BJS Cited on the Huffington Post, by Pr. Rossow

It can now be said that the Brothers of John the Steadfast have achieved infamy – we have been quoted on the Huffington Post.

For those of you who actually have a real life apart from the blogosphere and do not know what the Huffington Post is – good for you. But in case you are interested, it is the most famous liberal internet newservice.

The Huffington Post  cited the recent article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in which your editor was quoted comparing the support of Matt Harrison to the Tea Party movement. They retitled it to emphasize the Tea Party angle. You can read the Huffington article here. The comments on the post are also quite interesting.

My guess is that someone at the Huffington Post regularly does searches on the Tea Party and when they came up with both the Tea Party and the conservative LCMS in the same article, they figured they had struck a small vein of publication gold.

In this fifteen minutes of infamy let us not miss the salient point in the original Post Dispatch article. Just as the common Joe is getting tired of strong government in Washington, so too the average LCMS member, if informed, will not look well upon the move to centralize power by our current administration in the proposed structural changes. May the Lord bless our convention delegates this summer so that they make good decisions for the Gospel as they consider all these important issues and if they have a little free time, they might want to keep an eye on the Huffington Post just in case John the Steadfast makes another appearance.

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.


BJS Cited on the Huffington Post, by Pr. Rossow — 10 Comments

  1. Wish I could say to HuffPo that…

    1) We do our best to address our grievances with correct grammar and proper spelling, unlike the signs seen at Tea Party rallies.
    2) We do not demand birth certificates from SP candidates; however, we do demand that the candidate subscribes quia to the Lutheran Confessions.
    3) We do not care whether the SP is Kenyan. In fact, it would be very cool if Bishop Obare from ELCK becomes SP. 😀

  2. Okay, that’s unnerving.
    Pastor Rossow, stellar job, how very well spoken!
    Although, to those outside the Synod, or the Christian Faith, for that matter, it’s going to look “political”. But, that takes a bit of knowledge of the Solas & Concordia, to know the difference.
    The comments? A few made me cringe. As I read the Mail & the Times (UK) I see comments like that, quite often. Oh, but that is my Lord they speak of. But, remember this would be the reason we are light & salt, and why we here at BJS, must stay above the board when we comment, AT ALL TIMES.

    1 Peter 3:14-22

    Let us now be mindful, to keep watch over our words, be mindful over our brothers & sisters, and be mindful over what posts now appear. Be light & salt, & be ready to give account to where our Hope comes from. Many, far too many, need it.

  3. I always enjoy skimming comments on blogs like HuffPo. Such a vast array of stereotypes, ignorance, canards, and caricatures can hardly be found anywhere else.

    Bravo for the publicity for BJS, though.

  4. The comments at the Huffington website are horrible, but no different than those on the USA Today website. They both cater to atheists and anti-church people.

  5. The “enlightened” comments of the truly ignorant, self-focused, humanists that follow the HuffPost article betray the depths of their rejection and animosity towards the Word. Very sad for them all. How desperately they need to hear the truth and be brought in to the light. How upset will they be if we let them know we are praying for them?

    As mentioned by Elephantschild, Bravo for the publicity – helps to address concerns about public knowledge of BJS raised on Pr Rossow’s “Jesus First” just can’t Bring Themselves to Say “Brothers of John the Steadfast” thread (

  6. Frankly, I don’t like the “Tea Party” comparison because it causes too much confusion as evidenced by this article on Huffpost and the comments that follow. It also categorizes many of us in a way we might not want to be.

    I believe the average American loves “strong government” when it benefits them. Would we not want stronger Synodical Presidents and District Presidents who would do the right thing?

  7. @MP #6

    You ask, “Would we not want stronger Synodical Presidents and District Presidents who would do the right thing?” We have a strong SP who thinks he is doing “the right thing” and a lot of us don’t like it. No I don’t think we want that. We want faithful SP’s and DP’s, who are foremost pastors. As far as “doing the right thing” is concerned, right now in LCMS, that is up for grabs. It should not be, but it is. I’ve seen enough of strong leadership–it invariably becomes a power trip. Give me faithful leaders with very limited power.


  8. If they don’t have the authority to act, then why have them at all?

    I’m very uneasy about most of BRTF plan, so I’m not speaking in favor of it. What I’m saying is….what authority should DPs or SPs possess? What are they able to do now?

  9. @Carol Rutz #1

    Preface: I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Tea Party.

    So, if I understand the thought behind this, a misspelled sign indicates either a) flaming ignorance, or b) outright and deliberate stupidity. Or, God forbid, both a) and b).

    Never mind those stories that expose the deliberate attempts of opposition activists to paint the Tea Party-ers as ‘hicks’ and ‘rubes’ by doing everything from mis-spelling their picket signs to hollering obscenities in an effort to ‘fire up the base’ while embedding themselves alongside their fellow citizens.

    This calls to mind C.S. Lewis’ arguments against what he referred rightly to as ‘chronological snobbery,’ in which he pointed out that an argument is correct in spite of the era from whence it came, and it is not merely correct simply because it is more recent, modern and (ugh) ‘enlightened.’

    Or spelled properly.

    I’ll defend HuffPo’s right to free speech…while simultaneously insisting that their ‘journalistic’ endeavors be treated like the 2-ply that they most certainly are. 🙂

  10. Congratulations on making the ragsheet! This made me smile and sing “It’s a small world after all…” It is amazing folks how far our meager witness in Christ can go!

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