Luther

Free Downloadable Guide for Reading Luther’s Works

Free Downloadable Guide for Reading Luther’s Works

Learn from Luther’s deep faith, clear vision, and keen biblical insight with A Guide to a Year’s Reading in Luther’s Works. Recently made available as a free downloadable, this guide will lead you through an in-depth study of the writings of Martin Luther as found in the American Edition of Luther’s Works. Each daily reading(…)

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An excerpt from Friends of the Law

An excerpt from Friends of the Law

Charges of forgery, heresy, legalism, and immorality turn on the question of whether Martin Luther taught a third use of the Law for the Christian life. For the past sixty years, well-meaning scholars believed they settled the question—with dire consequences. Friends of the Law: Luther’s Use of the Law for the Christian Life sets forth a(…)

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Faith and Infant Baptism

Faith and Infant Baptism

Because we’ve just celebrated the Baptism of our Lord, we thought it appropriate to offer an excerpt from Infant Baptism in Nineteenth Century Lutheran Theology.  In his endorsement of the book, Dr. Martin Conkling, Associate Professor of Theology at Concordia College—New York, wrote, “Luther wanted Christians to have no doubt that in their baptisms, God(…)

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Luther on Baptism

Luther on Baptism

The observance of the Baptism of Our Lord on January 11 offers the opportunity to reflect on the significance of Baptism in the life of a Christian. What exactly occurs when water and the Word are applied to a sinful human being? Luther addressed this life-giving Sacrament in a sermon on John 20:19–31 included in his Church(…)

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Luther on Resisting Temptation

Luther on Resisting Temptation

By God’s grace, today we begin a new year. In keeping with the secular tradition of making resolutions, we provide this excerpt from Luther’s Church Postil. In this selection from his sermon on 1 Corinthians 5:6–8, Luther encourages all Christians to resist temptation. Can we do this by ourselves? Certainly not. But God gives His Holy(…)

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The Creating and Preserving Nature of God the Father

The Creating and Preserving Nature of God the Father

For Martin Luther, God’s action in creation, redemption, sanctification, justification, and prayer are inseparably tied together. Albrecht Peters’ Commentary on Luther’s Catechisms: Creed shows the development of Luther’s thoughts on the persons of the Trinity and their work and provides the needed context for Luther’s interpretation within that of the Western tradition. The following excerpt(…)

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Luther on Confession and Absolution

Luther on Confession and Absolution

The newest addition to Luther’s Works, American edition, is Volume 77, which continues Luther’s 1540–44 Church Postil. The sermons in this volume cover Easter through Pentecost, providing a message on the appointed Epistle and Gospel readings. In his customary fashion, Luther explicates Scripture and also addresses church history, the contemporary situation, and urges his listeners to(…)

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Luther’s Summer Postil Focus of Newest Release in Luther’s Works

Luther’s Summer Postil Focus of Newest Release in Luther’s Works

Just in time for Christmas, the third volume in Concordia’s release of Luther’s Church Postil (sermons for the church year) is now available. Part of the ongoing translation of Luther’s Works, this volume is the first of the Summer Postil (1544). In combination with the final edition of Luther’s Winter Postil (1540, LW 75–76), the whole(…)

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An Excerpt from Luther’s Church Postil in Commemoration of His Birth

An Excerpt from Luther’s Church Postil in Commemoration of His Birth

Today is the 531st birthday of Martin Luther. In praise and thanksgiving to God for the Gospel that Luther proclaimed, we offer the following excerpt from Luther’s Works volume 77 (from Luther’s sermon for Easter on Mark 16:1–8).

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What Luther Says about Faith

What Luther Says about Faith

The following excerpt from the great reformer Martin Luther is taken from What Luther Says, a collection of more than 5,100 quotations on 200 subjects gleaned from his writings. Faith Is a Mighty Power—Or Nothing at All Faith is not the human notion and dream which some regard as faith. And when they see that(…)

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