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A Devotion to Commemorate the prophet Jonah

A Devotion to Commemorate the prophet Jonah

A Year with the Church Fathers follows the seasonal movements of the Christian Church Year in a broad, general fashion. Drawn from the themes of Scripture itself, these devotions consider the salvation plan of God fulfilled in Jesus and carried to the world through the Church. Each in-depth, thought-provoking meditation connects Scripture and the Christian(…)

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An Excerpt from Faith and Act

An Excerpt from Faith and Act

Faith and Act: The Survival of Medieval Ceremonies in the Lutheran Reformation presents Ernst Walter Zeeden’s classic study of how medieval church practices continued and developed within Lutheran church orders. Zeeden offers readers a unique perspective of how faith influences the act of worship. Historians of liturgy and theology will discover insights and important continuity(…)

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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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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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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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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 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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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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An Excerpt from Commentary on Luther’s Catechisms: Lord’s Prayer

An Excerpt from Commentary on Luther’s Catechisms: Lord’s Prayer

For Martin Luther, God’s action in creation, redemption, sanctification, justification, and prayer are inseparably tied together, and all true prayer finds the seed around which it can crystallize in the Lord’s Prayer. Albrecht Peters’ Commentary on Luther’s Catechisms: Lord’s Prayer shows the development of Luther’s thoughts on the Lord’s Prayer and provides the needed context(…)

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