It’s Nice to be Loved by a Poor Miserable Sinner, by Pr. Rossow

Over on Norm’s Good Stuff Found post on the cable television Bible series there is a nice comment left by “Poor Miserable Sinner” in which he/she thanks BJS and Issues, Etc. for excellent catechesis. It’s good to be loved by poor miserable sinners. Here is the quote:

The Bible series is just another example of false teaching and the importance of knowing how to discern these things is crucial. Unfortunately, many will be led astray by this program. But how does one learn discernment? Proper teaching in the churches!

There is such a great need for accurate Biblical teaching. Thank goodness there is plenty good teaching to be found in the LCMS! It’s pretty difficult to sift through the nonsense out there.

I’m one of those who end up confused or not really fully understanding when I take the Bible out to read it–and therefore, I don’t. I really don’t want to be left to my own devices when it comes to the Bible. Not sure if anyone else feels this way.

Therefore, I find that I rely mostly on resources such as this site. I have learned so much from the articles and sermons that are posted. The Pastor’s Round Table discussions and the Sunday School lessons every week on Issues Etc. are extremely valuable as well. It doesn’t limit a person to only learning on Sundays anymore or at a weekly Bible class as it’s right there, on demand. I’m “hearing” the Word of God in my home now on a daily basis and it’s wonderful.
And once you start learning, it’s pretty exciting and you just want to learn more.

PMS – Thanks for the props. Keep up the study and you should get to a point where you will be comfortable opening the Bible and reading on your own. I would recommend buying the Lutheran Study Bible from Concordia Publishing House. The study notes and introductions to each book of the Bible will give you a lot of confidence.

Between CPH, Issues, and BJS you have your publishing, talk and blogging needs pretty well met!

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.


It’s Nice to be Loved by a Poor Miserable Sinner, by Pr. Rossow — 11 Comments

  1. I can’t say enough for the footnotes in the Lutheran Study Bible. I recommend it as well. It’s a fantastic resource for us laypeople.

  2. I would totally agree with PMS comments.

    A comment about the phrase the commenter uses for him/herself: I know a retired pastor, commenting on the confession in Divine Service 3, who said, “I don’t believe I’m a poor, miserable sinner; I’m NOT miserable. We should emphasize the gospel.”

    What do y’all make of that?

  3. wine,

    It’s a nice try on his part but no sone aid he was miserable, just that he is a miserable sinner.

    It’s not that he is poor, miserable and a sinner. He is a poor sinner (in need of the riches of the Gospel) and a miserable sinner (in all meanings of the word, the worst sinner, headed for hell without absolution, full of angst about his sin apart from absolution, etc.)

  4. @Pastor Tim Rossow #3

    I understand your second paragraph, but am confused on the first one.

    Thanks for the second, though. I will pass it on.

  5. Wine,

    Sorry for the typos in the first paragraph. Should have been “no one said…”

    In other words, miserable describes sinner and not the person in general.

  6. @Pastor Tim Rossow

    Thank you.

    Btw, would pietism having anything to do with someone who denies the “miserable” aspect of sinners?

  7. Wine,

    Oh for sure. That’s what I meant by “Nice try.” It was a nice try based on either his liberalism or his pietiem to try and deny the misery of our sin.

  8. @Joyful Noise #1
    That’s it–I’m buying a Lutheran Study Bible! I’ve known for some time that it’s a wonderful Bible, but have put off the purchase for no good reason.

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