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 Confessions, as well as from the writings of Martin Luther, the Church Fathers, the orthodox Lutheran Fathers, and the best of his contemporaries. [Read more…] about Preview Walther’s Pastoral Theology
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Breaking through the noise of our hyper-sexualized Western culture, Ethics of Sex is a much-needed, masterful compilation that speaks to the nature of Christian sexual ethics as simultaneously prohibitive and positive. Ten distinct yet interrelated essays invite us back to a way of life in harmony with the Lord’s created order, an order that bears fruit in intimacy, compassion, love, and joy.
Read below what others are saying about this incredible volume, edited by Gifford Grobien, assistant professor of systematic theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne.
Edited by Dr. Gifford Grobien, Ethics of Sex is a compilation of ten essays written by various authors whose expertise spans the fields of pastoral ministry, teaching, science, and medicine. Covering a variety of standard subjects and hot-button issues, from homosexuality and transgenderism to the meaning of marriage and contraception, Ethics of Sex offers a timely and Christ-centered book on some of today’s most pressing issues.
The following excerpt from Chapter 4 offers a preview of Donna Harrison’s essay, titled “Contraception: An Embryo’s Point of View.”
Issues surrounding the creation and care of children touch almost every married couple. The marital one-flesh relationship forms the context in which God creates new human beings. These new beings make demands of the parents, challenging and stretching their ability to love, to forgive, to be consistent, and to provide for their children’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. In this practical, immediate care for their children, parents are given an opportunity for character growth.
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 insights from Scripture, the Confessions, Martin Luther, the Church Fathers, the orthodox Lutheran Fathers, and his own contemporaries to address many relevant topics including personal preparation for the work of the ministry, careful meditation on God’s Word, prayerful consideration of a valid and legitimate call, studious preparation of the sermon, proper use of the Sacraments, wise administration of the church’s goods, a prudent life among God’s people, and thoughtful daily care of the flock.
“Intellectually stimulating” “Spiritually nourishing” “A masterpiece”
Dr. Joel Heck’s latest book, From Atheism to Christianity: The Story of C. S. Lewis, is a detailed account of the fifteen-year journey Clive Staples Lewis took from atheism to theism and, eventually, to Christianity. Check out what others are saying about this “masterpiece.”
“I am a great admirer of Joel Heck’s philosophical insight and his diligence and thoroughness in research. In true form to the rest of his work, From Atheism to Christianity is both intellectually stimulating and spiritually nourishing and will prove to be a valuable addition to C. S. Lewis studies.”
—David C. Downing, R. W. Schlosser Professor of English, Elizabethtown College