A Year with the Church Fathers follows the seasonal movements of the Christian Church Year in a broad, general fashion. Drawn from the themes of Scripture itself, these devotions consider the salvation plan of God fulfilled in Jesus and carried to the world through the Church. Each in-depth, thought-provoking meditation connects Scripture and the Christian life to provide encouragement in the faith.
The following excerpt commemorates the Old Testament prophet Jonah and includes Augustine’s personal reflection on his mother, Monica, who daily lived out her Christian faith.
Faith and Act: The Survival of Medieval Ceremonies in the Lutheran Reformation presents Ernst Walter Zeeden’s classic study of how medieval church practices continued and developed within Lutheran church orders. Zeeden offers readers a unique perspective of how faith influences the act of worship. Historians of liturgy and theology will discover insights and important continuity between the Lutheran churches of the sixteenth century and their forebears of the late medieval period.
The following excerpt from Faith and Act discusses the objects and vestments of the Lutheran service, as well as the liturgical language and the actions of worship.
In observance of the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity, reflect on the following sermon by C.F.W. Walther (from the second volume of Gospel Sermons).
NOW AVAILABLE: On Sin and Free Choice
Includes the commonplaces On Original Sin, On Actual Sins, and On Free Choice. This volume is notable in opposing “decision theology,” in which one’s conversion and salvation depend ultimately on human choice.
August 2015: On the Law
This volume is notable for its comprehensive moral theology, structured upon the Ten Commandments and the double law of love. The volume consists of two commonplaces: On the Law of God and On Ceremonial and Forensic Laws.
August 2016: On the Gospel and Repentance
The volume consists of two commonplaces: On the Gospel and On Repentance. It also discusses Holy Absolution, the forgiveness of sins imparted through the word of forgiveness.
2017: On Interpreting Scripture; Method of Theological Study
Gerhard sets forth guidelines for properly interpreting Scripture (hermeneutics). The Method of Theological Study expands on those guidelines and gives advice to seminary students on how best to study theology and prepare for service to the church.
2018: On Justification
This volume, consisting of just one commonplace, handles the heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and controversial topics such as: “Do sins against conscience deprive a person of faith, the Holy Spirit, and salvation?”
2019: On Good Works
2020: On Holy Baptism
2021: On the Resurrection and Last Judgment
2022: On the End of the World and on Eternal Death
2023: On Eternal Life
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Johann Gerhard (1582–1637) is considered by many as the third preeminent theologian of the Lutheran Reformation, following Martin Luther and Martin Chemnitz. In his magisterial Theological Commonplaces, he systematically, skillfully, and precisely presents the doctrines of the Christian faith, arguing against the positions of Roman Catholics (as represented by Robert Bellarmine) and the Reformed (as represented by Calvin, Beza, and others), as well as other more radical sects (such as the Socinians).
As we commemorate his life on August 17, the following excerpt introduces Gerhard and his Theological Commonplaces.