Report #1 from the Northern Illinois District Convention: One of the Few Bright Spots, by Pr. Rossow

The Northern Illinois District Convention was as usual an overall disappointment for confessional Lutheranism but there were some bright spots. Over the next few days I will offer an editorial review of the convention in a series of articles. I will review President Kieschnick’s presentation, the Blue Ribbon presentation, some of the more crucial resolutions and other key moments in the convention. The convention was broadcast live on the internet and we have done our best to capture that feed and may be able to share portions of the video along with some of these posts. That is still a work in progress.

One of the highlights was the passage of the following resolution in support of Issues, Etc. which is near and dear to the hearts of the Brothers since Issues, Etc. is the  primary  (and currently only) recipient of our BJS fund drives.

We thank Pastor Mark Bestul (click here for an interesting post on Mark and father Dennis) for bringing this motion to the floor and quite honestly we were surprised and pleased that it passed by a large margin.

RESOLUTION 2-03 Support of Issues, Etc.

WHEREAS, Issues, Etc., hosted by Rev. Todd Wilken, formerly of KFUO radio, is now an internet-based program ( reaching a broad audience within and beyond The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, and

WHEREAS, Issues, Etc., proclaims the gospel and is committed to teaching the tenets of our Lutheran convictions through interviewing theologians, ethicists, seminary professors and pastors of the Church and

WHEREAS, Issues, Etc., has the potential to be an evangelism tool for the Church, and

WHEREAS, Issues, Etc. now relies solely on the prayers and funding support of individuals and congregations, therefore be it

RESOLVED, that congregations of the Northern Illinois District be encouraged to offer their prayers for — and, where possible, financial support to –Issues, Etc. and consider recommending it to members as an informative internet broadcast.

As mentioned above, this was one of the few bright spots in the convention.  More to come…  



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.


Report #1 from the Northern Illinois District Convention: One of the Few Bright Spots, by Pr. Rossow — 6 Comments

  1. You have friends in the North, Pastor Wilken! 😀
    Thank you for your Christ-centered, cross-focused teaching.

    Interestingly, I heard that one of the topics suggested at the NID convention was replacing the LCMS logo from the current triple burgundy cross to the logo found here:

    The “walking together” logo.
    Our congregation found it troubling that this logo appears to be the ABSENCE of a cross–surrounded by green leaves.

    I do not think the absence of a cross should ever be our synod’s official logo. We need MORE of Christ, and MORE of His cross, if anything in our synod.

    Thank you for helping to keep us Christ-centered, and cross-focused, Pastor Wilken.

    Yours in Christ,


  2. Thanks Heartbroken,

    When I first saw that logo, I thought, “everything but the cross.”

    It says a lot about the current state of the LCMS.


  3. Pastor Wilken – Perhaps you could do a review and/or interview of “Christless Christianity” by Michael Horton. While this problem certainly affects our Synod today, the infection is worse the any flu virus we’ll suffer.

  4. Leaves, unattached to any vine, wither in the sun. It looks appropriate for the “NEW Missouri”.

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