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I come from a confessional Lutheran family, ten brothers and one sister. I currently am attending Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, ON. My main theological interests include Justification and Church and Ministry. I am married to Leah Preus (nee Fehr), and I have one son named Jacob.

Hymn on the Carmen Christi

July 11th, 2014 3 comments

The Carmen Christi (Song of Christ) is a song (or hymn) that St. Paul, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote in the second chapter of his epistle to the Philippians.  As a divinely inspired hymn, giving a good example for our own hymn-writing, it is wonderfully didactic.  It is a confession of the obedience that Jesus rendered to God on our behalf, and Paul ties it into our lives of labor here on earth in which we struggle against the pride of our own flesh.  He uses this hymn for the piety of his hearers.  This is what hymns are   More…

Some Thoughts on the Doctrine of Vocation

July 9th, 2014 3 comments

Since the word “vocation” is thrown around so much, I have been trying to work out in my mind and through study of God’s Word how we may actually speak of and teach about vocation. The following reflects what I have been working through for a few years, and I would appreciate any input. Vocation is from the Latin word, vocatio, a calling. If something is your calling, then that means that God called you to do it; it means God told you to do it. And if God told you to do X, then it follows that he ordained   More…

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Some Clarifications in Articulating Objective Justification

March 11th, 2014 83 comments

First, Objective Justification and Subjective Justification are not two different justifications, but rather two parts of the act of Justification.   My brother David has put it well:  Objective Justification = God justifies the sinner [through faith].  Subjective Justification = [God justifies the sinner] through faith. Objective Justification refers to the work of God in Christ as well as the proclamation of the gospel and administration of the sacraments.  Subjective Justification refers to faith, which is created by that proclamation and receives the benefits.  Subjective Justification does not refer to the administration of the means of grace.  While it is   More…

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Just a Quote from Hunnius

March 8th, 2014 138 comments

In arguing against the Huberian error that because Christ has redeemed all men he therefore elected all men, Hunnius maintains: But we respond from the start that we steadfastly teach that Christ, by the decree, counsel, ordination, good pleasure and command of the eternal Father, has freed each and every mortal, without any exception at any time or in any place, from sin, death and eternal damnation. ~ Aegius Hunnius, Theses Opposed to Huberianism: A Defense of the Lutheran Doctrine of Justification – Wittenberg, 1597, Translated by Paul A. Rydecki (Bynum, TX: Repristination Press, 2012), 51 (Thesis 152).

My 3 Reasons to Read Melanchthon’s Common Places 1521, a New Translation

February 8th, 2014 11 comments

Philip Melanchthon, Common Places: Loci Communes 1521, trans. Christian Preus (St. Louis:CPH, 2014). I have three reasons why our readers should purchase and read this new translation of Melancthon’s Loci Communes of 1521, published by Concordia Publishing House, besides the fact that Luther called it worthy of immortality and of the Church’s canon. While there are two other translations of this work, this is the first one by a Lutheran. The translator is my brother, Dr. Christian Preus, who not only hails as a young yet good scholar in theology as well as an expert in the Latin language (he   More…

The Comfort of Forensic Justification

July 11th, 2013 1 comment

Forensic justification is that God makes us righteous by crediting to us the righteousness of Jesus.  He doesn’t make us righteous through a process that he works inside of us.  What He works inside of us is a consequence of applying to us the full obedience of Jesus, which He rendered to God on behalf of the whole world. Speaking of the imputation of Christ’s righteousness is the positive way of speaking of the non-imputation of sins.  For Christ’s sake, God does not impute our sins against us, as St. Paul says in 2 Cor 5:19.  Paul writes in verse   More…

Sanctify Them by the Truth – Hallowed be Thy Name: Prayers for Doctrine and Practice

May 24th, 2013 5 comments

“These are Your Words, Heavenly Father. Sanctify us by the Truth. Your Word is Truth. Amen.” I cannot count how many times I have heard this prayer. My dad, who was my pastor for the first eighteen years of my life, often used this prayer before his sermons. This prayer, which comes from Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer (John 17:17), is very much connected with the first petition, “Hallowed be Thy Name.” We learn in the Small Catechism that God’s Word is kept Holy When His Word is taught in its truth and purity and we as children of God also   More…

Seek and You will Find: Meditation for Holy Week

March 25th, 2013 No comments

O Sinner, come thy sin to mourn So vast and vile that it has borne Christ to this vale of anguish. Son of a Virgin, sweet and mild In poverty the Holy Child Thy substitute did languish. Behold with faith God’s only Son. Come nigh and see what love has done To save thee from damnation. The Father cast on Him thy guilt. For thee His precious blood was spilt To bless thee with salvation. “Seek and you will find…” (Matt 7:7) “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…” (Matt 6:33) “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is   More…

Why Doctrine is our Life

February 1st, 2013 8 comments

In previous articles I have stressed the centrality of justification in Christian doctrine and thus the eminent relevance of doctrine to the people of God.  When we understand such centrality it helps us avoid both legalism and antinomianism or gospel-reductionism.  It keeps us from separating faith from Christ and Christ from His teaching.  After all, Christ Jesus is the chief corner stone of all apostolic and prophetic doctrine (Eph 2:20).  Doctrine teaches the faith (fides quae creditur), being the sustenance of our faith (fides qua creditur), or particular faith (fides particularis; or fides specialis cf. Ap IV, 45), which clings specifically to   More…

Our Creator Redeems His Creation: John 2:1-11

January 19th, 2013 7 comments

Jesus blesses and sanctifies marriage. He does this in two ways. First He creates it, and then He redeems it. Jesus created marriage when He created Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve were married. God gave Eve to Adam as a helper, and He told them, “Be fruitful and multiply.” Now, at this time, Adam and Eve were perfectly righteous, and they delighted in the commandments of God. Eve delighted in helping Adam, and Adam delighted in loving Eve. Adam delighted in teaching Eve God’s commandments. Adam loved Eve more sincerely and more perfectly than any husband has ever loved his wife.   More…

Why God’s Doctrine is for God’s People

November 26th, 2012 15 comments

What happens when Justification becomes peripheral and not the central article? I’ll tell you what happens: Doctrine becomes not life. Doctrine becomes something not for the people. The word Doctrine becomes theological jargon that is used only by theologians and a few pastors. You can’t expect the people to care about Doctrine when the central article does not remain that God justifies the ungodly for Christ’s sake through faith in His Name. Why is this? This is because Justification is personal. Justification reaches you even when no one else knows your hidden faults, but your heart is kindled, and you   More…

Observations of Holbein’s Analogy of the Old and New Testament

October 25th, 2012 7 comments

The students of Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, ON started a student journal last year, which is called Propter Christum. This year, they are continuing the journal as well as keeping a blog: propterchristum.blogspot.com.  This post is from Tuesday, October 23rd.     In volume I, issue 2 of Propter Christum (link at the top-right side of our blog), the cover-graphic was Hans Holbein the Younger’s Allegory of the Old and New Testament. Not enough is known about Hans Holbein the Younger. Based on a painting his dad painted of him and his older brother, he was probably born   More…

A Divine Vocation: Motherhood

October 22nd, 2012 5 comments

I started writing this post about a month ago, and I stopped writing and almost forgot about it. But yesterday I read from the October 8th, 2012 issue of Christian News a response to Christianity Today’s “50 Women You Should Know.” As a response to CT’s list that included the false prophet Joyce Meyer, CN came out with their list of the Most Influential Women. Among the women mentioned were my mother and my grandmother who both had a significant number of children. I appreciated that article, not so much because it mentioned my mother and grandmother, but rather because   More…

Christ’s Forensic Suffering and Our Forensic Justification: Some thoughts on the Creed

October 5th, 2012 1 comment

This past weekend, I taught on the 2nd Article of the Creed at a confirmation retreat. In preparation, I was given a nifty booklet with the whole lay-out of the lesson. Since I only had an hour to teach, I had to skip a few details. So I tried to emphasize some of the main points. The booklet separated the various parts of the 2nd Article. After beginning with “And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord,” it continued with “who was conceived by the Holy Spirit;” the next one said, “born of the Virgin Mary,” and so on.   More…

My First Sermon as a Vicar: Our Condescending God and Lord

September 23rd, 2012 2 comments

 Text: Mark 9:30-37 Our Condescending God and Lord Dear friends in Christ, When someone is condescending, we usually understand that to mean that he says things in a patronizing kind of way, making those to whom he speaks feel small and inferior. Such a person typically thinks highly of himself. As the disciples in our text, he might see himself as the greatest, at least in his own right. The disciples disputed among themselves concerning who among them was the greatest. How often do we hear about the arrogance, foolishness and pride of the disciples? Peter always seems to be   More…