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Announcing the Release of Vol. 78 of Luther’s Works

The fourth volume in Concordia’s release of Luther’s Church Postil (sermons for the church year) offers Luther’s sermons for the Epistle and Gospel readings from Trinity Sunday through the Tenth Sunday after Trinity. Part of the ongoing translation of Luther’s Works, this volume also includes Luther’s Several Beautiful Sermons on 1 John, On Love (preached in 1532 and(…)

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Luther on Peter’s Confession of Christ

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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The “Lonely Path” of Christians

On Sunday, November 1, many churches observed All Saints’ Day, a feast that remembers the “great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) with which we are surrounded. In the excerpt below, Hermann Sasse explains the connection of confessing Christians. All the saints, from the beginning of the world who have died believing in the Redeemer, whether(…)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Who was Anselm of Canterbury?

Anselm of Canterbury Today, April 21, the church commemorates this brilliant scholar and writer, who used his political skills with the British kings on behalf of the established Christian Church, affirming that it is the leadership of the Church, not the state, that is responsible for establishing structure and maintaining order among the clergy. Anselm(…)

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