John Clark Has a Good Suggestion – What Would Harrison Do if He Were Me? by Pr. Rossow

A while back I asked everyone to fill in the rest of this phrase: “If I were Matt Harrison I would…” BJS reader John Clark suggested on that string that we turn the tables on ourselves and ask “What would President Harrison do if he were me?” That is a great point and we thank John for it.

So, on the eve of the Harrison installation, have at it. Let’s do a little introspection and share with the LCMS and the world what we ought to be doing to bring unity and faithfulness to the LCMS.

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.


John Clark Has a Good Suggestion – What Would Harrison Do if He Were Me? by Pr. Rossow — 9 Comments

  1. Since it was my question, I’ll throw out the first response.

    1. Be in the Word daily.
    2. Be in fellowship around the Word and Sacraments at least weekly.
    3. Love those who hate me through kindness and humility.
    4. Recognize that sin affects everyone, although it manifests itself in different ways.
    5. Pray unceasingly for the Gospel to break through hardened hearts.
    6. Speak and live the Gospel to the best of your God-given ability so that your light may shine among men (humanity).
    7. Allow the Holy Spirit to work in His time and in His way.

  2. 1) I had heard that one of the things Pres. Harrison was planning was to bring foreign students the seminary. This would bolster our seminaries, and be a great force for evangelism. After four years, the tide of these pastors going out among the world to shepard their own flock would be a blessing to thousands of our neighbors throughout the world.
    2) bring unity through the Word, just as Pres. Harrison has said.
    3)Visit with the district presidents. Pray with them. Lead those them to bring the unity through the Word as espoused in the Confessions. Work with them to actively work with those errant congregations that are functioning in a heterodox fashion. In love this must be done so to bring them back to confessional practice.
    4)Visit with the presidents of the other confessional Lutheran churches in America and pursue dialog to bring unity and fellowship.
    5)Visit with the boards and leaders of the Concordia system. Lead them to unity around the Word.
    6)Look at what the synod is doing and eliminate programs that do not directly and effectively promote the gospel.

  3. Re John’s question: I don’t think “rontheranch” got it, unless he has enough of whatever it takes to gain an interview with a DP, Board member of a Concordia, or other head honcho.

    If Harrison were me, he would pray a lot for Lutheran Pastors everywhere, but especially for those working in St Louis, and those men who are CRM and not working at their Call. I fervently hope, one day, to look around and see every unjustly terminated Pastor placed to the glory of God and the benefit of His people, (at which time I’ll thankfully stop beating this drum).

    That may be your #5, John, but maybe it’s #8, too.

  4. It’s not a fail. Alot of blogging has to do with timing. Had I put up your question back when you suggested it, it would have attracted alot more attention. By the time I got it on everybody was moving on to other things.

    Thanks for the suggestion and for your support of BJS. Sorry I did not get it on earlier.


  5. Oh I don’t blame anyone, especially you Rev. Rossow. It was a dumb idea, not clearly articulated. The blame is entirely mine.

    Thank you for BJS. It is a refreshing site, and one of my top three websites to visit each day.

  6. @John Clark #8
    It wasn’t a dumb idea, if you meant to suggest that we should be thinking, each one, about what we can do (with the grace of God).

    But, as we’ve seen, it’s much more fun to comment about what other people do and how they should have done it! 🙁

    Old Adam will be with us all to the end. Lord, have mercy!

    But now… good night. Oops, good morning, here. (Can’t get anything right!)

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