How do You Top Wolfmueller’s Stand-Up and Sophie’s Choice for BJS Banquet Entertainment? A Dramatic Reading of a Hans Fiene Play, by Pr. Rossow

We have had some incredible banquet speeches at the BJS Annual Conference but this year may take the cake, that is if you ask the speaker himself. We have had an address by President Harrison, sung theology parodies by Charlie Henrickson and stand up comedy by Bryan Wolfmueller.

This year we have the creator of Lutheran satire unveiling his recently penned play “Harry and the Heresy Factory,” Rev. Hans Fiene. Here is how the playwright describes his work.

“Harry and the Heresy Factory is a three-act farce written by Rev. Hans Fiene that boldly confesses the six chief parts of the catechism, gallantly rebukes various heresies related to those parts, and shamelessly steals the plot structure of Roald Dahl’s classic novel ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’ This is permissible because plot structures aren’t protected by copyright law, because satire falls under the category of “fair use,” and because Mr. Dahl was a Norwegian and all Norwegians are socialists who pretty much don’t believe in private property so you’re allowed to steal from them. Rev. Fiene guarantees that his play will be funnier than Rev. Wolfmueller’s stand up routine, but ‘Sophie’s Choice’ is also funnier than Wolfmueller’s stand up, so that’s not really saying much.”

To make things even more interesting the playwright (calling Fiene a “playwright” is like calling Wolfmueller a “comedian”) will be conscripting members of the audience to help in this readers theater version of chapter one of “Harrry and the Heresy Factory.” This promises to be more fun than re-writing the LCMS by-laws on adjudication!

It’s not to late to sign up for the conference. We are seeing our highest registration numbers, second only to the year we hosted President Harrison.

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.


How do You Top Wolfmueller’s Stand-Up and Sophie’s Choice for BJS Banquet Entertainment? A Dramatic Reading of a Hans Fiene Play, by Pr. Rossow — 17 Comments

  1. I cannot believe it….6 years, of waiting…all it took is the promise of the Wii U & kenneling the dog. I actually, finally, get to attend a BJS conference. What did it for Dutch? Pastor H’s parodies & Pastor Fiene’s Play. Now all I have to do, is figure out how to drive to Naperville…;)

  2. Can you please tone it down out of love for those of us banging our heads against the wall because we can’t get there? You’re making attending sound too appealing! ; )

  3. If there was any possibility it could have helped, it was dashed with the (not). You do know that parentheses aren’t a cloaking device, right?

  4. My weak attempts at humor in text should probably always be accompanied by a ; ) or some other clue. I hope everyone really enjoys the conference and that more find out they can attend after all. It sounds like a great combination of serious confessional talk, comic relief, food and beer. Who wouldn’t want to go?

  5. I will have a couple parodies ready, for use any time. I just wrote one on Valparaiso, and I’ve got one about ready on FiveTwo. And if you want one non-theological, I wrote one recently on Downton Abbey.

  6. OK Dr. Rossow … we’ll give you a run for your money … and then some at the ACELC banquet next week!

    Not only have we possibly caught your image in a featured “Jim and Dan’s excellent Documentary Film #2” Project, but that even your cat just might have made the cut on our list of “Favorite Lutherans.”


    Oh … there is more … so MUCH MORE … and what happens at an ACELC banquet stays at the ACELC banquet. So if you really want to see how its done … come and join the fun!

    Peace, my friend.

    J. Gier
    ACELC Conference and Banquet Planner “Extrordinaire.” 🙂

    And to all … two exellent conferences are happening back to back. The Fifth Annual ACELC Free Conference next week in Kansas City February 10-12, and the BJS Conference the follwoing week (see the banner above on the home web page). If you cannot make both, then pick your venue and give support where you can. I guarantee you will not be disappointed, and you will be more than edified, for orthodox Lutherans are the coolest to hang with and they truly get it!

    To our dear brothers at John the Steadfast … the best of wishes and blessings at your conference. May much good theology and fellowship abound. From your brothers in the ACELC.

  7. James,

    I wish I could be there particularly since it is looking good for our congregation to join ACELC at our March voters meeting.

    Normally I would go despite the quick turnaround with BJS but I just got back from 3 weeks in Africa and will be travelling the country side of Iowa and Wisconsin the week after next to raise interest for Lutherans in Africa.

    Have a great conference. I really enjoyed last year’s conference and hope to be going next year as a congregation member.

  8. @Pastor Tim Rossow #16

    Dr. Rossow, I completely understand. I have for so long wanted to get to a BJS Conference and still have yet to do so. I would really like to make this year’s, but I have family flying in for all next week. Grandma needs her grandchildren fix.

    I greatly look forward to seeing you at next year’s conference and having you and your congregation as part of the ACELC. Perhaps if I plan now, I can also make it to Naperville next year, especially since I am no pietist! 🙂

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