Saturday, September 27, 2008

Resolving the Issues issues

On the 6th month anniversary of the cancellation of Issues Etc., Pastor Todd Wilken and Jeff Schwarz spent 80 minutes giving more details on their firing.

In particular, they went through line-by-line dissecting the official LCMS explanation for their firing. (Also stored and annotated by Save the LCMS! on May 1 and May 1 and May 2 and May 2). Rather than burn air time from their syndicated show, last Tuesday’s response was a web-only MP3 report, following up on their earlier August 1 “open mic” discussion.

“LCMS Inc.” sounds a lot like the large lethargic bureaucratic organizations where you can’t get any results, either because nobody knows if a good job is being done or no one feels they can make a difference. The term “syndocrat” may be specific to today’s problems of the Missouri Synod, but many large church bodies (like many government bodies and nonprofits) have similar problems. It is refreshing to have the “inside scoop” of a detailed rebuttal by two former employees that know where the bodies are buried.

We should all be thankful that the two former KFUO employees didn’t sign the non-disclosure agreement that was the prerequisite for any severance pay.

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