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 the first hour or so of the day doing maintenance on the website and then went up to the pastor’s study up at church (let’s stop calling it an “office”) to catch up on phone calls, emails and to start Bible class for Sunday. I also got to spend an hour on the phone doing pastoral care (let’s stop calling it “pastoral counseling”) with a woman who is dear to me. I have been pointing her to the cross of Christ for 15 years now, once or twice a month to help her with her emotional problems. After lunch, (a couple of protein bars – I pretend like I am still on Atkins) I went up to the hospital to make calls. Then things went beyond typical.


I spent the remainder of the afternoon at home listening to the show while stuffing new member packets for our newest BJS brothers. The Pastor Wilken and Jeff Scwharz kibitzing hour was once again very enjoyable and the “wardog,” Dr. John Warwick Montgomery was comprehensive as always. He is sometimes referred to as the “wardog” because of his take-no-prisoners approach to Christian apologetics. (His colleague at the apologetics institute in Strasbourg, Craig Parton, is a BJS advisory board member.)


For diner we had ribs and rock ‘n roll. Tom, my favorite Roman Catholic and spouse of BJS editor/writer Elaine Gavin, is an audiophile and every once in while invites us to a concert. The home of BJS, Naperville, Illinois has a 4th of July festival every year called Ribfest where they attract about 50,000 people a day. Each night of the festival they have top name entertainment and on this particular night it was the Motor City Madman himself, Ted Nugent. We accepted the invitation and boy what a day that made for. How about this for an odd combination, Ted Nugent, Pastor Wilken and John “Wardog” Montgomery all within a few hours?


Actually, maybe it wasn’t such an odd combination, The Motor City Madman and the Wardog. I am not sure which could outlast the other in an energy burn. It would probably be a draw. Ted Nugent, as many of you know is an ardent supporter of the NRA and a flag-waver. He opened the show with a guitar rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and it brought the house down. He spent much of the time between songs editorializing about vegetarians, Barack Obama, freedom, and the importance of speaking one’s mind. His support for outspokenness reminds me of our favorite radio host.


The concert was outstanding. I certainly do not endorse Ted Nugent’s occasional foul choice of words, but apart from that it was an enjoyable evening filled with an energetic and appropriate use of the electric guitar, i.e. at a secular concert rather than in the Lord’s sanctuary. It was a full two hour concert which was not bad for the $10 admission price. In addition to his typical head-banging rock, he included a three song blues set which was appropriate for this crowd gathered in a suburb of Chicago, the so-called House of Blues. The concert ended with an encore in which “Uncle Ted,” an avid hunter, shot a flaming arrow across the stage in honor of the American Indian and in memory of the millions of buffalo slaughtered on the American frontier. I’m not looking for Pastor Wilken or the Wardog to do the same on any future shows, but I am confident that their energy levels will continue to rival the Motor City Madman.


(Since no one has posted a favorite adventure or other pleasure of life on the “No Pietists Allowed” page, I’ll be posting this account there in hope that others of you will share with us your non-typical days, adventures, vacations

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. — 8 Comments

  1. Its your favorite RC here supporting your description of the concert! What a great evening with a phenomenal showman. (Ted wasn’t too bad either.) Glad we could share it with you. 🙂

  2. I don’t know what other showman you could be talking about. It certainly wouldn’t be me since I dance worse than a “white boy.” Althogh I did put on a pretty good show eating that entire blooming onion and a full rack with sides!


  3. Glad to see you got a little R&R. Wow, I remember seeing Ted Nugent in the Aragon Ballroom Chicago 40 years ago. He must look like Mick Jagger!

  4. Larry,

    I did not know you were a closet rocker from the past. I saw Jagger on the superbowl halftime show 2 years ago and Uncle Ted did not look nearly as bad as that.

    BTW – how’s the research on the Luther connection to China going? Any new findings 🙂


  5. I have to fill the readers on what Pastor Rossow is talking about. To make a short story long, once upon a time when Pastor Rossow started our wonderful weekly book club, Book of Concord, Tappert (many years later we are still reading the same book, only now McCain), everyone was asked to introduce themselves. So I said my name and mentioned that it may come as a surprise to some that I was not German. The group broke out into a laugher because my Grand-parents are from China. I then proceeded to explain what happened earlier in the week to prompt me say what I did. My youngest daughter Jennifer, in 3rd grade at the time, did a heritage day class project and the parent got to see the proud children’s displayed art work one evening. Her teacher told me it was cute that my daughter thought she was German. I told her I was pleasantly surprise. The proud dad got to explain to her the Christian/Lutheran Symbols and have unknowingly handed down a wonderful Lutheran Heritage.

    Away overtime the story snowballs… Now Urban Legends has it that there is direct descendant of Luther living in the western suburbs of Chicago. It is worth noting that more than a few pastors notice my resemblance to Martin. So moving on Pastor R here are my finding to date:

    I did find a Chinese carry-out menu and chopsticks amongst the Luther artifact the went around the country several years back. OK, mostly is was left behind by night watchman at the Seminary. But I am now considering:

    Is it possible that the German language derived from Chinese origins?

    Chinese Enjoying German Culture or are Germans Enjoying Chinese Culture?

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