Cruce Tectum

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Issues, Etc.

Beloved in the Lord,

Our Lord says, "And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them" (Luke 18:7; ESV). It appears that a great injustice has been done in the house of our Lord. The powers that be in the Missouri Synod have cancelled popular KFUO radio program Issues, Etc., a program I have often promoted here at Epiphany as an important tool for catechizing our own members and confessing Christ in a culture hostile to Christianity. Host, the Rev. Todd Wilken, and producer Jeff Schwarz were fired. All of the archives have disappeared from the web. And all of this was done without warning and without explanation in the midst of Holy Week. Now I say that it appears that an injustice was done... But who can say for sure since there has been absolutely NO explanation from the powers that be? I called all the offices of all the authorities and everyone was conveniently "out of the office." I'm really trying to put the best construction on everything here, but this looks really bad. I cry to our God for justice. And I cry to our synodical leadership that they should be the instrument of that justice by apologizing to Pastor Wilken and Mr. Schwarz and reversing the decision to cancel Issues, Etc. Our prayers are with all involved. I encourage all readers to call, write, and email the powers that be, register their disappointment, and demand justice.

Here is a synopsis of the developments so far courtesy of Timotheos at Balaam's Ass:

Issues, Etc. Gone
If you are outside the Lutheran blogosphere or other means of Missouri Synod communication, you may not have heard that the KFUO program “Issues, Etc” has been canceled, and its host, Todd Wilken, and producer, Jeff Schwarz, were fired. There is no other information given.
If you are concerned about this, call the LCMS International Center (888-THE-LCMS [843-5267]) and ask to be transferred to the Board for Communications to register your disapproval. This is a significant loss to the Missouri Synod, to all Confessional Lutherans, and to the world at large. Many people have come to better understand Lutheranism or even be converted because of this program. Perhaps the outcry will reach the ears of those in charge so that this disastrous decision can be reversed. (apparently, the website for KFUO-AM has crashed; I’m guessing it’s because of a massive attempt to download old Issues, Etc. broadcasts)
The Wittenberg Trail has set up a PayPal account for Todd Wilken and Jeff Schwarz, who are jobless:
A message to all members of The Wittenberg Trail
The Wittenberg Trail is organizing a drive to offer financial support to Pastor Wilken, Jeff Schwarz and their families during this difficult time.
The WT has a secure Pay Pal account set up. Please indicate “Wilken/Schwarz” in the donation comment section.
Please log into the Wittenberg Trail and click on the “Donate” button on the right side of the screen.
Visit The Wittenberg Trail at:
More from WT:
A message to all members of The Wittenberg Trail
Today’s a black day in the LCMS.
Today the Synod ordered the cancellation of the popular radio show Issues, Etc. without stating a reason why, and terminated the employment of Pastor Todd Wilken, the show’s host, and Mr. Jeff Schwarz, the show’s producer.
If you can get into the archives and save MP3 files of the show ASAP.
The person who made the decision to cancel Issues, Etc. was Mr. David Strand, Executive Director of the Board for Communication Services.
Here is Mr. Strand’s contact information:
David L. StrandExecutive DirectorBoard for Communication314)
If you care enough, you might cease support for KFUO-AM until they restore the program, its host, and its producer.


Anonymous Ray Howell said...

I'm in Key West on vaction from the St. Louis area and was shocked when I couldn't tune in Issues'etc on the web being told the program was cancelled. I tried calling KFUO but received no answer. I then found Pastor Todd's phone number and called him direct and he told me that he and Jeff had been fired with no explanation. I am a Presbyterian but have listened to and appreciated this great Christian educational program since its beginning days with Pastor Don Matzat. It will truly be tragic if the program is not re-instated. I have financially supported KFUO AM and FM and Issues, etc. On March 21, I called the religious editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the only daily newspaper in St. Louis and he said he had received quite a few calls regarding the termination of the Issues program and was looking into the situation. I hope he or someone can give us some logical answers. In the meantime I'm going to send a donation to help Pastor Todd and Jeff.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Pastor Krenz said...

Thank you for your very important comment, Ray, and for supporting Pr. Wilken and Mr. Schwarz and the Issues, Etc. cause.

Blessed Easter!

1:41 PM  

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