Follow up Found on Regarding the Play put on by Concordia-Chicago

Thanks to an attendee of our last BJS international conference, here is a follow up on our post about the Play Depicting Gays as Victims Staged at Concordia-Chicago. He found an article  by Robert Knight on titled Churches Gone Wild that references the play at Concordia. Here is a significant quote from the article.

The play depicts Christians at best as feckless or perhaps unwitting handmaidens of hate. To stage it on a conservative Christian campus, where parents pay dearly to spare their kids from the relentless cultural and academic propaganda found elsewhere, is a coup.

We  wonder how many parents of students who are paying to give their students a better education know what their children  put on or watched at their own theater.

Here is the entire segment of Knight’s article that talks about the play at Concordia-Chicago:

Some church-related entities don’t wait for the government to bully them before ceding moral ground. At Concordia University Chicago, a campus of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, which is staunchly Biblical regarding homosexuality, the theater department is showing The Laramie Project, a play about the town of Laramie, Wyoming’s reaction to the murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998. Based on a book by Moises Kaufman, the play fits the narrative of “gays as victims,” which has been their most effective strategy other than the unsubstantiated claim that people are “born gay.”

The play was hatched by the Tectonic Theatre Project, whose managing director, Jeffrey LaHost, claimed that conservative Christians are a hate group and want to murder homosexuals.

Here’s a snippet from a 2002 Baltimore Sun article:

“Kaufman is openly gay, as are some other Theatre Project members, and LaHost said the actors were disturbed that initial televised accounts of the murder included commentary from right-wing groups. ‘I can’t think of any other minority group where it’s still hotly contested whether or not it’s OK to kill them [homosexuals],’ he said. When a black person is murdered, he said, ‘no one thinks they have to get an opposing point of view from the Ku Klux Klan.'”

The Sun article didn’t mention that conservative Christians were interviewed in 1998 about Shepard only because liberal media and homosexual activists were outrageously blaming them for his murder, citing a series of “truth in love” newspaper ads offering hope for change that featured ex-gays.

The play depicts Christians at best as feckless or perhaps unwitting handmaidens of hate. To stage it on a conservative Christian campus, where parents pay dearly to spare their kids from the relentless cultural and academic propaganda found elsewhere, is a coup.

It’s worth your time to read the entire article on

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Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

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Follow up Found on Regarding the Play put on by Concordia-Chicago — 20 Comments

  1. Ouch, great article, but ooo, ouch. The truth always stings and well, what was said in the posts connected to the original article + this new posted one, is well, sad but true. It is so odd, to read the comments made at Minneapolis by our President, but see this at one of the LCMS U’s. Dichotomy run amuck & more ab fab press for the LCMS, like it wasn’t getting bad enough.
    Has anyone heard or heard of any comment or statement about this out of St Louis? Or is it silence as usual?

  2. It should also be mentioned that the Concordia-Chicago President is John F. Johnson, who prior to 2004 was the President of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

  3. The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod no longer knows who it is. This is just another version of Yankee Stadium: All points of view are equally valid. All world views are equal.

  4. Hey Johannes,
    Totally unrelated. My better half, is not convinced we/I should go (or be welcomed at) the BJS shindig in Feb. Any reccomendations for him, he does read, but rarely posts. This,amongst other subjects, is rather a sticky wicket, as “diversity is the new unity”. He isn’t into sticky wickets, as such. Ug. What do ya think? Recoomendations? He is waiting to see what is said before “we” choose to attend.

  5. @Dutch #6
    I will be unable to attend, and as I am not a card-carrying member, I cannot give you any insights. It sounds very gemutlich, and it would be nice to put faces with some of the names we encounter on this blog, especially those with whom I’ve had some mild disagreements. I’d enjoy meeting you and crying on each other’s shoulders, but I simply can’t make it. I have no doubt you’ll be welcomed, unless you wear your JF button–that might slow things down a bit. You’ll have to find someone more knowledgeable than me, I’m afraid.

    However, I will be at the symposia at FW in January, and will not miss the Lutheran Concerns meeting on the 18th. They have some extremely interesting speakers, and there’s a few people I hope to meet at that “gathering.” That one I can recommend.

    Malcontentedly yours,


  6. Hi Dutch,

    I would think that anyone interested in the Lutheran Confessions and the new Lutheran media [Issues, etc. primarily] would be welcomed to attend the BJS conference.

    You need not be a BJS member to attend. I believe you just need to pay the $40 fee, which I presume is mostly to cover the costs of the meals.

    Pr. Rossow can correct me if I’m wrong, but this was my impression.
    This year’s speakers will be Pr. Wilken, Pr. Preus, and Mollie Z. Hemmingway. 😀
    Oh, and I may add that I found last year’s conference to be highly enjoyable!
    Anyway, I would recommend you come to at least one conference.

  7. Dutch,

    We had some WELS attendees last year. We are primarily LCMS but anot exclusively so. What are exclusively is confessional.

    Many people described the gathering last year as more of a retreat or a family reunion because we allow a lot of time for chatting and eating. There were not a lot of people that knew each other before the conference but a lot who knew each other afterwards.

    I sure hope you can make the drive down to join us.


  8. @Paul Becker #9
    “Who will be?” Who is now?.

    The only place I see supervision of doctrine and practice in my corner of the LCMS is among a handful of LCMS pastors and laymen and here on BJS’s site. Saddly the authority of the Word these pastors and laymen are pointing to is not being heard or heeded by enough people in the synod.

  9. Supervise? Doctrine? Practice? Are these new terms/concepts? What are they? Where do we find them? Would they be in the Handbook? This sounds like a good idea! Where do we sign up? Will it be in the new structure? Can’t wait to hear more!!


  10. Thanks for all the info, now I have a fair bit to entice my better half with(lol). Any hotels yet? Comfort Inn & Suites Naperville anywhere near the venue? Since WELS too, has it’s CGM, Church & Change, (at least C & C, link up & willingly call it Emergent) it doesn’t surprise me there are some from WELS. There isn’t any denomination that doesn’t have it’s “confessional” militia. Oddly enough, they do quote Luther a fair bit on their blogs & sites, that is rather a blessing! (More often than Synod does at this point.)

    I am WELS, but I & my better half grew up LCMS, my children were born into LCMS, and this all grieves me, more than my father’s funeral did! Anyone find out if any official/unoffical statement for this “theatrical production” has been issued? Why do I keep hearing…”Bueller, Bueller,….Ferris Bueller”?
    How typical & tepid of those who’s “collective will” is requested & required, & reccommended.

  11. Johannes #12,
    Oooo, you are sooo cheeky!!! I doubt those terms can be spelled, let alone correctly defined at this point. Sad you can’t make it, I promise I won’t wear my JF or Diversity=Unity buttons. Cry together, noooo, a bit of a sniffle & a pepcid maybe, more likely great grand giggles & huzzahs. Oddly enough, my two little men think it’s a grand idea we go, they just compared BJS to Ethan Allen & the Green Mountain Boys. too cute. (Their studying for the Revolution Test, so is their Mummy, in a way).

  12. @Dutch #6
    Of course you and your husband would be welcome to attend the BJS Conference Dutch. It’s not an LCMS organization, it’s a Lutheran organization. Since I’m not on the BJS Steering Committee, I can’t speak officially, but I will anyhow – the more non-LCMS people there, the better. “Confessional” certainly isn’t limited to the LCMS, it’s limited to those who profess the Book of Concord. Spread the Word.

  13. Thanks for all the info & kind encouragement everybody!!!!! I had no intention of taking the thread over w/this, sorry about that. Scott, spreading word already.

    Mike #15, that was hysterical, I had to read it twice, just to make sure what you said is what I thought you said!!!

    Any response to the “issue” yet out of St Louis?

  14. I love how the Lord works! This was my e-devotional for today, rather…mmmm….timely I think. Colossians 2:1-15.

  15. Re: Carl Vehse #2:

    Carl Vehse :
    It should also be mentioned that the Concordia-Chicago President is John F. Johnson, who prior to 2004 was the President of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

    Help a poor man out, please. I’m having difficulty making the connection on your comment. Is it that Dr. Johnson is a bad because he had led the seminary in St. Louis, or is it that nothing he touches can be good, or is it that nothing good can come out of St. Louis?

    What is the connection between Concordia-Chicago, Dr. Johnson and Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis that you want me to see?

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