This article is in response to the one Karst wrote in the Daily Sun a few days ago. Karst specifically criticized the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA) about the way the synod has acted.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The Rev. Doyle Karst was quoted in an article for the Dec. 15 issue of the Daily Sun.)
Basically about the way we select our ministers. At our congregation we appoint a call committee that interviews the ordained pastors that are available for call.
The church council then questions them, after which they are brought before the congregation for questions and possibly a sermon. After which the congregation votes on whether to issue him a call. There are many congregations from east to west that differ and they are able to select ones that fits their needs.
Karst says “the ELCA issued a statement that recognized families in many forms and welcomes same sex couples into the church, among other things.” Karst church doesn’t welcome some people into his church?
Our pastor shall decide if he will or will not marry a couple for whatever reason. He and church council shall decide what is allowed in the congregation.
John 3:16 states that, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Arnold Buhr, Beatrice