A Poor and a Good Excuse for Lack of Micro-Koinonia Progress, by Pr. Rossow

I have a poor excuse and a good excuse for taking so long for the latest entry in the Micro-Koinonia project.

The poor excuse is that I have had a lazy summer. Now keep in mind, for me a lazy summer means 55 hours of work a week instead of 65 and simply stoking the 19,000 fires I have burning and not starting 100 new ones. I have spent a few hours a week this spring and summer building a shed in my backyard. Like most things I do, it got a little out of hand, but hey, it has been a lot of fun. It’s too bad I don’t need therapy because it has also been very therapeutic. Prior to this I had hardly ever even picked up a hammer so it has also been a wonderful learning experience and very rewarding. The landscaping (not finished yet) was no problem because that has been a twenty five year hobby of mine. I have been threatening our chickens by telling them it is the new ostrich coupe. Happy Bob, the world’s best cat, arch enemy of synodocat and the cuter of the two beings pictured in my avatar, has enjoyed wandering to and fro in our new out building.

All in all, maybe that is not such a bad excuse after all, considering “idle hands” and all. The better excuse for a lack of koinonia entries is the character of my koinoia interlocutor, Pastor Mark Schulz. It’s hard to debate with someone who seeks your advice on doctrine.

The other day I got an email from Mark asking for my opinion on the doctrinal portion of his church’s new website. Now that is what I call koinonia. I am not expecting that he will swallow my suggestions hook, line and sinker but it is rather brotherly of him to ask. It is also ironic because the next step I was thinking of for the Micro-Koinonia project was to critique each other’s websites.

One of the things I did do was send him the doctrinal page on our new website (still under construction). Pastor Fisk has been re-doing our site and as expected, it includes a very engaging, historic and confessional page on what we believe.

So, I hope this lazy streak ends soon. I can’t say I haven’t enjoyed it. I still have some antique doors and windows to install and a few more plants to move around on the shed project, then maybe we can get serious about the Micro-Koinonia project again.

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.


A Poor and a Good Excuse for Lack of Micro-Koinonia Progress, by Pr. Rossow — 11 Comments

  1. Awesome shed, Tim. Love it. I’m jealous. The perfect man cave.

    And, great to hear of the conversations with your brother pastor.

  2. Nice shed, I tore down my old shed and built one this summer as well. Alas mine is a little plain in the looks department, but holds a lot of stuff.

    I like that the Micro-Koinonia is still going on even if not here.

  3. As one who has been a guest of many a man cave,
    this shed does not qualify as one.
    Man Caves are a male sanctuary that is inside his
    house. Usually in basement or garage with giant TV,
    sports trophies, refrig, comfy couches and walls with
    team pictures in various sports. Only males are
    welcome and the wife knows this and lets her man
    have his space.Some have pool tables and ping-pong
    tables. The bottom line is this: The American male
    has found a refuge in his own home.

  4. My SIL has a basement “man cave”, but he lets the “girls” use it for their get togethers from time to time.
    [As a scuba diver, he has the ultimate “man caves”, variously decorated. Off Isle Royale, with the carcasses of sunken ships; off the islands, with beautiful corals and strange colorful fish.]
    I know because he takes pictures, too. 🙂

  5. The women of America have their own “woman caves”
    and they are called Shopping Malls. Whether you are
    in the St. Louis area or Chicago area in the Midwest, you
    will find women shopping at these malls, while the men
    are no where to be found. The smaller cities have
    bus tours to take them to the mega-malls Our women
    have their private “woman sanctuary.”

  6. Cool shed – I have only seen one cooler – my wife and I have talked for years about building a “tardis” (spaceship of the Doctor on The sci-fi series Doctor Who) as a shed. I saw one online the other day – a big shed which looked like a tardis. Anyways nice work – maybe help Fisk build one someday.

  7. What shed? This is a parsonage provided by a small church, on a tight budget, in rural America …. But we give thanks for keeping it well maintained..

  8. @Dave Likeness #7
    The women of America have their own “woman caves”
    and they are called Shopping Malls…

    Haven’t been seen in one since I had to buy the boys’ school clothes!

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