"These dissensions in the church certainly give us no pleasure. Therefore if we did not have weighty and compelling reasons for disagreeing with the opponents, we would be completely willing to keep quiet. But since they condemn the open truth, it is not right for us to forsake the cause that is not our own but Christ's and the church's." [Apology XII]
Ever since "A Prayer For America," the interfaith worship service held at Yankee Stadium in the wake of the tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks, our beloved Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has been in great turmoil.
Two presentations by Christian Preus at joint BOD/COP Meeting: Circumstances and Reasons for Obtaining Legal Opinions | BOD Resolutions Concerning Certain CCM Opinions (both in pdf)