In his monumental work American-Lutheran Pastoral Theology, C. F. W. Walther addresses everything necessary for the pastor faithfully to carry out his call to minister to God’s people. In addition to guidance for sermon preparation and delivery, proper use of the Sacraments, proper exercise of church discipline, education of the youth, and other topics, Walther explores the necessity of pastoral care for the sick and dying. [Read more…] about C. F. W. Walther on pastoral care of the sick
For the first time, the complete text of C. F. W. Walther’s American-Lutheran Pastoral Theology is available in English. In this masterful work, Walther explores the “how” and “why” of the pastoral office, from its basis in Scripture to its activity in the daily lives of God’s people. Walther offers pastors guidance collected from Scripture and the Confessions, as well as from the writings of Martin Luther, the Church Fathers, the orthodox Lutheran Fathers, and the best of his contemporaries. [Read more…] about Preview Walther’s Pastoral Theology
English readers can now take full advantage of the first-ever pastoral theology prepared for pastors in the North American Lutheran context. This unabridged English translation of C. F. W. Walther’s American-Lutheran Pastoral Theology invites readers to explore the many ways God calls His undershepherds to care for His people. Walther has here gathered the best insights from Scripture, the Confessions, Martin Luther, the Church Fathers, the orthodox Lutheran Fathers, and his own contemporaries to address many relevant topics including personal preparation for the work of the ministry, careful meditation on God’s Word, prayerful consideration of a valid and legitimate call, studious preparation of the sermon, proper use of the Sacraments, wise administration of the church’s goods, a prudent life among God’s people, and thoughtful daily care of the flock.
On September 12, 1884, students piled into the auditorium of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, for Professor C. F. W. Walther’s usual Friday evening “Luther Hour” lecture. The new topic, which would last every Friday evening for one and a half school years, was the proper distinction between Law and Gospel. Walther recognized the apparent contradictions in Scripture, with the greatest apparent contradiction being about the purpose of the Bible—how we come to God and are saved—and concluded that the answer to that and all other contradictions is found in the proper distinction between Law and Gospel.
Walther’s students later compiled their notes from his lectures and published them. The compilation underwent numerous printings and spans multiple editions in both German and English. The latest English edition, Law and Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible, contains a wealth of introductory and contextual information, providing the most in-depth study available on this essential text.
The newest volume in the Walther’s Works Series, All Glory to God, contains the final, mature systematic theology of C. F. W. Walther, first president of the LCMS. In no other work did Walther set forth his own theology as comprehensively as he did here. The following excerpt of All Glory to God comes from the chapter “The True Visible Church,” which expands on the thesis: “Since a visible church is a community of people who ‘confess a common doctrine and religion,’ therefore only that church is correct which in all its teachings ascribes all glory to God alone.”
Whoever ascribes all glory to God and seeks to have people do likewise; and whosoever recognizes that man is less than nothing; whoever brings man to the point where he prostrates himself before the Almighty, and as a poor sinful beggar pleads for and awaits all things from God’s hand—he builds the church! For the church is the place where God’s glory dwells.