Put Gerhard in Your Diet
From Rev. William Weedon, LCMS Director of Worship and IC Chaplain, by the way, here is a link to all Gerhard works in our inventory, and, below Pastor Weedon’s remarks, is information on becoming a subscriber to Gerhard, to receive 30% off and free shipping/handling. The free shipping offer is available to subscribers to our “Lutheran Fathers” program. Be sure to ask about that
An observation that my good friend Heath Curtis has made lately more than once needs to be underscored: our theological education had huge gaps, and if you are looking to fill those gaps, there is hardly a better person to be reading than the Loci of Johann Gerhard.
There is literally almost NO controversy that we think of as “modern,” no crisis in practice, no challenge from the polemics of others, that he has not already visited, prayerfully thought through, listened to the Sacred Scriptures, the Church Fathers, and canon law on, and provided a genuinely Lutheran answer to. Seriously. He continually blows me away.
Pastors and theologians: put some more Gerhard in your diet. You will be utterly amazed. Just a page or two a day! It’s the education in God’s Word, Church History, and practical application that you’ve been looking for.
And I’d add that one thing I LOVE about Gerhard is that his rich dogmatics do not come unglued from a fervent commitment to prayer and to clear, practical preaching. Pious, yes, without “pietism.” Profound insight, with no sense of theological showmanship. You just can’t do much better than reading him and let him bring you into the depths of Scripture!
Special thanks to Bishop Heiser’s Repristination Press and to our own Concordia Publishing House for making so many of his works accessible to this generation! May it continue the renewal among us English speakers that began with the bringing of the great works of Chemnitz into our language a generation or two ago.