The ACELC Film Project

August 11th, 2012 Post by

Dear ACELC Interested Parties,

Grace to you and peace, from God our Father, and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

If you’ve been following the minutes of the ACELC Board Meetings, then you already know that about 6 weeks ago our Board approved the undertaking of a “Documentary Film Project” that will endeavor to present the work of the ACELC in a way which will make it more available and understandable than we have ever been able to do in the past. This project is a very ambitious undertaking and will require a great deal more resources than we presently have on hand (somewhere in the neighborhood of $10,000). However, we have already committed and funded $4,000 toward this project, and in addition we have also received a little over $1,000 in donations – and this before we even got serious about promoting it among our members.

Because have expressed interested in the work of the ACELC by signing on to our announcement e-mail list, we are sending you this note along with a link to a promotional video we recently produced to tell you a little bit about this project. I could, of course, go into much more detail here in this e-mail, but we think the video will explain it much better than we could ever do in print.

What we would like to suggest is that you first watch the video yourself, and then consider showing it to your congregation, your Board, your Bible Class, or any other interested parties you think might be able to assist us in whatever way you think is most appropriate for your situation.

If after watching this video, you, your congregation, your associates or your members feel motivated to help us out with this project financially, you may send a donation at the following address:

ACELC
P.O. Box 1761
Independence, Missouri 64055.

Please mark your check: “For ACELC Film Project.”

Here is the promotional video

Or, you can view it on Vimeo

Please note that if the video is choppy, press the “Pause” button and allow the video cache to load the entire video before you watch it.

Your Servants For Christ’s Sake,
ACELC Board of Directors


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  1. SallyVee
    August 11th, 2012 at 11:08 | #1

    For those of you in Rio Linda, ACELC = Association of Confessing Evangelical Lutheran Congregations

    I didn’t know this org existed so obviously I think the documentary is a great idea and much needed. The trailer is great and I am highly intrigued. The gentlemen in the trailer are strong and persuasive and the film & sound quality is excellent. I very much want to know more.

    Prayers and financial gifts will be forthcoming.

  2. Nathan Raddatz
    August 11th, 2012 at 22:40 | #2

    I was a classmate of Rev Perry Copus. A man of integrity, but also one who does what he says.

    This video will be wonderful and should take the place of the Koininia project by our synod.

    Thank God for this group, these men and their conviction to pinpoint error, when it is so often overlooked and not dealt with synod wide.

    May God bless this project and may the funding come quickly. I can assure the readers, this is well worth your donation.

  3. Rev. Weinkauf
    August 12th, 2012 at 23:52 | #3

    I think many of us agree, we are tired of the modern evangelical nonsense in our churches and the false Lutheranism being promoted all over. We are tired of 2 synods in the LCMS. May God bless these faithful men in this noble endeavor.

    In the last year, I have moved from optimism to pessimism with the Koininia project. Look over the goals at LCMS.org. Sure, as it states, we can go through the Augustana with other pastors, engage issues on the basis of Scripture; heck I could do this even with the ELCA and the Alley and Crosspointe folks, we can all arrive at a vague agreement yet nothing changes or agree to disagree and nothing changes. Yes, as it states, we shouldn’t coerce anyone. But someone needs to put out in clear language, of “Confessional Standards” in our churches, choose to be a part of historical Lutheranism or leave. It’s that simple because we are on course after years of discussions would get us in the same place we are today.

    Look at what happened at ULC. And a leadership at all levels which is unable to stop errors in our churches or evil being done. I continue to look at years, even now of the Districts promoting modern evangelical garbage. If someone were to poll our churches, I think you’ll find huge numbers who used heterodox VBS materials, yet we specifically have all vowed in our congregation and synod constitutions not to use this material. My entire circuit did. No one cares, there are no consequences. So we are asked to continue in an exercise of futility to engage people who are set in there ways. No amount of collegial discussion at my circuit has curbed the fact I am the only one who still uses a pulpit, exclusively uses LCMS approved material, no praise band/cowo, as the majority support unScriptural womens roles and open communion. So what good is Koininia without accountability and consequences?

  4. Carl Vehse
    August 13th, 2012 at 08:37 | #4

    @Rev. Weinkauf #3: “So what good is Koininia without accountability and consequences?”

    Well, let’s see what the concept paper, Draft 9, on the goals and strategy of the Koinonia Project has to say about “accountability” and “consequences.”

    Footnote 4 (p. 3) notes that the Task Force for Synodical Harmony in its preliminary report in the 2010 Synod Convention Workbook, pp. 74ff, lists seven aspects of disharmony in the Synod. The sixth aspect of disharmony is “Lack of accountability” with “Inability to deal with diversity” as No. 1.

    On p. 13 (and also introduced on pp. 5-6 as “suggested strategies”) is the section, “A Development of the Harmony Task Force Strategies as Part of the “Koinonia Project,” which gives the first possible strategy:

    1) Synod-wide studies of the Scriptures and the Confessions, including studies by the Commission on Theology and Church Relations, covering specific topics such as; the 8th Commandment, a theology of diversity, Christian virtues and civility, the political culture of the church, accountability and harmony.

    – The President’s Office, together with the Council of Presidents and the CTCR, will need to discuss how this might be done.

    – Writing assignments must be made, editing options considered, materials prepared, funding sought, etc. Perhaps some of this could be assigned to one or more of the early discussion groups to be formed in the “Koinonia Project.”

    That’s it for “accountability.”

    As for the concept paper’s mention of “consequences”: Zero, zip, zilch!

  5. John Rixe
    August 13th, 2012 at 09:30 | #5

    “It is possible to unify 85% of the synod in doctrine, practice, and mission, I’m convinced.  No one group in the Synod has moral hegemony or superiority.  We are all pure sinners in need of pure grace.  Our fundamental problem is unbelief.  We do not believe the Word of God actually can and does unite us…

    “We must finally make the time and effort to come to a broad consensus on who we are and how we shall live and work together.”  – Pastor Harrison, It’s Time 

    I believe 85% of the synod (at least the laymen) really want unity and are willing to work hard.   Those that don’t want unity and only want to win are the 15%.

  6. August 13th, 2012 at 09:45 | #6

    @John Rixe #5

    I believe 85% of the synod (at least the laymen) really want unity and are willing to work hard. Those that don’t want unity and only want to win are the 15%.

    Really? I’d believe that 50% to 70% of the laity in my church don’t care one way or another. They don’t know what is lutheran and why we would want to go that route. Look at the lack of members who attend bible study or anything other than service (sometimes weekly, sometimes not).

  7. John Rixe
    August 13th, 2012 at 09:59 | #7

    @Norm Fisher #6

    Your point is excellent and entirely correct. I should have said 85% of the laity are not opposed to a broad consensus.

  8. August 14th, 2012 at 12:06 | #8

    @SallyVee #1
    Sally . . . drop me a note and I can fill you in with more detail about what the ACELC is all about. We appreciate your comments about the video and we are even more excited about the prospect of producing the entire “documentary” film series for release early next year! You can drop me a note by clicking on my picture, then clicking the link on the right side of the home page of the ACELC (which clicking on my picture will take you to) . . . Thanks!

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