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.

Ted Nugent and Issues, Etc.

(from Pr. Rossow) This post could be titled “A Not So Typical Day in the Life of a Pastor.” This is a good light-hearted story for the 4th of July holiday.   The day started fairly normally yesterday. I spent … Continue reading

Return Issues, Etc. to KFUO!

Mollie here. In a previous comment thread, Chris Rosebrough suggested: Since the synod claims that Issues, Etc. was cut for “financial reasons.” I think it is time for the next round of cost cutting measures for KFUO AM. KFUO AM … Continue reading

My Grandfather’s Church

(from Pr. Preus) Apparently I’m not the only one who wants to see my grandfather’s church when I go to services on Sunday morning. Reginald Bibby does too. Bibby holds the Board of Governors Research Chair in the Department of … Continue reading

Wow.

Today’s Question and Answer segment is fascinating. All of you who wanted answers about what happened to Issues, Etc. (vis-a-vis KFUO and the LCMS) should listen.

About those 64 live listeners, David Strand . . .

Mollie here. Another great day for Issues, Etc. Petition-signer Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., dropped by to discuss policy issues of concern to constituents. Shimkus, who is a member of an LCMS congregation, provided assistance to Jeff and Todd in getting … Continue reading

News From the CLCC (Confessional Lutherans for Christ’s Commission)

(by Pr. Rob Jarvis, Zion Lutheran Church, Morris, Minnesota)   “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that … Continue reading

Media coverage of Issues, Etc.

Mollie here. Aaron Wolf over at Chronicles reports on the return of Issues, Etc. … Continue reading

“Your Grandfather’s Church” is a Litmus Test of the Steadfast

(Pr. Walter Otten) Naperville, Illinois is an interesting place to visit. It has a long and well-preserved history, highlighted by Naper Settlement, a re-creation of past lifestyles in this now-booming city. The citizens of this town commemorated the beginning of … Continue reading

Too Lutheran for a Lutheran radio station

Mollie here. I just finished listening to my “on-demand” Issues, Etc. day two. Another fantastic day. I learned how to pronounce Chris Rosebrough’s name. I heard the smooth-voiced Craig Parton talk about substance and style in theology and worship. My … Continue reading

Issues, Etc. Day One

Mollie here. Apparently the live station for listening to Issues, Etc. was flooded yesterday and some people couldn’t get on. My husband, my mother and I all got on but my dad and various friends here in DC, Michigan and … Continue reading

Just Don’t Call it “Fellowship”

(Donna Linnemeyer) As the Program Administrator for a large congregation, I find myself organizing many “fellowship” activities throughout the year.   After many years I have to admit that I really enjoy this facet of my job.   I love … Continue reading

Favorite Quotes from the Petition Site

(Twice a month for the next few months we will be featuring our favorite quotes from the “Bring Back Issues, Etc.” petition site. The quotes are selected and introduced by BJS Steering Committee member Ron Revels. The number in the … Continue reading

Sorry About the Blackout

(from Pastor Rossow) I apologize for the several hours we were off line today (Monday). My best guess is that it was from around 3 PM central to around 9 PM central. I was so intent on listening to the … Continue reading

The Athanasian Creed

(from Pastor Preus) I had an experience a couple of weeks ago which made me believe that the church and possibly even the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod is getting stronger and more vibrant. After Divine Services on Trinity Sunday a … Continue reading

Need Your Input on Use of the Word “Ministry”

(from Pastor Rossow) I thought I would highlight a comment that I posted in answer to an excellent post by Luke (responding to Pastor Simcak’s  insightful article on missionaries).   Here is Luke’s post: Yah, our missionary situation is a … Continue reading

Issues, Etc. returns on Monday!

Mollie here. Just got this note from Todd . . . Everyone: In case you haven’t heard… Issues, Etc. will re-debut this Monday, June 30, 3:05pm CST. The show will be LIVE and on demand from 3:05-5:00 at www.issuesetc.org. The … Continue reading

A Few Thoughts After 24 Hrs. Live

Thank you for bearing with us as we learn by doing how to manage a super-sized website. We have learned alot and will continue to grow, hopefully not only in the Lord’s grace but in yours also as we take … Continue reading

Missionaries! or Missionaries?

(Texas Confessional Lutherans) Tucked away in small print in the October REPORTER is the following paragraph: In addition, the Board for Mission Services has 69 missionaries serving throughout the world. There are 27 ordained clergymen serving as missionaries. Two observations … Continue reading

Do you have a face for radio?

(from Mollie) Let’s face it — Todd Wilken is good on the radio. He is engaging, quick-witted and funny. You can listen to his show while driving or running and it’s just good radio. There are other Lutherans who would … Continue reading

Pew and Lutherans

(from Mollie) Gene Veith pointed the way to a few other bloggers who have been looking at the LCMS-specific numbers coming out of that massive Pew report on religion in America: The survey found that only 84% are absolutely certain … Continue reading

Day of Prayer and Fasting for the Presentation of the AC

On Wednesday, June 25, 2008, the 478th anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession, a group of Southern Illinois District pastors gathered at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church UAC, Fairview Heights, Illinois, for a Day of Prayer and Fasting. This … Continue reading

Reflections on June 25th – Our Confession Then and Now

(from Pastor Preus) “Most gracious Emperor, this is a Confession that will even prevail against the gates of hell, with the grace and help of God.” So said Gregory Bruck to Emperor Charles V on June 25, 1530. He spoke … Continue reading

June 25, 2008

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Some introductory comments from Klemet Preus

“We’re going to pick up here where Issues Etc. left off…truly independent, free to speak, no holds barred…Christ centered and cross focused.” Those were certainly welcome words as countless erstwhile pod casters readied themselves for the impending daily dose of … Continue reading

Greetings, earthlings!

Welcome to my new blog here at John the Steadfast. Unlike the theological heavyweights who are also blogging and writing here, I plan to keep things a bit more low-brow. We’ll discuss news and events in Lutheranism and the wider … Continue reading