First Day of the Conference was Wonderful! by Pr. Rossow

We had a wonderful first day of liturgy, eating, and thinking at the Fourth Annual Brothers of John the Steadfast International Conference.

Pastor Fisk challenged us all with a presentation on the need for an old church and institution (the LCMS) to accommodate the new media and become leaner and more agile in bringing the Gospel to the world.

The dinner of Chicago style pizza was filling and a great addition to our weekend of cholesterol dumping – Grunt, grunt, grunt, grunt, grunt.

Before heading off to our No Pietists Allowed smoking and beer drinking parties we drank deeply of the word in the daily office of Evening Prayer (LSB) and the preaching of Rev. David Kind, who clearly bore the marks of persecution as he brought us the firm Word from Isaiah 62. In a very pointed fashion Pastor Kind asked “Where is the fulfilment of the promise of a Church that has a crown of beauty?” He also reminded us that St. Paul, Luther and Christians of every generation have asked the same question in the face of persecution. He then delivered to us the comforting Word of God’s promised forgiveness and new life in our Lord Jesus Christ. That Word will see us through the rest of the night and onto another day tomorrow of liturgy, eating and thinking.

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.


First Day of the Conference was Wonderful! by Pr. Rossow — 8 Comments

  1. At Quigley’s last night I kept quoting Rev. Fisk in my discussion with Rev. Messer, et al. Thank goodness that Brothers of John the Steadfast gives us an outlet where time, money, and distance do not hinder the efforts of our vast communicative power to hyperlocalize our participation.

    Incidentally, I found four used copies of the Shirky book, “Here Comes Everybody” on Alibris for $1.99. The internet is a pastor’s best friend for buying books.

  2. Thanks to Pastors Tim Rossow for his hospitality, and Jonathan Fisk, Bryan Wolfmuller and Joshua Scheer for their presentations at the BJS Conference this weekend. And a special thanks to Phillip Magness for the outstanding musical edification within the liturgical services during the conference. Thanks for sharing the gifts God gives each of you with the greater whole of confessional Lutheranism.

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