Great Stuff — Forty Articles that Shaped LOGIA

Found on The Blog of LOGIA: A Journal of Lutheran Theology, a post by Pastor Martin Noland:


“These are a few of my favorite things . . .” (Rogers and Hammerstein, from The Sound of Music).   That’s one of a few of my favorite songs from the 1960s.  When it comes to LOGIA, I have great difficulty pruning the list of “favorite articles” down to a few.  It sounds too much like “Gospel reductionism” for my taste.  The editors have indulged me, so here, for what it is worth, is my personal list of forty articles published by LOGIA that made the journal what it is today, just in time for LOGIA’s 20th Anniversary CD, available for pre-order here.  They are listed in consecutive order.

Hermann Sasse, “The Church’s Confession,” tr. Matthew Harrison LOGIA 1 #1 (Reformation 1992): 5-8.

Erling Teigen, “The Universal Priesthood in the Lutheran Confessions,” LOGIA 1 #1 (Reformation 1992): 9-16.

John T. Pless, “Toward a Confessional Lutheran Understanding of Liturgy,” LOGIA 2 #2 (Eastertide 1993): 9-13.

Richard C. Resch, “Church Music at the Close of the Twentieth Century:  The Entanglement of Sacred and Secular,” LOGIA 2 #2 (Eastertide 1993): 21-27.

Gerald Krispin, “Paul Gerhardt:  Confessional Subscription and the Lord’s Supper,” LOGIA 4 #3 (Holy Trinity 1995): 25-38.

Ronald Feuerhahn, “Hermann Sasse & North American Lutheranism,” LOGIA 4 #4 (Reformation 1995): 11-24.

Matthew Harrison, “Hermann Sasse and EKiD—1848: The Death of the Lutheran Church,” LOGIA 4 #4 (Reformation 1995): 41-48.

Joel Brondos, “The Holy Things for the Holy Ones,” LOGIA 5 #1 (Epiphany 1996): 15-24.

Leigh Jordahl, “J. A. O. Preus,” LOGIA 5 #2 (Eastertide 1996): 45-49.

Robert D. Preus, “A Sermon on Revelation 7:13-17,” LOGIA 5 #3 (Holy Trinity 1996): 5-6.

David P. Scaer, “In Memoriam:  Robert D. Preus,” LOGIA 5 #3 (Holy Trinity 1996): 7-8.

David P. Scaer, “Commemoration Sermon for Dr. Robert D. Preus,” LOGIA 5 #3 (Holy Trinity 1996): 9-10.

David P. Scaer, “Formula of Concord X: A Revised, Enlarged, and Slightly Amended Edition,” LOGIA 6 #4 (Reformation 1997): 27-34.

David P. Scaer, “Missouri at the End of the Century:  A Time for Reevaluation,” LOGIA 7 #1 (Epiphany 1998): 39-52.

Matthew Harrison, “Lutheran Missions Must Lead to Lutheran Churches,” LOGIA 7 #3 (Holy Trinity 1998): 29-34.

Charles L. Cortright, “Luther and Erasmus:  The Debate on the Freedom of the Will,” LOGIA 7 #4 (Reformation 1998): 7-12.

John G. Nordling, “A Lutheran Goes to Rome,” LOGIA 7 #3 (Epiphany 1999): 39-43.

Tom G. A. Hardt, “The Confessional Principle:  Church Fellowship in the Ancient and in the Lutheran Church,” LOGIA 8 #2 (Eastertide 1999): 21-30.

John T. Pless, “Liturgy and Pietism—Then and Now,” LOGIA 8 #4 (Reformation 1999): 19-28.

Daniel Preus, “The Place of the Luther Academy in Today’s World,” LOGIA 9 #1 (Epiphany 2000): 27-34.

Steven Hein, “Tentatio,”  LOGIA 10 #2 (Eastertide 2001): 33-42.

Paul T. McCain, “Receiving the Gifts of Christ with Thankfulness and Faithfulness: Thoughts on the Bride of Christ’s Royal Priesthood and Holy Ministry,” LOGIA 10 #3 (Holy Trinity): 9-12.

John G. Nordling, “Why Should I Learn Latin When Everything Has Already Been Translated Into English,” LOGIA 11 #2 (Eastertide 2002): 27-34.

Hermann Sasse, “Union and Confession (March 1934),” tr. Gerald Krispin LOGIA 11 #4 (Reformation 2002): 5-8.

Norman Nagel, “Lured from the Water, the Little Fish Perish,” LOGIA 12 #1 (Epiphany 2003): 5-10.

John W. Kleinig, “The Lord’s Supper as a Sacrificial Banquet,” LOGIA 12 #1 (Epiphany 2003): 11-16.

Kurt Marquart, “The Issue of Church Fellowship and Unionism in the Missouri Synod and Its Associated Churches,” LOGIA 12 #1 (Epiphany 2003): 17-26.

Daniel Preus, “Church Discipline in Early Missouri and Lutheran Identity,” LOGIA 12 #1 (Epiphany 2003): 27-34.

Erling T. Teigen, “Ecumenism as Fellowship and Confession in the Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America,” LOGIA 12 #2 (Eastertide 2003): 5-16.

Daniel Preus, “How Can We Give a Witness for Jesus Christ in the Public Square while Avoiding the Errors of Unionism and Syncretism,” LOGIA 12 #3 (Holy Trinity 2003): 17-22.

Reinhard Slenczka, “Magnus Consensus: The Unity of the Church in the Truth and Society’s Pluralism,” LOGIA 13 #3 (Holy Trinity 2004): 21-40.

James L. Brauer, “Trusty Steed or Trojan Horse?  The Common Service in the Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-Book,” 14 #3 (Holy Trinity 2005): 21-30.

Harold Senkbeil, “Till the Trumpets Sound:  Hold Fast and Hold Forth,” LOGIA 15 #2 (Eastertide 2006): 17-28.

James A. Nestingen, “Failing Structures, Vibrant Hopes,” LOGIA 15 34 (Reformation 2006): 15-18.

Wilhelm Loehe, “Three Pieces on the Deaconess,” tr. Holger Sonntag LOGIA 16 #2 (Eastertide 2007): 21-26.

Jon Steffen Bruss, “Melanchthon and the Wittenberg Reception of Hellenism, 1518-1526:  Bonae Literae et Renascentes Musae,” LOGIA 17 #4 (Reformation 2008): 7-12.

Klemet Preus, “Doctrine and Practice:  Resisting the Influence of Evangelicalism,” LOGIA 18 #2 (Eastertide 2009): 13-22.

Gottfried Martens, “JDDJ After Ten Years,” LOGIA 18 #3 (Holy Trinity 2009): 11-26.

Gregory Schulz, “On Terminating the Church’s Professors,” LOGIA 19 #4 (Reformation 2010): 13-20.

Jobst Schoene, “Does Luther Have a Future in Germany?” LOGIA 20 #1 (Epiphany 2011): 5-12.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

Norm has been involved behind the scenes in many of the "go-to" websites for Lutherans going back many years.


Great Stuff — Forty Articles that Shaped LOGIA — 3 Comments

  1. I first heard about Logia in the mid-1990’s. I think there might have been an advertisement in ‘The Lutheran Witness’ with President Barry promoting it. I loved the fact that as a layperson I had access to great Lutheran theology during a time when the church growth movement was making inroads in the LCMS. I was so happy to have found authors who were not ashamed to be Lutheran. President Harrison’s essay, ‘Lutheran Missions Must Lead to Lutheran Churches’ is outstanding.

    Thanks, Pastor Noland for reminding me what a rich heritage we have in the Lutheran Church.

  2. LOGIA is the only theological journal I read, every time, cover to cover. It routinely has much more content that I find to be relevant, practical, useful, educational, etc. Theological journals that contain articles that strike me as being more about a scholar or wanna-be scholar showing off his knowledge of esoterica of all kinds are looked at briefly and tossed aside.

  3. I wholly support LOGIA and have benefited from its pages. Years after an issue comes out, I can go back and re-read an article and find how its insights still speak to the issues of today. Articles in LOGIA more often than not bring clarity to uncertain issues on the basis of the historical position of Holy Scripture.

    The list given above has many fine articles. I’m sure it was hard to stop at just forty. There are many other insightful writings that could have been included.

    In Christ,
    Rev. Robert Mayes
    Beemer, NE

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