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Q & A with Sam Wellman, author of “Frederick the Wise”

We asked  Sam Wellman, author of Frederick the Wise: Seen and Unseen Lives of Martin Luther’s Protector, to answer a few questions about the book and his work.   What made you decide to write a biography about Frederick the Wise? I was initially interested in Martin Luther and wrote a complete draft of a biography on(…)

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An excerpt from Friends of the Law

Charges of forgery, heresy, legalism, and immorality turn on the question of whether Martin Luther taught a third use of the Law for the Christian life. For the past sixty years, well-meaning scholars believed they settled the question—with dire consequences. Friends of the Law: Luther’s Use of the Law for the Christian Life sets forth a(…)

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Luther on Baptism

The observance of the Baptism of Our Lord on January 11 offers the opportunity to reflect on the significance of Baptism in the life of a Christian. What exactly occurs when water and the Word are applied to a sinful human being? Luther addressed this life-giving Sacrament in a sermon on John 20:19–31 included in his Church(…)

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Luther on Resisting Temptation

By God’s grace, today we begin a new year. In keeping with the secular tradition of making resolutions, we provide this excerpt from Luther’s Church Postil. In this selection from his sermon on 1 Corinthians 5:6–8, Luther encourages all Christians to resist temptation. Can we do this by ourselves? Certainly not. But God gives His Holy(…)

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The Creating and Preserving Nature of God the Father

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(…)

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Luther on Confession and Absolution

The newest addition to Luther’s Works, American edition, is Volume 77, which continues Luther’s 1540–44 Church Postil. The sermons in this volume cover Easter through Pentecost, providing a message on the appointed Epistle and Gospel readings. In his customary fashion, Luther explicates Scripture and also addresses church history, the contemporary situation, and urges his listeners to(…)

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Luther’s Summer Postil Focus of Newest Release in Luther’s Works

Just in time for Christmas, the third volume in Concordia’s release of Luther’s Church Postil (sermons for the church year) is now available. Part of the ongoing translation of Luther’s Works, this volume is the first of the Summer Postil (1544). In combination with the final edition of Luther’s Winter Postil (1540, LW 75–76), the whole(…)

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Happy Baptismal Day, Martin Luther!

Today we commemorate St. Martin of Tours, after whom the great reformer Martin Luther was named when he was baptized on this day in 1483, the day after his birth. Luther wrote and spoke extensively on Baptism, which as a divine institution was of great importance to him, but the best known of his statements(…)

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What Luther Says about Faith

The following excerpt from the great reformer Martin Luther is taken from What Luther Says, a collection of more than 5,100 quotations on 200 subjects gleaned from his writings. Faith Is a Mighty Power—Or Nothing at All Faith is not the human notion and dream which some regard as faith. And when they see that(…)

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Martin Luther: Preacher of the Cross

Martin Luther was not only a theologian, but a pastor engaged in the care of souls. In Martin Luther: Preacher of the Cross, author John T. Pless makes use of selected letters to present compelling evidence for the reformer’s application of his evangelical theology to consciences burdened with sin, haunted by death, and afflicted by(…)

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