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The LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) provides study documents, opinions and statements on theological issues. Established by the Synod in 1962, the commission provides guidance and leadership in the areas of theology and church relations.

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    In Christ All Things Hold Together
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    In Christ All Things Hold Together
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092630
    This report aims to serve as a constructive resource for thoughtful Christian reflection on the complex questions arising from the intersection of science, faith, and Christian theology.
    Guidelines for Crucial Issues
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    Guidelines for Crucial Issues
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092183
    Brief Statement Doctrinal - Position of LCMS - Downloadable
    Price: $1.99 
    Brief Statement Doctrinal - Position of LCMS
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    Item #: 131121pdf
    This pamphlet presents the doctrinal position adopted by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in 1932.
    Abortion in Perspective - CTCR
    Price: $3.49 
    Abortion in Perspective - CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092450
    This report prepared by the Social Concerns Committee of the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod studies...
    Admission to the Lord's Supper: Basics of Biblical and Confessional Teachings - CTCR
    Price: $3.49 
    Admission to the Lord's Supper: Basics of Biblical and Confessional Teachings - CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092608
    This report from the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod addresses the basics of biblical...
    Biblical Revelation & Inclusive Language - CTCR
    Price: $2.49 
    Biblical Revelation & Inclusive Language - CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092603
    Discusses issues concerning the equality and inclusivity of women and men within society and church, including gender-neutral language.
    Christian Faith & Human Beginnings - CTCR
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    Christian Faith & Human Beginnings - CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092617
    This report is broken into three parts. Part one provides a basic and strictly objective account of contemporary scientific and technological...
    Christians & Procreative Choices: How Do God's Chosen Choose?  - CTCR
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    Christians & Procreative Choices: How Do God's Chosen Choose? - CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092602
    This report from the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod addresses choices about childbearing based...
    Contemporary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation - CTCR
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    Contemporary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation - CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092203
    Today's Christians are faced with the dilemma that centers around the origin, nature, interpretation and authority of Holy Scripture. This...
    CTCR Response to Expressions of Dissent
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    CTCR Response to Expressions of Dissent
    Item #: 092619
    Divorce and Remarriage: An Exegetical Study - CTCR
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    Divorce and Remarriage: An Exegetical Study - CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092524
    This report from the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod was written as an aid...
    Evangelism and Church Growth - CTCR
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    Evangelism and Church Growth - CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092525
    Guidance on church growth through a biblical basis for mission and Evangelism from the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of the LCMS.
    Faith Active in Love: Human Care in the Church's Life - CTCR
    Price: $2.49 
    Faith Active in Love: Human Care in the Church's Life - CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092606
    This report from the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod explores how Christian congregations organize...
    Gambling - CTCR
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    Gambling - CTCR
    Item #: 092601
    This report from the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod studies the history of gambling...
    Guidelines for Participation in Civic Events - CTCR
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    Guidelines for Participation in Civic Events - CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092613
    Pastors, teachers, and other officially recognized church workers are often asked to participate in activities outside of their own and...
    Immigrants Among Us - CTCR
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    Immigrants Among Us - CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092624
    This document was prepared by the Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in response to a request "to provide guidance on immigration and ministry to immigrants" (2007 Res. 6-05).
    Immigrants Among Us - CTCR (Spanish)
    Price: $2.00 
    Immigrants Among Us - CTCR (Spanish)
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092625
    This document was prepared by the Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in response to a request "to provide guidance on immigration and ministry to immigrants" (2007 Res. 6-05).
    Public Rebuke of Public Sin - CTCR
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    Public Rebuke of Public Sin - CTCR
    Item #: 092618
    This report was prepared in response to an October 28, 2002 request that the Commission on Theology and Church Relations...
    Render Unto Caesar...and Unto God: A Lutheran View of Church and State - CTCR
    Price: $3.49 
    Render Unto Caesar...and Unto God: A Lutheran View of Church and State - CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092600
    This report from Commission on Theology and Church Relations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod examines historic Christian teachings on Christians...
    Spiritual Gifts - CTCR
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    Spiritual Gifts - CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092597
    This report from Commission on Theology and Church Relations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod gives a brief history of spiritual...
    The Creator's Tapestry - CTCR
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    The Creator's Tapestry - CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092620
    This report from the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod provides Scriptural Perspectives on Man-Woman...
    The Natural Knowledge of God - CTCR
    Price: $3.49 
    The Natural Knowledge of God - CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092626
    The 2007 synodical convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) requested the preparation of “a study of the natural knowledge of God, and especially its implications for our public witness.”
    The Nature and Implication of the Concept of Fellowship - CTCR
    Price: $3.49 
    The Nature and Implication of the Concept of Fellowship - CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092421
    This report from the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod discusses the scriptural concept of...
    The Pastor-Penitent Relationship: Privileged Communications - CTCR
    Price: $2.49 
    The Pastor-Penitent Relationship: Privileged Communications - CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092607
    This report from the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod looks at privileged communication from...
    Theology and Practice of "the Divine Call" - CTCR
    Price: $2.49 
    Theology and Practice of "the Divine Call" - CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092612
    This report from the Commission of Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) addresses a number of contemporary issues regarding what historically...
    Theology and Practice of Prayer – CTCR
    Price: $3.49 
    Theology and Practice of Prayer – CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092623
    This report from the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod provides a Lutheran perspective of prayer.
    Together with all Creatures - CTCR
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    Together with all Creatures - CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092621
    This document was prepared by the Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in response...
    Together with all Creatures (Long Version)- CTCR
    Price: $3.49 
    Together with all Creatures (Long Version)- CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092622
    This document was prepared by the Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in response...
    What Child is This?: Marriage, Family, and Human Cloning - CTCR
    Price: $2.49 
    What Child is This?: Marriage, Family, and Human Cloning - CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092611
    Proposals to bring new human persons into the world through reproductive cloning raise many far-reaching ethical and spiritual questions, including...
    Woman Suffrage in the Church - CTCR
    Price: $2.49 
    Woman Suffrage in the Church - CTCR
    by CTCR
    Item #: 092186
    This report from Commission on Theology and Church Relations of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod presents an overview of the historical...
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