Festschrift for Daniel Preus

Daniel PreusPre-orders are now being taken for the Festschrift for the Rev. Daniel Preus, Third Vice-President of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Preus is the recently retired Director of the Luther Academy and formerly the First Vice-President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. The book is titled: Propter Christum: Christ at the Center: Essays in Honor of Daniel Preus. The publisher is the Luther Academy, which is also the publisher for LOGIA: A Journal of Lutheran Theology. The price is $24.99, not including shipping and handling. It is 425 pages in hard cover. The book will be published in November 2013.

Authors of the included essays are: Michael J. Albrecht, Steven C. Briel, Jan Bygstad, Albert B. Collver, Charles L. Cortright, Matthew C. Harrison, Charles M. Henrickson, Vyacheslav Horpynchuck, Theodore M.R. Krey, Alan Ludwig, Mark C. Mattes, John A. Maxfield, Daniel F. McMiller, Herbert C. Mueller, Scott R. Murray, Martin R. Noland, Darius Petkunas, Jose A. Pfafenzoeller, John T. Pless, Klemet I. Preus, Peter E. Preus, Timothy C.J. Quill, Leopoldo A. Sanchez, David P. Scaer, Wilhelm Weber, and John C. Wohlrabe.

Pre-orders may be placed here.

Fans of “Brothers of John the Steadfast” (BJS) may be interested in a bit of related trivia. The Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow was part of the Support Staff for the journal LOGIA in its earliest years, 1993-97. In that period, he served as Subscription Manager and Treasurer to LOGIA, both exercising and refining his administrative skills, which he has now put to excellent use as pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville and as Senior Editor and Publisher for BJS.


Festschrift for Daniel Preus — 11 Comments

  1. @Tim Klinkenberg #1

    A group, often fellow academics, decides a special occasion (significant anniversary, retirement, something of the sort) deserves one. So they solicit essays among friends and colleagues, usually related to the interests of the honoree and have the book made.

    [Festschrifts used to rate a separate note in library cataloging. With the changes to accommodate “on line” publication, I am not sure if this is still true.]

  2. Our two LCMS seminaries have been very
    good at producing Festschrifts for retiring
    faculty members. CPH has even published
    some of them.

  3. Dear BJS Bloggers,

    Some folks have asked me about the titles for the essays in the Preus Festschrift. I just obtained permission to post them, with the author’s names, which follows below.

    If you don’t recognize some of the names, they might be a Luther Academy or staff member (see http://www.lutheracademy.com), or a LOGIA editor or contributing editor (see http://logia.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Editors-Staff.pdf ). I think that others are persons that Vice-President Preus has come to know through his many years of work on the Luther Academy Overseas Conferences, or are close personal friends of his for many years. This mix of authors is typical for Festschriften. Many thanks to the editors and staff of LOGIA for all their work on this project!


    Table of Contents

    Klemet Preus (preface) – Daniel Preus: Protecting and Promoting the Lutheran Ethos

    Martin R. Noland – A History of the Luther Academy

    Michael J. Albrecht – Confessional Lutheranism Encounters Pentecostalism in India

    Steven C. Briel – The Justification of the Ungodly: A Mockery of Simple Justice?

    Jan Bygstad – Jesus Working On His Disciples: A Meditation on Holy Scripture

    Albert Collver – Luther’s Invocavit Sermons: A Distinction Between Internals and Externals, Between the Law and the Gospel

    Charles L. Cortright – Christ at the Center: Johannes Brenz and His Expositio epistolam S. Pauli ad Philippenses

    Matthew C. Harrison – Martin Luther on Holy Baptism: The Catechism 
and the Von der Heiligen Taufe Predigten (1534)

    Charles Henrickson – Bo Giertz on Righteousness in Romans

    Vyacheslav Horpynchuk – Pastor Daniel Preus: A Soldier of Truth, a Singer of Zion

    Theodore M. R. Krey – Witness, Mercy, Life Together

    Alan Ludwig – Who Are Those Witnesses Again?: Acts 1:8 in Context

    Mark Mattes – A Contemporary View of Faith and Reason in Luther

    John A. Maxfield – Christ at the Center in Luther’s Interpretation of Old Testament Prophecy and Narratives

    Daniel F. McMiller – Having Jesus on the Mission Field: Reflections on Lutheran Missiology with Christ at the Center

    Herbert C. Mueller, Jr. – Christ Alone

    Scott Murray – Justification and the Pastor’s Daily Work

    Martin R. Noland – Why Am I a Lutheran?

    Darius Petkunas – Center and Periphery in the Lutheran Liturgy: Confessional Identity and Ecumenical Perspective

    José A. Pfaffenzeller – Christ at the Center: Confessional and Pastoral Christocentricity

    John T. Pless – The Ordination of Women in Global Perspective

    Peter Preus – Sheep and Trampled Pearls: Gospel Relief for the Suicidal and the Suicided

    Timothy C. J. Quill – Theological Education in International Mission

    Leopoldo A. Sánchez M. – The Holy Spirit in Christ: Pneumatological Christology as a Ground for a Christ-Centered 


    Yours in Christ, Martin R. Noland

  4. “Suicided”?

    That word has a modern definition associated with a murder of a person made to look like it was a suicide; a murder where force is used to make a person commit suicide; a conclusion by a politically-controlled investigation that a suspicious death was just a suicide (e.g., Vince Foster).

  5. @Carl Vehse #8

    that jumped out at me as well.

    While i believe shepherds deserve their compensation, there’s quite a bit of literature that would be helpful to be in public hands. the one on suicide seems to fit what i am talking about.

  6. @Pastor Tim Rossow #7

    Dear Pastor Rossow,

    That is probably always a good question about any member of the clergy. To paraphrase the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland: “Whose are you?”

    As long as I have known him, President Harrison has been his own man–and our Lord’s. So far, he has been careful to follow synodical and bylaw mandates, which means he is also the synod’s man, not captive to any one group.

    A little history is often instructive . . .

    J.A.O. Preus found out that, after he was elected, several people who helped elect him wanted “payback” for his election. They didn’t get what they wanted from him.

    A bit later, some wanted J.A.O. Preus to deal directly with the eight district presidents who were ordaining Seminex graduates. He decided to wait until he had a resolution in hand from synod, and then waited for those DPs to violate a direct synod mandate–four did, and they were deposed. The synod “rewarded” J.A.O. Preus by continually electing him, until he voluntarily announced his retirement.

    Two other presidents were less cautious in their official actions. Ralph Bohlmann got messed up in the Fort Wayne affair after 1989, without bylaw or synodical mandate. Gerald Kieschnick got messed up in the Yankee Stadium affair, without bylaw or synodical mandate. They were both eventually un-elected against their will.

    The other side of this is the “passive aggressive” approach of Oliver Harms. A significant number of district presidents, pastors, and laymen signed on to the “Faith Forward, First Concerns” statement of 1965 asking him to investigate the reports about false doctrine at the Saint Louis seminary. He did nothing significant, and that resulted in his being un-elected against his will.

    Presidents have to listen to the church-at-large, but they also have to follow bylaws and resolutions, which are the official voice of the church-at-large. The messages sent to the President from the church-at-large do not always concur, sometimes they are at cross-purposes. We also expect our presidents to act in ethical ways “above reproach” (1 Timothy 3:2).

    As any pastor knows, you cannot please everyone; and that is not your job, in any event: “We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.” (1 Thessalonians 2:4).

    Thanks for the insightful and probing question, Pastor Rossow!

    Yours in Christ, Martin R. Noland

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