Luther on Ghosts

As secular society observes Halloween and Christians prepare for All Saints’ Day, this excerpt from Luther’s sermon on Luke 24:36–47 (included in his Church Postil) on ghosts or “wandering spirits” seems appropriate. Luther believed in apparitions—but as a trick of the devil intended to subvert the faith of Christians. Read on for the reformer’s perspective and for his(…)

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Luther’s Works Vol. 67 Reveals Luther’s Preaching Style

Volume 67 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works (released this past summer) completes the translation of Luther’s “commentary” on the Gospel of Matthew as delivered in sermons (vol. 68) and in his Annotations on Matthew 1–18 (vol. 67). Taken together, these writings are the reformer’s most substantial continuous engagement with St. Matthew’s Gospel or(…)

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Commemorating Dorcas, Lydia, and Phoebe

In honor of the Church’s commemoration of Dorcas, Lydia, and Phoebe on October 25, we’ve posted below an excerpt from Cynthia Lumley’s essay, “Phoebe: A Role Model for Deaconesses Today,” as found in Women Pastors? The Ordination of Women in Biblical Lutheran Perspective.

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Announcing the Release of Chemnitz’s Church Order

For the first time in English, pastors, scholars, and historians can explore a crucial text in the process of the ongoing reformation of the German churches. The 1569 Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel Church Order (Chemnitz’s Works Vol. 9) was prepared by Martin Chemnitz and Jacob Andreae, two men who would go on to craft the Formula of Concord. This Church Order reveals(…)

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Q&A with Michael Eschelbach

Rev. Dr. Michael Eschelbach is professor of Theology and Philosophy at Concordia University Irvine. Prior to joining the faculty of CUI, Dr. Eschelbach taught at Concordia University Chicago for fourteen years and served as a parish pastor before his professorship. An active writer and speaker, Dr. Eschelbach has published articles, Bible studies, devotions, and now(…)

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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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Coming Soon! Chemnitz’s Works: Church Order

Coming soon from Concordia Publishing House, the Chemnitz-Andreae Church Order shows not only what those who confessed the Augsburg Confession believed, but also how the Lutheran Reformation put that faith into action and handed down the faith by means of orderly worship, church governance, and education. The following excerpt describes the services that were held(…)

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God Works through Us in Times of Persecution

Jesus knew even before coming into our world that He would encounter hostility and persecution and ultimately lay down His life for our sake. Now God calls us to take up our cross and follow Jesus, loving those around us sacrificially just as He loves those around us. Jesus laid down His life, paying the(…)

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