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 radio show this afternoon that I did not even discover it until around 5 PM central. I immediately called our web host provider. It was a problem beyond their control. The server where we are parked went down and along with it numerous other websites. Our provider assured us that this is a one   time event.


Again I apologize and will post more details as they arise. I am curious, has anyone ever experienced this on any of the blogs that they have managed?


Pastor Rossow

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.


Sorry About the Blackout — 5 Comments

  1. Pastor:

    Both Pastors Ron Hodel and our new associate Pastor Jeremy Rhode are interested in being interviewed by you for BJS.

    Feel free to contact them @ (949) 496-1901.

    For an intro to both men see:

    Certainly you could visit Pastor Cwirla (he’s less than an hour away) while you are here!

    Would you be coming out AFTER July 11th?



  2. After the 11th works for me. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I wouldn’t fly all the way out there if I couldn’t meet you my confessional brother!


  3. Yes, that’s happened to me before. Periodically it’s happened on our church’s website and also on a personal website I bought. It’s rare overall, but can be very frustrating when it does occur. Despite what your host said, it’s not a one time event. It’ll probably happen once or twice a year… or maybe I’m a pessimist, but that’s how it’s been in my experience. It’s always been less than 24 hours affected.

    Sometimes a server crashes and the host has to scramble to get it up and running again. Sometimes a hacker breaks into their stuff and starts deleting servers. I assume your webhost protects itself against that but nothing is foolproof. I’m sure that they also back all data up – or nearly all data per a plan. There’s not much you can do except to have another site somewhere (like Mollie used Augsburg1530 for yesterday) to get the info out. But not everyone will see that, so you’ll have to do just what you did hear and acknowledge the blackout.

    Sadly it was coincidental with the Issues, Etc debut where people also had problems getting the feed.

  4. Thank you Heidi. “Knowledge is power” and just knowing you’re experience will be helpful if we have to face this again.

    Pastor Rossow

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