The ministry of William H. Weiblen at Wartburg Theological Seminary bridges the generations from the time of J. Michael Reu and the second generation of Fritschels to the present time of celebration at the seminary's sesquicentennial. This book captures the wisdom of Dr. Weiblen as he reflects on the missionary history of the seminary and the course of his own life. 'The Air I Breathe Is Wartburg Air' includes intimate conversations with Bill Weiblen and offers a substantial collection of his theological writings, addresses, and sermons.
Countless Wartburg Seminary graduates who have breathed deeply the same invigorating 'Wartburg Air' as their teacher, mentor, friend, Bill Weiblen, will find in this legacy of his life and grace work, traces of their own grounding in the meaning of the gospel, and the sources of their energy and passion to be pastor-theologians in the Church. Reading Bill's life story, his anecdotes, sermons, and theological insights, prompt one to say: 'Es hat mir Freude gemacht!' ('I liked it!')
-Rev. Dr. Charles Maahs,
Bishop emeritus of the Central States Synod, ELCA
Dr. Bill Weiblen is one of Wartburg's true treasures. To 'hear' Dr. Weiblen's voice again, and enjoy the reminiscences and reflections of one who so deeply influenced the pastoral and missional heart of so many of us at Wartburg is a gift. To hear how his pastoral and mission heart found its root in South Dakota prairie, home, and congregation is inspiring for our churches today. May this book stir us to continue to raise up such gifted leaders for the Church.
-Rev. Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl,
Bishop of the South Dakota Synod, ELCA
A debt of gratitude is expressed to Dr. Craig Nessan for his 'labor of love' in writing this fascinating book. He has woven an intricate tapestry of the history of Wartburg Theological Seminary and Lutheranism in the Midwest with the professional and personal history of Dr. William H. Weiblen, beloved professor and president, revered mentor and faithful friend. The legacy of Ilah and Bill Weiblen will live in perpetuity in the lives and family narratives of those of us privileged to know and love them.
-Rev. Dr. Robert H. Albers,
Central Lutheran Church
Beloved indeed is the air we breathe when we can 'see it' in the words of and about Bill Weiblen that Craig Nessan so nicely gathers in this volume. It is not only history, but the celebrated ethos of Wartburg, so finely-tuned in the ministry of Bill Weiblen, that we are given here, and they are a prayerful inspiration.
-Rev. Dr. Duane Larson,
Wartburg Theological Seminary
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