Posts Tagged ‘BJS Conference’

BJS Conference 2013 Highlights — Day One

February 16th, 2013 9 comments

The Conference is underway and day one is complete.  Yesterday we gathered to hear Pr. Jonathan Fisk speak and discuss the crisis we have in catechizing our young ones (in homes, churches, and schools).  He skillfully addressed the problems and honestly expressed his own ongoing struggle to find a solution with regards to how we pass down the faith from generation to generation (especially this new generation which is being entertained to death).  Of particular note, Pr. Fisk discussed the phrase “I’ve been a Lutheran all my life, but…” which is how Lutherans confess non-Lutheran teachings and criticize Lutheran doctrine   More…

Like the blog? Check out the conference! Register by Monday night for the 2013 BJS Conference

February 8th, 2013 1 comment

Among the flood of stories going on right now at BJS I wanted to remind all of our readers (and many of the new ones) that if you want to have some great times among Lutherans come to the National Conference of the Brothers of John the Steadfast on February 15-16th (yep, next week already!).  Registrations close on Monday night, so get your them in quickly. If you are new to the site and are interested in our organization and what it stands for, the conference may be a great idea.   Some things to see at the conference: Lutheran   More…

What the picture doesn’t show (fatherhood and a Synodical President)

February 16th, 2011 15 comments

Since BJS is dedicated to helping restore fatherhood, I thought I would share a moment from the BJS Conference this past weekend.  While attending the first lecture on Witness, my wife and children accompanied me into the sanctuary of Bethany in Naperville (our family vacation time was originally around Symposia week, but chicken pox stopped that from happening, so BJS provided a second chance). The picture in this post is of President Harrison interacting with my oldest daughter, who was reading “The Magician’s Nephew” by C.S. Lewis and also spending time being artistic with the BJS place mats from the   More…

Audio from BJS 2011 Conference

February 15th, 2011 2 comments

Here is audio from the various segments of the 2011 Brothers of John the Steadfast conference. We may be able to get more audio or video out; so keep an eye on this post. Information prior to the conference can be found here.   Friday Evening Banquet from Pastor Harrison   Session 1: Witness by Cantor Phillip Magness   Session 2: Mercy by Tim Hetzner, Director of Lutheran Church Charities   The sermon from Divine Service by Pastor Fisk   Session 3: Life Together by Rev. Dr. Timothy A. Rossow, Director of the Brothers of John the Steadfast

Divine Service at the 2011 BJS Conference

February 14th, 2011 25 comments

One of the questions going around at the Conference this past weekend was …. what does Pastor Fisk look like in real life? Does he have the Samurai Swords behind him, does he jump around as he goes from phrase to phrase, is he really that hyper? So .. for those who weren’t able to make the conference, I thought that I’d get a quick clip up showing Pastor Fisk in person. For more about him, see WorldView Everlasting Sorry for the poor quality audio; we may be able to generate videos with better audio in a few days/weeks.

Thanks to the Conference Committee

February 13th, 2011 10 comments

As usual the BJS conference was well run and overflowing with grace and hospitality thanks to the conference committee pictured here: Donna Linnemeyer (Bethany Program Administrator and occassional BJS blogger), Phyllis Rossow (Pastor Rossow’s wife), Aimee Walsh (Bethany Lutheran School Admissions Director and “the world’s happiest person”), Erin Thompson (Bethany First Grade Teacher) and Pam Mueller (Bethany Principal). We also thank the dozens of other Bethany staff and volnteers who helped out.    The banquet on Friday   A Manly Breakfast prepared by Bethany Lutheran Church and School   Thanks to all who helped to make the BJS 2011 conference possible.   There   More…

Reconciliation with Tillie the Comfort Dog, by Pastor Rossow

February 12th, 2011 17 comments

As some of you know from past blog posts, also here and here, I have been critical of Lutheran Church Charities Installation of their Comfort Dogs as “Ministers of the Gospel”. Since we had the CEO of Lutheran Church Charities at our conference today to speak to us about Mercy, the second of President Harrison’s emphases for the church, I thought it would be a good chance for me to reconcile with Tillie the Comfort Dog. Below there is a photo giving the right hand of fellowship to Tillie. Of course, right after that I couldn’t help but de-install her,   More…

A Few Quick Pictures from the 2011 Conference

February 11th, 2011 3 comments

Here are a few quick pictures of the conference so far .. more later!                 Check back later for more…

New Lutheran Fantasy Novel to be Premiered at the BJS Conference Tonight, by Pr. Rossow

February 11th, 2011 1 comment

A new Lutheran fantasy novel for youth and adults is being unveiled at the BJS conference this weekend. Rev. Thomas Sabel has written a novel titled “The Prince Decides” which is the first in his “Legends of Luternia” series. “The Prince Decides” teaches the importance of Word and Sacrament and the Church in the life of the Christian. The book is published by Blue Pomegranate Press, the recently renamed Church and Ministry Press, and will be available on line sometime next week for $15 a copy. The author will be at the BJS conference and will be taking orders for   More…

BJS Newsreel — Streaming Media for the upcoming Conference this Friday/Saturday

February 10th, 2011 12 comments

NOTE: Updated information available here.   We felt with the number of people asking for conferences closer to where they are that it would be useful to our membership to have live audio streaming of the conference for those too far away to attend themselves. We will stream the Friday evening banquet, but to listen to the Saturday presentations we ask for a $5 donation. The streaming with be 64kbs MP3 audio, and we’ll make it available on our website. To help give us an idea of how many might listen live, please comment here or send us an email   More…

BJS Newsreel: Registrants from Oregon, Washington, Kansas, New York and Even Canada Signed Up for the BJS Conference – Last Chance to Register

February 5th, 2011 3 comments

Registration for the Third Annual Brothers of John the Steadfast conference is closing tomorrow night. We normally keep registration open to the day of the conference but this year the banquet is being catered and so we need an exact number. The conference is being held February 11-12 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, Illinois. We have registrants from such places as Oregon, Washington, Kansas, Texas, New York and even Canada. We hope you will decide to join us and click here to register.

BJS Newsreel: Audio from Previous Conventions

February 3rd, 2011 No comments

For those of you who haven’t yet decided to register for the 2011 Steadfast Lutherans conference, I thought you might be interested in listening to the presentations and worship opportunities from our previous years. This says nothing about the hospitality of the men and women from Bethany who provide such a welcoming experience for all of us during these conferences. Click here for more information on the 2011 conference, or here to register.   First, a few comments from attendees of our previous conferences: Kevin: Thanks so much to you and all the folks at Bethany that made the conference   More…

BJS Newsreel: BJS Conference Registration Deadline Approaching – Harrison as Banquet Speaker and Presentations on His Threefold Emphasis

February 2nd, 2011 12 comments

The deadline for registering for the BJS banquet and conference is midnight Sunday, February 6. The conference is being held at Bethany Lutheran Church and School in Naperville, Illinois in the western Chicago suburbs. The headliner for the conference is President Harrison’s banquet presentation on Friday night. It is possible to buy tickets for the banquet only ($20). The conference continues on Saturday with three presentations on President Harrison’s threefold emphasis on the church: witness, mercy and life together. The conference has become well known for its richand varied liturgical worship. There is also a manly man’s breakfast on Saturday morning as well   More…

BJS Newsreel: BJS Conference Keeps Getting Better – President’s Sr. Assistant and Former Commission on Worship Assistant Director Jon Vieker to Chant Evening Prayer

January 19th, 2011 6 comments

It’s not too late to sign up for the annual BJS Conference. LCMS President Senior Assistant Jon Vieker will be making the trip up from St. Louis with President Harrison and will grace the conference by chanting our Evening Prayer service after the banquet on Friday night. The Brothers of John the Steadfast (BJS) are in the third year of annual conferences. This year’s conference is once again being held in the midwest at Bethany Lutheran Church and School – Naperville, Illinois, convenient for auto travel and centrally located between O’Hare and Midway airports. The conference is Friday and Saturday, February   More…

Discounted Accomodations for BJS Conference – Come Join the Brothers and Sisters for a Wonderful Conference and Retreat

January 12th, 2011 No comments

The closest hotel to Bethany Lutheran Church, site of the third annual BJS conference, has set aside a block of rooms at a discounted rate for the conference. For details on the conference and to register click here. The closest hotel is a newer Super 8  featuring an indoor pool, free internet access, and great service. This is not your typical roadside Super 8 but is more like a full service hotel. (We have been using them for years and have  been very pleased.)  You can view hotel details here. Be sure to ask for the Brothers of John the   More…