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 world.

That means we’ll be discussing everything from Paris Hilton to Contemporary Christian music to Martin Luther’s Baseball Team (the St. Louis Cardinals).

For those who don’t know me, I’m a writer in Washington, D.C. I live with my amazing husband and our beautiful 10-month-old daughter. We’re still working on that whole, “Let Mommy sleep through the night” thing, so if you see some blog posts of 4:18 AM, well, you know what happened there.

We go to church here and are blessed with a wonderful pastor who in addition to being a faithful, confessional Preacher of the Gospel, has things to say about Prince and the Minnesota Vikings. No, you cannot have him. Get your own.

And we are very excited about the return of Issues, Etc.

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.


Greetings, earthlings! — 14 Comments

  1. Dear Mollie,

    We are equally excited to have you blogging here. Here’s hoping those 4:18 a.m. posts won’t be necessary too much longer!

  2. Welcome, Mollie! And thank you!

    (Mine didn’t sleep thru the night until age 2. Hopefully, your little girl will Get a Clue before that.)


  3. I’m pleased to see you blogging here and thank you for all you’ve done to keep folks informed since the dumping of Issues Etc. by KFUO.

    I’m equally pleased to know that your living in the hotbed of liberals (D.C.) has allowed you to keep perspective-the Cardinals are indeed Martin Luther’s favorite baseball team, and coincidentally, my own!

    Darrell Wacker, Xenia, Ohio

  4. Mollie,
    My wife Michele and I have only raised 6. Our first began sleeping through the night at 6 weeks. His twin born 12 years later screamed through the night until he was 6 years old. You are welcome to call during the wee hours and let me listen to the good old days.

  5. Thanks! Our little one is actually a dream and has slept well from about 2 months on — it’s just that we’re teething now so all bets are off.

    It’s also a good reminder that just because this one’s been easy doesn’t mean the next one will be.

  6. Molly,
    I am excited about the return of Pastor Wilken and Jeff and Issues, Etc. as well. Thank you for writing and serving your fellow believers and Synod.

    We will keep your family in our prayers. Hopefully your little one will be like my little girl who sleeps through the night and not my little boy who, at age 4, still gets up in the middle of the night most nights.

  7. p.s. the title for your blog page is >> Mollie Ziegler

    should probably have that changed to Mollie Hemmingway or something.

  8. “Cardinals?” Anyone knows that Luther would never endorse a team with a popish name like cardinals.

    Luther is a Cubs fan. Have you ever compared the Luther seal to the Cubs logo? Hmmm….both are round. Both have red and blue displayed on them prominently and it is a little known secret that the big “C” on the logo originaly stood for “christian.” I’d better quit before I get too sacreligious. I think I’ll just go write another post for the “No Pietists Allowed” page.


  9. Luther’s Baseball Team? The Cardinals? Surely you must know what Luther thought of the cardinals, from Cajetan and Albrecht on down. No, Luther would have rooted for a solidly Lutheran and German team, the Cubs.

  10. You gotta trust a guy named “Martin” to know who the original Martin would root for! Way to go Marty.

    BTW – Erich is doing well and taking good care of our “little cantor.”


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