A Conference on Faithfulness to AC XIV — Go if you can!

gottesdienst header 3Gottesdienst, one of the best online and print Lutheran organizations out there is hosting a conference on Tuesday, May 17th in St. Louis for anyone that can go.  The theme is a great one for the Evangelical Lutheran Church – repentance and restoration of AC XIV in the LCMS.

This is also a great theme as the reincarnated “Jesus First” folks are once again making class warfare (I mean clergy vs. laity) an issue going into this year’s convention. Fitting then that President Harrison who has been championing a patient and careful restoration to AC XIV among the Synod is also going to be featured.  Also featured are some of the Synod’s best theologians, because the issue of who is given to preach, teach, and administer the Sacraments publicly is not a sociological question of class or power, but a question of calling and theology.  It is remarkable that one of the shortest and clearest articles of the Augsburg Confession can be so easily ignored – I pray that Synod can return to her first love and once again confess AC XIV without qualification.

From the Gottesdienst advertisement of the conference:

Removing the Asterisk:

Restoring an Unconditional Subscription to AC XIV in the LCMS 


Rev. Matthew C. Harrison, MDiv, LLD, DD, LCMS President

Rev. Heath R. Curtis, MA, MDiv, Gottesdienst Online Editor and LCMS Coordinator for Stewardship

Rev. D. Richard Stuckwisch, MDiv, PhD, Gottesdienst Online Editor

Rev. David H. Petersen, MDiv, STM, Gottesdienst Departmental Editor

Rev. Jason M. Braaten, MDiv, Gottesdienst Online Editor and Development Officer

Rev. Burnell F. Eckardt Jr., MDiv, STM, PhD, Gottesdienst Editor-in-chief

Rev. Benjamin T. Ball, MDiv, Pastor loci at St. Paul

Tuesday, May 17th              

About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.


A Conference on Faithfulness to AC XIV — Go if you can! — 5 Comments

  1. As crystallized as I have ever seen it:

    “The issue of who is given to preach, teach, and administer the Sacraments publicly is not a sociological question of class or power, but a question of calling and theology.” Pastor Joshua Scheer​

  2. Hello pastor Scheer,

    With regards to faithfulness I was hoping you could unravel a problem I’ve been having. The whole idea of “doing everything to the glory of God” frightens me akot–because I know I can’t do it. I know when I fall into a sin such as lust or something I can repent snd ask forgiveness, but what about the sin of not perfectly glorifying God in our daiky living? Wouldn’t we be having to repent pretty much 24-7? How can I go about my daily life knowing that in failing to do all things to the Glory of God I’m living in sin–unrepentant sin at thst, unless I’m (again) constantly repenting and saying I’m sorry 24-7? What does it mean to do all things to Gods glory?

  3. @Gustav #2

    It off topic to this post but the whole life of the Baptized is spent daily dying to sin and rising to newness of life. This doesn’t mean a monastic life of acts of pennance. It means daily contrition and repentance in the life that God gives you (vocations). Check out the fourth part of Baptism in the Small Catechism. Also, see the morning and evening prayers of Luther in the Small Catechism (daily pattern of prayer and reliance on God, recognizing the work to do in the day and praying for forgiveness at the close of the day). Also see what we pray for in the Lord’s Prayer in the Small Catechism. We are in faith asking God to do these things in/through us. We give glory to God when we believe His Word. Faith in Jesus means God is glorified.

    You may also want to read Romans chapters 6, 7, and 8 tonight.

    Lastly, get to church. Remember you are baptized and God promises many things to you in that. Absolution is always available. The Lord’s Supper’s words “Given and Shed for you for the forgiveness of sins” grants forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. It strengthens your faith in Christ.

  4. I am a firm supporter and believer in AC 14, as I am the entire Book of Concord. When I retire in the near future, I will be leaving the office of the public ministry. I will be selling or giving away my stoles, burning my Alb, and will not remain on the clergy roster as a “Pastor Emeritus.” Since I will have no call, I don’t believe in the rite of ordination as a permanent call. I will not be available for preaching or other duties that are part of the Pastoral Office. I will go back to being a layman. Maybe I’ll cut the grass or pull weeds.

  5. @Rev. Loren Zell #4

    Rev. Zell, you are correct that a call is required to be a pastor, even a call as a non-compensated assistant pastor, having occasional preaching, limited visitation, and no administrative responsibilities.

    Also, LCMS Bylaw 2.11.2 on inactive members of the Synod (including on emeritus members) does not refer to such members as “pastors.” So you still can be an emeritus member of the Synod after you retire.

    Pathetically, the CTCR has ignored the Bylaw and AC.XIV in its LCMS FAQ (p. 5 of 23):

    Q: What is “pastor emeritus” and how does a pastor receive this title?
    A pastor emeritus is a pastor member of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod who is at least 55 years old and no longer serves under a call.

    That FAQ goes back to at least December, 2003.

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