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Trying Out Rev. Bremer from the ACELC Speakers Bureau in Naperville, by Pr. Rossow

The pastors and elders of the congregation I serve, Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, Illinois, are interested enough in joining the ACELC as a congregation that we are hosting Rev. Daniel Bremer (Grace, Grand Island, NE) from their speakers bureau to introduce our congregation to their work. What is the ACELC? You can read more about them here. In a nutshell, they are a group of individuals and congregations who are calling the LCMS to account for the proliferation of false doctrine and practice that is allowed to exist in our synod. This is the job of our ecclesiastical supervisors   More…

Rock Star Pastor Fisk Ascends into Heaven, by Pr. Rossow

April 1st, 2014 5 comments

We here at BJS have obtained the attached still photo that shows the rock star pastor ascending into heaven just after breaking ground on the new youth and music building at Bethany Lutheran Church and School, Naperville, Illinois. Actually it is just a silly picture to post for April Fool’s. On a more serious note, every once in a while the internet heats up with comments here and there about so called “Rock Star Pastors.” I have a different take on the matter. Based on working with Pastor Jonathan Fisk for the last couple of years I can assure you   More…

Ironic Timing to Promote Concordia University System Sunday, by Pr. Rossow

March 7th, 2014 23 comments

The Concordia University System (CUS) is a mess from the standpoint of hiring faculty, program expansion and confessing the faith to the world. Money and growth have been placed above confessional integrity. As we reported last week, an internship at Planned Parenthood (an abortion mill) was advertised as a part of the curriculum at Concordia, Chicago. I therefore found it ironic that the synod sent out a solicitation today via email for LCMS congregations to have a CUS Sunday on April 27. Like many congregations we stopped recognizing these special Sundays years ago so we won’t be doing anything for   More…

Opportunity for One on One Time with a Missionary, by Pr. Rossow

February 11th, 2014 2 comments

On Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, February 18-19, Pastor James May and I will be traversing the southern Michigan, northern Indiana and northwest Ohio terrain to spread the message of Lutherans in Africa. If you have a few minutes and would like us to stop and see you leave a message on this post or send an email to the BJS address and I will get back to you. A few years ago the Brothers of John the Steadfast became so impressed with the purity of doctrine and the efficient use of donations by Rev. May and his LIA   More…

Final Details on the Two Regional Conferences Supported by BJS, by Pr. Rossow

February 7th, 2014 No comments

We are taking a break from our national conference this year and helping to underwrite two regional conferences. One is next week in Corpus Christi, Texas and the other is the following week in Fairview Heights, Illinois, across the river from St. Louis. We are pleased that these conferences are featuring BJS writers The Rev. Dr. Matt Richard and the Director of Lutherans in Africa, our BJS mission emphasis, The Rev. James May. Here are the details. Corpus Christi, Texas “What’s Going on with Lutherans in Africa?” The Rev. James May, Director – Lutherans in Africa Trinity Lutheran Church 808   More…

A Wardog Takes a Bite Out of St. Louis Seminary Prof Kloha, by Pr. Rossow

February 5th, 2014 57 comments

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis Professor Jeffrey Kloha delivered a paper last year to a theological conference in Germany concerning the status of the original Greek text of the New Testament and it left many people scratching their heads as to what it meant. This is not surprising since it comes out of the same exegetical department that is the home of Dr. James Voelz who penned the book “What Does this Mean?” which also left many scratching their heads, including seminary professors. That book mistakenly bases knowledge and language in the matrix and abyss of the post-modern knower. Kloha’s paper   More…

Two Regional Conferences to Replace the BJS Conference this Year, by Pr. Rossow

December 21st, 2013 4 comments

In place of our annual conference, BJS is helping to underwrite a couple of one day conferences across the country in Fairview Heights, Illinois and Corpus Christi, Texas. These conferences will highlight BJS speakers and interests. In both locations Rev. James May, Director of Lutherans in Africa (LIA), will be updating folks on the work of LIA and in Fairview Heights, recently coloquized LCMS pastor and BJS blogger Matt Richards will be joining Rev. May. The event in Fairview Heights will start on Friday night, February 21 and conclude on Saturday, February 22. Both speakers will be focusing on the   More…

Boise is not a State and “Relationship” is not in the Bible, by Pr. Rossow

November 22nd, 2013 194 comments

One of my hobbies is watching college football and basketball (Go Hawkeyes!). A few years ago I saw a clever poster at a bowl game. It was at the Oklahoma/Boise State bowl game. A fan in the Oklahoma student section, no doubt wanting to send a message to his parents and the world that his education was paying off and wishing to tweak the opponents, held up a sign that said “Hey, Boise is not a state, I looked it up.” One of the favorite new words of the pseudo-Lutherans is “relationship,” and I am here to hold my placard   More…

Mens Breakfast Group Pledges $1,200 for the New Lutheran Center in Africa, by Pr. Rossow

November 6th, 2013 6 comments

The capital campaign for Lutherans In Africa (LIA) new Lutheran Center in Nairobi, Kenya continues to raise funds all around the world and from mission-minded folks who want to see Lutheranism thrive all across the continent. The most recent gifts are coming from a small group of men who meet twice a month to study the Lutheran Confessions at Bethany Lutheran Church and School in Naperville, Illinois. Just this week they pledged $100 a month for the cause. Many of these men have also pledged or given gifts in the general fund-raiser recently held at Bethany which raised dover $25,000 for the campaign.   More…

Pastor Appreciation Month – “I’d Rather Forgive Your Sins than get a Gift Certificate” by Pr. Rossow

October 10th, 2013 36 comments

Is this pastor appreciation month? (Don’t you just love Hallmark invented holidays?) I used to know these things years ago before the parish I serve became more confessional because each year about this time I would get a few gift certificates with a nice card thanking me for my service. The gift certificates still trickle in but to a much less extent now that our members are tuned in to more confessional media. Gift certificates are a good thing for sure but I would much rather forgive your sins than get a gift certificate and that is my most wonderful gift   More…

A Great Book by a Church Growth Pastor Turned Confessional, by Pr. Rossow

September 28th, 2013 32 comments

I had my own conversion from Church Growth psychology to genuine Confessional Lutheran theology and so I am glad to hear of a new book written by LCMS Pastor Lucas Woodford which outlines a similar journey. We also share a devotion to the work of James May and Lutherans in Africa (LIA). Pastor Woodford recently returned from a trip to Africa to see first-hand the work of LIA. I encourage you to read about his trip to Africa and to order his book and read his insightful comparison of the recent generation’s Church Growth principles of psychology and sociology with the   More…

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President Emeritus’ Latest Commentary Shows the Church-Growthers’ Fear Over the Election, by Pr. Rossow

June 20th, 2013 20 comments

Most would agree that there are at least two “camps” in the LCMS: 1) the confessional group that sees the Lutheran Confessions as a norm for doctrine and practice and 2) the church-growthers who put sociology, psychology, felt needs and the like near to or on the same par as the Confessions as the norm for doctrine and practice. Both groups claim Scripture as the source of faith but each group has as different lens for reading the Scriptures. The church-growthers are getting very nervous about the up-coming election which has led them to develop a new and troubling tactic – district presidents being   More…

Grading President Harrison’s First Term: A-, by Pr. Rossow

June 10th, 2013 54 comments

In light of the recent encouragement of District President Linnemann of the Northwest District, to unseat President Matthew Harrison and replace him with David Maier, I thought it would be helpful to grade Harrison’s first term according to the standard he is accountable to – the LCMS Constitution and By-laws. As Jim Pierce and Scott Diekmann have shown in other posts, DP Linnemann used an unusual metric by which to measure President Harrison – his ability to engage the culture. That is an interesting measurement but really has nothing to do with the president’s stated duties. I give President Harrison   More…

Listen Live to the “Vigil for Africa” from Naperville and Nairobi, by Pr. Rossow

May 31st, 2013 2 comments

The Brothers of John the Steadfast are joining up with Lutherans in Africa to support the building of a new Lutheran Center in Nairobi. The first public phase of this campaign begins tonight with a live-streamed prayer vigil from Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, Illinois and from the headquarters of Lutherans in Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. The vigil is hosted by Worldview Everlasting’s creator Rev. Jonathan Fisk. There will be an hour of liturgical prayer starting at 9 PM Central Time in the United States and then an hour break for a live interview from Nairobi of Rev. James May, Director of   More…

Rev. Jonathan Fisk to Host a Live, Worldwide Prayer Vigil for the Lutherans in Africa Capital Campaign, by Pr. Rossow

The Vigil for Africa will be a live, worldwide event involving as many congregations as possible in a single worship service. Join us in prayer for the future of Christianity in Africa through a live Youtube stream, and together hear from Pastor May in Nairobi on the current state of Lutherans in Africa. This event will stream live via Youtube from Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL where, for the first hour, where we will pray the same prayers, hear the same Bible texts. This will be followed by an hour long interview with James May, live from Nairobi, Africa   More…