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.

Speakers on Heterodoxy High Alert, The Spirit and Great Spirits, Live Recordings, Africa, Bacon and More – Welcome to the Brothers’ Big Conference and Party, by Pr Rossow

Today we welcome over 200 folks to our annual conference here in Naperville, Illinois. Welcome travelers and those who may be tracking us on these posts on line. Norm, Rev. Scheer, Rev. May, Rev. Henrickson, and I will all be … Continue reading

Latest LCMS Missions Magazine – Three Great Things and an Iffy One, by Pr. Rossow

President Harrison has just sent out a link to the latest edition of the LCMS Missions magazine. You can download the pdf here. There are three great things, actually four, about the magazine. First, notice the title. It doesn’t use that … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Out of Africa – 10 Things I Learned from 3 Weeks in East Africa Including Corruption and Abuse of Financial Support, by Pr. Rossow

I just got back from three weeks of preaching and teaching in East Africa. I met and talked with several Bishops, pastors, other church workers and laymen. Here are 10 things I learned. Some of them are encouraging and some … Continue reading

You Know are in a Good Place in the Parish When You Get a Note about Beth Moore Like This, by Pr. Rossow

I found the note in the picture on my chair when I got to church the other day. It is from my Principal and Assistant Principal. It was attached to an ad for some goofy spiritualist speaking at some local … Continue reading

No Pietist Allowed Parties – Making a List of Favorite International Beers, by Pr. Rossow

In honor of Rev. James May, the Director of Lutherans in Africa (LIA) coming to the BJS conference this year, at one of our “No Pietists Allowed” parties we will be serving international beers. When I was over in Africa … Continue reading

Three Simple Steps to Move Forward with the Matthew Becker Case, by Pr. Rossow

There are three things that I see need to be done to move forward with the Matthew Becker case and in the following order. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the matter in the comment section below. President … Continue reading

Actions Speak Louder than Words, by Pr. Rossow

2.15  Expulsion of a District President or Officer from Membership in the Synod 2.15.1  The action to commence expulsion of a district president or an officer of the Synod from membership in the Synod is the sole responsibility of the President … Continue reading

Matthew Becker is Progressive; 5/2 is Progressive; Confessional Lutherans are also Progressive, by Pr. Rossow

Progress is not the sole property of free-thinkers unteathered to Scripture like Matthew Becker or out of the traitional/liturgical box church planners like the 5/2 group. Confessional Lutherans are also progressive and I have proof. My own parish and the … Continue reading

The LCMS Stopped Being the Church of Walther Long Ago, by Pr. Rossow

I am not talking about voters’ assemblies. I am not talking about the true visible church of God on earth. I am not talking about the proper distinction of Law and Gospel although in one way or another all of … Continue reading

There is no Greater Rush than Chanting Shalom at the 5/2 Wiki Conference, by Pr. Rossow

The attached video is part of a presentation by Ian Morgan Cron at the Five Two Wiki conference this fall. It has the feel of a youth convention. Here is a tweet on the video clip on the Five Two web page:

There is something incredibly beautiful in chanting “shalom”

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The Fort to Provide Weekly Lectionary Podcast, by Pr. Rossow

The following is from an email I just received. This looks like a really great service to pastors and those laity who want to take a look. Providing valuable resources for the clergy and laypeople of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod … Continue reading

Cuisine for BJS Conference Set: The Lutheran Church Basement – We Need Your Ideas, by Pr. Rossow

The 2015 BJS Conference cuisine has just been announced. The two day conference will include all the usuals (manly man breakfast, Chicago pizza banquet, complimentary snacks for the road, the infamous no pietists allowed parties, etc.) served with the usual … Continue reading

You’re On Five Two’s Enemies List Bud, by Pr. Rossow

Why do people put Face Book blogs up on the internet and then delete comments that they don’t like? I guess it is their prerogative since it is their page but it smacks of fear and propaganda. It is peculiarly … Continue reading

Check Out the D Min Program at Fort Wayne, by Pr. Rossow

I completed the D Min program at Concordia Theological Seminary a few years back and it was one of the highlights of my pastoral career. They have recently revamped the program and it looks great. I cannot recommend it highly … Continue reading

To Heterodox Teacher Beth Moore – It is a Faithless Generation that Looks for Signs, by Pr. Rossow

In the Gospel reading for this week in the one year series Jesus says “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” In a parallel passage in Luke 11:29-32 Jesus says “An evil and adulterous generation looks for … Continue reading

A Solution to the CUS Problem – So You Don’t Think I am Just a Bomb-Lobbing Curmudgeon, by Pr. Rossow

So you don’t think I am just a bomb-lobbing curmudgeon, I thought I would offer a few thoughts by way of solution to the CUS problem I identified in a post the other day. Since starting BJS a few years … Continue reading

LCMS Inc. – Please Stop Touting the Pagan Growth of the Concordias, by Pr. Rossow

The sprawling headline across the top of the most recent Reporter (November 2014), the official newspaper of the LCMS, brags “CUS Enrollment Hits Record 36,250 Still Climbing after 22 Years.” What do you suppose my 86 year old mother in … Continue reading

Vanessa was Disappointed by Her Phone Call to St. Louis, by Pr. Rossow

Comment #50 over on the Five Plus Two Makes Three post caught my eye. I think it is worth posting for all to read. It is from a BJS reader named Vanessa. (This is the same Vanessa who authored the … Continue reading

BJS’ers Not the Only Ones Getting Deleted at 5/2; Just as Chris Rosebrough, by Pr. Rossow

Rev. Chris Rosebrough is the founder and moderator of Pirate Christian Radio. He is a sharp witted and sharp thinking Lutheran. He has his own story to tell about how the 5/2 Network folks are deleting comments on their blogs … Continue reading

Deleted Comments at 5/2 Blog – DP’s, Who is Genuinely Courageous and Open, 5/2’ers or BJS’ers? by Pr. Rossow

The 5/2 editors are deleting comments on their blogs that they apparently don’t like. (You can find these blogs at the Five Two Facebook page.) A couple of our writers have posted comments asking questions about some of the 5/2 … Continue reading

I Applaud Mr. 5/2 Bill Woolsey, No, Really I Do, by Pr. Rossow

Don’t write off entrepreneurs in the church. I know some great churchy entrepreneurs such as Todd Wilken (Issues, Etc.), my partner in ministry here at Bethany, Jonathan Fisk (Worldview Everlasting), Bryan Wolfmueller (radio, publishing, comedy, etc.), and even Matt Harrison … Continue reading

The Real Reasons LCMS Pastors Want to be like American Evangelicals, by Pr. Rossow

In a post yesterday Martin Noland quoted John Hannah asserting that an aversion to Roman Catholicism is what makes LCMS’ers want to look like Evangelicals. I am sure that is a part of it but I think it is a … Continue reading

Some Thoughts on Synod, Mercy, the Divine Service and a Restored Church, by Pr. Rossow

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hamel, Illinois dedicated its restored sanctuary on Sunday. It was devastated months ago by a fire in the church basement. The smoke from that fire ruined the sanctuary. (You can see some pictures of the restored … Continue reading

Updates from St. Louis on Work of Task Forces, by Pr. Tim Rossow

A few months ago I complained that most of the email coming out of synod and district was weighted toward the mercy end of our denominational theme of “witness, mercy and life together.” I was pleased to get a mass … Continue reading