Concordia Historical Institute recognizes excellence in works published in 2017

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The Rev. Dr. Cameron MacKenzie presented his essay, “Back to Basics,” during the Concordia Historical Institute awards banquet on Nov. 8, 2018. (Todd D. Zittlow)

During its 44th annual banquet on Nov. 8 at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, the Awards Committee of Concordia Historical Institute (CHI), chaired by LCMS Foundation President David Fiedler, presented 18 “Awards of Commendation” for works published in 2017. CHI is the Department of Archives and History of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the largest archive of Lutheran history in North America.

The Rev. Dr. Cameron A. MacKenzie, the Forest E. and Frances H. Ellis Professor of Historical Theology, chairman of Historical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., and member of Concordia Historical Institute’s Board of Governors since 2007, served as banquet speaker. MacKenzie presented his essay, “Back to Basics,” the text of which will be published in the Winter 2018 issue of the Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly.

CHI Executive Director Rev. Dr. Daniel N. Harmelink said, “Dr. MacKenzie reminded all of us of the unique, faith-inspired perspective we have on the history of the Christian church. Not only God’s providence but also his grace and mercy in Christ is to be seen and acknowledged in our chronicling of the church’s history.”

The following works, listed by category, were commended by CHI for their contributions to the history of the Lutheran church in North America:

Family history award

Crone, John C. Records and Remembrances of the Adjoining Cemetery at Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Winchester – Frederick County, Virginia.  

Natzke, Royal, ed. Michael Natzke, Bertha Wilke and Descendants, as Remembered by Their Descendants.

Biography award

Baepler, Richard. Keeper of the Dream.

Biebert, Nathaniel J. “Johannes Strieter, Raconteur of Past Reminiscences.”

Historic preservation award

Klausmeier, Robert, et al. Emmanuel 150: Thus Far the Lord Has Helped Us.

Major publication award

Leaver, Robin A. The Whole Church Sings: Congregational Singing in Luther’s Wittenberg.

Pihkala, Panu. Early Ecotheology and Joseph Sittler

Springer, Carl P. E. Cicero in Heaven: The Roman Rhetor and Luther’s Reformation.

Walther, C. F. W. American-Lutheran Pastoral Theology. Ed. by David W. Loy and tr. by Christian C. Tiews.

Journal article award

Beibert, Nathaniel J. “Johannes Strieter, Raconteur of Past Reminiscences.”

Hellwege, John P., Jr. “American Lutherans and Pre-World War II Germany.”

Jacobson, Thomas E. “A History and Examination of the Danish Lutheran Utah Mission: A Response to the Mormon Scandinavian Mission, 1849-1959.”

Peterson, Mark Edwin. “German Readers and the Formation of the Henkel Press in Virginia.”

Rast, Lawrence R., Jr. “Reflections on the Effects of the Reformation in American Lutheranism.”

Strasburg, James. “Reviving the Heartland: American Lutherans, Postwar Internationalism, and the Crisis of Germany, 1940–1949.”

Reference book award

Wengert, Timothy J., ed. Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions.

Institutional history award

Stevens, Robert Allan. Anticipation Exceeded Realization: Saga of an Antebellum College.

Related publication award

Hawley, George. Demography, Culture, and the Decline of America’s Christian Denominations.

Journal issue award

Aaron Moldenhauer. “Lutheran Triumphalism.” Logia.

Director’s award

Edelmann, Helmut. Brüderporträtbuch der Pastoren für Amerika des Evangelisch-Lutherischen Amerikaseminars Breklum., Das Evangelisch-Lutherische Predigerseminar der Pastoren für Amerika 1882 bis 1931: Beiträge zum „Amerikaseminar“ Breklum., and Dem Glauben ein Gesicht geben: Lutherisch? Lutheran?

The CHI Awards Committee also noted 12 “Honorable Mentions.”

CHI encourages submissions published in 2018 for consideration by its Awards Committee. Please email suggestions to The deadline for submissions is Feb. 1.

This year’s awards program was made possible by the generous support of the LCMS Foundation.

For more information about CHI, including a complete listing of 44 years of CHI awards, visit

Posted Jan. 8, 2019

Source: LCMS News