According to Kim Riddlebarger, the bureaucrats in the LCMS have pulled the plug on the Issues Etc radio show. The Issues Etc folks were kind to have me on the show several times and they were always gracious despite our differences.
As Kim and the LCMS News Spot site say we should pray for Todd and Jeff. They’ve been terrific in the defense of the gospel of justification sola gratia et sola fide. I don’t know what’s happening but as Kim says there’s no scandal and no financial problem. Like Kim, I’m an outsider to LCMS politics and I don’t know what’s happening what’s the fun of having a blog if I can’t speculate wildly?I have been told by those on the inside, most notable by the late Robert Preus, that there is a struggle in the LCMS between the “evangelicals” and the confessionalists. He said that the confessionalists had defeated the liberals in St Louis back in the 70s only to lose to the evangelicals (at one point at least) in Ft Wayne. Preus had suffered quite a lot at the hands of anti-confessionalists in the LCMS. Does this have anything to do with the sudden demise of Issues Etc? We’ll have to wait and see.
UPDATE: More here.
Kim has more contact info. He’s encouraging folks to write the powers that be in the LCMS.
UPDATE: Kim has the latest: KFUO says that the cancellation was for “programmatic” reasons.
According to the latest Arbitron ratings (12+) for the St Louis market, KFUO has a respectable 2.2 share. Radio insiders will tell you that the 12+ numbers are not very useful since virtually no advertisers target listeners in such a broad age range (12-54). Nevertheless, it gives an indication of how the station is doing. There are several stations with lower ratings, some of whom offer attractive secular programming.
Maybe the best thing anyone can do (in the St Louis market), beside supporting Todd and Jeff, is to stop listening to KFUO.
UPDATE Thurs 5PM: You can sign a petition here. When I signed yesterday there were about 377 signatures. Today there are over 1900! Kim says that the bureaucrats are getting nervous. I suspect that they thought that no one really cares about all that dead orthodox confessional stuff.
UPDATE Good Fri 10AM Reliable word is that Todd and Jeff were called to LCMS headquarters and offered severance for silence. Still no explanation from the LCMS.