Invitation to View our New Home Page Summary Box Sent to All LCMS Rostered Workers

Over the course of the next 24 hours we will be sending an e-mail to every rostered worker in the LCMS inviting them to explore our top stories from the last nine months. (To view the e-mail click here.) We have cataloged those stories in the box on the top of our Home page. we invite you our regular readers to check it out as well.

We had intended to keep the previous box there until we heard from the Board of Directors on the Issues, Etc. trademark matter   but it looks like they are going to say nothing despite the fact that President Kieschnick had promised weeks ago that their comments were forthcoming. (See his memo from February 26 for this promise.)

One of the key goals of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to support and promote the Lutheran Confessions. Since we have a synodical leadership that emphasizes growth over confession, accomplishing this goal  requires analysis and commentary on political moves within the synod. Politics is not a bad thing. It is an inevitable thing.

During times of theological stress in the church, politics becomes more prominent. Reading Luther it becomes clear that the political machinations of the Pope and his henchmen during the time of the Reformation gave rise to much good theology from the reformers. The doctrines of the two kingdoms, the priesthood of all believers, the doctrine of the call and many others were all honed by the sharp edge of papistic politics. The same is happening today. All around the synod we are seeing men and women waking up and seeing more clearly the Biblical teachings on the church, worship,  and the importance of doctrine, to name a few, and the need to know what is going on in this little corner of the church known as the LCMS. Just as in the Reformation, this is a day and age when we cannot ignore church politics. Political decisions in the church are born out of doctrine and understanding and as the posts on the five issues we have highlighted demonstrates, the prevailing understanding in the LCMS is faulty. It elevates tolerance, power, growth, and compromise with the culture over the solid, firm and steadfast confession of Biblical doctrine which is our Reformation heritage.

It is crucial that each member of the LCMS know what is going on in the church. Please take a few minutes today and forward the BJS link ( to your Lutheran friends and relatives so that they can have the opportunity to explore what is going on in their synod and join with the Brothers of John the Steadfast to work for a Lutheranism that supports and promotes the Lutheran Confessions.

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.


Invitation to View our New Home Page Summary Box Sent to All LCMS Rostered Workers — 13 Comments

  1. I received the e-mail today.

    It was just like getting an edition of the “Christian News.”

    I came to the website to find those articles as well as a whole blog of vicious cartoons.


    CN gets circular filed in my church, and so will this.

  2. Andy, I got the email forwarded to me from my circuit counselor. I regard it as the ‘other side’ of what gets reported. (Or doesn’t get reported.) What we are told from our authorities very rarely is the whole story.

    The comments on the news articles sometimes are less than uplifting, but the news articles themselves have something good to consider.


  3. a whole blog of vicious cartoons.

    I’m not sure if I should reply:

    1) “Just like the Missouri Synod!”


    2) “I nominate Andrew Jagow for the ‘Master of Understatement’ award.”

    Pr. Blazek’s done a half-dozen very mild cartoons and gets this reaction?

    Blazek should, instead, be praised for his restraint. Comparing BJS to CN shows the writer’s ignorance.


  4. Sounds like Andrew Jagow has a “vested” (khakis & Polo shirt?) interest in ***usFirst. They can dish it out but when it comes to an opposing point of view, they have very thin skins. Pity!

  5. Hey now. Andrew came, saw, and commented. What more do you want. I hope he feeles like he can come back again.
    I don’t agree with him but most folks don’t agree with me either.
    He was one of how many e-mails?


  6. Sounds like Andrew Jagow has a “vested” (khakis & Polo shirt?) interest in ***usFirst.

    Funny, Helen, but you have to go to

    to prove that, because The Blasphemously Named Political Action Committe ‘JF’ is now afraid to list its ‘Affirmation’ signers on its website.

    Then again, if you look at Pr. Jagow’s blog, you’ll see that he has been absolutely SHOCKED since April of last year because people have speculated that it WASN’T finances that caused Issues, etc., to be cancelled.


  7. Could it be that they are ashamed of the pastor out in Washington who has the gay activist music director. In one of our posts on the story we pointed out that he was signer of Jesus First affirmations. That was only a few weeks ago and now they have removed the list from public view.



  8. Please spend as much time studying scripture as the Lutheran Confessions. Scripture is inspired by God – the Confessions are NOT.

    “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Lutheran Confessions?”

    Ephesians 4:29 reminds us to let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouth but only what is good for building others up. Your website tears down – Please focus on Christ, His work on the cross, and His resurrection – NOT on trashing others who are also brothers in Christ, doing their best to live as people redeemed by Christ and living by the power of His spirit. Because of the malevolent way in which you tear others down, your attempt at fellowship with others in search of the truth will have a very limited audience because it is NOT of God.

  9. Anonymous #8,

    I wish you would identify yourself. I would be more comfortable responding to such an intense comment if I could know you by name but I guess that is OK.

    Does it seem odd to you that you claim the right to criticize us for being critical? I guess you get to determine what is unacceptable criticism (our assertions) and what is genuine, helpful commentary (your assertions).

    I would also ask that you consider what Jesus, Paul and Luther, just to mention a few, did when they faced well intentioned people who thought they were being good Christians. I am speaking of the Pharisees – whom Jesus cursed; the Galatians who Paul condemned to hell and the Pope and his minions who Luther, well, who Luther used vary politically incorrect terms to describe.

    Criticism is clearly Biblical and Christian.

    I also want to assure you that the pastors and lay people of the Brothers of John the Steadfast read the scriptures far more than they do the Lutheran Confessions.

    I would also ask you this. Do you accept that the Lutheran Confessions are a true portrayal and summary of what the Bible says? You know, Baptists, Catholics, and even Jehovah Witnesses would agree with you that the Bible is true but many of them are going to hell or at the very least are mixing error with the truth and none of them would agree with what the Book of Concord teaches. You see, the Book of Concord makes it clear what the Bible teaches and separates bad teaching from good teaching.

    I look forward to your response.


  10. Pr. Rossow,
    JF sent a copy of its newsletter to every rostered member of lcms (with a few exceptions) back in Feb. I suspect everyone who did not respond like Andrew is now considered to be a member… (no divisions in lcms inc. you know.)

    Andrew did not come to the site; he got a limited sample of BJS and it didn’t suit him.
    He sounds like a member here. “I don’t want to hear anything negative about Missouri Synod, so don’t try to tell me.” [Wonder if anyone’s told him our Sr. Pastor was on Issues Etc. a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t.] 😉

  11. I’m fairly confident that if I wrote to BJS & respectfully asked that they take my name off their mailing lists, snail mail or email, they would do their best to remove my name. I’ve tried for years to get my name off of Jesus First’s mailing list. I never solicited anything from them, they just started sending me their stuff ’cause I’m on the clergy roster. I must have written a dozen times or more requesting they stop sending me their junk. They never took my name off their list nor replied to my requests.

    Now, without arguing whether or not BJS was right or even appropriate in sending out this mailing, people who complain about it while being members or signatories to groups who do the exact same thing should have some explaining to do as to why it’s right in one case but not another.

  12. Revgeorge,

    Good point. I have spent a couple hours today responding to people who sent us e-mails. including David Benke and Walt Schoedel. Seems like we hit a sore spot. I will try to get a personal e-mail to everyone who responded.

    Out of the 8,000 or so e-mails sent out, we got about 200 people who requested they be taken off the list and we have already started doing that.


  13. Please make sure that my name remains and/or is placed in your file for all emails that come from you.

    Blessings and thanks for all the information.

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