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Praise for From Atheism to Christianity: The Story of C. S. Lewis

Praise for <i>From Atheism to Christianity: The Story of C. S. Lewis</i>

“Intellectually stimulating” “Spiritually nourishing” “A masterpiece” Dr. Joel Heck’s latest book, From Atheism to Christianity: The Story of C. S. Lewis, is a detailed account of the fifteen-year journey Clive Staples Lewis took from atheism to theism and, eventually, to Christianity. Check out what others are saying about this “masterpiece.” “I am a great admirer of(…)

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In Commemoration of Wilhelm Loehe

In Commemoration of Wilhelm Loehe

On January 2, the Church commemorates the life and work of Wilhelm Loehe. Although Loehe lived his entire life in Germany, his teaching and mission efforts affected the world. His work was formative in the establishment of many American congregations as well as Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. Erika Geiger’s The Life, Work, and(…)

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Lutheran Church Father Conrad Dieterich on the Importance of Teaching the Faith

Lutheran Church Father Conrad Dieterich on the Importance of Teaching the Faith

Featuring detailed biographical sketches and first-time English translations of some of the most well-known and respected writings from the era of Lutheran Orthodoxy (1580–1700), Lives and Writings of the Great Fathers of the Lutheran Church offers today’s readers a treasure chest of knowledge and insight into the great teachers and their writings from this oft-forgotten(…)

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Distinguishing Law and Gospel

Distinguishing Law and Gospel

On September 12, 1884, students piled into the auditorium of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, for Professor C. F. W. Walther’s usual Friday evening “Luther Hour” lecture. The new topic, which would last every Friday evening for one and a half school years, was the proper distinction between Law and Gospel. Walther recognized the apparent contradictions(…)

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Q&A with Timothy Schmeling, editor of Lives and Writings of the Great Fathers of the Lutheran Church

Q&A with Timothy Schmeling, editor of <i>Lives and Writings of the Great Fathers of the Lutheran Church</i>

The wisdom and biblical teachings of the early Lutheran Church have been locked away in German and Latin for centuries. But coming soon from Concordia Publishing House, Lives and Writings of the Great Fathers of the Lutheran Church provides a key to this treasure chest by introducing the chief confessional Lutheran theologians from the era(…)

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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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Luther on Prayer for the Dead and Communication with Spirits

Luther on Prayer for the Dead and Communication with Spirits

The following excerpt from Luther’s 1522 sermon for the First Sunday after Trinity provides the reformer’s commentary on prayer for the dead and communication with spirits. For the complete sermon, see Volume 78 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works.

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Valerius Herberger and the “Two Books”: Bible and Creation

Valerius Herberger and the “Two Books”: Bible and Creation

This excerpt introduces the meditations on Genesis prepared by Valerius Herberger (1562-1627), a Lutheran pastor in Fraustadt (now Wschowa), Poland. Here Herberger discusses God’s revelation in Scripture and in creation as “two books.” The “Book of Creation” especially should lead us to praise God for His wisdom, power, and beauty.

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The Mother of the Reformation

The Mother of the Reformation

In honor of Katie Luther’s birthday on January 29th, we’ve posted below an excerpt from The Mother of the Reformation: The Amazing Life and Story of Katharine Luther, written by Ernst Kroker and translated by Mark DeGarmeaux. Katie’s Christian Faith When Katie taught her oldest son, little Hans, to fold his little hands in prayer,(…)

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Luther on Christ’s Genealogy

Luther on Christ’s Genealogy

The following excerpt from Luther’s Annotations on Matthew 1–18 (found in volume 67 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works) provides the reformer’s commentary on Matthew’s genealogy of Christ found in the Gospel’s first chapter.

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