Luther

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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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!

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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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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What Was Luther’s Best Book? And a FREE Reading Plan!

By Dr. Benjamin T. G. Mayes 2016 will be the 470th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther’s “heavenly birthday,” his earthly death. And then in 2017 the whole world will observe the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. It will mark just the beginning of the Reformation, since in 1517 Luther certainly had not(…)

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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

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

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”

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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