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Walther’s Sermon on Ascension, Part 1

Walther’s Sermon on Ascension, Part 1

This coming Thursday (May 14), the Church will commemorate the Ascension of Our Lord, the day when Jesus returned to His Father in heaven, marking the end of His bodily ministry on earth. In honor of this occasion, we offer below the first part of C. F. W. Walther’s sermon on Ascension, as found in(…)

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What does Walther say about the Preaching Office?

What does Walther say about the Preaching Office?

As the subtitle of the original German edition states, The Church and The Office of The Ministry is “a collection of testimonies . . . from the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and from the private writings of orthodox teachers of the same.” Professional church workers and interested lay members will find a wealth of insights(…)

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Now Available! Walther’s Works: Church Fellowship

Now Available! Walther’s Works: Church Fellowship

The latest volume in Concordia Publishing House’s Walther’s Works collection, Church Fellowship, is now available. From 1857 to 1884, C.F.W. Walther wrote numerous articles and speeches dealing with Lutheran identity and unity in doctrine and practice on the basis of Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. For the first time, these previously scattered, inaccessible, and(…)

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A Prayer for the New Year

A Prayer for the New Year

We are God’s mouth and hands in this world, and how we pray is important to our life together in Christ’s Body, the Church. C. F. W. Walther’s For the Life of the Church reunites today’s Christians with a treasure-trove of prayers that relate to all facets of public Christian life. These prayers reinforce basic(…)

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What Others Are Saying about Church Fellowship

What Others Are Saying about Church Fellowship

This book could easily be titled, “The Best of Walther,” because it contains his most significant essays outside of his well-known Law & Gospel and Church & Office books. All the essays are eminently relevant today. Walther’s writings on confessional subscription, doctrinal development, and the duties of a Lutheran synod are alone well worth the(…)

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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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An Excerpt from C.F.W. Walther: Churchman and Theologian

An Excerpt from C.F.W. Walther: Churchman and Theologian

Called “the American Luther,” the Rev. Dr. C. F. W. Walther is celebrated as one of the founders of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and of the log cabin college (1839) that became one of the ten largest seminaries in North America: Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. The educational emphasis and precedents Walther set made his theological(…)

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Walther’s Sermon for the 12th Sunday After Trinity

Walther’s Sermon for the 12th Sunday After Trinity

In observance of the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity, reflect on the following sermon by C.F.W. Walther (from the second volume of Gospel Sermons).

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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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An Excerpt from Walther’s Hymnal to Commemorate the Visitation of Mary

An Excerpt from Walther’s Hymnal to Commemorate the Visitation of Mary

Throughout the formative years of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and well into the early twentieth-century, congregations throughout America used a German hymnal edited by C.F.W. Walther. In Walther’s Hymnal, Matthew Carver, a translator of German and classical literature, presents for the first time in English the hymns and liturgical texts that our grandparents sang and(…)

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