BJS Board Member Jonathan Fisk’s First Book to be Published by CPH, by Pr. Rossow

CPH executive editor Paul McCain has informed us that Pastor Jonathan Fisk’s first book is about to be released by CPH. You can see pre-order information here.

Pastor Fisk is Associate Pastor here at Bethany Lutheran Church and School. All three of our pastors preach, teach, administer the sacraments and absolve sins. After all, a pastor is a pastor is a pastor. Each pastor also has specific areas of concentration. Fisk’s areas of focus include youth, communications and the initial stage of our catechumenate (inquiry).

I get asked all the time, “How is it working out with Fisk?” The Lord brought him to Bethany nearly a year ago now and I am happy to report that thanks to his humility and great work ethic, things are going well. Fisk is a hard worker and has a real appreciation for order and structure in a team pastorate. I have learned from him and as I have observed other pastors of his generation, that they have a great respect for authority. I see it as they relate to the office of the ministry, the order of creation in the family and other divine orders.

We are very enthused here at Bethany over the publication of this book because his extra parish activities bring energy and attention to his parish work, which he has clearly put first in his order of vocational priorities.

We are pleased that his energy will make its way to the podium for upcoming BJS Conference in February as he joins Rev. James May and Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller for presentations on what it means to be Lutheran.

 

More about Pastor Fisk’s new book from CPH:

Real Answers
Real Religion
Real Holy Spirituality

There are only two kinds of spirituality in the world. One is false, and one is true. One is the manifestation of the old evil foe who has sent many false spiritualties out into the world, and the other is the holy spirituality found only in faith in the one true God. One is a lie, and one is real.

But which is which?

There is a cultural perfect storm shredding the spiritual landscape of the United States. It travels on the wind of a growing ignorance of both history and the Bible. Christians are losing faith because the kind of Christianity they are trying to believe is

BROKEN

This book examines seven of the most common spiritual traditions and how they use speculation, mysticism, and moralism to break Christianity. Author Jonathan Fisk calls them the seven “counterfeit Christian rules that every Christian ought to break as often as possible,” because they are seven myths that have infiltrated the churches in our age, seven teachings taught as if they were doctrine, but which are nothing more than the traditions of men.

The dark secret of Christianity in America is that we are losing.
We hide it with light shows, Christian dance and music, and video games,
but it’s true. And it’s not new.

The house has grown too dirty. Fisk is going to sweep it clean. All of it: the dusty corners where spores of speculation lay, the air filled with the mustiness of mysticism, the grout where the mold of moralism has grown thick over our clean confidence in Christ. Once the grime has been scrubbed away, Fisk shows how, under the cross of Jesus, you will find that your mind, heart, and hands, your reason, emotions, and sense of mercy, are the very things that our Lord has redeemed. In the resurrection of Jesus, in His fulfillment of the Law, in the essence of His Gospel, in the pure Word of God, you will find the truth.

 

Click here to view Pastor Fisk’s youtube channel.

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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