Change Change Change, A Cartoon by Scott Blazek

This is an older Blazek cartoon never published on BJS but we thought it was fitting for the upcoming Regional Gatherings at which President  Kieschnick’s hand picked  Blue Ribbon Task Force will try to persuade the LCMS convention delegates that we should change and give unprecedented power to the synod president.

The gatherings start early next month in Denver. Delegates are being wined and dined in expensive hotels with the cost being passed on to the congregations. Isn’t that ironic.  All the President’s men  propose to   take away much of the authority of the congregations and then make the congregation’s pay for the fancy meetings at which they  seek to persuade the delegates to do so.


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.


Change Change Change, A Cartoon by Scott Blazek — 8 Comments

  1. In the Great Divorce, C. S. Lewis suggested that the fundamental motive of the liberal churchman was likely to be ambition, and his fundamental trait, necessarily associated with that; lack of honor.

    Lord protect us from those political self-proclaimed non-theologians that seek to wrest from us what is truly ours.

  2. The cartoons speak for themselves, you’re presenting the SP as a used car salesman/pope, presenting coast people as those who desire liberal practices, etc. If this was done to Harrison By Jesus First people many of you guys would be up in arms. I don’t like Kieshnick either but presenting him in such a way doesn’t do your cause any good.

  3. You can’t respond with “the cartoons speak for themselves.” That begs the question.

    To your point about Harrison – I enjoy satire no matter who the target is. I can imagine lots of satire about Harrison that would make me smile. As a matter of fact, we regularly make fun of his mustache here on this site.

    To your point about used car salesman – what makes satire humorous is that it reflects the truth. President Kieschnick’s approach to promoting his programs is akin to a used car salesman. That is the point of comparison and it is true, thus it is not slander.

    (BTW – have you had the chance to spend any personal time with President Kieschnick or with used car salesmen? I have spent significant tiem with both and I find the satire in the cartoon effective, but, as I mentioned above, that is really not the point of comparison.)


  4. Talk about “Change, Change, Change”!

    From an LCMS Reporter announcement, “ALPB gauging interest in anniversary medals,” Rev. Scott Blazek, BJS cartoonist and pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, an LCMS congregation in Clovis, N.M., has submitted drawing for nine commemorative medallions the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau (ALPB) plans to offer “to begin a countdown of the years to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017,” according to an ALPB press release. Images of the first two medallions are shown here.

    This effort may explain the absence of recent BJS cartoons by Rev. Blazek.

    As no surprise, there is some huffing and puffing over the proposed medallions. And of course the ALPB has some history of its own.

  5. Carl,

    There is no good explanation for the lack of cartoons other than a lack of time for me to work with Scott on getting cartoons up. It is totally my fault. I hope to rectify this soon.


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