New from Concordia Publishing House, A Lutheran Primer for Preaching by Rev. Dr. Edward Grimenstein provides pastors with a sound, biblical method for constructing a sermon. In the following excerpt, Grimenstein discusses why God directed pastors to preach and what that means for their preaching.
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 pastor’s duties in the “one holy catholic and apostolic church.” He clarifies not just Lutheran pastoral practice in the 19th century, but also what it means to apply the Means of Grace to God’s people in the 21st century, in harmony with the church of all ages. Never before translated into English, this book will soon be available (later in 2015).
In the following excerpt, Loehe explains how the pastor’s life either confirms or denies his preaching, and he introduces the “ascetic literature” of the Lutheran Church, consisting especially of books of devotion and meditation. [Read more…] about What a Pastor’s Life Says
In The Fire and the Staff, author Klemet Preus explores the impact of the American Evangelical and Church Growth Movements on the modern Lutheran Church, reminding readers that practice and doctrine are inextricably linked for those who are the body of Christ. In the following excerpt, Preus discusses the doctrine of good works, helping the reader understand that God does not need our good works.
Because the Church commemorates St. Timothy, pastor and confessor, on January 24, we are posting today an excerpt from Preaching is Worship.
Preaching is arguably the most important work of the Christian pastor. Multiple contexts surround the sermon and impact the sermon, even when the preacher is unaware of them. Homileticians may identify as many as seven preaching contexts: theological, literary, historical, personal, cultural, pastoral, and liturgical. The last of these is the primary focus of Preaching is Worship.
The following is from William M. Cwirla’s essay “Unfolding the Meaning of the Liturgy.”
Lent is a month away. If you’re looking for a devotional resource to use individually, with your family, or with your church, check out Concordia Publishing House’s 2015 Lenten and Easter resources. Singing with the Exiles gives your church a simple, unified way to connect worship, Bible study, and personal meditation during Lent and Easter. Explore the Christological themes of Isaiah 40–55, woven beautifully into complete worship services, pastoral guides for Lenten midweek and Holy Week preaching and teaching, and daily devotions for the whole church.