Posts Tagged ‘ACELC’

ACELC — High Pastoral Care

May 22nd, 2014 30 comments

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. I Corinthians 1:10 (ESV) For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. I Corinthians 11:18-19 (ESV) When you compare the two sections of God’s Word above, it almost   More…

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ACELC — Can There Be Koinonia in Worship?

April 18th, 2014 12 comments

This came in an email from the ACELC and can also be found on their website:   “Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!” … Psalm 96:9 If you want to start a lively discussion in the LCMS today, or perhaps even a fight, bring up the topic of worship. A quick perusal of worship options will likely leave your head spinning: traditional worship, blended worship, contemporary worship, liturgical worship, multi-sensory worship, emergent worship, seeker worship, and the list goes on. There was a time, not all that long ago, when you could walk   More…

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ACELC Conference NEWSFLASH – Rolf Preus of the LCMS on the “Power of Bishops”

February 11th, 2014 1 comment

2014 ACELC Conference NEWS FLASH! Christ for Us: The Office of the Holy Ministry This Feb. 25-27 in Cedar Falls, Iowa! Come hear speakers like Reverend ROLF PREUS address important issues relating to the Office of the Public Administration of God’s Word! The Power of Bishops Among the heirs of the old Synodical Conference, the term “bishop” is the shibboleth by which we identify the true Waltherians who will cringe from its use, regarding it according to its abuse by Martin Stefan and other episcopal pretenders.  On the other side are those who appear to find in a restored episcopacy   More…

2014 ACELC CONFERENCE NEWS FLASH! — An Organization addressing the doctrinal “diversity” one conference at a time.

February 4th, 2014 9 comments

Christ for Us: The Office of the Holy Ministry This Feb. 25-27 in Cedar Falls, Iowa! Come hear speakers like Rev. BRENT KUHLMAN address important issues relating to the Pastor Speaking and Serving In the Stead and By the Command of Christ Jesus! “Sticks and stone may break my bones but words can never hurt me.”  Really?  Words.  Words.  Words.  The man put into the office of the holy ministry is given to speak Christ’s unthwartable words since that is how He relates to His sinners.  His words hurt and heal.  His words kill and give life.  Best be preaching   More…

ACELC — The LCMS and “Peace”

September 13th, 2013 63 comments

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”  Matthew 5:9 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.  And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household.  Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever   More…

Great Stuff — The Proper Use and the Inappropriate Abuse of Ecclesiastical Supervision

April 30th, 2013 32 comments

The latest email from the ACELC Properly speaking ecclesiastical (churchly) supervision happens primarily within the context of a Christian congregation. In this fundamental unit of the Church, it is the primary responsibility of the divinely called pastor to be the ecclesiastical supervisor within the congregation. It is the pastor’s first responsibility to supervise himself – his doctrine and life. As a called servant of the Word, the pastor is obligated by his sacred ordination/installation vows to preach or teach nothing that is not in accord with the Holy Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions, and to adorn his life with holy   More…

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Attempts to find Concord (not compromise) in Texas!

Last week I had the great joy of attending the 3rd Annual Free Conference of the ACELC.  The theme this year was on worship, and in the group’s earnest desire to restore unity and concord within Lutheranism they attempted to do something great – a grassroots effort to gather all sides to the table to discuss the disputed points of theology under the Scriptures and Lutheran Confessions.  This of course being a grassroots effort means that it is not troubled by bylaws, resolutions, candidacies, longstanding personality feuds, or politics for that matter. What I heard was a number of pastors   More…

ACELC — Tis the Season – for Repenting!

November 28th, 2012 27 comments

Repentance is something the Lord means to be ongoing in the life of the Christian. But, repentance isn’t easy. Who wants to repent? Oh, we repent after eating too much at our Thanksgiving feasts, but that’s just our discomfort speaking. As soon as the pressure on the waist band subsides, we’re right back at it; left-over heaven! Genuine repentance is different from wanting to be rid of discomfort so that we can get back to what put us in the discomfiture in the first place. Repentance is a gift from above. The Lord gives it in His Word, specifically, His   More…

The ACELC Film Project

August 11th, 2012 8 comments

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   More…

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Great Stuff Found on the Web — Saving Thelma and Louise

June 19th, 2012 6 comments

A publication from the ACELC found here:   I remember a few years back how our nation expressed so much impatience with gridlock in congress. We heard how people just wanted something to get done. We were tired of going nowhere. It made me think of a couple of women in a car at the edge of the Grand Canyon. With the image of Thelma and Louise in my mind, it occurred to me that there are times when a foot on the brake is better than a foot on the gas pedal! At the Southern District Convention last week,   More…

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ACELC — How Can Unity Be Found?

April 25th, 2012 43 comments

From the ACELC Board of Directors: How do we establish unity within The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod? Thus far the use of synodical resolutions passed at our national conventions hasn’t worked very well. In the  recent past we were even told that the Synod in convention is able to tell us what Holy Scripture really says, and that didn’t work either! Theologians (and I include pastors in that description because that is exactly what we are supposed to be) have attempted over the years to use a couple of different standards in an attempt to establish unity, but to   More…

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News from the ACELC updated

February 28th, 2012 2 comments

From the ACELC Board of Directors:   Dear Friends, We just wanted to drop you a short note advising you that all of the 2012 Conference Sermons and the Table Talk sessions from our recently concluding Theological Conference have now been posted on our website. In addition, the final posting of the papers presented at this Conference has also been completed. In addition, we are feverishly working on some short videos for release via YouTube, and when these have been completed we will forward information to you about those as well. If you support the work of the ACELC, Please continue   More…

Inquisition time–The ACELC Chairman of the Board

February 24th, 2012 46 comments

While I attended the 2nd annual Conference of the ACELC a few weeks ago I had the chance to sit down with Rev. Clint Poppe, the chairman of the board for the ACELC.  I had the chance to ask him some of the common questions/concerns that I hear others have with the group and their actions.  Hopefully this will help inform others about the ACELC. Why did you send out the letter (fraternal admonition letter) when you did? We were working on the letter as pastors and laity throughout the Synod and having discussions about the best way to communicate   More…

From the ACELC blog — Costa Costa Costa Costa Concordia

February 15th, 2012 8 comments

This blog post from the ACELC by Pastor Sawyer was brought to our attention; we post it here for those readers who don’t follow the ACELC blog.   Honestly, I have NO good reason why Boy George and the Culture Club’s song Karma Chameleon should have come to mind when heading this blog entry. I am just WEIRD that way. I admit it. And since I am, we might as well all settle in and make the most of it, ’cause this one’s longer than just a three hour cruise! There’s been a good bit of discussion regarding the COST   More…

ACELC – are they a big bunch of divisive meanies?

February 14th, 2012 98 comments

I had the privilege to attend the second annual ACELC Conference this past week in Lincoln, NE at Good Shepherd Lutheran. The list of presenters was a very good one for this conference.  It included a District President, a couple seminary professors and other notable theologians of our Synod.  The papers for the conference were excellently presented.  Please consider the papers below, especially the one by Rev. James Gier on “exceptions” in pastoral care involving the Lord’s Supper (not listed yet, but hopefully coming soon). The papers for the conference are located here. Now, here are some of my thoughts   More…