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Martin Luther and Reform

Martin Luther and Reform

The Church from Age to Age examines key historic events from the time of the apostles through today. Informative and clearly written, readers of all ages will find the answers to the who, why, and how behind the current state of Christianity the world over. The following excerpt discusses some of the reforms that occurred(…)

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More Luther Coming Soon!

More Luther Coming Soon!

In December 1533, a new cycle of preaching on Matthew began in the Wittenberg Castle Church. Luther himself inaugurated the series with three sermons on Matthew 1. Then the preaching on Matthew was assigned to the Wittenberg doctoral student Hieronymus Weller (1499–1572). Behind Weller’s sermons, however, stood Luther, who prepared notes to help his student(…)

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Commemoration of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession

Commemoration of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession

The presentation of the Augsburg Confession was a decisive moment, one long in coming. It is important to understand the history leading up to the Imperial Meeting at Augsburg [on June 25, 1530]. Nine years earlier, on April 18, 1521, at the Imperial Meeting in Worms, Charles V had listened as Martin Luther refused to(…)

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

In honor of father’s day, read what Martin Luther had to say about parents. 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. Do More Than Love Parents; Honor Them To this estate of fatherhood(…)

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Excerpt from At Home in the House of My Fathers

Excerpt from At Home in the House of My Fathers

In honor of Father’s Day coming up, here’s an excerpt from At Home in the House of My Fathers, which includes never before translated essays and sermons from some of the fathers of the Missouri Synod. On Luther and Lay Preachers A Letter to Pastor J. A. Ottesen 1858 Translated by Matthew C. Harrison In(…)

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Luther on Prophecies concerning Christ’s Resurrection

Luther on Prophecies concerning Christ’s Resurrection

As we continue the celebration of the great Easter Feast, today’s excerpt from Luther’s Church Postil comes from a sermon on Acts 13:26–39. Here Luther addresses Paul’s use of passages from the Psalms and from Isaiah to prove the resurrection. In addition, he points out that Christ is both true God and true man (the Son of(…)

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Luther on Christ’s “Sermon” to the Emmaus Disciples

Luther on Christ’s “Sermon” to the Emmaus Disciples

We rejoice today that Satan, sin, death, and the grave have been conquered. Alleluia, He is risen! Christ is risen indeed, Alleluia! In this excerpt from Luther’s sermon on Luke 24:13–35 included in his Church Postil, the reformer reflects on the “sermon” that the risen Christ preached to the two disciples as they traveled from Jerusalem to Emmaus.(…)

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Praise for new biography of Frederick the Wise

Praise for new biography of Frederick the Wise

Frederick the Wise is back from the printer! Read below what others are saying about this fascinating biography of Martin Luther’s protector.   To his family, friends, peers, and subjects, Elector Frederick the Wise of Saxony was much more than simply Martin Luther’s noble protector. Dr. Wellman’s thoroughly researched and engaging biography paints a vivid image of(…)

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Q & A with Sam Wellman, author of “Frederick the Wise”

Q & A with Sam Wellman, author of “Frederick the Wise”

We asked  Sam Wellman, author of Frederick the Wise: Seen and Unseen Lives of Martin Luther’s Protector, to answer a few questions about the book and his work.   What made you decide to write a biography about Frederick the Wise? I was initially interested in Martin Luther and wrote a complete draft of a biography on(…)

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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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