Thank You Readers for Helping Us Set a New Record with 10,448 Readers Yesterday, by Pr. Rossow

These are interesting days in the LCMS during which we have tried to be the go to place for Lutheran news and commentary and you have rewarded us with outstanding support. We have set readership records in three consecutive days.

Sunday – 5,551 unique visitors; 13,876 page loads

Monday – 8,758 unique visitors; 24,995 page loads

Tuesday – 10,448 unique visitors; 28,104 page loads

I’m sure our readership will wane over the next few weeks but we do hope you will stay with us as we document and comment upon the next few months of an LCMS praesidium now loaded with men committed to what we describe on this site as traditional, liturgical, authentic and historical Lutheranism.

We won’t always agree with that praesidium and I am sure that they will not always agree with us but I sense that overall there will be a great sense of pulling together as President elect Matt Harrison leads the LCMS through the process of discussion and debate described in his document “It’s Time.” Harrison boldly asserts in that document that after a period of a decade’s worth of discussion we should find 85% of the LCMS unified and pulling in the same direction. That will be a great blessing and from what I have seen of Matt Harrison, he gives us as good a chance as any to get there.

I am already back in Naperville. I have some parish duties to look after. Months ago I helped to put together a week long Creationism Camp for our Jr. High and Sr. High kids. I hadn’t realized until a few weeks ago that it was scheduled the same week as the convention. My brother pastor here at Bethany has provided pastoral help and teaching for the first part of the week and now I have come off of cloud nine and will be helping out for the remainder of the week. The convention was a rush but now it is time to get back to the everyday vocation of administering God’s word and sacraments and of course  doing a little BJS stuff on the side.

We thank our regular bloggers for all thier hard work in achieving these numbers: Mollie, Klemet, Todd, Charlie and Martin. We also thank Norm Fisher our great computer whiz and webmaster for all his hard work to keep the site going and to make it possible for all 10,448 readers yesterday to stay tuned into Lutheran news and commentary. We look forward to you all joining us for the interesting ride for the next three years.

If you want to help guarantee that we will be able to keep up this great work help us out by clicking on the “Join Now” button above and registering to become a member of Steadfast Lutherans.  God bless you and be sure to check back in with us each day for more good stuff.

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.


Thank You Readers for Helping Us Set a New Record with 10,448 Readers Yesterday, by Pr. Rossow — 9 Comments

  1. Pastor Rossow,

    Thank you to all who have provided information and commentary leading up to and during the Convention. Enjoy your time back at work serving the youth of Bethany with the truth of the Creator’s gracious work.

    One slight correction on your comments. President elect Harrison didn’t call for a “a year’s worth of discussion” to “find 85% of the LCMS unified and pulling in the same direction.” I believe Rev. Harrison referred to a decade of study modeled after the effort that led to the Formula of Concord.

    I quote from “It’s Time”:

    It is time to stop “beating around the bush.” It is time for a serious, decade-long effort—a non-politically organized and driven effort to regain theological and practical unity in the Synod. This route is the hard route. It will take time and effort. It will take courage. It will take men and women of integrity. It will also result in a Synod 85% united and on the path to even greater unity, precisely at a moment when such unity is needed like never before—so that we can cease the incessant, internal wrangling, and take advantage of the open doors which the Lord is holding before us. The Lord’s mission of the Gospel will advance toward eternity, despite us. He’ll get it done with or without us. If we turn from that sacred mission, he will raise up others to accomplish it. Will we be part of it?

    I hope that the Convention will now consider the many memorials, (8-05, 8-06, 8-07, 8-08) including one by our Iowa District East, that call for a 3 year moratorium on the implementation of any of the restructuring proposals. This would be a much needed step toward careful examination of these sweeping changes. It would also allow for the beginning of the decade long theological study that President elect Harrision has proposed.

  2. Rev. Knox,

    Thank you for the clarification. I will need to re-read “It’s Time,” as we all should, to figure out why I was confused. If I am not mistaken, in the document Harrison calls for a year of study by a small group of folks representing several different positions, to discuss those differences and come to some agreements about them.

    It’s been a while since I read It’s Time so I will need to go back and read it again.


  3. @Rev. Mike Knox #1
    I hope that the Convention will now consider the many memorials, (8-05, 8-06, 8-07, 8-08) including one by our Iowa District East, that call for a 3 year moratorium …

    I don’t know you, Pr. Knox. Perhaps someone here can tell me that you were saying the same thing yesterday morning? I hope so.

    GOD bless!

  4. Thank you for all your hard work – along with listening to Issues, Etc. and reading blogs and comments here I have become more interested and learned a great deal about the convention & our beloved synod – i hope for great things to come with our new pres-elect, understanding of course that tough times are ahead. – thanks again


  5. @Helen #3


    I haven’t said anything here on this website previous to my earlier post.

    If your question is whether I changed my mind about the Blue Ribbon Task Force recommendations because of the election my answer is no. Regardless of who was elected, I, along with the IDE (and several other Districts, congregations, and Circuits) asked that any final decisions reached about the Blue Ribbon Task Force recommendations be carefully examined. Following this examination, the changes could be implemented following the next Convention.

    In a sense, this Convention is forming a Final Draft of the recommendations. The next Convention would be able to fine tune the Final Draft and approve the implementation.

    During this 3 year period, the Synod could also begin the process of careful theological study as proposed by Rev. Harrison in “It’s Time.” Perhaps the theological study, along with a careful review of the final draft of the Blue Ribbon recommendations, would lead many to reach the conclusion that President Elect Harrison already voiced in “It’s Time” namely, that our problems are not essentially structural.

    Pastor Knox

  6. Now that I have found you, I plan on being back daily…hopfully for the fun of it.

  7. @Rev. Mike Knox #5
    Thank you, Pastor Knox.
    I only know what I read around the web. I know that a number of entities, including districts, protested that this was going too fast, was not well thought out, etc. (I tended to agree with this, BTW.) But their resolutions were ignored.

    I have also read that some believed that these changes should only be made if G. Kieschnick was elected to implement them and scuttled if he wasn’t. (A friend teases me about being a “conspiracy theorist” when I repeat this stuff.) 🙂

    Others said, “If they are good ideas, they should be good for anyone; if they are tailored for one man they are probably not good for synod.”

    Since I did not recognize you, I wondered where you were coming from. That’s all. No offense intended.

  8. Thank you, Pastor Rossow, for all your reporting. I learned about this website last year when I found about the pending sale of Classic 99 KFUO-FM. As someone who has only been a member of a LCMS church for two years (previously was a member of Presbyterian Church of America until our toddler son got lead poisoning in the church office), it helps to learn more of life within the Synod and discover that I am aligned with Confessional Lutheran without having previously known what the term meant. I had become discouraged with what recently has been happening in my congregation and with the direction I saw the LCMS Board of Directors take and am now encouraged by the election of Pastor Harrison. I hope changes will come that will make a more healthy Synod focused on Christ and Scripture, keeping the confessions, traditional music, and liturgy that appealed to me and my wife. Then I will be confident my conversion to LCMS was not a mistake.


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