Accuracy in Academia Cites Ayers Petition (Signed by Concordia Faculty) as the Most Dubious Move of the Year, by Pr. Rossow

Yesterday we followed up on the gay activist story in the Northwest District of the LCMS. Today we offer this interesting perspective as a follow-up on another travesty of supervision in the LCMS – the Ayers petition signing at Concordia University, Chicago (LCMS).

Malcolm A. Kline regularly outs the worst of the  liberal academia moves from around the country and lately he stated that the Ayers petition was the most dubious of the last year. This in addition to the story we reported last week of Ayers being denied access into Canada due to his criminal record puts more egg on the face of the LCMS  since  Concordia’s President told us last fall that his faculty has academic freedom to sign such a petition.

The problem with this for a conservative, Bible-believing, confessional denomination such as ours is two-fold. First, Ayers is an unrepentant 1960’s  terrorist. He  has never admitted that his work with the violence-wielding, anti-American Underground group that he belonged to in the 1960’s was wrong. Secondly, the philosophy of education espoused in the petition  is based on an unbiblical, anti-authority ideology.

This matter at Concordia-Chicago, the gay-activist matter in Washington and other situations around the synod make clear that there is a crisis of supervision in the LCMS. These things need to be addressed by President Kieschnick if he wants to maintain the notion that he is concerned about doctrine and practice in the synod.

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.

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Accuracy in Academia Cites Ayers Petition (Signed by Concordia Faculty) as the Most Dubious Move of the Year, by Pr. Rossow — 4 Comments

  1. Oddly enough, part of the defense of Ayers is the same defense that was used for Nobel Peace Prize nominee Oba Saint Stanley “Tookie” Williams – HE WROTE BOOKS. It makes you think that if political prisoner Adolf Hitler were releasing Mein Kampf today, there would be a throng of academics singing his praises.

  2. Pr. Rossow,

    What concerns me is that the liberals in Lutheran academia can openly sign such controversial petitions without fear of being disciplined, but conservatives in our seminaries fear reprisal if they write articles for confessional blogs such as BJS. It boggles my mind.

  3. This matter at Concordia-Chicago, the gay-activist matter in Washington and other situations around the synod make clear that there is a crisis of supervision in the LCMS.

    That you’re the only one really dealing with these situations points to a far more serious problem.

    EJG (waiting for Entergy to restore power to the remaining 100,000 of us…)

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