Cruce Tectum

Cruce tectum, hidden under the cross, a blog for Epiphany Lutheran Church, Dorr, Michigan

Location: Moscow, Idaho

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Wall Street Journal has Issues

Thanks to Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, the Issues, Etc. debacle made the Wall Street Journal. To read the excellent article, go to the website: <>.

Is anyone in St. Louis listening? Does anybody care?

I also really appreciated the Rev. David Petersen's comments regarding Issues on his blog, Cyberstones. The first is a good assessment of the situation applying the 8th Commandment and putting the very best construction possible on everything, <>. Putting the best construction on someone's actions doesn't necessarily mean saying, "Hey, good job!" Sometimes putting the best construction on somethign also means speaking the Law about that thing.

The LCMS did finally release an official statement about the cancellation of Issues, citing expenses and lack of funds along with low ratings (of course, that was 2005, and why bother checking again). You can read it for yourself, <>. Basically, the reason given was, "we don't believe anyone would really listen to a show about theology anyway." Not good enough, in my opinion. Once again, I commend Pr. Petersen's comments about the official statement, <>.

Church and ministry are always under the cross. But Christ is risen. His Gospel is still preached. And no matter how much appearances may deceive, the gates of hell will never prevail against our Lord's Church... even when it appears the gates of hell have a little help from the inside.


Blogger Chris & Julie said...

It sure does appear that "the gates of hell have a little help from the inside." More and more it seems that the decision that are being made at the front office are working, not with us, but against us, who tirelessly work to shepherd, catechize, and prepare the church for Her coming bride.

I couldn't help notice the enormous irony of the latest President Leadership news publication wherein our fearless leader attempted to further explain what he meant when he said, "This is not your grandfather's church" by asking the question, "How do we share the Gospel with youngsters who are plugged into their iPods most of their waking hours" etc. Would not Issues Etc be a good place to start?

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