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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

LCMS: Today in History March 18, 2008



Issues, Etc., the national radio program hosted by Pr. Todd Wilken and produced by Mr. Jeffrey Schwarz was pulled off the air today by bureaucrats of The Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod. Wilken and Schwarz were fired with no reason given. The website, including years of valuable files, was taken down.
[the image is courtesy of Pr. Asburry's blog which includes his thoughtful response to this tragic news. Pr. Weedon also has a number of posts concerning this news.]

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

All this hand-wring is fine and good, but now is the time for action.

For too many years confessional pastors have played this little game of, "Oh,things are so bad" and then sat back, checked out of decision making processes, isolated themselves to their little groups and blogs and mailing lists and e-mail clubs and mutually bewailed Synod's woes.

Now is the time for ACTION. Deeds, not merely creeds.

Our Synod has a process by which we can, and must,remove the elected leadership that is doing us all such a tremendous disservice and instead put men into office who will support, not harm, the cause of the Gospel in our Synod.

This incident should help underscore our vital it is to make a change in Synodical leadership.

It is time for a change!
Time to get busy.
Time to get 'er done!!

Fr. Timothy D. May, S.S.P. said...

Thank you for your call to activism but that is not the answer. The timing of this move was carefully chosen - a distraction from Holy Week and prayer. That is, a movement away from prayer and Holy Week to political activism; a movement away from "creeds to deeds" (Reformed?). The Synod has a political process which may be used but once it is used, once there are changes made, if any, we are back to square one - a continuous battle to keep or maintain a secular structure. Confessionalism, Conservatism, Liberalism - whatever the position - have all faithfully demonstrated that what goes on in the halls is of more importance than what goes on is of more benefit to God's people than what happens when the Church is gathered in the hearing of the Word, prayer and at the altar on the Lord's Day. Activism, from the left or from the right, is a constant cycle and experiment in secular religion. Go ahead! But leave me with the Creeds and Holy Week.

Fr. Timothy D. May, S.S.P. said...

Correction:

Confessionalism, Conservatism, Liberalism - whatever the position - have all faithfully demonstrated that what goes on in the halls of power is of more importance and of more benefit to God's people than what happens when the Church is gathered in the hearing of the Word, prayer and at the altar on the Lord's Day.

Darth Nemoyer said...

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Here is all sorts of contact information to tell people what you think about this, let them know how important Issues, Etc. was to us, and ask why the show was cancelled:

Rev. David L. Strand
Executive Director
Board for Communication
(314) 996-1200
(314) 822-0000
david.strand@lcms.org

Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
1333 S. Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-7295
(888) 843-5267
(314) 965-9000
FAX: (314) 996-1016
infocenter@lcms.org

KFUO Radio Station
(314) 725-0099
(314) 725-3030‎
(314) 721-2969

Rev. Dr. Gerald Kieschnick
Synod President
(314) 996-1402
(314) 842-7110
president@lcms.org

LC-MS Board of Directors
(314) 996-1350


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Meanwhile, an online petition has been started up about Issues, Etc. being ended. I don't know how much good it will do, but it should be able to do some. it certainly can't hurt to put your name down. Here's the link:
http://www.petitiononline.com/Issues/petition.html

For anyone who comes across this and has Facebook, the most discussion it seems is going on at the "Bring back Issues ETC!!!" Facebook group.
http://facebook.com/group.php?gid=11679316089


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Finally, financial help for the Schwarz and Wilken families can be sent to the following address. Just put in the memo line that it’s for the “Schwartz/Wilken Fund”. The Schwarzes especially need the help and Rev. Jack Schwarz's wife Beth has been recently diagnosed with small fiber neuropathy and they need to go to Mayo Clinic to try figuring out what can be done.

"Schwartz/Wilken Fund"
Saint Paul Lutheran Church
P.O. Box 247
Hamel, IL 62046

All help and all prayers are appreciated.


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I will be continuing to post information and resources relating to the cancellation of Issues, Etc. and firing of Rev. Wilken and Mr. Schwarz. So, if you could please help me draw people to the resource of my blog, I would really appreciate it.
http://latinkid.blogspot.com/2008/03/pulled-from-air-issues-etc.html

God bless,
--Aaron Nemoyer