The Glory Has Departed
Norma Boeckler, Artist in Residence
Bethany Lutheran Worship on
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
On Shrove Tuesday, the Miracle of the Pancakes appears - a ghostly image of Steve Kurtzahn the Incompetent. He was only too eager to join crackpots Paul Tiefel and friends in denouncing a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.
Innocent bystanders recall Kurtzahn violating all the normal rules for a Circuit Pastor in serving as a hatchet man for the worst false teachers in the CLC (sic).
According to the alumni network of the prestigious Emmanuel Lutheran College - 68 students - having a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper was the same as embracing Roman Catholicism and promoting gross immorality.
This moved Kurtzahn and dottering Daniel Fleischer to attend a congregational meeting so they could cause more trouble, only to leave early for a basketball game. Subsequently, Kurtzahn joined WELS and now serves a two-point parish in the north woods.
Fleischer was recently videotaped denouncing future WELS fellowship for the time when he - as a tender, innocent college student at NWC - was read the riot act for questioning WELS. Did he call Child Protection Services?
Let us pause to consider that this traumatic event happened to young Dan about 50 years ago, and he was still raving about it as the main reason why he - as head of the CLC (sic) dogma committee - would never embrace joining WELS in dying together as fading, legalistic, Enthusiastic sects.
Some people shake their heads, wondering about how two clergy could involve themselves in pancake polemics, but veterans of those cults realize that any excuse is good enough for a little fun. Both embrace universal forgiveness and salvation without faith, in the name of grace, but both groups are led by humorless, poorly educated clergy who claim to be orthodox.