KFUO radio , the voice of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, for many years has broadcast a popular interview program, Issues, Etc., hosted by Todd Wilken. It offered sound apologetics and a panoply of interesting guests offering orthodox Christian commentary on the issues of the day.
I should say “used to broadcast,” as the show seems to have been peremptorily yanked from the air. Last night, the KFUOam.org website was down. This morning: There is not a trace of the show’s ever having existed . Archives: gone .
There is, however, a centrally placed photo of LCMS president Gerald B. Kieschnick.
Would love to know what happened to Rev. Wilken and Jeff Schwarz, who produced that fine, serious, and confessionally Lutheran program. I will resist the temptation to link to some of the angrier blog posts around the Web. Right now what we need is an explanation for what by all appearances is a precipitate and callous act.
UPDATE: I see that a short message has been added to the KFUOAM.org homepage regarding how for “programmatic and business reasons,” Issues, Etc. had been discontinued. The archives have also been restored. Weird.
YouTube: Yes, there is now a video calling attention to this debacle. (Although, it was made before the archives were restored to the website. I guess the lingering idea of a “purge” and the making of Wilken and Schwarz “nonpersons” was seen as a PR misstep by some.)
UPDATED AGAIN (3/2010:30am): There is an online petition available for anyone interested in persuading the LCMS communications board to reconsider this decision.
SUPPORT TODD WILKEN AND JEFF SCHWARZ : There’s an opportunity to donate to a fund for these two gentleman on the right-hand side of this Wittenberg Trail page (scroll down).