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 in order to teach the catechism to congregation members, their children, and their servants. [Read more…] about Coming Soon! Chemnitz’s Works: Church Order
Yesterday the Church celebrated Pentecost, the fiftieth day after Easter Sunday when the Holy Spirit was outpoured on the disciples and many people came to faith in Christ. Posted below are the devotions for the day of Pentecost and the day after Pentecost from The Lord Will Answer, a devotional book arranged by the seasons of the Christian calendar and Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation. [Read more…] about Devotions for Pentecost
For Martin Luther, God’s action in creation, redemption, sanctification, justification, and prayer are inseparably tied together. Albrecht Peters’ Commentary on Luther’s Catechisms: Creed shows the development of Luther’s thoughts on the persons of the Trinity and their work and provides the needed context for Luther’s interpretation within that of the Western tradition.
The following excerpt explores Luther’s thoughts on the First Article of the Creed and the character of the creating and preserving nature of God the Father.
A key feature of the Lutheran Reformation was the transformation of preaching and catechesis. Luther’s catechisms and his postils (collections of sermons)—rendered affordable to the layperson with the advent of printing—were standard volumes in the devotional libraries of many Christians.
Johann Spangenberg, a colleague of Martin Luther, further adapted the postil form for catechesis with The Christian Year of Grace, a question-and-answer guide through the Scripture readings for each Sunday and feast day of the church year.
The Christian Year of Grace provides a first-ever English translation of this premier Lutheran devotional book of the Reformation era. (There were more than 50 printings in German, along with editions in Latin, Czech, Dutch, and Slovak.) The Christian Year of Grace offers:
- Concise and penetrating insights in question-and-answer format on the chief texts of Holy Scripture
- Reading plan for the seasons, Sundays, and festivals of the church year
- Material originally written for use with young people, thus well-suited for family devotions or individual meditation
- Historical introduction by Robert Kolb
- Preface by Martin Luther
About the Author
Johannes Spangenberg (1484–1550) secured the city of Nordhausen, Germany, for the Lutheran confession of the Christian faith, was an active preacher, and also established secondary education in his city.
Translator Matthew Carver resides with his wife, Amanda, and their young son in Nashville, TN, where they pursue interests in art, orthodox Lutheran theology, liturgy, and hymnody.
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After Martin Luther’s Postils (sermons on the appointed Bible readings of the Church Year), Johann Spangenberg’s Questions and Answers was the premier Lutheran devotional book of the Reformation era. His explanations of the chief parts of Scripture, in question-and-answer format, taught and fed countless Evangelical Lutheran people of all ages and vocations for centuries. Now for the first time, this entire work has been translated by Matthew Carver in The Christian Year of Grace for modern believers to be built up in their knowledge of God, faith in Christ, and love for God and neighbor.
The following excerpt provides a preview of The Christian Year of Grace, which will be available for purchase from CPH in November.