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The Lutheran Difference – New Book from Concordia Publishing House – Great Christmas Gift

November 29th, 2010
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One of the most popular Bible study series we have done in recent years at Concordia Publishing House is titled The Lutheran Difference. It offers the opportunity for people to learn and discuss the major teachings of the Lutheran Church and how these teachings compare and contrast with the other major Christian churches in the world. Those Bible studies have, after considerable editing and enhancing, been turned into a wonderful new book titles, yes, The Lutheran Difference. This book is a perfect volume for anyone looking for a highly useful, accessible, and practical survey of the major points of Christian doctrine. It is a lay-friend comparative symbolics, to use more traditional theological terms. You can now purchase copies, and take a look at a nice sample from the book, by visiting the book’s web site.

Oh, and yes, this is the latest volume in The Essential Lutheran Library. It is a bound, hardback, in burgundy, or, technically “Sangria” as the cover material is called by the printer. I know you will really appreciate this book. It packs a whale of a lot of information into its 625 pages. Here is the description of The Lutheran Difference from the CPH web site:

This book began as a popular 18 booklet Bible Study series. In this new work, we gather together all the rich content of the series, order it around the Nicene Creed, and present it in one accessible volume so readers can access the facts they need.

As Lutherans interact with other Christians, they often find themselves struggling to explain their beliefs and practices. Although many Lutherans have learned the “what” of the doctrines of the Church, they do not always have a full scriptural foundation to share the “why.” When confronted with different doctrines or denominations, they sometimes cannot clearly state their faith—much less understand the differences.

Because of insecurities about explaining particular doctrines or practices, some Lutherans may avoid opportunities to share what they have learned from Christ and His Word. The Lutheran Difference identifies how Lutherans differ from other Christians and shows from the Bible why Lutherans differ. Such information will prepare Lutherans to share their faith clearly; it will help non-Lutherans understand the Lutheran difference.

This book was written entirely for the lay person but may also serve well as a high school or college religion class text. This resource would be handy for anyone looking for an additional resource beyond Luther’s Small Catechism.

General Editor
Edward A. Engelbrecht

Contributing Editors
Robert C. Baker
John P. Hellwege Jr.
Rachel C. Hoyer
Charles P. Schaum

Armand J. Boehme
William M. Cwirla
Alfonso Espinosa
Korey Maas
Thomas Manteufel
Angus Menuge
Michael Middendorf
Steven P. Mueller
Patra Pfotenhauer
Robert Rossow
Gregory Seltz
Bret Taylor

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  1. Clint Rogas
    November 29th, 2010 at 10:21 | #1

    Any chance this will be available on Logos in the future?

    • November 29th, 2010 at 10:45 | #2

      We can consider that. Our higher priority will be on releasing it in Kindle format.

  2. Brett Jones
    November 29th, 2010 at 16:19 | #3

    I’d like to put in a second vote for Logos. I have an extensive library of CPH resources and this would make a great addition to use in my classroom.

  3. Brian Hahn
    November 29th, 2010 at 22:32 | #4

    Third vote for Logos. Ditto Brett.

  4. November 30th, 2010 at 07:56 | #5

    Stop it! My book budget is way over Y-T-D. My finance committee and my treasurer have ordered me to stop buying books– you ought to be ashamed of yourselves– selling books to pastors is like handing out free drugs… I’ll order this one in January.

  5. Craig
    December 1st, 2010 at 16:34 | #6

    Is this the “New Dogmatic” book you were talking about?

    • December 1st, 2010 at 16:43 | #7

      Yes, a new “popular dogmatics” I’d call it. Very lay friendly stuff. Enjoy.

  6. Craig
    December 1st, 2010 at 16:37 | #8

    I see Pr Cwrila did some work on this….How did you get him out of his woodshop long enough to write?

  7. Craig
    December 2nd, 2010 at 11:16 | #9

    @ptmccain I want to order the Ulitmate TELL, when will this be included in the pgk? Thanks!

    • December 2nd, 2010 at 11:18 | #10

      The Lutheran Difference won’t be available in a leather edition.

  8. December 2nd, 2010 at 14:09 | #11

    Purchased this yesterday from the CPH bookstore in River Forest and promptly took it to church to show off for advent service. Everybody who looked at the book was impressed, even more so when they saw the comparisons of Lutheranism to other denominations. Highly recommended to anyone looking to know The Lutheran Difference!!! Thanks for continuing to put out wonderful resources.

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