About Pastor Mark Preus

Mark Preus is pastor of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and Campus Center in Laramie, WY. He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne with an M.Div. in 2008 and then obtained an M.A. in Classics at the University of KS in 2010. He was ordained at Faith Lutheran Church, Wylie, TX in August of 2010. He has been married to Becky since 2005. God has graciously given them two daughters and five sons. Pr. Preus loves to read and write poetry, especially Lutheran hymns, and talk theology with anybody who has an ear to listen. He also likes coffee too much and tobacco too much, as well as microbrew beer. He can also prove with reasonable certainty that Paul Gerhardt wrote most of his hymns while smoking and drinking beer.

You can find more of Pr. Preus’s writings at his blog.

On Proof Texting

When I was a young warthog, in college to be precise, I was drinking beer with a co-worker and one of his friends at a little hole-in-the-wall called “Sportsman’s Pub.” I tip my hat to Pr. Ryan Loeslie, who joined … Continue reading

A Jubilate Sonnet

    What is this joy that none can take from me? Is there a happiness that has more pow’r Than pain, than guilt, than life’s sad final hour? Could eyes that earth can grant such heaven see? Or could … Continue reading

A Poem on Revelation 20

A thousand years is longer than The calendars of mortal men; When faith beholds a three-year trial, She hears of Christ’s “A little while.” The devil can alone be bound By what is in the Scriptures found, The preaching of … Continue reading

A Plea to LC-MS Pastors

Editor’s Note:  This article was prompted by this picture and the conversation taking place here. God forbids women to speak the lessons in church.  1 Timothy 2:11-15 and 1 Corinthians 14:34-38. Those who say that God doesn’t forbid women to … Continue reading

I Am Not Alone: A Sermon on Proverbs 18:1

A man, when he is isolated, continually seeks his own desire; He quarrels with all wisdom. ~Proverbs 18:1 Jesus often went by himself alone to pray.  He encouraged his disciples to do the same.  This is a good reason to separate ourselves … Continue reading

They Yet Have Nothing Won

Last year our congregation sent out and asked all the congregations in the Wyoming District of the LC-MS for any old copies of The Lutheran Hymnal (TLH) they had lying around unused. I was killing too many trees by inserting … Continue reading

Jesus Show to Us Your Glory

  Jesus, let us see Your glory Not in works that we have done, But in Your salvation’s story, Where Your death our life once won. In the darkness of the mountain, There Your light You did display In Your … Continue reading

A Poem on the Cuts at Carmel

The heathen gladly cut themselves while to their gods they cry – It gives their spirits courage, as they give and groan and sigh; Though human praise and accolades is all the prize they’ve won It gives their left hand … Continue reading

The Breastless Ones

The Breastless Ones Until less than a century ago, all of humanity was nursed at the breast.  The 20th Century brought with it wonderful advancements for taking care of children whose mothers could not produce enough milk or had some … Continue reading

Really, Christians Should not Sing “Come Thou Fount”: A Reply to My Critics

The reason the worship wars have been so heated is because people are emotionally attached to songs that they feel have helped their faith. But we are often the poorest judges of how we are convinced of the truth – … Continue reading

“Come, Thou Fount” – A Hymn Lutherans Shouldn’t Sing

Here I come, in the midst of all our Easter joy, and have to be a killjoy.  But I won’t apologize for it too much, since, we are, after all, even in the midst of our celebrating the solemnities of … Continue reading

Kim in the Christians’ Den

(download a PDF of this article) Let’s just set aside whether, according to the Constitution, Kim Davis may ignore the Supreme Court’s legislation from the bench concerning gay “marriage.”  If you’d like to explore that, I suggest this article, which … Continue reading

Using Freedom to Steal Freedom: Mob Beauty

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1 NKJV) These are wonderful words! Don’t let anyone steal away your freedom in the … Continue reading

It is Finished: A Lenten Poem

For C.L. Come and view the Word made flesh On whom all our sin was laid; He has words that will refresh Every sinner who has strayed: “It is finished!” Christ decreed, Giving everything you need. All the Scriptures are … Continue reading

A Hymn on the Transfiguration of our Lord

This hymn is dedicated to the saints of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Laramie, WY Recommended tune: Jesu, Meines Lebens Lebens. Christ the Life of all the Living On the mountain shone His glory, Face as bright as is the … Continue reading

A Communion Hymn

Before Your altar, Lord, I bow To taste Your pledge of grace; As angels join my worship now, I see by faith Your face. The image of the eternal Lord Is hidden here in food; Here is bestowed by Jesus’ … Continue reading

A Hymn on the Incarnation

1 Let praise spring from our hearts today! Our God has put His wrath away – The fullness of the deity Now dwells in Jesus bodily. 2 If God had hatred in His heart, Why would He then Himself impart? … Continue reading

A Christmas Meditation on Micah 5

1 The earth is locked in darkness, Men turn to their own way, And in their futile thinking, Like sheep they go astray. But in a shepherd’s city, Is born a Shepherd boy His way from everlasting, His purpose peace … Continue reading

Church Art Glorifies God and Serves Christians

Faith Lutheran Church in Wylie recently commissioned the artist Ken Spirduso to paint an altar painting for our congregation. We decided on a painting of Jesus pulling Peter out of the water, from Matthew 14:22-33. Jesus pulling Peter out of … Continue reading

A Christmas Hymn

The tune is “Der Tag, der Ist So Freudenreich” (see below) This is a day of joy for me, The day of God’s appearing, And all the guilt I see in me Is quickly disappearing, For here in perfect flesh … Continue reading

A Hymn on Baptism

For K.H. I come, O God, back to this bath, With sorrow for my many sins, To claim the death that stilled Your wrath, And take the life Your word begins. I come, O Jesus, to this stream Which flowed … Continue reading

A Hymn on the Scriptures

A Hymn on the Scriptures by Rev. Mark Preus Come, Jesus Christ, our precious Lord, And give Your holy Spirit, Who comforts sinners with Your Word To clothe them with Your merit; For this the Scriptures were inspired, That we … Continue reading

Sermon on Matthew 18:1-11, Michaelmas

Michaelmas, Matthew 18:1-11 Faith Lutheran Church, Wylie, TX 28 September 2013, Pr. Mark Preus If your hand or foot or eyes causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed or crippled … Continue reading

A Hymn on Holiness

For Cody Norton Tune: Let us ever walk with Jesus Sanctify us, holy Father In the truth – Your Word is truth; Holiness is in no other, It must come from Your own mouth. Only Christ, your Word from heaven … Continue reading

Steadfast in Song: An Easter / Quasimodogeniti Hymn

Tune: FAR, VERDEN, FAR VEL (The Sun Has Gone Down, Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary 574) My Savior still lives, And I too will live in the peace that He gives; Within me no sin has the strength to remove The truth … Continue reading