Issue #3 of the Quarterly Mailed This Week: Sneak Peak – New Denomination Mocked as “The Episcopal Church Missouri Synod”

Issue #3 of our Steadfast Quarterly is printed and will be   mailed this week. Included in the “Church Watch” section is a derisive comment that editor Jeniffer Jordan dug up about the new conservative Anglican denomination which mocks the new church as “The Episcopal Church Missouri Synod” because of its  Scritural approach to the authority of the Bible.

Also included in this issue is an article on vocation by Pastor Wilken’s U.S. Representative John Schimkus, our new Steadfast Parish of the Quarter – Messiah Lutheran Church in Seattle, an article on the end times by layman James Lowitzer and much more.

Once our over 200 members have received the Quarterly in the mail we will post it as a pdf here on the site along with the past issues. To become a dues paying member just click the “Join Now” button on the home page. The Quarterly is just one of the perks of membership. Other perks include  a new member packet with a 5″ x 7″ matted/framable print of John the Steadfast and other “goodies.

Thanks to the Quarterly volunteers who make it a reality:  Pastor Fritz Baue –  general editor, Cheryl Magness – managing editor and our other department editors  Elaine Gavin and Jenny Jordan.

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.


Issue #3 of the Quarterly Mailed This Week: Sneak Peak – New Denomination Mocked as “The Episcopal Church Missouri Synod” — 5 Comments

  1. The phrase, “The Episcopal Church Missouri Synod,” is one “mocking” that confessional Missouri Synod Lutherans don’t need to take seriously.

    First, the phrase, “The Episcopal Church Missouri Synod,” is, in Walther’s Church and Ministry doctrinal understanding, an oxymoron (although a few remaining Stephanites and closet Loeheists within the LCMS would probably disagree.)

    Second, the phrase was posted on a website, The Witness Magazine, of an independent Episcopal Church publishing group that ceased publication in December, 2006. At the time, the group’s history and leadership reveal their leftist social/doctrinal orientation.

    Third, the phrase itself comes from a February 20, 2006, article in The Witness, “Preparing for the Season of Solidarity” by a Rev. Grant Gallup, an Episcopal priest. The particular paragraph, which ironically includes a dig that would apply to the CGM-DazedStar-‘UsFirst crowd within the Missouri Synod, indicates how far off the Christian path this group was roaming:

    The high mountain of metamorphosis is where we as Church find ourselves today — it is the place where we may be in this moment transfigured, it is our chance for a miracle of change. But as with Peter, some of disciples today are stuck, wanting to settle down into irrelevancy, into the last century or the last decade, with ‘personal’ religion, with The Prayer of Jabez and prosperity religion, with the Anglican Mission to 19th Century America, into ‘the Episcopal Church Missouri Synod.’ They’re into fixing up tomorrow with the blueprints of yesterday. Jesus makes it clear that his ecstasy, his mystic moment of truth, is for the purpose of seeing into the deepest meaning of the historical project of God’s people, the Exodus to be accomplished. In our own moment, we must see there on the Mount with Jesus not only Moses and Elijah, but Muhmmad and Gautama and the Hindu pantheon there as well, for there can be no human future which does not make room for new departures, a new Exodus, a new despedida for all of humankind, and new summit meetings to chart the future of the species.

  2. Gee, here I thought it was a compliment to us!

    If someone elects to use “Missouri Synod” to call someone conservative, it means that the name LCMS means conservative or confessional to people outside our sphere.

    Therefore the LCMS, Inc. “need” to rename our church has a fallacy .. in that the words “missouri synod” MEANS something to people (heavens! Hasn’t BJS argued this many times?), and isn’t just a geographically based term.

  3. My guess is that’s the precise reason behind the desire to rename the Synod. Missouri is a name that does mean conservative and confessional and the powers that be don’t want to be seen in that light. It’s too bad they feel that way…I usually take it as a compliment when people accuse me of being too closed minded or arrogant for confessing the true faith and attacking false doctrines.

  4. The article in the Quarterly does not claim tht it was a compliment in the eyes of the original writer. It merely notes that it is nice to see that we are not alone in standing up for the truth of the Bible.

    Pastor Rossow

  5. So much for Jesus and salvation . According to the heretical Episcopal Church and not the Episcopal LCMS we should embrace and have communion with demons in false teachings and gods.

    It is unfortunate Rev. Gallup feels it is all about humanity rather than peace with God through Jesus. In otherwords, make Christ a liar rather than a savior. One day people willhave to answer for this damning syncretism.

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