Pictures from the Issues Etc. One Year Anniversary

Phillip and Cheryl Magness drove from Naperville, Illinois down to Colinsville, Illinois on Tuesday (about four and a half hours) to represent BJS and to celebrate with Pastor Todd Wilkin and producer Jeff Schwarz, the one year anniversary of the re-start of Issues, Etc.

They reported back that the celebration was great fun and  that it was fulfilling to meet and greet  so many leading lights of confessional Lutheranism.

We  at BJS would include Phillip  and Cheryl in that list confessional leaders. Phillip is the cantor of Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville. His passion is helping the congregation sing  better their praise of God but he has also been called on to write music for the church at large, is a sought after conference speaker and has also worked with Stephen Johnson to start their     own  confessional/liturgical music publishing company  (

Cheryl is an English literature professor, the technical editor of the Steadfast Quarterly and hosts an award-winning blog ( By the way, we have completed work on the next issue of the Quarterly which is a double issue that features  Confessional Lutherans doing evangelism. Speaking of literature, another literature aficionado and LCMS pastor, Dr. Fred Baue, is the Editor of the Quarterly and is featured in the pictures below. Enjoy!

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


Pictures from the Issues Etc. One Year Anniversary — 6 Comments

  1. I’m very sad that I could not be there. I would love to debate something with Todd in person and buy him a beer. Blessings Todd and Jeff. Thank you.

  2. Oh, man, I am sooooo sorry to have missed it! Tell Baue that I think I was all ready to join the Society of the Holy Trinity. Ah, well, I guess we missed that window. 🙂 Truly, I had hoped to be there, but a sick mom in TX took priority. May the Lord bless this for many years to come!

  3. I dearly missed being with real Lutherans on this wonderous occasion. No – I had to be in Ann Arbor slugging our way through the Michigan District Convention. Let’s see, what’s preferable, confessional Lutherans with beer (is that the honorable Mr. Schwarz drinking a Celada behind Pastor Wilken?) or being set Ablaze! by “Celebrating Jesus” (don’t ask me – I sat through four days and don’t have a clue.) Oh ya, we had to buy our coffee if you desired to wake up and pay attention. CUAA is hurting, the Michigan District is hurting and I’m suffering from covetousness. I wanna be with ya’ll – not at some wasted convention.

  4. I’m glad I was able to make it and see Philip and Cheryl, but I’m sorry to have missed out on the first 2 hours. By the time I had got there, everyone was already at the American Legion hall and I had missed seeing Rev. Harrison and Rep. Shimkus.

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