In the midst of conflict between LCMS President Gerald
Kieschnick and the LCMS Board of Directors, Rev. Ed Balfour, a member of the
BOD, has undergone two surgeries for cancer and is now on chemotherapy.
Balfour plans to attend the 2004 Convention.
The LCMS Nominating Committee Chairman, who claims that
the Committee was guided by the Holy Spirit, has refused to place
Balfour’s name on the ballot for re-nomination to the BOD.
The most recent issue of the Reporter has published a
ringing rebuke of “unofficial publications.”
They encourage readers to believe what comes from
, but not other members of the LCMS.
It is the unofficial publications, which are obviously
not being officially led by the Holy Spirit, that are encouraging the
reelection of Rev. Balfour.
Coincidently, Balfour believes that the Brian Cave Law
Firm has given the LCMS BOD a correct interpretation of Missouri Law.
This unofficial communication prays for Rev.
Balfour’s recovery and reelection.