BJS Newsreel: BJS Chapter Monday Night Football Event Included a Toast in Thanks that We are not Baptists

(By Pastor Rossow) The Naperville, Illinois chapter of the  Brothers of John the Steadfast met for a Monday night football party. Attendance was stunted by a four inch snowfall right at rush hour but we still managed a good bunch of guys for food, fellowship and beer.

Each member was asked to bring a sample of one of their favorite beers. We ended up with beers from Goose Island (mild and white winter), China (Tsing Ta0 – my personal favorite), Ireland (Guiness), various Miller products and a few others. The highlight of the night was my toast to the fact that we were not Baptists. Bethany’s Associate Pastor, Stephen Schumacher, quickly chimed in that the toast had nothing to do with the freedom do consume mass quantities of the Lutheran beverage, but instead was a toast in gratitude that we are theological monergists and not synergists. Need I say more? It was a great evening!

Thanks to BJS member Tye Fox for hosting us (Linda too) and to Chapter Leader Kieth Luhrs for putting the evening together and here’s to our Bears for clinching the division. Sorry Klemet and all you Viking fans out there and even more heartfelt sympathy to you Cheeseheads up north…, not.

Pictures below include part of the group gathered around the TV and our host Tye Fox grilling the burgers and brats.


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.

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BJS Newsreel: BJS Chapter Monday Night Football Event Included a Toast in Thanks that We are not Baptists — 7 Comments

  1. Dear Teddy Bears – You are hereby invited to a Whine and Cheese party on January 2 at Lambeau Field. We’ll bring the cheese – you bring the whiners.
    Peace,
    Dennis

  2. Cruel comment for us “Packers Backers” Tim! Our refrain: There is always next year!

  3. After receiving my call to Minnesota I was advised to “recant” my support for the Packers and “confess” allegiance to the Vikings. I’m happy to say that I am still, proudly and openly, a Packer fan. Our pastor says he’s a Viking and Packer fan. I say you can’t have it both ways. 😉

  4. I used to say I grew up in Michigan where we don’t have pro football, but after the Packers and Vikes both lost in Detroit on the same weekend, I may have to amend that.

  5. “The highlight of the night was my toast to the fact that we were not Baptists.”

    Did that really happen? I am resisting mightily the temptation to play the “card” that I personally detest so much, or to quote the relevant parable in Luke’s gospel.

    Am I missing something here?

    Johannes (troubled)

  6. Stephen Schumacher, quickly chimed in that the toast had nothing to do with the freedom do(sic) consume mass quantities of the Lutheran beverage, but instead was a toast in gratitude that we are theological monergists and not synergists.

    I thank God (and Pr. Schumacher for mentioning it) that one is not required to “consume mass quantities of ‘Lutheran beverage’ to be a Lutheran”!
    “Moderation in all things”, isn’t it!?

    I have been to midnight service on Christmas Eve in NJ where the ushers seriously checked the fire extinguishers before the candlelit Silent Night in case someone should not be able to hold their candle upright (or as they commented, “in case one or two should light their breath”).
    Neither ever happened.

    [For my Christmas Eve celebration, someone has thoughtfully provided a liqueur chocolate.] 🙂

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