The tripus (gen. tripodis) is a well-worn academic metaphor–referring to the three-legged stool on which the student tepidly sits while being interrogated by his university examiners. The tripus has also been used to illustrate the threefold work of a professor: teaching, research/writing, and administration. It is difficult for anyone to excel at all three, but our seminaries expect their faculty to aim for at least two!
The research and writing leg has been particularly muscular in the working life of the CLTS faculty. Much of this fruit is delivered to the church through Lutheran Theological Review, now in its 27th volume. The faculty’s other published works are listed on their Mendeley home pages, where interested readers can download pdfs of essays or find order details for their books.
Dr John Stephenson was honoured to be asked to write the definitive short essay, “Sacraments in Lutheranism, 1600–1800” in the prestigious Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, 1600-1800 (to be released in print in 2016). The article is already available online to Oxford subscribers. He is also busy writing a biography of Wilhelm Löhe, for which reason he was deeply pleased finally to be able to visit Neuendettelsau, Germany, this past October.
Dr Thomas Winger’s Ephesians commentary, published by Concordia Publishing House, has been available since May. This past week, a Festschrift was released honouring Dr Norman Nagel on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Entitled Dona Gratis Donata (“Gifts Freely Given”), the volume includes essays by Dr Winger (“The Epistle in the Liturgy and with the Ministry”) and CUE’s Dr Gerald Krispin (“A Mirror of Life in the Face of Death: A Study in the Pastoral Care of Phillip Nicolai”). You may order the volume from Amazon Canada or Amazon US. (Please use these links so that your purchase can support the seminary.)