Author Archive -- Pastor Andrew Preus

Pastor Andrew Preus is the pastor of Trinity Lutheran/St. Paul Lutheran, Guttenberg/McGregor, IA. He is the eighth of eleven sons, with one sister. He received his seminary training at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, ON (MDiv) from 2009 to 2013, and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN (STM) from 2013 to 2014. His main theological interests include Justification and Church and Ministry. He is married to Leah Preus (nee Fehr), and they have three children: Jacob, Solveig, and Kristiana.

Confessional Lutheran Parish Suffers Vandalism and Arson

January 29th, 2015 3 comments

Dear BJS readers, The following is found here, where you can give what you are able to help this congregation that serves as a diamond in the rough, confessing the pure gospel in the midst of an increasingly godless England.  This is the congregation in which my seminary professor, Dr. John Stephenson, became a Lutheran, a man to whom I owe a great debt of gratitude for giving me the theological education in my preparations for the ministry.  Please keep St. Timothy in your prayers.  “Pastor, get down to the church! It is on fire!” On Saturday, January 17th, 2015, the   More…

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First Sermon on the Magnificat — Let It Be To Me According To Your Word

December 5th, 2014 5 comments

I am doing my sermon series for midweek Advent Services on the Magnificat.  The first week’s readings are 1 Samuel 1:1-20 and Luke 1:26-45.  The following is based off of the second reading, with a poem/prayer I wrote to fit the theme. In 1970, the Beatles came out with their final album shortly after their break-up was announced. In this album they included a song, of which I’m sure some of you are familiar. The song is called, “Let it Be.” In the song, Paul McCartney sings: When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me   More…

Market-Style Evangelism is Enthusiasm

October 30th, 2014 14 comments

A fellow author for BJS, Pastor Joe Abrahamson, brought to my attention this testimonial of a woman who apostatized after realizing that her life as a Christian was not much different than her job as a saleswoman. From listening to her story it hit me at how much happiness and fellowship she was enjoying during her short monologue. Her comrades of scoffers reacted with hearty laughter as she recounted to them, with her calm sense of humor, the events that led to her conversion to unbelief. You can take a listen if you would like. What her whole presentation reveals is   More…

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Believing and Confessing the Forgiveness of Sins: Sermon on Matthew 18:21-35

September 14th, 2014 3 comments

True unity is found only in pure doctrine. This is because the center of all Christian doctrine is the death of Christ for the forgiveness of sins. True unity is found in the gospel. To forgive your neighbor when he sins against you is to confess what you believe: the gospel. To refuse to forgive your neighbor is to say that you do not believe the gospel. It is to say, “Jesus is accursed.” But St. Paul says, “no one, having the Holy Spirit, says, ‘Jesus is accursed.’” Therefore, to refuse to forgive your neighbor who sins against you is   More…

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Hymn on the Carmen Christi

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

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

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

“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…