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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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Thank You, Pastors!

Thank You, Pastors!

In honor of Pastor Appreciation Month, we’ve posted below an excerpt from Bruce Hartung’s book Holding Up the Prophet’s Hand: Supporting Church Workers. Pastors are on call 24/7 providing spiritual care for God’s people. But as Dr. Hartung points out, they and all church workers are under constant attack by the devil as a result(…)

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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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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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Call Day–What’s It All About?

Call Day–What’s It All About?

Every year around this time, our two Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod seminaries are buzzing with excitement over Call Day. Many people in the LCMS—from seminary students and their families, to district presidents, to pastors, to calling congregations—have been anxiously awaiting its arrival. But what exactly is “Call Day”? We asked one of our editors, Rev. Dr.(…)

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