About 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 four children: Jacob, Solveig, Kristiana, and Robert.

Conference at Iowa East on the Lutheran Confessions: June 1-2

Iowa District East Symposium 2017 June 1-2 “Popular Lutheran Themes” Io-Dis-E-Ca 3271 Sandy Beach Rd NE, Solon, Iowa 52333 Do you ever hear someone use a Lutheran phrase but suspect he doesn’t know what it really means? Have you heard … Continue reading

Poems on the Cross: Two Kinds of Comfort

The dogmaticians often distinguished between the comforts of the world sought through the law, or philosophy, and the comforts given by the Christian cross. Melanchthon started this trend, and other dogmaticians, such as Hutter and Selnecker continued to compare the … Continue reading

Poems on the Cross: Christ’s Cross and the Christian’s Cross

The dogmaticians make a distinction between Christ’s cross and the Christian’s cross.  Christ’s cross is propitiatory while the Christian’s cross is disciplinary. Christ’s cross alone takes away the guilt of sin.  The Christian’s cross teaches him to commend himself to … Continue reading

Poems on the Cross: External and Internal

This week our series on the Cross in the life of the Christian continues with the distinction between the external and internal cross.  Paul makes this distinction in 2 Corinthians 7:5.  This is a lot like the visible and invisible … Continue reading

Poems on the Cross: Devil, the World, and Sinful Flesh

While I am finishing up my STM thesis on the topic of the cross in Lutheran dogmatics, I thought I would attempt to begin a series of poems outlining the dogmatic arrangement of this topic. Today I am posting a … Continue reading

A Poem to Comfort Grieving Mothers

Our God is He who hides himself beneath the cross of pain. His thoughts are not our own, and yet He gives it for our gain. For on the cross his Only Son fulfilled our Father’s will To cover all … Continue reading

My Father’s House: A Poem about Freedom

I wrote this poem back in June, not knowing how this election would turn out.  I thank God that the pro-baby-murderers did not win the day.  I pray that God continues to have mercy on our nation and draw us to … Continue reading

The Preeminence Within the Simul (Iustus > Peccator)

I would like to give some thoughts concerning what we often refer to as the simul, short for simul iustus et peccator, “at the same time righteous and sinner.” When we think of this paradox we might think of Romans … Continue reading

A Clarification on Justification Before God and Justification Before the World: It is God Who Justifies

St. Paul makes the distinction between justification before men and justification before God in Romans chapter 4.  He says that Abraham had reason for boasting by being justified by his works, but not before God. He did have reason to … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision: Baptism

The following review of the proposed Catechism explanation of Baptism includes both positive and negative critiques. I will not give them in any particular order. Instead I will try to follow the order of what is in the actual text … Continue reading

Communion Practice: Evangelical or Legalistic, Ecumenical or Sectarian

Closed communion is evangelical and ecumenical. Open communion is legalistic and sectarian. Closed communion is the practice of communing only those who have been instructed in the pure doctrine of the Scriptures. This doctrine is summarized in the six chief … Continue reading

Hymn stanzas based on J.S. Bach’s Cantata for Quasimodo Geniti Sunday

The following stanzas are based on the words from BWV 67 – “Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ“, J.S. Bach’s Cantata for Quasimodo Geniti Sunday.  Drawing from the Gospel lesson (John 20:19-31) as well as the Epistle lesson (1 John 5:4-10), Bach … Continue reading

Sin and Scandal, Priest and Minister

This is the difference between sin and scandal. Sin comes from the heart (Matt 15:19). Scandal is public (Matt 18:7). Sin causes the one sinning to fall away (Gen 4:7; Rom 8:13). Scandal causes those who witness it to fall … Continue reading

And Death Pursues me All the Way — Vespers Sermon on Luke 8:41-56

The following is the third sermon in a Lenten series on the hymn, “I Walk in Danger All the Way” (LSB 716): And death pursues me all the way, nowhere I rest securely.  Death turns us into beggars by giving … Continue reading

Poem on the Introits for Lent

A good devotion for Lent, and really any time of the Church year, is to review the Introit for each upcoming Sunday. At Trinity and St. Paul we use the Historic Lectionary, and the following is a poem I have … Continue reading

Advent Decreasing that Christmas may Increase

Advent is here, and Christmas is approaching. It’s very easy for us to overlook Advent because of Christmas. This is a bit unfortunate in a way, and in another way it is actually very fitting. It is unfortunate, because the … Continue reading

Remembering My Grandpa on his Birthday

Twenty years ago today my grandpa Preus celebrated his seventy first birthday, the last birthday he would celebrate before he died nineteen days later. I was eight years old when he died, too young really to understand all of what he … Continue reading

Learning to Pray from the Imprecatory Psalms

    We can learn a lot from the imprecatory psalms. These are the psalms that speak godly judgment on the ungodliness of the world. And they are good for us to pray, because they teach us both to decry … Continue reading

Christian Worship: Palm Sunday Sermon

What is worship? How do you worship? Well, the word worship literally means to ascribe worth to someone or something. And this is certainly what we do when we worship God. We ascribe to him worth. We confess that he … Continue reading

Update on St. Timothy Lutheran Church UK

The following is an update of St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Sunderland, England, which was vandalized and burned back in January: We have exceeded our goal of raising $5,000 for St Timothy’s! Donations are still very welcome; the need is … Continue reading

Confessional Lutheran Parish Suffers Vandalism and Arson

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

Market-Style Evangelism is Enthusiasm

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading