Scoops and Meeting the Brothers in Ft. Wayne, by Pr. Rossow

I heard a couple of interesting things while in Fort Wayne today and got to meet some great BJS folks. First the details on meeting the Brothers.

About half the people  that walked by the booth have spent time on the  BJS website. That squares with our statistics. We have now had more than 20,000 unique visitors to our website and we have only been online since June 25! I got to meet BJS members Dennis Peskey from St. John, Michigan; Judge Neal and his wife from Virginia; Jim Neiswonger’s pastor from Pensacola, Florida; Rev. Martin Noland, and others.

Among my many discussions included conversation with a couple of profs from Ft. Wayne. Sadly they said that seminary profs would most likely be unwilling to write for BJS. The Board of Regents has a liberal majority and the professors do not want to irritate the board by associating with a website that sometimes delves into controversial issues in the synod. I guess there is political freedom of speech at Concordia River Forest to sign a petition in favor of terrorist-fire bomber William Ayers but the Board of Regents of Concordia Theological Seminary squelches similar  academic freedom to support confessionalism. Don’t get me wrong. I am not upset with the profs. They taught me much of what I know and gave me the confidence to provide the theological critique that I do on this website. It is just sad that in our synod such an  authoritarian mood is set by the leaders of LCMS Inc.

Also heard on the street was the news that the upcoming Concordia Seminary St. Louis theological quarterly is going to take a strong stand against the Ablaze program. That would certainly be refreshing.

The Vespers service was beautiful. It included a small orchestra and the Seminary Schola Cantorum singing parts of Bach’s Cantata on Psalm 46 (“A Mighty Fortress”) and a Brahms piece (LSB 759). I would encourage you to attend the Symposia next year if for nothing else than to worship in Kramer Chapel. Thank you Dr. Art Just, Dean Paul Grime, Kantor Richard Resch and Associate Kantor Kevin Hildebrand for the beautiful worship of our worthy God. Worship in Kramer Chapel  was a highlight for me throughout my years of doctoral studies at Ft. Wayne. The worship at the BJS national conference will be equally inspiring. We hope you will join us in Naperville next month.

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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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Scoops and Meeting the Brothers in Ft. Wayne, by Pr. Rossow — 13 Comments

  1. To bad about the faculty, though understandable. Maybe the ones who are willing to be heard on Issues, Etc. would be willing to at least allow us to re-print some of their work. Just a thought.

  2. Oh wow, I’m so proud of my alma mater. Let’s see, Ablaze has been burning the synod for how many years now? And they finally are getting around to coming out hard against it? You’ll forgive me for being skeptical until I actually see it.

    And the fact that professors are nervous writing for a journal that actually tries to address controversial topics in our synod just goes to show how much we ARE NOT a synod anymore. We’re a bunch of disparate special interest groups all trying to grab the helm & steer this monolithic synod in our direction while everyone else is steering in a different direction.

    I wish I had more answers than I did criticisms, for I would then be rich & famous & a big consultant. 🙁

  3. A silenced confessional seminary. There’s something sadly oxymoronic about that. It can’t long be both.

  4. I note in the 1st picture above that BJS is refered to in the signage as a Mens Group. Really? I didn’t realize that. Why is that? I note that many of the commenters here are women and that at least one of the regular contibuters is a woman, is membership restricted to men? I really hadn’t noticed. If so, why? Does it have anything to do with women having authority over men, and if so, how does that apply in this forum? Considering the uphill battle to bring confessionalism back into our congregations throughout the synod, is it unnecessarily divisie amongst the faithful confessionals to be exclusive?

    I’m not trying to stir the pot, so to speak, but I am curious.

  5. Eric,

    We are a men’s group but we have women who help with the organization and we have some women who have joined.

    We could be a women’s group, a youth group (like Higher Things) or a seniors group, etc. The reason we are a men’s group is to promote something lacking in the church today – male headship and leadership in the home and the church.

    We are not exclusive just focussed. I hope that helps. We appreciate your participation on the website. Let me know if I can answer any more questions.

    Pastor Rossow

  6. Liberals are in control of the board of regents of Concordia Fort Wayne Seminary? How on earth did this happen?

  7. Dear “Left Coast Confessional”
    Liberals are in control of the board of regents of Concordia Fort Wayne because the SP appointed his cousin, John Kieschnick; his ***usFirst backer, Wayne Grauman and some woman who was an LWML politician, I believe, but whose name I have forgotten.
    But what did you expect? It’s DOB (death of Barry) + 8.

  8. “Oh wow, I’m so proud of my alma mater. Let’s see, Ablaze has been burning the synod for how many years now? And they finally are getting around to coming out hard against it? You’ll forgive me for being skeptical until I actually see it.”
    It’s easier to put out a fire that is already down to embers.

    “And the fact that professors are nervous writing for a journal that actually tries to address controversial topics in our synod just goes to show how much we ARE NOT a synod anymore…”
    Well, yes. Or that there aren’t a whole lot of Luthers left in Lutherland.

  9. Helen,

    It really is scarry isn’t it? Our seminary professors are scared to be confessional while we give academic freedom to professors to support a terrorist??? I have been bringing this to the attention of average LCMS members in the last few days and they are astonished.

    Something has gotta change!

    Pastor Rossow

  10. Greetings!
    As one who enjoyed the symposia this year, being present myself, I was surprised to see this picture pointed out to me.
    I distinctly remember thinking the light was quite bright as it came in at sunset, during the choral vespers. However I had no idea that it would look so lovely reflected on the back of my wife’s & son’s heads.

    Kenneth Bomberger, pastor of Mount Olive Lutheran, Walker (Grand Rapids), Michigan.

  11. Ken,

    I got to Vespers a little late so i got stuck in he back pew. What caught my eye was your daughter playing with your wife’s hair. Because of the bright sun I could see each strand glistening in the light. I had my camera so I lined up the shot and then realized the candle was just above her head.

    The whole service was so beautiful from the back of the sanctuary. I wish everyone could of had the experience I did. It was a reaaly special “vespers” service with the setting sun.

    If I get a free moment I will print off the picture and send you a copy. Say hello to our Grand Rapids buddy Pastor Fleming if you see him.

    Tim
    (Pastor Rossow)

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