Confessions Reading Group Ticker Update: They’re Reading the Augsburg Confession at Augsburg Lutheran Church and there’s Now a Group in the Tetons I Wish I Could Attend Each Monday

How appropriate – they are studying the Augsburg Confession at Augsburg Lutheran Church in Shawnee, Kansas. We have added them and four other groups to the Confessions Reading Group Ticker.

All of us should be studying the Augsburg Confession and the whole Book of Concord  even if our church is named St. Paul Lutheran, First Lutheran or even North Cornstalk Lutheran Church. More on that below but first, how about reading the Book of Concord in the shadow of the Grand Tetons – one of my favorite places on earth? That is exactly what they are doing at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Anybody for reading the confessions in the morning and then taking a little afternoon boat ride across Jenny Lake for a moose-spotting hike up  Cascade Canyon? We also have added groups  to the ticker from Alexandria, Virginia; Bismark, North Dakota;  and Plano, Texas.

President Kieschnick may have his thousands (the critical moment ticker) but we have our tens. Two tens to be exact.  We can make it three tens if  you write in and tell us you have started a group or report an existing group. Write me at [email protected] and we will add you to the ticker. If you have sent me your information and you do not see your group on the list, please send me a new e-mail and we will get you  listed.

Talk to your pastor and ask him to start a reading group. Or if your pastor won’t start one, start one on your own and if you have any questions join the chat group over at and I am sure there are several pastors on line there who would take the time to answer your questions or you can send your questions to me at [email protected].

There is further information describing confessions reading groups and instructions on how to start them on our Confessional Growth page.

Happy studying you tens of groups! I am off to book my flight to Jackson Hole. If that doesn’t work out, maybe I’ll just drive up to Bismark and check in with Pastor Thompson’s group. They don’t have the Tetons in Bismark but I bet I could get a nice cold Lutheran beverage. Either way, I will need to get back quickly to lead our group here at Bethany, Naperville which meets again tonight for another session of  our seven year old study group.

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.


Confessions Reading Group Ticker Update: They’re Reading the Augsburg Confession at Augsburg Lutheran Church and there’s Now a Group in the Tetons I Wish I Could Attend Each Monday — 4 Comments

  1. Cascade canyon is a beautiful hike! especially early in the fall when all the leaves are turning.

    Kudos to the new reading groups.

  2. Brandon,

    My wife and I have been to the Tetons a few times. The last time we were there we did a day hike up Cascade Canyon. I am hoping someday to try to do the loop up Cascade and then back down the next canyon to the north (I forget its name) or make it an overnight camp. Any experience with that or thoghts.

    Oh, BTW – I have a terrible fear of heights. The hike up Cascade just has that one little corner (by the lookout) and then its gently stream-side hiking. Thankfully that little corner has a path about 10 feet wide so I got through it. Do you have any experience with that next canyon to the north? Any serious drop-offs there? The guidebooks do not mention any.

    So what is your experience in the Tetons? Are you from out west? My wife is from Seattle and we have lived in the midwest for the last 30 years and so have had several opportunities to drive out west. We usually try to stop and do some touring along the way.

    Pastor Rossow

  3. Hi Pastor Rossow,

    the canyon to the north is Paintbrush canyon. I have not been on this trail, but have hiked to Inspiration point, which resides between Cascade and Paintbrush. If you haven’t been to Inspiration Point, it is a very nice hike and the views are inspiring 🙂

    Kiley Campbell

  4. Kiley,

    I agree – Inspiration Point is beautiful. That is the what I described as the “lookout” in comment 2. I forgot the name of it.

    One of these days I am going to hike Paintbrush Canyon – maybe even circling all the way around and down Cascade Canyon. I think it is about a 10 hour hike.

    Pastor Rossow

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