An Excerpt from Blessed: God’s Gift of Love

An Excerpt from <i>Blessed: God’s Gift of Love</i>

Throughout the course of any given day, we often ask for God’s blessing—for ourselves or for others—almost as a matter of routine. We ask for God’s blessing during times of great sadness and at times of great joy. We ask for God’s blessing when we awake and when we go to bed at night. We(…)

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In Commemoration of Bernard of Clairvaux

In Commemoration of Bernard of Clairvaux

On August 19th, the Church commemorated Bernard of Clairvaux (1069–1153), Hymnwriter and Theologian. Bernard was a French abbot who reformed the Cistercian order of monks. In The Real Luther: A Friar at Erfurt and Wittenberg, Franz Posset explores the often neglected area of Luther research—the influence of Bernard of Clairvaux upon Luther. Posset gets into(…)

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What People Are Saying about Has American Christianity Failed?

What People Are Saying about <i>Has American Christianity Failed?</>

In this sparkling handbook of Lutheran theology, the author draws on his own experience of popular American Christianity. Yet his focus is not on his own story but on the common impact of God’s Word as Law and Gospel on its hearers. Against the backdrop of American Christianity’s spiritually shallow and superficially biblical claims, he(…)

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Luther on Baptism and the New Life in Christ

Luther on Baptism and the New Life in Christ

Volume 57 of Luther’s Works presents sermons by Martin Luther from the 1530s. During this period, much of the reformer’s preaching was topical, addressing key points of doctrine in response to internal and external challenges to the evangelical presentation of the Gospel. In January and February 1534, Luther preached a series of sermons on Baptism,(…)

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“I’m spiritual, not religious,” an excerpt from Has American Christianity Failed?

“I’m spiritual, not religious,” an excerpt from <i>Has American Christianity Failed?</i>

American Christianity teaches the centrality of the individual—my will, my experiences, my decision, my heart, my work, and my dedication. Yet we couldn’t be more unaware that Christ and His saving and comforting work are being lost. In Has American Christianity Failed?, author Bryan Wolfmueller sounds the alarm against the false teaching and dangerous practices of(…)

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New from Johann Gerhard: On the Gospel and Repentance

New from Johann Gerhard: <i>On the Gospel and Repentance</i>

The newest release in the Theological Commonplaces of Johann Gerhard presents two commonplaces. On the Gospel defines the Gospel carefully as the proclamation of God’s promises and forgiveness of sins for the sake of Jesus Christ. Since confusions continually arise on the relationship of the Gospel to the text of the New Testament, Old Testament, and(…)

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Newest Addition to Luther’s Works Presents Sermons from the 1530s

Newest Addition to Luther’s Works Presents Sermons from the 1530s

Volume 57 of Luther’s Works contains a selection of Luther’s preaching between May 1531 and June 1539. These sermons exhibit Luther’s understanding of the Trinity and Christology, Law and Gospel, justification, Baptism, the Christian life, marriage, ordination and ministry, and eschatology. These topics reflect, in part, the circumstances of the Evangelical church in the decade(…)

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“The Promise From Which Prayer Flows,” an excerpt from Praying Luther’s Small Catechism

“The Promise From Which Prayer Flows,” an excerpt from <i>Praying Luther’s Small Catechism</i>

You, your family, and your church are invited to return to the riches of the Small Catechism. Beyond its purpose as a handbook and outline of Christian teachings, Luther’s Small Catechism is also a prayer book for every age. Not a textbook, a homework assignment, or a friend for children only. In his book, Praying(…)

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An Excerpt from Sexual Morality in a Christless World

An Excerpt from <i>Sexual Morality in a Christless World</i>

A year after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, we have a carefully considered response to our culture’s sexual ethics: Matthew Rueger’s Sexual Morality in a Christless World. Rueger demonstrates how Christians have been countercultural since the beginning, contrasting Christian views on sex with the Roman and Jewish cultures. An analysis of specific Bible passages(…)

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Q&A with Rev. Dr. Matthew Rueger, author of Sexual Morality in a Christless World

Q&A with Rev. Dr. Matthew Rueger, author of <i>Sexual Morality in a Christless World</i>

Matthew Rueger offers an honest and refreshing apologetic to the issue of sexual morality in his book, Sexual Morality in a Christless World. As we live in a culture that seems to be ever increasing its hostility toward Christianity, Dr. Rueger gently reminds us that there is nothing new under the sun. Throughout his book,(…)

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