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Monday, May 26, 2008

Bruce Church Note: Byzantium at The Fort



Dost thou promise to put incense on automatic delivery, to link Eastern Orthodoxy sites on thine congregation's webpage, and to preach on the necessity of elaborate robes? If so, answer, "Yes by the help of the Metropolitan."


Bruce Church has comments on Eastern Orthodox culture at Concordia, Ft. Wayne.

The situation at Ft. Wayne (and St. Louis, Otten claims) reminds me of the universities during the 1960's. Tenured professors encouraged students to join the radical cause. The professors enjoyed watching the young occupy buildings and engage administrations in various debates. The Leftist professors never had to abandon the comfort of their positions to accomplish their goals. Calling themselves confessional Lutherans, the Byzantium lobby has infiltrated the LCMS. The photo above is the ordination of the newly departed Ft. Wayne graduate. Only two years later, he sinuflected to Byzantium. Many will eventually join Rome with Neuhaus, Wilken and the other confessional Lutheans, as they called themselves then.

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Bruce Church has another interesting comment the funding of the LCMS:

Add to the KFUO debacle the fact that the districts take in $100 million per year, and only $20 million gets to the synod HQ, and one wishes Ministry Watch would slap a big fat F grade for Transparency on the entire LCMS! Ministry Watch should brand an F on Kieschnick's forehead. By rights, Ministry Watch should spam LCMS members' email boxes with "Donor Alerts," too.

The appeals for mission money at the congregational level mean that only 20% donated will make it past the district pope's staff headquarters. The Purple Palace takes its 20% share and pays a small army of administrators. Thus a miraculous abundance is turned into five loaves and two small fish.