Today, the Anniversary of John the Steadfast’s Death, Reminds Us of the Work of the Brothers of John the Steadfast, by Pr. Rossow

One of our LCMS historians sent me an e-mail this afternoon to remind that today is the anniversary of the death of John the Steadfast. He died on August 16, 1532.

Like John, who risked his head for the sake of Confessional Lutheranism, we at the Brothers of John the Steadfast are committed to promoting the Scriptural theology of the Lutheran Confessions. (You can read about our goals by clicking here on the Organization Page of the website.)

This website has drawn as much if not more attention than our efforts to start chapters and Confessions reading groups around the globe. (We have had more than a million page downloads in our first two years of existence.) The LCMS convention and the prospect of electing Matt Harrison was a great way for us to raise interest in the cause to which John the Steadfast committed his life. It gave us a chance to highlight what is and what is not confessional in our synod.

Now that the election is complete we are focusing more of our time on the other work of the organization and are looking forward to reporting the fruits of those efforts this fall.

For more on the life of John the Steadfast you can click here.

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.


Today, the Anniversary of John the Steadfast’s Death, Reminds Us of the Work of the Brothers of John the Steadfast, by Pr. Rossow — 6 Comments

  1. Beggar,

    You are very welcome. It is a joy and gift beyond belief to serve the B of JS and to edit this website. I really just sort of fell into it and look forward to seeing this institution and the blessings God will shower on it by the 500th anniversary of John’s death.

    Thank you for reading and contributing to the blog.


  2. Just to set the record straight. I *attended* Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary from 1986-1989. I also attended Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary (ELS) in 1992-1993. However, I was never ordained, never granted my M. Div. (3 credits and thesis shy, but you know, rules are rules so I’m denied my degree). I have become a writer and have written numerous books which are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble,, and Just wanted the public record set straight. I cannot recall that I have ever represented myself as having been a pastor or having graduated from the seminary (except for that summer vicar stint when my bishop suggested using the “Pastor” title to avoid having to explain “Vicar”).

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