Upcoming Volumes for Johann Gerhard, Theological Commonplaces

Upcoming Volumes for Johann Gerhard, Theological Commonplaces

NOW AVAILABLE: On Sin and Free Choice Includes the commonplaces On Original Sin, On Actual Sins, and On Free Choice. This volume is notable in opposing “decision theology,” in which one’s conversion and salvation depend ultimately on human choice. August 2015: On the Law This volume is notable for its comprehensive moral theology, structured upon(…)

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Book Giveaway: Win a Copy of On Sin and Free Choice

In commemoration of Johann Gerhard and to celebrate the release of the newest volume in the Theological Commonplaces series, we are pleased to offer one lucky winner a free copy of On Sin and Free Choice.  “Gerhard’s Loci is the greatest doctrinal text in the entire history of Lutheranism. By putting these splendid volumes in the(…)

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An Excerpt in Commemoration of Johann Gerhard

An Excerpt in Commemoration of Johann Gerhard

Johann Gerhard (1582–1637) is considered by many as the third preeminent theologian of the Lutheran Reformation, following Martin Luther and Martin Chemnitz. In his magisterial Theological Commonplaces, he systematically, skillfully, and precisely presents the doctrines of the Christian faith, arguing against the positions of Roman Catholics (as represented by Robert Bellarmine) and the Reformed (as(…)

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An Excerpt from Faith and Science

An Excerpt from Faith and Science

The “fight” between science and faith is not new. We are thankful for scientific advances that improve life and answer questions about our physical world. Yet science does not hold all the answers and can lead people far afield as they pursue “truth” and a measure of contentment. Faith and Science in a Skeptical Age was(…)

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An Excerpt from Law and Gospel

An Excerpt from Law and Gospel

In 1878, C.F.W. Walther began a series of lectures to the students of Concordia Seminary on thirteen theses about Law and Gospel. Because of the popularity of the presentation, Walther presented a second, expanded, lecture series in 1884–85 on twenty-five theses. In 1929, the notes of the second lecture series were printed in translation by(…)

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Preview the Next Volume of Luther’s Works!

Preview the Next Volume of Luther’s Works!

In his role as a professor of Old Testament, Luther never lectured or composed a full commentary on Matthew. He preached on it regularly, however, not only from the traditional lectionary texts for the church year but especially in a series of fifty-six sermons on Matthew 18–24 (LW 67–68), which he preached to the people(…)

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A Devotion from Treasury of Daily Prayer

A Devotion from Treasury of Daily Prayer

Organized around the Christian Church Year, Treasury of Daily Prayer is designed to be an all-in-one resource that cultivates an enriching devotional life for individuals, families, and small groups. The following excerpt, for the commemoration of Ezekiel (July 21), is indicative of the way in which Treasury of Daily Prayer unites Scripture readings, prayers, psalms, hymns, and devotional(…)

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An Excerpt from Letters to Lutheran Pastors

An Excerpt from Letters to Lutheran Pastors

German theologian Hermann Sasse (1895–1976) was trained at the University of Berlin but became a convinced confessional Lutheran after discovering the writings of Wilhelm Löhe while studying in the United States. His professional career at the University of Erlangen was forever marked by Hitler and the Nazis. Sasse was a vocal opponent of the Third(…)

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Prophets and Historians

Prophets and Historians

The following is an excerpt from Lutheran Bible Companion, available this Fall. The LBC, a two-volume set, covers every canonical book of the Bible, including the Apocrypha. This selection is from the “The Books of History.”   Prophets and Historians It is not entirely clear how or why Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings came to be called(…)

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An Excerpt from Christian Freedom

An Excerpt from Christian Freedom

Citizens of the United States have just concluded another observance of Independence Day, a commemoration of our independence from England and an opportunity to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. But what does it mean to have freedom as a Christian? Martin Luther’s Christian Freedom shows us that we find real freedom only in(…)

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