Update from Houston – Insight on President Kieschnick’s Approach to Convincing Delegates, by Pr. Rossow

One of our BJS folks here in Houston noted that he heard President Kieschnick getting his microphone test over at the convention hall. In the bit of the speech that he heard, President Kieschnick asserted that “this is our grandfather’s church.”

This is a clever but misleading tact. President Kieschnick has made it a point during the nine years of his presidency to move the LCMS beyond our grandfather’s church. Apparently he has figured out that folks like the Brothers of John the Steadfast are convincing – instead of changing our grandfathers church we need to preserve and extend our grandfather’s church. Christianity is after all a conserving, and thus a conservative institution. We Christians are not to make it up as we go along but are to take what we have learned from our grandfathers and pass it on to our children. Of course, our grandfathers got what they learned from their grandfathers and they got it from the apostles, and they got it from the Spirit and He got it from the Son and He got it from the Father. That is why we are essentially conservative – God has asked us not to lead and create but to follow and conserve.

So now President Kieschnick has apparently figured out that this movement away from our grandfathers’ church is not a move people want to follow and so he is going to try to convince the delegates that he is indeed in favor of preserving our grandfathers’ church. As another of our intelligent BJS readers has pointed out, this is consistent with the video released last week about President Kieschnick by one of his supports. It is apparent that President Kieschnick is trying to recover from a significant misstep that he made when he promoted the idea that “this is NOT your grandfathers’ church” by using the very phrase that has come to encapsulate the debate. We encourage those of you in Houston to speak to your fellow delegates and help them to see that President Kieschnick is indeed the purveyor of a new church and that this is an interesting move but ultimately just a clever ploy. Those of you who are back home should contact your delegates and let them know of this interesting turn of events.

 On one level we are pleased that President Kieschnick is promoting our grandfathers’ church. To truly promote our grandfathers church in Houston is to vote against the Blue Ribbon proposals and to elect candidates that know it’s time to uphold the church Christ has given us and extend the kingdom of God.

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.


Update from Houston – Insight on President Kieschnick’s Approach to Convincing Delegates, by Pr. Rossow — 57 Comments

  1. Scott:
    I wonder if Rev. Kieschnick has ever asked for a break?

    I would say that the constant railing against him has more to do with his ideas, practice and management style rather than ad hominem criticism and dislike.

    You write of righteous indignation and that it is anger and that Jesus says it is wrong. Why did God the Holy Spirit inspire St. Paul to write to us about how he called out St. Peter?

    Galations 2: 11 But when Cephas (Peter) came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.

    St. Peter, although in the wrong, showed up and took the criticism of his brother apostle Paul. Has Rev. Kieschnick ever allowed himself to get into a face to face show down that is allowed to be publicly discussed as St. Paul publicly discussed his confrontation and correction of St. Peter?

  2. Well here in St. Louis and area the St. Louis Post has a splash about JK on the front page and contd page. This is one lcms didn’t have pay for!

  3. @wrl #50

    Peter Drucker is a big influence, maybe even a member at Rick Warren’s Saddleback. Since LCMS Inc eats up stuff like Warren, you hit the nail on the head with your observation.

  4. Scott :
    The 8th commandment is being breached here. This is not putting the best construction on the SP. Portraying him as nothing but politically motivated is not cool. Like I said, give the guy a break.

    I’m really tired of this argument. Luther offered the positive constructions of the commandments as a model for how to live a Christian life – not to describe ways in which the commandment is broken. There is a distinction there. If there was no distinction then Luther would have had a bit more of a problem publishing a lot of his other work. There are clearly times when the man himself was not putting the best construction on something.
    And he also wrote that if we are faced with a choice of two actions, and both will result in sin, we are to choose and to sin boldly, knowing that we are redeemed.

    I choose to sin on the side of naming this man and his followers for what they are – fiddlers who are watching Rome burn. Becoming another fiddler is the greater sin.

    Revfisk has the right of it. I will go a little farther and say that the job description calls for him to exercise doctrinal oversight in the synod. This means that every heresy and desecration that takes place in the synod is his responsibility. I’ll give him a break, but he has to meet me half way and at least acknowledge that this stuff goes on.

    I’d also echo what Carol Rutz had to say: my grandfathers were a quaker and a lapsed Roman Catholic. We are here, and it is now. I’m here only so long as the truth is also.

  5. As for giving our DP a break, I believe that we have. I believe that we have been VERY patient and so desiring of ways by which we can support him and rally around any and all attempts on his part and synod’s part to preserve and promote the work of our synod… the focus of our synod. Sadly, again and again Jerry Kieschnick has given us due cause to speak out against his leadership and the direction which he and others would lead the LCMS. And our speaking out goes beyond due cause. We are bound as churchmen… as theologians and pastors to speak up, to speak out. To not do so would be the greatest travesty and dereliction of duty.

    And for the record, Todd, the K-9 vote came in and Matt Harrison won on the first vote as well.

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