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An Interview with Dr. Christian Preus: Translator of Melanchthon’s 1521 LOCI COMMUNES

January 30th, 2014 Comments off

I155211n his first project for Concordia Publishing House, Dr. Christian Preus took on the translation of the 1521 edition of Philipp Melanchthon’s Loci Communes, published under the title Commonplaces: Loci Communes 1521. The following interview introduces this essential theological text, its author, and its translator.

Who was Philipp Melanchthon?

Melanchthon was Luther’s closest associate in the Lutheran Reformation. He was a classically trained humanist who worked with Luther from 1518 on to articulate the Gospel clearly. Melanchthon’s defense of the Reformation cause included writing the Augsburg Confession, its Apology, and the Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope, all contained in the Lutheran Book of Concord. Perhaps his most significant contribution, however, is his presentation of the biblical faith in the several editions of his Loci. Melanchthon is justifiably praised for the clarity with which he articulates the Lutheran faith. He was an indispensable Godsend for Luther.

Why is this called “Commonplaces”? What does that mean?

“Commonplaces” is a translation of the Latin loci communes. As Melanchthon explains in this work, commonplaces are those topics in Scripture which serve to summarize its teaching. The commonplaces of Scripture all center around the Gospel, that is, the justification of the ungodly through faith in the promise of mercy in Christ. Melanchthon identifies the loci communissimi (“most common topics”) as sin and grace, Law and Gospel.

What did Luther think about this work? Should it be more central to our understanding of the Reformation?

Luther thought the world of this work. He said that it belonged in the canon. This recommendation alone suggests that the work should be central to our understanding of the Reformation. Melanchthon’s concentration on the doctrine of justification as the interpretive center of Scripture, so clearly articulated in this work, sets the foundation for further systematic and hermeneutical work among later Lutherans. Melanchthon’s concentration on the utter sinfulness of man echoes Luther’s and underlines the importance of the doctrine of man (anthropology) in Lutheran theology.

What issues does this new translation of Melanchthon’s work address?

Melanchthon was a classicist. He used classical and rhetorical expressions to communicate the teaching of Scripture in the clearest way he knew how. More than this, as a classicist and as a convinced believer in Luther’s cause, Melanchthon is concerned to defend Luther’s theology against both the scholastic tradition that had dominated the universities for years and the humanists of moralist stripe who were at best lukewarm supporters of Luther’s cause. This new translation takes account of this context not only in the translation itself but also in footnotes, which fill in for the reader the historical writings, persons, and events to which Melanchthon refers or alludes.

Did you uncover anything surprising as you researched this work and its place in Reformation history?

Probably the most surprising aspect of my research was to discover that Melanchthon is very often reacting not only against his ostensible opponents, the Scholastics, but also against those humanists, especially Erasmus, who like the Scholastics sought morality and ethics from Scripture instead of letting Scripture teach them about God’s wrath against sin and His promise of mercy in Christ Jesus. Another happy discovery is how well this work serves as an introductory hermeneutics, as a guide for interpreting Scripture with the doctrine of justification by faith in the center.

In your opinion, why was Luther so complimentary of this work, and why should it continue to be part of the pastor’s library today?

I remember the excitement with which I first read the Lutheran Confessions, Luther’s Bondage of the Will, Chemnitz’s Examination, and other great works by the early Lutherans. It is the excitement of saying Amen to every single page, of being confirmed in everything you confess as a Lutheran, of learning anew to articulate these same beautiful truths. This is the excitement inspired by this work. It is no dry academic dogmatics. This is the young Melanchthon at his most “Luther-like,” confessing with utter conviction and courage the teaching of Scripture in the face of threats and persecutions. Melanchthon’s work anchors the reader in the fundamentals, the foundations of the Christian faith, with the kind of clarity and in-your-face common sense that defies argument. With modern man’s propensity to major in minors, this book serves as a potent reminder of what being a Christian and a Lutheran is all about.

You come from a family of translators. Did that influence your educational pursuits?

Absolutely, though more because of what they translated than the fact that they were translators. Reading through my grandfather’s [Robert D. Preus] Theology of Post-Reformation Lutheranism and the works of Melanchthon and Chemnitz translated by my granduncle [J. A. O. Preus] and by Fred Kramer made me thirsty to read more of the Lutheran tradition. And while—thanks to the American Edition of Luther’s Works and translators like those mentioned above—we can read a ton of Lutheran theology in translation nowadays, there are thousands upon thousands of books only available to those who know Latin (and German). Then, the more I read of our Lutheran fathers the more I saw how important a classical education was to them and how foundational to the Reformation itself.

What are you working on next?

I’ll be working to translate Luther’s Labors on the Psalms from the years 1518–21 for the new volumes of Luther’s Works coming out from CPH. This work is quite a bit longer than Melanchthon’s Loci Communes 1521, so it should keep me busy for awhile.  The work is very valuable in showing how Luther’s thoughts were developing during the critical years of 1518 to the Diet of Worms in 1521.

Melanchthon’s Commonplaces: Loci Communes 1521 is available now.

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Melanchthon’s 1521 LOCI COMMUNES is Now Available: Print and eBook

January 30th, 2014 Comments off


I came into work this morning to find a copy of the book itself, I mean, you know, the paper book, that is to say, the book that is printed on actual paper and bound into a book-book format, not an eBook Book format.

eBook *and* hard copy is now available.

And, as always, there is a 20% discount for any rostered church worker and if you order the hard copy from CPH, select “media mail” for the least expensive shipping option.



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The Lutheran Bible Companion: Coming Fall 2014

January 2nd, 2014 1 comment

Two huge volumes of awesome! That’s what the Lutheran Bible Companion is all about.

Stay tuned for more information. We’ll be launching all this with all the usual suite of informative videos, content samples, purchasing options, and congregational promotional tools.

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Book of Concord Sale – $18.99 and Free Shipping Offer Available – Limited Time Offer

November 30th, 2013 Comments off

Do not miss this sale — $18.99 for a copy of Concordia:  The Lutheran Confessions: A Reader’s Edition of the Book of Concord.

If you purchase five or more copies you will receive free shipping.

He who hesitates … and all that.

Place your order here.



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New Book – Prepare the Way of the Lord: An Introduction to the Old Testament

November 20th, 2013 7 comments



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A 20% professional church worker and theological student discount applies.


“Twenty-first century scholarship offers a myriad of ways to read [these texts]. This book helps beginning students make sense of it all.” — from the Preface

This new isagogics textbook examines and explores each book of the Old Testament, preparing students of the Bible to read Israel’s texts with understanding and insight. It helps answer questions such as “What is helpful and what is detrimental to evangelical faith?” and “How do conservative scholars respond to critical views of the Old Testament?” The book interacts with scholars in a respectful way while providing evangelical assessments that foster historical and theological confidence in the Old Testament.

Book features:

Maps, diagrams, and tables

Covers every book of the Old Testament

Sections on authorship; literary features; historical, archaeological, and textual issues; theological emphases; and key biblical themes of sin and grace for each Book of the Old Testament

About the Authors

Dr. R. Reed Lessing was on the faculty of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, for fourteen years and now serves as Senior Pastor at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, IN.

Dr. Andrew E. Steinmann is Distinguished Professor of Theology and Hebrew at Concordia University Chicago.


“To read the Bible is to risk a thrilling adventure through wild jungles with thunderous cataracts and soaring timbers teeming with life. Some turn its pages like those who would make rain forests into concrete wastelands for billboards and bobos. Others, and we thank God for the likes of Drs. Steinmann and Lessing, come to the forest with a gleaming eye and forward lean, eager to plunge in, to explore the glories and relish the sights and smells and sounds, for there is always more to see. This book will take you on a life-changing expedition through the Book of books. Your guides are as faithful as they are courageous, and you will not regret your time on this excursion with these authors.”
— James M. Hamilton, PhD, Associate Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“This book is a rich seminary-level introduction to the Old Testament rooted in the Reformation exegetical principles of humanistic arts, sola Scriptura, solus Christus, and sola gratia. It judiciously engages scholarship to inform a deeper understanding of God’s Word. Its focus, though, is the canonical text and its theological messages. Each chapter highlights theological themes that percolate within a biblical book and spins two golden threads that run throughout this testament: Christ and sin and grace. Drs. Lessing and Steinmann have written an Old Testament introduction that seminarians can fruitfully use to prepare them to proclaim God’s Law and Gospel.”
— Scott A. Ashmon, PhD, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Concordia University Irvine

“Lessing and Steinmann offer us a readable, but scholarly, up-to-date introductory textbook for Old Testament study, connecting the plan of salvation in Jesus Christ with Old Testament history from Genesis to Malachi. With numerous maps, tables, and helpful exegetical insights, this book will serve seminary students well for years to come, and, because of the book’s frequent insights from the New Testament, pastors will benefit from reading the appropriate chapter before preaching on an Old Testament text.”
— Joel D. Heck, ThD, Professor of Theology, Concordia University Texas

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Faithful Lutheran Resources for Lent 2014

November 13th, 2013 2 comments


If you are looking for a faithfully Lutheran comprehensive resource for Lent / Holy Week 2014, look no further. Available now is Concordia Publishing House’s 2014 Lenten Resource: “The Crucified King.” Read more about it here and place an order for the kit itself, devotional resource, and matching bulletins.

About the CD-ROM Complete with fully customizable resources for Lent and Easter, this CD-ROM provides pastors and musicians with the preaching and worship resources they need to lead their congregations through Lent in preparation for Easter.

CD-ROM Features

Ten sermons, plus sermon outlines and textual notes Ten children’s messages Seven Bible studies Two full sets of worship resources—contemporary and traditional Rich-text files for personal adaptation Logos for promotional use The Passion of Our Lord According to the Gospel of St. Matthew (for congregational reading) Resources for Holy Week worship Resources for Holy Saturday worship for congregations not using Easter Vigil

Weekly Readings & Themes

Ash Wednesday — Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21; The King’s Wisdom Midweek of Lent 1 — Matthew 26:47–56; The King Betrayed Midweek of Lent 2 — Matthew 26:69–75; The King Denied Midweek of Lent 3 — Matthew 27:11–26; The King Condemned Midweek of Lent 4 — Matthew 27:27–31; The King Mocked Midweek of Lent 5 — Matthew 27:35–44; The King on the Cross Holy Thursday — Matthew 26:17–30; The King’s Feast Good Friday — Matthew 27:45–50; The King Forsaken Easter Vigil — Mark 16:1–8; The King’s Empty Tomb Easter — Matthew 28:1–30; The King Raised

About the Theme The Passion according to St. Matthew makes clear the identity of Jesus Christ and what He has come to do. The Crucified King proclaims a King whose glory is shown not in His impressive power or strength, but chiefly in showing mercy to sinners.

About the Series Author Ralph Tausz’s dynamic series provides pastors and worship leaders with a comprehensive set of preaching and worship resources for Lent and Easter. Centered around a complete set of sermons, Bible studies, children’s messages, and worship resources, The Crucified King series includes three coordinating products:

The Crucified King: Resources for Lent and Easter Preaching and Worship (CD-ROM) The Crucified King: Daily Devotions Standard Lent Bulletin: The Crucified King

About the Author Ralph G. Tausz graduated from Concordia Theological seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 2000 with an MDiv degree. He was then ordained and installed as pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Apostles in Melrose Park, Illinois. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire.

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If You Are a Pastor, You Need This App: PastoralCare

November 12th, 2013 1 comment

Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 11.05.15 AMWhat is it?

It is a complete set of resources for pastoral care in a very wide range of situations, everything from a “routine” hospital visit, to a crisis situation. The App makes it very easy for you to find and use, quickly, appropriate readings from the Psalms, the rest of Scriptures and prayers tailor made for a wide range of very specific situations people find themselves in. Most pastors I know are never found without their smartphones and having this App available on it is a wonderful blessing. You may well find yourself in a situation where you are called upon to provide pastoral care that is not planned or scheduled and having this App ready to go will be a real blessing to your ministry and for those whom you serve.

It is available for both Android and iOS devices.

Link to Android version in Google Play.

Link to iOS version in iTunes.

Here are more details:

This is the most comprehensive collection of resources for the pastoral care of Christian individuals, families, and communities available in an App and is useful by any clergyman of any denomination!

PastoralCare provides easy-to-navigate rites and resources for the care of people in times of sickness and distress, joy and celebration. Psalms, Scripture readings, prayers, hymn texts, and commentaries are woven together and applied to more than 60 different situations to uplift and support God’s people. PastoralCare is the ideal app for all pastors, ministers, elders, and caregivers. The prayers, hymns, and readings in PastoralCare make this a perfect devotional app for everyone.

* 18 visitation rites
* 63 care resources in 8 categories
- At the time of birth
- Ministering to the sick
- At the time of death
- Times of spiritual distress
- Home and family
- Vocation
- Times of celebration
- Miscellaneous situations
* Scripture readings
* Psalms with optional chant marks and 8 music and audio tones for singing
* Complete church year calendar with readings and prayers for all Sundays and festivals
* 27 pastor’s prayers of preparation
* 19 seasonal proper prefaces
* 125 additional prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings
* 171 best-loved hymns with complete texts
* Select hymns and liturgical texts in German and Spanish

* Dates for Sundays, feasts, and festivals generated according to the dynamic calendar
* 8 Psalm tones include music and audio of pipe organ accompaniment
* Bookmarking capabilities to organize your resources
* Add and review notes with phone number and address highlighting
* Easy to navigate
* Fully searchable
* Small, medium, and large font sizes
* Night reading mode
* Three-Year and One-Year Lectionaries included

- See more at:

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GREAT Savings Available in Our Online Warehouse Sale – ENDS TONIGHT

November 6th, 2013 Comments off

·         Ends tonight, 11/6
·         Up to 95% Off 100s of Items. Items on sale include: Bible studies, books, church supplies, clearance music, education resources, gifts, member gifts, multilingual resources, and tracts and booklets


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ESV Lutheran Pew Bibles – On Sale Now

November 6th, 2013 Comments off

Great content in these Bibles…don’t miss this sale. With the Scriptures, in the back you will find orders of daily prayer, The Small Catechism, essays on understanding and reading the Bible, and more.

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Small Catechism More Accessible Than Ever Before – Check Out the New Free Mobile Version

October 18th, 2013 3 comments

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Concordia Publishing House (CPH) is pleased to announce the official, free mobile version of the 1986 translation of Luther’s Small Catechism. This new mobile website allows all smartphone and tablet users to access the Small Catechism from their devices, by simply navigating to and bookmarking the site, making access easy, everywhere they go.

Android and iOS App versions are in active development with releases anticipated to start in the next few weeks.

“Anywhere in the world, people can pick up their phones or tablets and freely access this essential resource,” says Dr. Bruce G. Kintz, president and CEO of CPH. “We are devoted to serving the church and world with resources that use today’s technology to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ as confessed faithfully in Luther’s Small Catechism.”

For years, CPH has made its 1986 Luther’s Small Catechism available free online. With the rise of mobile devices, CPH is now making it more accessible to people, wherever they may be.

With the English text, the mobile version also includes a Spanish translation, making the Catechism accessible to nearly one billion native Spanish speakers worldwide.

“In a time when many, if not most, denominational publishers are backing away from historic Biblical Christianity, our Concordia Publishing House is unquestionably the world’s foremost publisher of authentic and faithful Lutheran materials, and it is thriving!” says Rev. Matthew Harrison, President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. “This Catechism app will allow us all to do what Luther advocated and did himself. Like a child he daily studied and prayed the Catechism, which is nothing but the chief parts of the Bible which we all must know to be Christians.”

To access the mobile site, visit

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October 14th, 2013 Comments off

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iCal Files for One and Three Year Church Year Calendars—Available Now for Free

October 11th, 2013 Comments off

As per the usual, Concordia Publishing House is making the Lutheran Church Year Calendar available, in both its three year and one year series formats, available as iCal files, for free.

Visit this site to download the files you need and instructions on how to use them.

Because this is a free service, we will not provide technical support on installing the files beyond what is available on the web site. Consult your device’s user’s manuals or consult with Mr. Google on how to install them if you have any issue trying to install them.

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October 2nd, 2013 Comments off


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Last Day of Fall Ministry Sale — Don’t Miss Out!

September 30th, 2013 Comments off

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Concordia Publishing House Professional and Academic Catalog Online

September 18th, 2013 Comments off

Click the image below for the online edition of Concordia Publishing House’s professional and academic catalog.

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