Anyone Out There Going to “Glory Bound” and Willing to Report the Brothers?

Is there anyone out there amongst our  readers that is going to the Texas Lutheran Youth Gathereing and culd give us a report? If so please e-mail me at [email protected].

Some of the things to look for include: 1) listening to hear if Kari Jobe says anything. We are told that she is going to be like an organist and so we have nothing to worry about but my guess is that she won’t be able to keep her mouth shut in between songs as is usually the case with contemproary musicians – they think they are preachers; 2) speaking of her songs, listen to the lyrics  she sings and see if they are genuinely Lutheran, i.e. Scriptural – if you don’t mind wasting $20 maybe you could buy one of here CD’s so you can get the lyrics in writing; 3) listen to see if the dynamic teaching of the Water’s Edge guys is actually Christ-centered and cross focussed or if it is like what is reported from the Southern California district where their fellow pastor spoke (see the next post); 4) see if the social Gospel peddled by the other speakers is rooted in the cross or of it is serving one’s neighbor for duty’s sake? Be creative, come up with your own criteria.

For you supporters of the gathering, and we know you are reading this, please feel welcome to write a defense of the gathering.

The Rev. Dr. Timothy 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.


Anyone Out There Going to “Glory Bound” and Willing to Report the Brothers? — 12 Comments

  1. Anyone else? Please!?! Not to besmirch the honor of brother Martin, but more than one set of eyes and ears communicating with the BJS might be more effective. Maybe take your laptop and report from the conference directly?

  2. Faux Martin,

    We are interested in reports from confessional Lutherans who have the integrity to be identified and thereby be held accountable for their writings.

    Anonymous assertions from someone hiding under a pseudonym don’t really belong here.

  3. Martin is the name–objectivity is the game. Allow the moderator of this site to decide what reports he wants to share.

  4. Brother Martin, since the moderator doesn’t stop anyone, I look forward to your reporting. However, anyone else going to be able to do the same? Please?!? 🙂

  5. Things are going well here in Fort Worth…y’all come!

    One thought–was it freudian or what that someone was asked to “report the brothers”? Just noticed that–struck me as a possible truth. Report ON the brothers–or report TO the brothers. FYI–I am not here to report ON people.

  6. Brother Martin,
    So, are you submitting a report on what you heard and saw and what was taught? Did you happen to get a CD of the music? You were kind enough to offer to let us know how it went. So I look forward to your “report”.

  7. All in all–it was a good time of worship and word–though I am sure confessionalistics would find that not as true since the Divine Service was not used. I did not purchase a CD–had already had one from a visit in the past to Gateway. I have no brothers to report ON! Rather than sit there as an observer to take notes for any report, I just enjoyed it for what it was–a time to gather young people around the word–albeit in non-traditonal ways. Like any gathering–it could’ve been sharper–but I have always felt like youth events seemed to flow rather than be rigidly programmed.

  8. “M.L,”

    Thank you for your comments. They are not all that helpful since they are so vague but hey, I asked for comments and you responded.

    In terms of “flow” and “rigidness” I would say this – these are false alternatives. Higher Things gatherings solves this by maintaining their commitment to “real worship, real study and real fun.” By seperating out the worship, fun and study and not trying to combine them as our synodical events do, they are able to maintain reverance and order without being “rigid.”

    Pastor Rossow

  9. PR: Higher Things gatherings solves this by maintaining their commitment to “real worship, real study and real fun.”

    Funny…think this might’ve been said at Glory Bound as well! I thought it sounded familar!

  10. Hello! I am a full time Music Director in the LCMS and I think that a lot of people are missing the point of the Kari Jobe issue. Placing theological issues aside, music is rapidly becoming a dying art in the LCMS. Why? Well, there are many reasons, one of them being that most people assume there isn’t a way to earn a living as an LCMS Music director, and because of that, many talented people are turned away from the field. But my problem with Ms. Jobe is that we need to hold up our LCMS music ministers to our youth in order to show them that Lutheran Music is a valid and valuable career.
    Musicians spend the most time in study in preparation for their positions. Many have post grad. degrees, many began lessons as small children etc. By using someone outside of the LCMS during our largest youth conference, we have said to the youth “If you want cool music, go somewhere else.”
    You want the music in the LCMS to improve? Then support your music minister. Make it a viable career. If you don’t then don’t be surprised when shoddy music turns up. Next time the LCMS uses money from its congregations to hire a band leader – they should look first inside their doors.

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