+ Dr. Robert Preus + on Marriage and Family



Recently on my post about helping families in their devotional lives, Erich Heidenreich posted a link to an excellent presentation by Dr. Robert Preus


Here is the audio recording on “Marriage and Family”adapted for a seminary audience and discussing life in a parsonage [Dr. Preus and his wife are the speakers]:




Here is the handout for the presentation.

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About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.


+ Dr. Robert Preus + on Marriage and Family — 5 Comments

  1. Dr. Robert Preus (1924-95)…

    “This is the first time in our married life that anything like this has happened to us. So we consider it a great honor and really a very undeserved honor, because we’re not authorities on marriage or children or family life. We just, by the grace of God, got married, let God make the plans and it worked out very well. But we don’t have any formula; we don’t really know what we did right or bad. But if anything was done right, it was my helpmeet who did it.”

    “Dr. & Mrs. Robert Preus Speaking On Life In the Parsonage”
    Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN

  2. Jack Cascione, Director of Seminary Relations: The man that I am going to introduce has many titles. He’s the president of this seminary. He has two earned doctorate degrees. He’s the author of The Theology of Post-Reformation Lutheranism and a book that he has recommended that all layman read, Getting into The Theology of Concord. He is also the father of ten children, the first six of whom have either married ministers, become ministers, or are studying for the ministry. I would like to present the Reverend Doctor Robert Preus.

    Robert Preus: The last thing he mentioned was the most important. If nothing else, I can set a good example for church growth in the Missouri Synod.

    “What the Bible Says About the Bible”
    Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN
    December 1979

    University of Edinburgh, Scotland (Ph.D., 1952)
    University of Strasbourg, France (D.Theol., 1969)

  3. Dr. William G. Houser: A good friend of mine is named Klemet Preus. And Klemet Preus said to me, “You know, they say a lot of things about my dad. This and that. But I’m going to tell you one thing about my dad. My dad puts God first. He puts God first in his life. And everything else is second. It’s God, it’s God, it’s God.” And that’s one reason why he was one of the faithful five. I think that’s marvelous.

    “The Church Growth Pastor”
    Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN

  4. Dr. Robert Preus (1924-95)…

    People have asked Donna, “Don’t you believe in planned parenthood?” This was before planned parenthood was identified with abortion. She said, “Yes. I just believe in letting God do the planning.”

    God is the Creator of order. His created order was three different realms. This is brought out in the little catechism, so it’s biblical Lutheranism and catholic with a small c. The first is the state. The second is the church. The third institution is marriage or the family or the home. That marriage indicates a family, indicates children. It’s the procreative thing. It’s the one institution of God, the one place where we can use the word synergism. We’re all synergists in the creative order because women and men are actually co-creators of God–bringing into being God’s own creatures. … We, then, become pleasing to God by virtue of the fact that we are in this relationship, in this covenant of marriage. And then God blesses us with the family and with children. So it’s God’s will, it’s God’s order according to the very created order of things that there be homes, families, children.

    I don’t want to call motherhood a profession. It’s higher than a profession. It’s a calling. … [Mothers] are the greatest people in the world for influencing this world of ours.

    “Dr. & Mrs. Robert Preus Speaking On Life In the Parsonage”
    Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN

  5. Dr. Robert Preus (1924-95)…

    There are two kinds of pastors and probably two kinds of husbands. There’s the kind like my father and like Professor Eggold and many others who do not bring their troubles home to their wives. They don’t want to burden their wives with their troubles. And there are ones like myself and Martin Luther and others who do.

    I don’t think one is right and the other is wrong. Maybe it depends a little on the woman. If the woman is like my wife, I think it is very wise to make her your pastor. I think that Luther called Katie his pastor. Bounce it off—she says she usually gets mad in front of me. That’s great. But I’ve gotten equally as mad at things in front of her. I still do it. She was talking about burnout. You’ve got to have somebody to talk to. If you can’t talk to your wife and she can’t share these burdens and cheer you up and get a little depressed yourself from time to time, or angry, it’s too bad; just as she would do it with the husband.

    I think if it can be done, if you have a wife of that temperament who gets mad rather than has a nervous breakdown over these things, there’s not a better person in the world to share things with than your spouse.

    Dr. and Mrs. Robert Preus Speaking On Life In the Parsonage
    Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN

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