7,062 Visitors to the Website in October, An Old Internet Periodical Back Again, And Several Conferences to Announce

BJS Website Statistics

We had 7,062 unique visitors come to our site in the month of October. Since our first day back in June we estimate that we have had well over 10,000 unique visitors. That is a conservative estimate. It is hard to know for sure since we have experimented with three different stat counters since June and each one begins the count all over again. Another impressive statistic is that we had 131,000 pages viewed in the month of October. Be sure to invite your friends and relatives to view the site so that we can spread the message of confessional Lutheranism throughout the LCMS and other synods. One to one contact from layman to layman is probably the most needed thing in the church today in order for us to establish and keep confessional Lutheranism.

“Reformation Today” Back Online Again

From Rev. Stefanski’s CAT41 list we have learned that the online magazine “Reformation Today” has returned to the internet!


is the new URL, and there is a mixture of content old and new to read. Especially relevant–still–is Craig S. Stanford’s “The Three Walls Preventing Reform in the LCMS,” which has been joined by a review and update of the same, “Do the Three Walls Still Stand?”

“Reformation Today” would be a great place for brothers of John the Steadfast to turn to take it up a theological notch from our site’s more popular level of theological reflection.

Upcoming Conferences of Note

We thank Pastor Charles Henrickson for the information on these two conferences. Also don’t forget, as we noted last week, Pastor Klemet Preus will be speaking in Missouri as well this month.


“Restructuring” Convocation November 30: “Restructuring the Synod: Evaluating the Proposals of the Blue Ribbon Task Force” will be the topic for the Circuit Convocation of the Iron Mountain Circuit, Missouri District, on Sunday, November 30, 2:30-4:30, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Crystal City (221 N Brierton Ln, Crystal City, MO 63019). The guest speaker will be Southern Illinois District President Herbert Mueller. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact program coordinator Rev. Charles Henrickson, [email protected] , (314) 779-8108.


The list of speakers at this conference is like a BJS reunion: Martin Noland (Steadfast Quarterly, Vol. I, Issues 1 and 2), Fred Baue (editor of the quarterly), and Todd Wilken (regular BJS blogger). I am planning on being there as well and will have BJS promotional material available and several chapter start up kits free for the asking.

Concordia Seminary-St. Louis
Friday 11:45-Saturday 12:00, November 14-15
Theme: “Walther and the Synod”

Main speakers and topics:
Rev. Dr. Martin Noland,
   “Then and Now: Duties of an Evangelical Lutheran Synod”
Rev. Alan Wollenburg,
   “Whose Church Is It, Anyhow? Walther and Congregational Autonomy”
Rev. Dr. Fred Baue,
   “Walther’s Synod: Last Nation-Wide Witness to Six Day Creation?”
Rev. Dr. John Wohlrabe,
   “Doctrine of Ministry in the LCMS Formative Years”
Rev. Todd Wilken,
   “First Things First: Walther is Speaking; Are We Listening”
      (Friday evening banquet)
Rev. Matt Harrison,
   “Walther and Synodical Unity”
Panel Discussion,
   “Walther and the Synod”

Conference $30.00
Banquet $13.25
Registration for banquet required by November 6.

Send checks to:

Walther Conference
c/o Rev. Neil R. Schmidt
1709 Summergate Circle
St. Peters, MO 63303-6396
For more information, call Rev. Schmidt, (636) 447-5211.

Remembering the Saints who have gone before us,
All Saints Day, A. D. 2008
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.

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