Editor’s Update: Over 5,000 Readers, Worldwide Interest, Discussion of the Nature of this Website

Readership Totals

We have some great statistics from the month of July for the John the Steadfast website.

We had 5,358 unique visitors in the month of July, making 19,490 visits and viewing 95,079 pages. (Some readers may be checking in from multiple computers, e.g. work and home, but we also may have multiple readers, e.g. husband and wife, reading from the same computer, so the 5,358 number is probably an accurate reflection of readership.)

Our largest one day, unique visitor total was 1,360 last week during the early stages of the Texas Lutheran Youth Gathering discussion.

We have already had over 2,500 unique visitors for the month of August, so we may top our July number by the end of this month. If you have not already done so, be sure to tell your friends and relatives about the site and all the other great linked sites we have listed, so that awareness of the importance of Issues, Etc. and the teaching of the Lutheran Confessions can continue to spread and grow,

Worldwide Interest

In the month of July we had readers from 24 different foreign countries. In addition to the ones you might expect, i.e. Germany, Canada and Australia, we also have readers in such exotic places as Israel,  Turkey, and  Iowa. (I’m a Hawkeye so I figure I can poke a little fun at the “homeland.”)

President Hennings and the Texas District Youth Gathering

As promised, I am trying to get a hold of President Hennings from the Texas District. We have had some e-mail exchange but  have not been able to hook up by phone but will keep trying. I will keep you posted.

Discussion of the Nature of this Website

The steering committee, for which I thank God daily, has started a very important discussion of the nature of the website. The main issue we are discussing is the level of  critique on the site. We are committed to making sure that this site encourages and promotes criticism of the watering down of the Gospel in Lutheranism but we also want to make sure that in the end we are edifying and building up the body of Christ. Of course, edification includes both law and gospel and so where rebuke is needed it must be given, but as the scriptures teach, in the end the Gospel is God’s final and better word and is to carry the day in our lives and piety.

As always, your input is welcome. Let us know what you think. Also, let me take a moment to thank our bloggers and columnists. Pastor Wilken, Mollie, Pastor Preus and all our columnists are doing a great job bringing us God’s word in this new and exciting world of the internet. Thank you for your hard work and we look forward to your future posts.

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.


Editor’s Update: Over 5,000 Readers, Worldwide Interest, Discussion of the Nature of this Website — 6 Comments

  1. And I thank all of you.
    This is a site among Lutheran sites, doing what many of us have longed to have done for years: facing it head-on, but for the sake of unity, not for the ‘fun’ of finger-pointing or for indulging feelings of superiority.
    Lutherans unleashed! But in an entirely, historically Lutheran way.

  2. I am glad to hear the oversight is concerned with this being a place of Lutheran teaching, as opposed to a soapbox. We already have —Quest and other sites to do the work of potshots. Keep the focus on the Cross Theology! And thanks for the work!

  3. Dear Friends at BJS,

    Than you for your time in keeping us informed about the issues we face as Confessional Lutherans. I regularly email links to your articles to my email list. Thank you!

    Robert Shreckhise

  4. I would join this organization in a heartbeat, but I don’t like to use PayPal, is there another way?

    Thank you so much for the wonderful resource!

  5. Kevin, you can send your dues snail mail to Pastor Rossow at the address under the “Contact Us” link at the bottome of the home page and we will get a membership packet out to you (be advised there may be a slight delay as Pastor R. is on vacation right now).

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