How About “Confessions Dogs” to Labor Alongside the “Comfort Dogs?” by Pr. Rossow

With all this talk of Comfort Dogs and the new editions of the Lutheran Confessions, it hit me, we need Confessions Dogs to replace the Comfort Dogs or at least work alongside them. Here’s where the idea came from.

Over on the Book of Concord post Helen mentioned that in her Confessions class there are a variety of editions used including a Bekenntnischriften. That reminded me that I used to lug my Triglotta around with me but lately have gotten lazy and left it behind. (I can just imagine all the “Left Behind” puns that are now brewing.) So, I think it is time I get a “Confessions Dog” complete with a little satchel that will carry my Triglotta and other useful resources.

Anyone care to make a list of the helpful resources, besides beer, that the “Confessions Dogs” could carry?

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.


How About “Confessions Dogs” to Labor Alongside the “Comfort Dogs?” by Pr. Rossow — 15 Comments

  1. Wow — you actually lugged the Triglotta around with you? The original 3-language edition or the english-only one? My Triglotta weighs 5 pounds! I can’t imagine carrying that around!

  2. Anyone care to make a list of the helpful resources, besides beer, that the “Confessions Dogs” could carry?

    Well, if you are going to exclude beer from the satchel, then obviously scotch and cigars must be carried by necessity!

  3. Your dog should carry a Lutheran Study Bible, Luther’s Works on galatians and Romans, the Fire and Staff by Preus, and lots of others books all in electronic editions and on a lap top!! 🙂

  4. Greetings, Tim:

    I have the absolute greatest respect for you as a pastor and a theologian. I always enjoy listening to you speak. You are much, much smarter than I will ever be. So I mean no disrespect when I say this about the whole, “Comfort Dogs” issue: Can you not just give it a rest? I don’t understand the relentless mockery. I have a pretty good sense of humor – but am I missing something here that is so egregious? We all get that some people think it’s stupid. That is fine – but LCC has done a lot of good with these dogs to bring comfort (yes) to many people who have suffered traumatic experiences and who receive some measure of joy from an animal that does not threaten them and with which they can relax and have some peace. They also open up an opportunity to tell of God’s love in Christ. What am I failing to see that is so, so very bad?

  5. Norm,
    Have you weighed the Reader’s “Larger Print”?
    They might as well have gone all the way and made it LARGE print!

    (On campus, wheeled cases [like small suitcases] are becoming popular.

    I might include a file for the handouts we get.

  6. Steven Anderson,
    There are a lot of words it is better to find a synonym for, because of less than savory connotations which have been attached to them.
    That said, there are possibly too many entries on this subject for that very reason.

    People are often invited to write for this blog.
    Why not introduce us to a more interesting topic, Steven?
    It’s more constructive than complaining about what’s available.

    God bless!

  7. Well, we could train my dog. He’s got the energy for it. Of course the Triglotta is as big as he is…

  8. I like the idea of having a Confessions Dog.

    A St. Bernard would be a humorous choice as would the German Shepherd.

  9. Steven,

    I don’t know about your claim that I am any brighter than you but I appreciate the compliment.

    So, about the dogs, on the serious side, 1) I think they are a clear illustration of our era that has become so irreverent towards things theological, 2) the abuse of the word “ministry” in connection with these dogs hurts the pure proclamation of the Gospel, 3) the fact that they were installed at an LCMS altar is not good for the Gospel, and 4) the money and man hours spent on this project which could otherwise be spent on the Gospel ministry also raises questions.

    So, to convince me this is not a subject for theological critique and satire you will have to convince me on those four points.

    Now, on the less serious side, 1) I have an obsessive streak in me (undiagnosed except by my wife and friends) and 2) my attention to the comfort dogs (which by the way is not all that much – 4 posts out of the nearly 3,000 posts on this site since its inception) is an attempt at theological satire.

    I believe spending thousands of dollars and man hours on “dog commissined as ministers” (their term not mine) is a no-brainer target for satire.

    Hope that helps.


  10. @Steven Anderson #6
    I don’t think Pr. Tim has a problem with Comfort dogs in general, only when we try to make a “ministry” out of it. Dogs can’t be a Minister any more than the puppets in the “puppet ministry” at a church I belonged to a decade or so ago.

    Altho I admit the dogs may spend 6 months to a year in training which equals about a doctorate in dog years, they still can’t be ministers.

    Insert large smily here.


  11. Assistance dogs and therapy dogs are wonderful animals and do a lot of good in this world. I have a rejected assistance dog (due to physical deformity) and love him dearly. In my church, one couple is raising a puppy for Guide Dogs for the Blind; the pup is in church every Sunday and gets a lot of attention after church. But these dogs are assistance dogs, not ministers!

    Recognizing this helpful program and praying for it are very different than suggesting that these dogs are in the Holy Ministry!

  12. Rev. Roger D. Sterle :@mbw #2 The original Triglotta had English, Latin and German.

    That is true, but for many years, when writers quoted from the english portion of the Bente/Dau 1917 Concordia Triglotta [three-language] edition of the Book of Concord (the english portion reprinted in 1922), they used the word Triglotta to cite it. You can see that in many old articles until the Tappert edition became popular. The Bente/Dau english translation, ancestor of the new Readers’ Edition, has always been called Triglotta.

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