Confessional Lutherans in the Pacific Northwest, by Pr. Rossow

My wife Phyllis and I are out in the Pacific Northwest for a few days to celebrate my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday on Sunday. We are taking advantage of the trip to connect withsome of the Brothers of John the Steadfast out in Seattle. Particularly we are meeting with Scott Diekman and Jim Pierce.

Yesterday we had lunch with Scott Diekmann from Puyallup, Washington a suburb about forty-five minutes south of Seattle. Scott is known to many of you as the editor and writer of Standfirm. Scott is a wonderful example of an LCMS layman who takes doctrine seriously. His area of expertise is apologetics (the defense of the faith) and he is currently working on a critique of the new Emergent translation of the Bible.

Scott’s everyday vocation is airline pilot. He is currently flying for Alaska Airlines out of Sea-Tac airport. He grew up in Nebraska and has lived in various locales around the country. His years in Utah led to his interest in apologetics as he looked for ways to defend the faith against the falsehoods of Mormonism. He is a wonderful example of what the Brothers of John the Steadfast is trying to do.

There are a lot of problems in our synod today. One of the biggest problems is that the institutional church is no longer interested in the purity of doctrine, the chief duty of the church according to Walther. An educated laity is one of the best hopes that we have to address this lack of doctrinal supervision. It was the laity that bailed out the synod in the 1970’s when we went through the battle for the Bible. If we can raise up more men (and women) like Scott, we can win this new battle, the struggle for supervision.

Speaking of more men like Scott, on Thursday we will worship with Jim Pierce, another one of the Brothers, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Seattle and then on Monday we are having coffee with Jim and Scott at the original Starbucks, across the street from Seattle’s famous Pike’s Place Market. Like Scott Jim has an interesting history. We also hope to connect with Pastor Onken and his confessional congregation in Marysville, Washington. More on these Northwest confessionals next week. Any others I am missing in the Seattle area – email me by clicking here.

One of the other goals of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to encourage men to support their pastor. One of the reasons that pastors need support is that the call typically takes them away from their blood family. Of course their congregation is their new and better family in the  blood of Christ as Jesus teaches (Matthew 12:48), but none the less, there can be a lot of homesickness for the pastor and his family. This is the first time in over twenty years that the Rossow family will have Thanksgiving with our blood relatives. We are really looking forward to it. Be kind to your pastor Brothers. For sure, show him the tough love of holding him accountable to the office of supervision that he has been given, but also be kind by making sure the congregation understands the difficulties of wearing the yoke of Christ.

BTW – Happy birthday Esther! You are the most energetic 90 year old I know and also a great mother-in-law.

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.


Confessional Lutherans in the Pacific Northwest, by Pr. Rossow — 4 Comments

  1. I’d love it if all Pastors would publish a “Pastor’s Family Wishlist” for their congregations in the months leading up to Christmas.

    Then they’d get more gas cards, offers to babysit the kids, cheese, sides of beef, cases of good German brew, and cold, hard cash instead of more mugs, wall plaques, and Precious Moments figurines.

  2. I just have to add to what Elephantschild said by saying there is a day called “Clergy Appreciation Day”. It is usually celebrated the second Sunday in October every year.
    It is one of my favorite things to celebrate….and I think more people should celebrate it by doing something nice for their pastors, too. 🙂

  3. Special “days” seem to be invented by Hallmark, but perhaps I am a little jaundiced by the profusion of them.

    Anything wrong with appreciating one’s Pastor all year ’round? Those who are involved enough at church to notice “Clergy appreciation day” should probably be aware of special needs they can fill “whenever”…
    or am I all wrong?

  4. “instead of more mugs, wall plaques, and Precious Moments figurines.”
    You mean that nobody appreciates the bobble-head Martin Luthers?

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