Don’t Forget about Our “No Pietists Allowed” Blogs – A Quaint Story about London just Recorded There, by Pr. Rossow

About once a month we get a reader dropping a post onto one of our No Pietists Allowed blogs. This afternoon a pastor from Milwaukee posted the following.

When I was visiting Westminster Abby in 1996, a docent approached me to start up some small talk. When she found out I was a Lutheran pastor from the United States (she had no clue where Milwaukee, Wisconsin was – makes you feel pretty small), she asked me (imagine an English accent), “Say, do you have ‘confirmation’ for children in their early teens in your church?” “Yes,” I said in my harsh Midwestern accent. (Sub story: If you need to ask for directions and want to get to where you’re going in London, you’d better find out how to pronounce “Tottenham” correctly.) She said, “Do you find that after they’re confirmed, they don’t attend services after that?” I said, “Yes. It happens to us Lutherans in America, too.” It’s a small world as they say.

So true: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” – Samuel Johnson

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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.


Don’t Forget about Our “No Pietists Allowed” Blogs – A Quaint Story about London just Recorded There, by Pr. Rossow — 6 Comments

  1. What makes you feel even smaller is that there are people who live in the US who don’t know where Milwaukee is. (Now a resident of Indianapolis since 2002.)

  2. I’m not surprised that Milwaukee is so difficult to find. Not many people can identify ALL of Chicago’s suburbs.

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