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Rev. Fr. Burnell F. Eckardt Jr., M.Div., STM, Ph.D.  Editor-in-chief; Departmental Editor: Liturgical Observer.

Professional Positions


1995-current Pastor Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, Kewanee, Illinois

1985-1995 Associate Pastor, Saint John Lutheran Church, Berlin, Wisconsin

1982-1985 Pastor, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Winchester, Virginia


2008-present Online Adjunct Professor (Major World Religions, Philosophy, Logic), John Wood Community College, Quincy, Ill

2001, 2004 Visiting Professor (Historical Theology), Lutheran Theological Seminary, Novosibirsk, Siberia [through Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana]

From 1985, occasional Visiting Professor (Historical and Systematic Theology), Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Writing and publication

Editor-in-Chief, Gottesdienst: A Quarterly Journal of the Evangelical-Lutheran Liturgy

Contributing Editor, Logia

Associate Editor, Lutheran Digest

Published Works

2013 (ed.) The Lutheran Propers (Kewanee, Ill.: Gottesdienst)

2010 The New Testament in His Blood: A Study of the Holy Liturgy of the Christian Church (Kewanee, Ill.: Gottesdienst)

1998 Every Day Will I Bless Thee: Meditations for the Daily Office (Sussex, Wis.: Concordia Catechetical Academy) [Book of meditations for every day of the year, which seeks to use the language of faith, that is, to apply the medieval and patristic methods of exegesis to meditational commentary.] ISBN: 0-9664320-7-X

1992 Anselm and Luther on the Atonement: Was It 'Necessary'? (USA & UK: Edwin Mellen Press) [Doctoral dissertation] ISBN: 0-7734-9825-7

Has been published in Concordia Theological Quarterly, Lutheran Confessional Review, and The Bride of Christ.

Speeches and Presentations Over the years he has had numerous speaking engagements in the US and overseas.

Miscellany His areas of special scholarly interest include, besides medieval and Reformation history, Biblical exegesis, patristics, liturgics, and music. He has devoted particular attention to "the language of faith," a discipline concentrating on the study of medieval and patristic sources to consider their way of attending to the Sacred Scriptures in the framing of their own confessions of faith. He also served on the Commission on Adjudication for the South Wisconsin District of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. He has also written several hymns, and a Christmas cantata "Shepherd of Israel" for mixed chorus, organ, and string ensemble, whose debut performance was in Kewanee in January 2000.

Fr. Eckardt was born on July 14, 1955, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, one of four children born to a physician. He and his wife Carol have six sons, three daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.

Updated – January 27, 2015

Rev. Fr. Karl F. Fabrizius, M.Div., Ph.D.   Departmental Editor, Musings on the Mysteries.

Pastor, Our Father's Lutheran Church, Greenfield, WI (LCMS)

Education & Degrees
1994 Ph. D Marquette University, in historical theology.  Dissertation - Rupert of Deutz on Matthew: a study in exegetical method
1984 M.Div., Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indianain biblical theology.  Thesis - "The hermeneutics of John Gerhard in his Locus on the Holy Supper."

Rev. Fr. Larry Beane, M.Div.               Departmental Editor, Sermons.

Pastor, Salem Lutheran Church, Gretna (Greater New Orleans), Louisiana (LCMS)

Education & Degrees
1984 M.Div. Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Pastor Beane and his wife, Grace, live in Gretna with one son.

Rev. Chaplain Jonathan E. Shaw, M.Div., M.A., S.T.M.

Departmental Editor, Sabre of Boldness.

Colonel, US Army, stationed at the War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Education & Degrees 2004 S.T.M. Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana, in systematic theology.  Thesis -- Life and death as blessing : bioethics in the context of technology and autonomy

1999 M.A. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, in ethics

1984 M.Div. Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana Master of Divinity degree in systematic theology.  Thesis -- "Saint Augustine and the doctrine of the procession of the Holy Spirit"

1978 B.A. Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, majoring in Political Science

Rev. Fr. David H. Petersen, M.Div.             
Departmental Editor, Commentary on the War.

Pastor, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana (LCMS)
Editorial Board, Higher Things
Chairman of the Board, the Bach Collegium, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Rev. Fr. Heath R. Curtis, M.Div., M.A.
Departmental Editor, Gottesdienst Online               

Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Worden, Illinois, and Zion Lutheran Church, Edwardsville, Illinois.

2004 M. Div., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
2004 MA, Classics, Washington University

Professional Positions: 2003-2004, Visiting Lecturer in Exegetical Theology at Concordia Seminary; 2005, Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at Concordia University - Chicago (2005). 2013-present, coordinator for LCMS stewardship with the Office of National Mission.

Fr Curtis is a frequent contributor of sectional
papers at the symposia of both LCMS seminaries and his articles have
appeared in Concordia Journal, Logia, and Lutheran Forum. Each
February, Fr. Curtis hosts the Liturgical Parish Life Conference for
students of CSL and each November he tries to kill a deer or two. He
may be reached at pastorcurtis@gmail.com

Rev. Fr. D. Richard Stuckwisch, M.Div., M.A., Ph.D.
Departmental Editor, Gottesdienst Online

Pastor, Emmaus Lutheran Church, South Bend, Indiana.

Rev. Fr. Jason Braaten,  M.Div.
Development Director; Departmental Editor, Gottesdienst Online

Pastor, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Tuscola, Illinois

Kathryn Ann Hill

Mrs.  Hill has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and the Humanities from Valparaiso University. She also writes Christian poetry. Her poems have been published in The Bride of Christ, The Cresset, Gottesdienst, Logia, and Lutheran Forum. Her first book, a set of meditations in verse on the triptychs of Biblia Pauperum, is entitled Rich in Grace: The Bible of the Poor for 21st-Century Christians. It was published by the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau in December 2007. For more information, click here.