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.

What’s A District to Do? A Review of 11 District Initiatives from Minnesota South, by Pr. Rossow

The Districts of the LCMS are for the most part bloated, ideaologically misguided, and inefficient. In partial proof of that thesis let’s look at a set of district initiatives from the Minnesota South District (MNS). Over on the post about the … Continue reading

BJS Conference “No Pietists” Parties Set: Scotch Tasting, Beer Tasting, Cigars and an Irish Pub, by Pr. Rossow

The “No Pietists Allowed Parties” are now set for the 2013 Annual BJS Conference. They feature scotch, beer, cigars and an Irish pub. Scotch Tasting – The Gavin family has once again graciously opened their home for a wonderful party. Come … Continue reading

I Just got Out of the BJS Conference Planning Meeting and Heard the Phrase “Maid-Rite Sliders” Not to Mention “Manly Man’s Breakfast,” by Pr. Rossow

The food at the annual BJS Conference is always great and this year it will be no different. For lunch on Saturday we are serving two varieties of sliders – pulled pork and maid-rite/sloppy joe. The meal will be rounded … Continue reading

When is the Last Time you Heard a Lutheran Comedian? The BJS Conference is Your Chance, by Pr. Rossow

Of course there are much better reasons to attend the BJS conference, like great Bible teaching, time-tested worship, comraderie with fellow copnfessional Lutherans, great food and great parties. This year howver, we are pleased to debut the comedic stylings of Pastor … Continue reading

Per DP’s Advice LCMS Pastor Cancels Participation in Joint Service but Still Supports Unionism, by Pr. Rossow

Pastor Mark Louderback (Christ Lutheran Church, LCMS, Arlington, Tennesee), confessed yesterday on the Steadfast site that he believes the LCMS position on unionism is wrong. He believes that Scripture teaches that holding rites and services with the heterodox is defensible … Continue reading

Thanks to Our Associate Editor and Our Newest Authors BJS Approached Two Million Page Loads in A. D. 2012, by Pr. Rossow

Thank you all of our readers, those who agree with our editorial approach and those who don’t, for the continued success of the BJS Blog.  Thanks to you we had 1,751,718 page loads in the year of our Lord 2012. Since our … Continue reading

Lehenbauer and Harrison Team Up and Put Thrivent $$$ to Good Use for Confessional Theology, by Pr. Rossow

The 2010 LCMS convention asked the Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) to work with the synod president to promote confessional Lutheran theology worldwide. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans provides boat loads of money via grants each year for the major Lutheran … Continue reading