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