For the first time in English, pastors, scholars, and historians can explore a crucial text in the process of the ongoing reformation of the German churches. The 1569 Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel Church Order (Chemnitz’s Works Vol. 9) was prepared by Martin Chemnitz and Jacob Andreae, two men who would go on to craft the Formula of Concord. This Church Order reveals not only what those who confessed the Augsburg Confession believed, but how the Lutheran Reformation put that faith into action and handed down the faith by means of orderly worship, church governance, and education. In a modern context, this volume’s combination of doctrine and practice may provide new solutions for the church’s challenges regarding Christian education, formation of Christians who stand in their confession against worldly influences, and congregational leadership. [Read more…] about Announcing the Release of Chemnitz’s Church Order
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.”
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.