Piepkorn on the ‘Schism of Authoriy’ in Lutheranism

“Piepkorn on the ‘Schism of Authoriy’ in Lutheranism” is the title of the paper that I delivered at the 42nd Annual Symposium on the Lutheran Confessions at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne on January 21, 2009. The seminary is not posting copies of symposium papers on its new website, but you can obtain a free copy by email attachment from me at pseckerXXX@snet.net (remove the XXX, which is there to thwart Internet crawlers). With it I will send you a 175 word and a longer summary of the paper, as well as some “Reflections” that I wrote up after the August 2009 Churchwide Assembly of the ELCA pointing out how Piepkorn anticipated some of what happened there.

I am currently sending out free DOC and PDF copies of articles by and about Piepkorn by email attachment. If you want to be on the list, let me know at pseckerXXX@snet.net (remove the XXX, which is there to thwart Internet crawlers that look for email addresses.) One of the articles I just found is “Valid Celebrations,” which is one part of a five part article entitled “Celebrating Holy Communion Services Outside Congregational Services” that appeared in the July 1966 Lutheran Witness. The other four parts were written by John Korcak, Paul J. Schulze, Herbert H. Mirly, and Herbert Lindemann. In “Valid Celebrations” Piepkorn lists the Confessional requirements for valid celebrations of Holy Communion.

Other articles that are available include Piepkorn’s 1946 “A Lutheran Breviary” in which he argues that Lutherans pastors and even some laity should pray at least some of the daily offices every day.

Also available is my “Piepkorn on Remaining ‘Where God Has Placed You'”.

Other articles that are available include my articles on Hermann Sasse and Piepkorn, which are described below.

Other articles will be available as they are processed.

I attended the General Retreat of the Society of the Holy Trinity (www.societyholytrinity.org) in Mundelein, IL, and signed the Society Rule. I also sold all twenty-four copies of Volume 2 that I had with me. Forty-three new members signed the pledge. About 215 were present. Both were new records for the Society, which has grown every year since it began and now has about 270 members.