The ACELC exists "to give a united voice against errors that are officially adopted in convention, tolerated, and/or promoted in the LCMS.”

Standing On Shoulders


ACELC is beginning a new podcast in January. We will do a close reading of writings from early church fathers with an emphasis on Lutheran authors. The podcast is aptly titled, Standing On Shoulders and is hosted by the Revs. Mark Kranz, Tysen Bibb, and Micah Gaunt.


Why add this podcast to your list? We all know that we should be reading old books more (ad fontes and all that). This is your opportunity to interact with church fathers in a community (which is more fun). Together we will…

  1. Gain literacy of patristic and Lutheran writings.
  2. Grow in an ability to read analytically and discuss fruitfully.
  3. Gain wisdom and insight from our Christian forefathers.
  4. Revisit texts worth reviewing.


We also certainly hope this might be a forum for fraternal dialogue regarding the 10 errors identified by the ACELC. Maybe you will work through this podcast by yourself, or maybe you will do it with a group from church, or at circuit meetings.


How does the podcast work? Below are the titles we will be reading in 2024. As you are able, read the assigned text before each episode. During the episode, the hosts will discuss the material. Listeners are invited to post comments and questions that will be discussed during a review episode of each work. For now, episodes will broadcast twice a month. The schedule and links are forthcoming.


For now, we hope you will get the word out and start getting your books!


The List

“Fathers of the Church.” Herman Sasse. (The Lonely Way Vol. II.)

The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians

On Apostolic Preaching. Irenaeus

On the Incarnation. Athanasius

Catechetical Lectures. Cyril of Jerusalem

The Great Confession Concerning Christ’s Supper. Martin Luther. (LW vol. 37)

The Church and The Office of The Ministry. C.F.W. Walther

The Quest for Holiness. Adolf Köberle

We also suggest How to Read a Book. Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren


This video serves as a great discussion prompter for congregations, gatherings of circuit pastors, districts—all who care about the spiritual well-being of our brothers and sisters in Christ within the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. It spells out clearly the issues of doctrine and practice that continue to cause division within our synod and threaten our ability to walk together. It also shows our desire assist in the return to faithfulness within our synod.

We encourage you to watch this video, and use the study guides, as we together seek to deal with such issues, guided by the Holy Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. We pray that these resources, and others available through the ACELC website, will be a blessing to you and our synod. We welcome your feedback.

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