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The Justification of the Sinner before God By Eduard Preuss
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I, a poor sinful man, confess to Almighty God, my Creator and Savior, that I have sinned not only in thought, word, and deed... Why does our Divine Service begin thus? Because no one who has not... More > recognized his sin can receive grace, and certainly not even understand justification by faith. For the heart of man is by nature either Pharasaical or drowned in lust for sin. Either it depends upon his good works, and on that account finds the imputation of a foreign righteousness useless, or it cheers, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die,” and assures itself that it needs neither its own nor a foreign righteousness. To preach justification by faith to such people is known as casting pearls before the swine. He, on the other hand, who lies in water is glad when a foreign (alien) hand is lowered from a foreign (alien) ship to hoist him onto dry land. He who recognizes the walls around himself as prison walls thanks God when He breaks open its door and says to him, “You are free!”< Less
The Erlangen School of Theology By Lowell Green
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This book fills a vacuum in English-speaking scholarship as it narrates the story of the confessional Lutheran renaissance associated with the University of Erlangen beginning in the mid-nineteenth... More > century and reaching well into the twentieth century. Here one can read the fascinating stories of Hoffmann, Harless, Loehe, Delitzch, Seeberg, Zahn and others at the headwaters of the Erlangen School in the nineteenth century. Even more interesting are the accounts of the twentieth century theologians Elert, Althaus, Procksch, Sasse, Preuss, Mauer, von Loewenich, and Kuenneth as Green studied with many of these scholars from 1952-1955. It is a welcome introduction to an important part of recent Lutheran history and a wonderful supplement to his earlier book, Lutherans Against Hitler: The Untold Story. John T. Pless, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions, Concordia Theological Seminary< Less
The Erlangen School of Theology By Lowell Green
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This book fills a vacuum in English-speaking scholarship as it narrates the story of the confessional Lutheran renaissance associated with the University of Erlangen beginning in the mid-nineteenth... More > century and reaching well into the twentieth century. Here one can read the fascinating stories of Hoffmann, Harless, Loehe, Delitzch, Seeberg, Zahn and others at the headwaters of the Erlangen School in the nineteenth century. Even more interesting are the accounts of the twentieth century theologians Elert, Althaus, Procksch, Sasse, Preuss, Mauer, von Loewenich, and Kuenneth as Green studied with many of these scholars from 1952-1955. It is a welcome introduction to an important part of recent Lutheran history and a wonderful supplement to his earlier book, Lutherans Against Hitler: The Untold Story. John T. Pless, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions, Concordia Theological Seminary< Less
And Every Tongue Confess By Gerald Krispin & Jon Vieker
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Norman Edgar Nagel—pastor, missionary, professor, Luther scholar, and churchman—is above all a theologian of the means of grace. Throughout his long and distinguished life of service to... More > the church, he has confessed Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, who went to Calvary to answer for our sins, and who daily delivers His Calvary-won forgiveness to His church until the end of the age. Dr. Nagel rejoices in the uniquenesses in which our Lord delivers His gifts completely and wholly: through the waters of Holy Baptism, through the living voice of the Gospel, in the body and blood of the Lord’s Supper. Dr. Nagel confesses the Office of the Holy Ministry to be instituted by the Lord in order to deliver these means of grace. And Every Tongue Confess contains essays on a variety of theological themes by fifteen Lutheran scholars drawn from North America, Europe, Australia, and Africa.< Less
The Works of David Henkel By David Henkel & Lawrence Rast
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A "Lutheran voice crying in the wilderness of early American Protestantism (words of the late Louis Smith, 2001)" speaks to a new generation of Lutherans in The Works of David Henkel. An... More > engaging 24-page introduction by Dr. Lawrence Rast invites the reader into a nearly 700-page collection of Henkel's vibrant writings and related source documents, reflecting the intense, tumultuous, and very public ministry (1817–1831) of an early confessional American Lutheran. Henkel contends with foes within and without the Lutheran church over issues of the Trinity, Christology, Justification, the Sacraments, confessional subscription, church authority and polity. Predating the more heralded movements of the 1840s, Henkel and his Tennessee Synod often spoke as a lone confessional voice in America—a voice that rings true and with a uniquely American tone also in our time.< Less
The Theology of Facts versus The Theology of Rhetoric By August Vilmar
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August Vilmar is one of the least well known German Theologians of the 19th century. Despite his obscurity, his odyssey from the theological school of skepticism, to the Confessional faith of the... More > Lutheran Reformers, is a transformation worthy of attention. Vilmar’s words still speak to us in a time when skepticism about Christ and his Gospel seem to reign supreme in society and the Church. Vilmar’s ascent and devotion to the pure Gospel of Christ is no better illustrated than in The Theology of Facts. Here, Vilmar describes the lifelessness of theological skepticism—what he calls the Theology of Rhetoric. In contrast stands the Theology of Facts which brings Christ and his gift of salvation to the people: “Theology of Facts serves real life in this world and in eternity...its content is for those who receive it, the breath of life, an indispensable nourishment, no different from air, and sunlight, and bread, since none on earth can live who does not receive what proceeds from theology.”< Less