Volume 57 of Luther’s Works presents sermons by Martin Luther from the 1530s. During this period, much of the reformer’s preaching was topical, addressing key points of doctrine in response to internal and external challenges to the evangelical presentation of the Gospel. In January and February 1534, Luther preached a series of sermons on Baptism, which it is believed Caspar Cruciger (1504–48) later edited for publication. The following excerpt comes from the sermon of February 2, 1534 and addresses how Baptism does have, and must have, a real effect on the lives of Christians, as they live as members of the Body of Christ and exhibit the fruit of Baptism. [Read more…] about Luther on Baptism and the New Life in Christ
The following excerpt from Luther’s 1522 sermon for the First Sunday after Trinity provides the reformer’s commentary on prayer for the dead and communication with spirits. For the complete sermon, see Volume 78 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works.
The following excerpt from Luther’s 1526 Trinity Sunday sermon provides the reformer’s commentary on the new birth Christians receive through water and the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. For the complete sermon, see Volume 78 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works.
The following excerpt provides Luther’s commentary on Matt. 9:24: “[Christ] said, ‘Go away. The girl is not dead but sleeping,” and is taken from Luther’s Annotations on Matthew 1–18, as found in Volume 67 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works [Read more…] about Luther on the Raising of Jairus’ Daughter
This excerpt introduces the meditations on Genesis prepared by Valerius Herberger (1562-1627), a Lutheran pastor in Fraustadt (now Wschowa), Poland. Here Herberger discusses God’s revelation in Scripture and in creation as “two books.” The “Book of Creation” especially should lead us to praise God for His wisdom, power, and beauty. [Read more…] about Valerius Herberger and the “Two Books”: Bible and Creation