Not Only a Lutheran “Issue” (Updated)

I’m not trying to beat a quickly dying horse or anything (somehow I think this isn’t going away anytime soon), but I think it’s profitable to look at how many non-Lutherans are talking about the loss of Issues, Etc.

Here’s Kim Riddlebarger (Reformed)

Charlie Sebold (Reformed Baptist)

Apologetics Index (not affiliated, AFAIK)

Boar’s Head Tavern (ecumenical)

Modern Reformation (Broadly Reformational)

Possessing the Treasure (Reformed Baptist)

Radon Thoughts (Baptist)

Phoenix Preacher (not sure; Calvary Chapel? Non-Denominational?)

Be Ye Reconciled (“Broadly Reformational with Bible Church background”)

Joshua Judges Ruth (Presbyterian Church in America [PCA])

Beggars All (Reformed/Reformed Baptist)

Geek Girl Blonde (Reformed Anglican)

Alpha and Omega Ministries (Reformed Baptist)

Anglican Music (Anglican)

Heidelblog (Reformed)

Motopolitico Reloaded (Baptist)

First Things (though written by a Lutheran, Anthony Sacramone)

The Corner on National Review (also written by a Lutheran, Mark Hemingway)

And, if you haven’t seen it, here’s KFUO’s single (uninformative) paragraph on canceling the show [via Putting Out the Fire (and elsewhere)]:

“For programmatic and business reasons, the decision was made this week to discontinue the “Issues, Etc.” program on KFUO-AM.We look forward to bringing you new programming in this time slot in the near future. Also, we thank “Issues” host Rev. Todd Wilken and producer Mr. Jeff Schwarz for their years of service on behalf of the station. Those interested may still download past “Issues, Program Etc.” programs from the “Issues” archive on this website. Thank you sincerely for your continued support of KFUO’s radio ministry.”

And, finally, something from Horn+Swoggled.


13 thoughts on “Not Only a Lutheran “Issue” (Updated)

  1. ————————

    Here is all sorts of contact information to tell people what you think about this, let them know how important Issues, Etc. was to us, and ask why the show was cancelled:

    Rev. David L. Strand
    Executive Director
    Board for Communication
    (314) 996-1200
    (314) 822-0000

    Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod
    1333 S. Kirkwood Road
    St. Louis, MO 63122-7295
    (888) 843-5267
    (314) 965-9000
    FAX: (314) 996-1016

    KFUO Radio Station
    (314) 725-0099
    (314) 725-3030‎
    (314) 721-2969

    Rev. Dr. Gerald Kieschnick
    Synod President
    (314) 996-1402
    (314) 842-7110

    LC-MS Board of Directors
    (314) 996-1350


    Meanwhile, an online petition has been started up about Issues, Etc. being ended. I don’t know how much good it will do, but it should be able to do some. it certainly can’t hurt to put your name down. Here’s the link:

    For anyone who comes across this and has Facebook, a lot of discussion it seems is going on at the “Bring back Issues ETC!!!” Facebook group.


    Finally, financial help for the Schwarz and Wilken families can be sent to the following address. Just put in the memo line that it’s for the “Schwartz/Wilken Fund”. The Schwarzes especially need the help and Rev. Jack Schwarz’s wife Beth has been recently diagnosed with small fiber neuropathy and they need to go to Mayo Clinic to try figuring out what can be done.

    “Schwartz/Wilken Fund”
    Saint Paul Lutheran Church
    P.O. Box 247
    Hamel, IL 62046

    All help and all prayers are appreciated.


    I will be continuing to post information and resources relating to the cancellation of Issues, Etc. and firing of Rev. Wilken and Mr. Schwarz. So, if you could please help me draw people to the resource of my blog, I would really appreciate it.

    God bless,
    –Aaron Nemoyer

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  3. Bill,

    This is Mike Ratliff from Possessing the Treasure. The focus of my blog is the Gospel from a Reformed Baptist perspective. However, I have many Presbyterian brothers and sisters in Christ. In any case, please continue to pursue why this show was taken off the air. Something egregious is afoot.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

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