Video from Grace Lutheran – Tulsa, OK Will Make You Feel OK to Be A Confessional Lutheran, by Pr. Rossow

I was  alerted today to a great video promoting Grace Lutheran Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. You can view it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qo0V57INpA.

I have come to know the pastor of the church, Mason Beecroft through confessional circles in the last few months. What makes this church and its video even more amazing is that Pastor Beecroft is a converted Evangelical. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. He and a few other students were in a patristics class  (study of the church fathers) one semester at Dallas when it dawned on them that there actually was something abiding and enduring in the historic, traditional, and liturgical approach to spirituality. That began a long road for Mason that has brought him to the LCMS and planted him in the middle of the Bible belt setting off incense, making the sign of the cross, chanting and so forth and seeing his church grow.

Of course growth is not a mark of the church but it sure is inspirational to see a liturgical church grow. Pastor Beecroft told me a few weeks ago that is church is bringing in evangelicals who are seeing that there is much more integrity and faithfulness in the liturgical church. They have also seen several Episcopalians join their church as that denomination slips farther and farther down the slippery slope of liberalism.

Notice also all of the family and community talk in teh video. The church is a family and not a business. President Kieschnick and his folks treat the church like a corporation with all of thier talk about leadership, transformation, change, structure and goverance proposals and so forth. Pastor Beecroft and his church have figured out that we are the family of God and not the cell group of God.

Thanks Pastor Beecroft for a great video and for being such an inspiration for us all.

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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Video from Grace Lutheran – Tulsa, OK Will Make You Feel OK to Be A Confessional Lutheran, by Pr. Rossow — 5 Comments

  1. What a beautiful building, is it original or did they take over a monastery?

    Location is helpful, Tulsa is a “burned over” district when it comes to contemporary worship.

  2. Pr. Rossow,
    Thank you for the generous words.

    Pr. Fehrmann,
    The building is original. The congregation was formed in 1921 and began to build this structure in 1941. The people have always been committed to a 14th-century English parish architecture. While the facilities have gone through a number of changes, they have been faithful in giving the best to the Lord’s house. Vicar Tiews and I agree that the beauty of the facilities are perhaps the biggest factor. In a culture filled with ugliness, transcendent beauty stands out all the more.
    +Mason

  3. “In a culture filled with ugliness, transcendent beauty stands out all the more.”

    That is a true statement, and when it comes to church architecture doubly so – the stones do indeed cry out.

  4. These videos made me want to cry. Both in joy to see my brothers and asister being faithful, and in abject sorrow at the vast difference in my synod.

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