Pastoral theology

C. F. W. Walther on pastoral care of the sick

C. F. W. Walther on pastoral care of the sick

In his monumental work American-Lutheran Pastoral Theology, C. F. W. Walther addresses everything necessary for the pastor faithfully to carry out his call to minister to God’s people. In addition to guidance for sermon preparation and delivery, proper use of the Sacraments, proper exercise of church discipline, education of the youth, and other topics, Walther(…)

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Preview Walther’s Pastoral Theology

Preview Walther’s <i>Pastoral Theology</i>

For the first time, the complete text of C. F. W. Walther’s American-Lutheran Pastoral Theology is available in English. In this masterful work, Walther explores the “how” and “why” of the pastoral office, from its basis in Scripture to its activity in the daily lives of God’s people. Walther offers pastors guidance collected from Scripture and the(…)

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What people are saying about Walther’s Pastoral Theology

What people are saying about Walther’s <i>Pastoral Theology</i>

English readers can now take full advantage of the first-ever pastoral theology prepared for pastors in the North American Lutheran context. This unabridged English translation of C. F. W. Walther’s American-Lutheran Pastoral Theology invites readers to explore the many ways God calls His undershepherds to care for His people. Walther has here gathered the best(…)

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An Excerpt from Letters from a Pastor’s Heart

An Excerpt from <em>Letters from a Pastor’s Heart</em>

Back to Basics: Law and Gospel At the heart of virtually every problem in the church, at the bottom of every strained relationship, at the center of every reason an inactive member stays home on Sunday or leaves the LCMS is the issue of the proper distinguishing between the Law and the Gospel. Without this(…)

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Why Do Pastors Preach?

Why Do Pastors Preach?

New from Concordia Publishing House, A Lutheran Primer for Preaching by Rev. Dr. Edward Grimenstein provides pastors with a sound, biblical method for constructing a sermon. In the following excerpt, Grimenstein discusses why God directed pastors to preach and what that means for their preaching.

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What a Pastor’s Life Says

What a Pastor’s Life Says

As a founding father of Lutheran churches in America, Wilhelm Loehe is a link between today’s pastors and the wisdom that the church has gained from centuries of studying God’s Word and applying the means of grace to people. Throughout his book The Pastor (Der evangelische Geistliche), Loehe explains the “how” and “why” of a(…)

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Does God Need Our Good Works?

Does God Need Our Good Works?

In The Fire and the Staff, author Klemet Preus explores the impact of the American Evangelical and Church Growth Movements on the modern Lutheran Church, reminding readers that practice and doctrine are inextricably linked for those who are the body of Christ. In the following excerpt, Preus discusses the doctrine of good works, helping the(…)

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Unfolding the Liturgy

Unfolding the Liturgy

Because the Church commemorates St. Timothy, pastor and confessor, on January 24, we are posting today an excerpt from Preaching is Worship. Preaching is arguably the most important work of the Christian pastor. Multiple contexts surround the sermon and impact the sermon, even when the preacher is unaware of them. Homileticians may identify as many(…)

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Lent-Easter Preaching and Worship Resources

Lent-Easter Preaching and Worship Resources

Lent is a month away. If you’re looking for a devotional resource to use individually, with your family, or with your church, check out Concordia Publishing House’s 2015 Lenten and Easter resources. Singing with the Exiles gives your church a simple, unified way to connect worship, Bible study, and personal meditation during Lent and Easter.(…)

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An Excerpt from Walther’s Works: Church Fellowship

An Excerpt from Walther’s Works: Church Fellowship

From 1857 to 1884, C. F. W. Walther (the first president of the LCMS) wrote numerous articles and speeches addressing Lutheran identity and Lutheran unity in doctrine and practice on the basis of Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. For the first time, these previously scattered, inaccessible, and even forgotten writings are being brought together in Church(…)

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