A BJS Visit to the Issues Etc. Studio and a Gift, by Pr. Rossow

A few weeks ago when I attended the Walther Conference I stopped by the Issues Etc. Studio to see the new digs and to get a sense of the place from which the incredibly rich theology and spot on cultural discussion emanates each day.

I was also able to deliver a $750 check to Pastor Wilken and Jeff Schwarz from our congregation Oktoberfest where we had a free will offering for the program. click on the picture for a clearer view. I encourage all of our chapters to schedule an Issues Etc. fundraiser sometime during the year. We also encourage our readers to make use of the Issues button on our website to get updates on the program and to make a contribution.

I was travelling with fellow confessional Lutheran Dan Ford. We got there a few hours before the show was to go on the air but the atmosphere was very relaxed since Jeff already had all of his prep work done. Pastor Wilken was out on some errands and got there a bit later. When he arrived, like Jeff, he was very gracious with his time. Despite the confidence and boldness with which they produce the show, these are a couple of humble and sincere men of God.

I will never forget the first time I heard Todd on the radio. I could not believe what my ears were hearing. It was confessional Lutheranism put into a very winsome, straightforward and interesting manner. I spent some time in Southern California and was  accustomed to other denominations doing this sort of thing and had always yearned for true confessional Lutheranism to get such a hearing.  In the voice of Todd Wilken we have just that.

I hope you enjoy the pictures. Click on the top two to see them in more detail. We certainly enjoyed the visit to the studio and we pray to God that he will use you to help support this clear voice of Scriptural truth on the airways and over the internet.

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.


A BJS Visit to the Issues Etc. Studio and a Gift, by Pr. Rossow — 6 Comments

  1. I remember when I first heard Issues Etc. My family and I were on our way down to St. Louis for my 10th seminary reunion, Memorial day 2000. I don’t even think Pr. Wilken was the host; I’m guessing it was Pr. Don Matzat. We were passing through Kirksville MO, probably about 9:30 at night, and coming across the radio sounded like a seminary hermeneutics class. If I recall, the guest was talking about translations and transmissions of the original manuscripts of the Bible. I listened very closely because it sounded not only like there might be something of value, but it was Lutheran. I was thrilled to find out it was a product of the LCMS.

    Around that same time, the Schwan Foundation offered a grant called Evangelism Outreach through Congregations. Our congregation applied for a grant and then used it to broadcast pre-recorded programs of Issues Etc. from our local country radio station. They continue to broadcast them to this day.

    What a way to do evangelism! Not only has it been for non-christians but also for Christians so they are better able to defend the reason for the hope they have. Thank you Issues Etc!

  2. Well I didn’t visit Issues, Etc., but I am very proud that I got on the air live today as the first caller for “Soundbite of the week”.
    Got on once with the comment line before.

  3. Proud recipient of tee shirt and mug.
    We’d all do well to send them a few dollars as we can. As one of their broadcast tag lines now says, ‘Only our listeners can cancel us.’
    There’s nothing like Issues, Etc., that I know of. Absolutely nothing, outside of attending a confessional church. To my mind, they are as deserving of our dollars as our own congregations.
    Btw, Pastor Rossow, it looks as if you caught Pastor Wilken more ready for his closeup than he claims to be most days behind the mic!

  4. Susan,

    I got a T-shirt and a mug too. I had to give the T-shirt away though becuase as you can see I am big-boned and a good eater (that’s what my mother still says about me today and I’m sticking to it) The largest size they had was XL and it doesn’t fit us big-boned types.

    Couldn’t agree with you more about the donations. Our congregation already became one of the Issues 300 earlier this year and just this week decided to give $2,500 more to the cause.

    Pastor Rossow

  5. I’m wearing my Issues Etc T-Shirt as I write. I love the program, and like to think, if everyone could listen to Issues Etc, they’d all become Lutherans! Well, I know that’s not our call to make, but the Gospel being so well proclaimed is a blessing to the entire world. It’s so nice to hear Christ centered/cross focused radio. I’m so glad they are back!
    PS- I thought TW wore blue jeans behind the mic.

  6. Kari,

    He was already dressed for his presentation at the Walther Conference that night so he was all cleaned up.

    Pastor Rossow

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