Righting the Good Ship Missouri: The Goals and Purpose of the Lutheran Mission Alliance

When I was a young man, I served in the U.S. Navy. During my service, I made three tours to Vietnam. On one of those tours, I served in the air wing of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Bennington. She was … Continue reading

Hyper-Euro/Sacerdotalist and Hyper-Waltherian Insights Needed

(from Pastor Rossow) I need your help. On July 24 I will be addressing the monthly meeting of the Texas Confessional Lutherans. One of the lesser goals of this website is to help bring confessional Lutherans from all different stripes … Continue reading

“Even Jesus could never forgive what you do.” ““ Bob Dylan

(from Pr. Preus) I was listening to Pearl Jam today and it got me to thinking. Pearl Jam is a grunge rock and roll group from Seattle which was very popular about a decade ago and still enjoys some following. … Continue reading

Secretaries, start your bulletins!

Mollie here. For those of you putting together your bulletins for this coming Sunday, please include this announcement: LUTHERAN TALK RADIO. You can listen to Issues, Etc. on-demand at www.issuesetc.org. Issues, Etc. is hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and … Continue reading

Spiritual Headship in the Church and Home

(from Rev. Mark Hein) When I was first approached to write a column for this website, I was more than just a little hesitant. With a busy ministry, I wasn’t sure if anything more would fit on my plate. That … Continue reading

The Augustana Ministerium

(from the Rev., Dr. Steven A. Hein) The Augustana Ministerium is a professional association of pastors, not a fellowship of congregations. Thus, it is not a synod or church body or a ‘church within a church’, and each member may … Continue reading

Media coverage of Issues, Etc.

Mollie here. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Tim Townsend reported on the return of Issues, Etc. in today’s paper. You can read it here. … Continue reading

Must Read Commentary from Martin Noland

(Editor’s Note: Martin Noland was recently relieved of his position as Director of the Concordia Historical Institute and so is quite familiar with synodical machinations. For details click here Augsburg 1530. He is commenting on Chris Roseborough’s provocative comment which … Continue reading

Ted Nugent and Issues, Etc.

(from Pr. Rossow) This post could be titled “A Not So Typical Day in the Life of a Pastor.” This is a good light-hearted story for the 4th of July holiday.   The day started fairly normally yesterday. I spent … Continue reading

Return Issues, Etc. to KFUO!

Mollie here. In a previous comment thread, Chris Rosebrough suggested: Since the synod claims that Issues, Etc. was cut for “financial reasons.” I think it is time for the next round of cost cutting measures for KFUO AM. KFUO AM … Continue reading

My Grandfather’s Church

(from Pr. Preus) Apparently I’m not the only one who wants to see my grandfather’s church when I go to services on Sunday morning. Reginald Bibby does too. Bibby holds the Board of Governors Research Chair in the Department of … Continue reading


Today’s Question and Answer segment is fascinating. All of you who wanted answers about what happened to Issues, Etc. (vis-a-vis KFUO and the LCMS) should listen.

About those 64 live listeners, David Strand . . .

Mollie here. Another great day for Issues, Etc. Petition-signer Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., dropped by to discuss policy issues of concern to constituents. Shimkus, who is a member of an LCMS congregation, provided assistance to Jeff and Todd in getting … Continue reading

News From the CLCC (Confessional Lutherans for Christ’s Commission)

(by Pr. Rob Jarvis, Zion Lutheran Church, Morris, Minnesota)   “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that … Continue reading

Media coverage of Issues, Etc.

Mollie here. Aaron Wolf over at Chronicles reports on the return of Issues, Etc. … Continue reading

“Your Grandfather’s Church” is a Litmus Test of the Steadfast

(Pr. Walter Otten) Naperville, Illinois is an interesting place to visit. It has a long and well-preserved history, highlighted by Naper Settlement, a re-creation of past lifestyles in this now-booming city. The citizens of this town commemorated the beginning of … Continue reading

Too Lutheran for a Lutheran radio station

Mollie here. I just finished listening to my “on-demand” Issues, Etc. day two. Another fantastic day. I learned how to pronounce Chris Rosebrough’s name. I heard the smooth-voiced Craig Parton talk about substance and style in theology and worship. My … Continue reading

Issues, Etc. Day One

Mollie here. Apparently the live station for listening to Issues, Etc. was flooded yesterday and some people couldn’t get on. My husband, my mother and I all got on but my dad and various friends here in DC, Michigan and … Continue reading

Just Don’t Call it “Fellowship”

(Donna Linnemeyer) As the Program Administrator for a large congregation, I find myself organizing many “fellowship” activities throughout the year.   After many years I have to admit that I really enjoy this facet of my job.   I love … Continue reading

Favorite Quotes from the Petition Site

(Twice a month for the next few months we will be featuring our favorite quotes from the “Bring Back Issues, Etc.” petition site. The quotes are selected and introduced by BJS Steering Committee member Ron Revels. The number in the … Continue reading

Sorry About the Blackout

(from Pastor Rossow) I apologize for the several hours we were off line today (Monday). My best guess is that it was from around 3 PM central to around 9 PM central. I was so intent on listening to the … Continue reading

The Athanasian Creed

(from Pastor Preus) I had an experience a couple of weeks ago which made me believe that the church and possibly even the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod is getting stronger and more vibrant. After Divine Services on Trinity Sunday a … Continue reading

Need Your Input on Use of the Word “Ministry”

(from Pastor Rossow) I thought I would highlight a comment that I posted in answer to an excellent post by Luke (responding to Pastor Simcak’s  insightful article on missionaries).   Here is Luke’s post: Yah, our missionary situation is a … Continue reading

Issues, Etc. returns on Monday!

Mollie here. Just got this note from Todd . . . Everyone: In case you haven’t heard… Issues, Etc. will re-debut this Monday, June 30, 3:05pm CST. The show will be LIVE and on demand from 3:05-5:00 at www.issuesetc.org. The … Continue reading

A Few Thoughts After 24 Hrs. Live

Thank you for bearing with us as we learn by doing how to manage a super-sized website. We have learned alot and will continue to grow, hopefully not only in the Lord’s grace but in yours also as we take … Continue reading