Posted by: Johnold Strey | June 30, 2008

Got Issues? You do now!

Among my many assorted links you will see a link for the radio program, “Issues, Etc.” IE had been an excellent radio program broadcast by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, until the LCMS powers that be announced without warning – on Tuesday of Holy Week, no less! – that the show was being pulled off their St. Louis radio station and the host (a confessional Lutheran pastor) and producer (a confessional Lutheran layman) were no longer working for the radio station. From this outsider’s perspective, it was yet another sad piece of evidence that the Missouri Synod is going the way of the “church growth” movement – downplay your Lutheranism (IE never did that!) and do whatever it takes to bring ’em in, even if it means that you water down your church’s preaching and teaching and turn worship into an entertainment hour (IE regularly spoke against that). There was a very strong grass roots movement in the LCMS to get IE back on their synod-owned radio station in St. Louis, but the LCMS powers that be apparently weren’t interested in such solid Lutheranism on their airways.

You can find some background on the bizarre cancellation of the original IE program at these links:

But, now for the good news: Today, I received an email that a new Issues, Etc. program will be on the air effective this afternoon (6/30/08)!

Here’s the email that was sent out; this has all the details you need to know:

Dear Friend of Issues, Etc.,
We’re excited about the return of Issues, Etc.! Since the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod canceled the show on March 18, we’ve been working on the show’s return. We’re very happy to announce that Issues, Etc. will be back on the Radio and Internet starting Monday, June 30!
The show will broadcast LIVE from 3-5 p.m. CST weekdays at our website, Issues, Etc. will also air LIVE from 4-5 p.m. CST on KSIV, 1320 AM in St. Louis. Of course, both hours will be available for on-demand downloads.
As always, Issues, Etc. is listener supported. Lutheran Public Radio is the producer of Issues, Etc. Please consider making a special startup gift to Lutheran Public Radio. You can make a secure online donation at our website or you can also donate by check to:
Lutheran Public Radio
P.O. Box 1046
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92693


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