Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I was in James White's channel when someone came in and told us that Issues Etc. is cancelled permanently and Todd Wilken, the show's host, and Jeff Schwarz, the show's producer are fired. Sure enough, if you go to the Issues, Etc. archive, there is no page there anymore. (***Update: They reinstated it.***) This is all breaking news so I'm not sure about much of the details, but you can read more about this here, here, and here. This blog seems to be keeping up with it well. The person who told me about this said, "I would appreciate it, if you care about the show, to call this number: 1-888-843-5267."
Here are some links where you may be able to find out more:
HT: 1, 2, 3
The Wittenburg Trail has set up a financial support fund for Wilken and Schwartz.
Feel free to comment with more information. Several already have.
Here's a friend who has commented on it who knows Jeff personally. Personal information regarding something Jeff's family is going through right now amidst this termination is posted there. I suggest for all to read this.
Ingrid Schlueter and James White sound off on the situation, too.
Also, someone has set up a blog for discussing this matter exclusively. It is called Bring Back Issues Etc.
I just got word that because of the calls and emails, the archives are going back online. You might want to get these while you still can. It's not certain how long they'll be available:
Chaz Lehmann has been keeping up with this closely, too, as he knows the parties involved personally. This story about Schwartz's wife and how these recent events will affect their family should be read.
R. Scott Clark is reporting that a reliable source shared with him that Todd and Jeff were called to the LCMS headquarters and offered severance in return for keeping their silence about the issue. There's still no explanation from the LCMS. I wrote a letter to David Strand expressing my concerns including my disdain for there being no explanation of the move, and I basically got what looked to be a mass email reply with my name added to the top:
Dear Mr. Chaplin:
Sincerely in Christ,
David L. Strand
Here are links that are discussing this situation around the blogosphere:
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