
Rev. Andrew Simcak, Jr., President of TCL, writes:
Dr. John Wohlrabe, nominated to serve as the President of The
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, will speak at Memorial Lutheran
Church, 5800 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas on Sunday, June 3 at
2:30PM. After he presents an opening statement the remainder of the
meeting will be devoted to questions and answers. Issues confronting
the synodical convention in Houston (July 14-19) will be discussed. A
free will offering will be received to help defray expenses. The
meeting is sponsored by the Texas Confessional Lutherans. Y’all are
Dear Friends in Christ,
Greetings in the Name of our Lord.
The Rev. Dr. John Wohlrabe will be speaking at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Brookfield, Illinois on Sunday, June 10th at 7:00pm. His topic will be “Restoring Unity in the LCMS”. This is an excellent opportunity for convention delegates and other interested persons to become acquainted with one of the candidates for Synodical President. There will be ample time for questions and answers following Chaplain Wohlrabe’s presentation. After the Q and A session, refreshments will be served and those in attendance will have an opportunity to speak with him informally.
St. Paul’s is located at 9035 Grant Avenue in Brookfield, and is easily reached from either I-55 or I-290. Please do not hesitate to contact our church office (708-485-6987) for directions.
The Rev. Benjamin Ball, Pastor
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Brookfield, IL