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Women Pastors? The Definitive Confessional Lutheran Response

September 18th, 2013 Comments off

155192One of the most significant books ever published on the topic of women as pastors is Women Pastors? The Ordination of Women in Biblical Lutheran Perspective, edited by Matthew Harrison and John Pless. Thousands of copies have been sold and it is in its third edition, with additional essays added (see below for details). This book has played an instrumental role in helping people sort through these issues in a faithful manner. It is being used around the world to counter the inroads of liberal theology being pushed on various Lutheran church bodies by organizations such as the Lutheran World Federation. It is being eagerly read and studies and the praise for the book has been truly astounding. I urge you, if you have not already, to read this book and study it. It addresses all the issues surrounding the ordination of women as pastors, a practice that is contrary to the teaching of Christ and His Apostles and the historic Christian church through the ages.

You may order a printed copy here.

You may purchase the eBook edition here.

Here is more information:

There are thirty essays in this volume, representing Lutheran churches throughout the world. The essays are divided into four sections: Biblical studies, historical studies, doctrinal studies and practical studies.

This updated edition adds six additional essays, three which are from women offering a female voice on the subject of the role of women in the Church.
“It is striking that in the ancient Near East, where female deities and priestesses were abundant, Israel was told to have only male priests. Similarly, in the Greco-Roman world, where female gods and priestesses flourished, the Church restricted the apostolic-pastoral office to men. This volume is to be commended for similarly resisting the prevailing cultural novelties by supporting, in a scholarly and churchly manner, the God-given order for the Church’s ministry. Women as well as men are blessed when they hear and follow the living, healing voice of Jesus in the prophetic and apostolic Scripture.”
-Rev. Dr. Dean O. Wenthe, President, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Editors:
Matthew C. Harrison, LCMS Synod President

John T. Pless is Assistant Professor, Pastoral Ministry and Missions, and Director of Field Education, Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

What’s new in the third edition of Women Pastors? Good question, there are the six new essays in the book, and following this I’ve provided the entire Table of Contents. This book is truly the most extensive treatment of this subject and brings to bear a wide range of authors and arguments against the practice of ordaining women as pastors.

Phoebe: A Role Model for Deaconesses Today by Deaconess Cynthia Lumley
Dr. Cynthia Lumley, associate director of deaconess studies at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, takes up the case of Phoebe, who is mentioned briely in Roma. 16:1-2. Lumley demonstrates how this Chrisian woman served not as a minister of the Word but in a way that reflected the sacrificial character of Jesus Christ in her support of the work of apostolic ministry.

Disciples But Not Teachers:1 Corinthians 14:33b-38and 1 Timothy 2:11-15by Dr. John Kleinig
Dr. John Kleinig, recently retired after a distinguished teaching career as pastor and seminary professor in the Lutheran Church of Australia, examines 1 Cor. 14:33b-28 and 1 Tim. 2:11-15, demonstrating that women are and must be disciples of Jesus but are not to teach in the liturgical assembly.

The Use of Tractate 26 to Promote the Ordination of Women by John Kleinig
In this shorter piece, Dr. Kleinig argues that Philip Melanchthon’s confession that the ministry of the New Testament is not bound to persons, as was the Levititcal priesthood of the Old Testament, does not open th way for the ordination of women [or actively homosexual persons!]. On the contrary, Melanchthon grounds the authority of the office on the institution of Christ in contrast with the purely human authority of the papacy. The ordination of women is an act of human authority; it cannot be demonstrated as being instituted by Christ.

The Ordination of Women and the Ecclesiastical Endorsement of Homosexuality: Are They Related? by John T. Pless
John T. Pless, assistant professor of pastoral ministry and missions at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, examines the coherence and parallelism of theological arguments now being offered for the ordination of practicing homosexuals with those arguments that were and are made for the ordination of women.

Giver to Receiver: God’s Design for the Sexes by Adriane Dorr
Adriane Dorr, managing editor of The Lutheran Witness, examines God’s design for man and woman noting that the differences between male and female are reflected in God’s ordering of the life of both family and church for our blessing.

Vocational Boundaries: The Service of Women within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod by Kimberly Schave
Deaconess Kimberly Schave applies the doctrine of vocation to the issue of the ordination of women in “vocational boundaries,” lifting up how women are called by God to serve in home, church and world.

 

Complete Table of Contents

Publisher’s Preface
Preface to Third Edition
Preface to First and Second Editions

Section I: Exegetical Studies
The New Testament and the Ordination of Women — Henry P. Hamann

Didaskalos: The Office, Man and Woman in the New Testament — Bertil Gärtner

Phoebe: A Role Model for Deaconesses Today—Cynthia Lumley

Disciples But Not Teachers: 1 Corinthians 14:33b–38 and 1 Timothy 2:11–15 — John W. Kleinig

1 Corinthians 14:33b–38, 1 Timothy 2:11–14, and the Ordination of Women—Peter Kriewaldt

“As in All the Churches of the Saints”: A Text-Critical Study of 1 Corinthians 14:34,35—David W. Bryce

Ordained Proclaimers or Quiet Learners? Women in Worship in Light of 1 Timothy 2—Charles A. Gieschen

The Ordination of Women: A Twentieth-Century Gnostic Heresy?—Louis A. Brighton

Ordered Community: Order and Subordination in the New Testament—John W. Kleinig

The Ordination of Women—Gregory J. Lockwood

Section II: Historical Studies
Women in the History of the Church: Learned and Holy, But Not Pastors—William Weinrich

The Use of Tractate 26 to Promote the Ordination of Women—John W. Kleinig

Liberation Theology in the Leading Ladies of Feminist Theology—Roland Ziegler

Forty Years of Female Pastors in Scandinavia — Fredrik Sidenvall

The Ordination of Women and Ecclesial Endorsement of Homosexuality: Are They Related?—John T. Pless

Section III: Systematic Theology
Twenty-three Theses on the Holy Scriptures, the Woman, and the Office of the Ministry—Bo Giertz

The Ministry and the Ministry of Women—Peter Brunner

The Ordination of Women and the Doctrine of the Holy Trinity—John W. Kleinig

May Women Be Ordained as Pastors?—David P. Scaer

The Office of the Pastor and the Problem of the Ordination of Women Pastors—David P. Scaer

Ordination of Women?—Hermann Sasse

The Women’s Ordination Debate in the Lutheran Church of Australia: An Open Response to the Initial Report of the Commission on Theology and Interchurch Relations—Gregory Lockwood

The Ordination of Women into the Office of the Church—Reinhard Slenczka

The Argument over Women’s Ordination in Lutheranism as a Paradigmatic Conflict of Dogma—Armin Wenz

Giver to Receiver: God’s Design for the Sexes—Adriane Dorr

Section IV: Theology of Ministry
Ministry and Ordination—John W. Kleinig

Gender Considerations on the Pastoral Office: In Light of 1 Corinthians 14:33–36 and 1 Timothy 2:8–14—Robert Schaibley

“It Is Not Given to Women to Teach”: A Lex in Search of a Ratio—William Weinrich

Vocational Boundaries: The Service of Women within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod—Kimberly Schave

How My Mind Has Changed—Louis A. Smith

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Why the Book of Concord is Like the Weather

September 17th, 2013 1 comment

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Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it, as the old saying goes. Similarly, it is popular in a confessional Lutheran church to hear people talk about being “confessional Lutherans.” But, what does this mean? It should mean that we are people who are committed to the summary of what the Bible teaches and explanation of Christian doctrine that is contained in the Book of Concord. But in order to be those sorts of people we actually have to continue reading and studying the Lutheran Confessions. Sadly, it often means little more than a polite nod toward the Book of Concord. “Oh, yes, there it is. We have it. It’s right over there, see? Doesn’t it look nice? Yes, we are confessional Lutherans.”

But do we actually read it, and not only read it, do we study it? Do the pastors and other church workers in Lutheran churches that have voluntarily pledged themselves to the contents of the Book of Concord spend much time, any time, reading it assiduously. That’s such a great word: “assiduously.”

Assiduously:  Constant in application or attention; diligent; 2. Unceasing; persistent.

I can almost hear some saying, “We should spend more time with the Scriptures, not the Lutheran Confessions.” This is a great example of the logical fallacy of the “false alternative.” The Lutheran Confessions, as contained in the Book of Concord, are the normative confession of what traditional Lutherans believe the Bible teaches. That is why as much as we value the Holy Scriptures, we will place great value on the Lutheran Confessions.

Let’s make that this more personal. The Lutheran Confession are my confession. That’s what I promised when I was ordained and have subsequently promised at every installation service I have been through before assuming a new area of service in the Church. So has every pastor and every rostered church worker.

Now, let’s boil it down even further. If you do not apply yourself to the study of the Lutheran Confessions, you are not a confessional Lutheran. Yes, you may claim you are, but there is no meaningful sense in which one is a confessional Lutheran if one is not constantly studying and reading the Lutheran Confessions.

Let’s also be clear about this point: the Book of Concord is not simply for the “professional.” It is for anyone who wants to be and remain a confessing Lutheran Christian. That is why Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions was published in 2005 and why, in the eight years since, it has become the most widely used edition of the Book of Concord ever before published in English. The good news is that now there are well over 100,000 copies of this book in print. It has been widely circulated around the world, in both print and digital formats. It is being translated into other languages.

And so, unlike the weather, we can always do a lot more than just talk about the Lutheran Confessions. We can read and study them assiduously. We can rejoice that these confessions are what we believe, teach, confess and practice! That is what it means to be a confessional Lutheran.

You may purchase copies of Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions from Concordia Publishing House. Visit www.cph.org/concordia or call 800-325-3040.

 

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September 16th, 2013 Comments off

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Two Great New Books: Available via eBook First

September 13th, 2013 Comments off

Two great new books are out and available, first in eBook, and in the coming weeks, also in print form.

Here is where you can find them on Amazon

 

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La Biblia de la Reforma – Coming in September 2014

September 12th, 2013 Comments off

Several years ago, Concordia Publishing House embarked on creating a study Bible for Spanish speakers, and in Fall of 2014 it will be here. Titled La Biblia de la Reforma [the Bible of the Reformation] it is based on The Lutheran Study Bible, translating many of the notes in The Lutheran Study Bible and using the contemporary version of the Reina Valera translation of the Bible, the most popular translation of the Bible among all Spanish speaking protestant Christians. We now have the sampler of the Bible, the complete Gospel of Mark. We are distributing it throughout the Spanish speaking world to Bible sellers everywhere.  We have produced this Bible in a partnership with United Bible Societies and various regional Bible societies throughout Central and South America.

Bible of the Reformation

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A New Classic: Martin Luther: Preacher of the Cross – A Study of Luther’s Pastoral Theology

September 3rd, 2013 Comments off

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Endorsements are coming in for Professor John Pless’ latest book: Martin Luther: Preacher of the Cross – A Study of Luther’s Pastoral Theology and it would not be far from the truth to say we have here “a new classic.” In this superbly done study of Luther’s pastoral theology, Pless provides resource both for pastors and laity alike. For pastors, a book offering them the wisdom of Luther as pastor and for laity, the wonderful Biblical comfort and counsel that animated Luther’s preaching and teaching, applied specifically to various situations in life.

Following the list of endorsements is a PDF file you can download to preview the book, view the Table of Contents, etc.

Here is insight to do a daily ministry of teaching, challenging, and comforting that truly cares for souls. Pastors facing requests to be all things to all people will find in this guide a basis for discerning what is important from what is not. They will find focus and energy to fulfill their God-appointed calling.
—Dr. Mark C. Mattes Professor of Philosophy and Theology Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa

John Pless has distilled twelve years of teaching experience into a valuable and insightful book. Theology is a practical aptitude (Theologia est habitus practicus), especially for Lutheran pastors. Pless demonstrates the integration of heart and mind, faith and knowledge, experience and pastoral care by examining “how Luther put his evangelical theology to work in actual cases of pastoral care” (14). Pastoral care is spiritual warfare against the evil one. It is time we reclaimed that focus and seriousness in soul care. We can learn much from the “how” and “what” of Luther’s Christ-centered preaching.
—Rev. Paul J Cain Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sheridan, Wyoming Editor of Liturgy, Hymnody, and Pulpit Quarterly Book Review

Reliable markers are life saving to navigate any jungle. As Lutherans in Africa, we are grateful for the clear and joyful song from that Wittenberg nightingale, dispelling fear of eternal damnation by vocalizing the accomplishments of the One who overcame sin, death, and devil for the entire world. In this practical study, crucial highlights from Luther’s pastoral treasury masterfully guide readers, whetting the appetite for more. This is a most suitable handbook for all who study and teach theology.
—Dr. Wilhelm Weber Rector of Lutheran Theological Seminary in Tshwane and Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Southern Africa

John Pless shows with many examples and rich quotations from Luther how the reformer brought consolation to troubled consciences and set them right with God through the encounter with both Law and Gospel. This is an important book for those who care to mine Luther’s insights in assisting them in pastoral care for their own lives and the lives of those entrusted to them.
—Prof. Dr. Hans Schwarz Full Professor of Systematic Theology and Contemporary Theological Questions Institute for Evangelical Theology, University of Regensburg, Germany

The craft of responsible soul care in our confusing times is greatly enriched by Martin Luther: Preacher of the Cross—a master class in the care of souls. John Pless’s long pastoral experience and years of Luther studies provide a rich storehouse of Christocentric treasures from which contemporary pastors may draw both inspiration and insight for faithful and sensitive care of the sheep and lambs of Christ.
—Rev. Harold L. Senkbeil, STM, DD Executive Director for Spiritual Care DOXOLOGY: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel

The precious art of communicating Law and Gospel in pastoral situations, such as distress, despair, illness, and death, is here compactly presented with the wisdom of experience, not only John Pless’s years as pastor and professor, but also and especially Martin Luther’s experience of prayer and trial as seen in his catechisms and “Letters of Spiritual Counsel.” The Luther quotations are ample and apt, the secondary bibliography judicious and current.
—Dr. Paul Rorem Benjamin B. Wareld Professor of Ecclesiastical History Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey

Doctrine and life, for Luther, belong inseparably together. Therefore, the care of souls is not a distinct discipline or technique for Luther; it is not a theory but an activity. This book by John Pless is an introduction to this activity by leading the reader through the various areas of the care of souls as it is given and received. Due to the many citations, Luther himself speaks, and in this way the reader discovers what we as Christians through Christ are and what Christ has done for us and presently through Word and Sacrament does to us. This is a book that, in its clarity, serves not only to educate pastors but also to edify the congregation.
—Prof. Dr. Reinhard Slenczka, DD Professor Emeritus Erlangen Faculty of Theology, Erlangen, Germany

This book offers a sensitive, insightful assessment of how Luther opened Scripture to the daily life experiences of individual acquaintances and his Wittenberg congregation. Pless’s judicious selection of texts from concrete contexts provides a bridge over the centuries that models application of God’s Word today.
—Dr. Robert A. Kolb Professor of Systematic Theology Emeritus Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

Martin Luther: Preacher of the Cross opens to us the heart of the Reformation, including the use of sacraments and vocation, and succeeds in revealing the rich practical and theological resources at our church’s disposal for comforting troubled souls from cradle to grave. The insights Professor Pless offers on marriage and care of the poor alone are worth the price, to say nothing of how Luther teaches our faith properly to fight against the attacks of sin, death, and devil. This is a great, useful, and inspirational book that sets a new standard for the pastoral care of the future. It is not to be missed!
—Dr. Steven D. Paulson Professor of Systematic Theology Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota

This book is a significant contribution to pastoral theology. Not only do we read much about Luther, but this book also beckons pastors to follow suit. Pastors are entrusted with the task of being caretakers of people’s troubled consciences and struggles in life; this book will again bring to the attention the truth and seriousness of pastoral care and ministry.
—Dr. Klaus Detlev Schulz Chairman, Pastoral Ministry and Missions Supervisor of PhD Missiology Program, Dean of Graduate Studies Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana

 

 Luther: Preacher of the Cross — Sampler

 

You may place an order to receive your copy as soon as we receive them from the printer in late September/early October. Click here.

We will offer it as a Kindle eBook as well, and I’ll let you know when that becomes available, shortly.

The 20% professional church worker discount applies on this volume, and, as always, be sure to select “media mail” in the shipping options for the lowest shipping cost.

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Don’t Miss These Great Sale Prices on CPH Children’s Bible Resources

August 21st, 2013 Comments off

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A Discovery: A Daily Lectionary for the Lutheran Service Book WITH Readings for/from the Apocrypha

August 19th, 2013 1 comment

I was poking around looking for materials related to the daily lectionary that was developed for the Lutheran Service Book project and came across this early draft of a daily lectionary. What is interesting is that the additional suggested readings include not only readings from the Lutheran Confessions, but … from the Apocrypha.

Here’s a copy of it.

Daily Lectionary (PDF File)

I shared it with The LCMS Director of Worship, Rev. William Weedon, and he had not seen it before either.

 

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What’s Coming Next in the Gerhard Dogmatics Project?

August 7th, 2013 1 comment

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2013          On Creation and Predestination

Includes the commonplaces On Creation and Angels, On Providence, On Election and Reprobation, and On the Image of God in Man before the Fall. This volume is notable for its section on the angels and its discussion of many aspects of the doctrine of election.

2014          On Sin and Free Choice

Includes the commonplaces On Original Sin, On Actual Sins, and On Free Choice. This volume is notable in opposing “decision theology,” in which one’s conversion and salvation depend ultimately on human choice.

2015          On the Law

Includes the commonplaces On the Law of God and On Ceremonial and Forensic Laws.

2016          On the Gospel and Repentance

As the title says, this one includes the commonplaces On the Gospel and On Repentance. This volume is notable for its in-depth examination of confession and absolution, one of the means of grace.

2017          On Justification

Includes just one commonplace, On Justification through Faith—right in time for the quincentennial of the Reformation. (Luther posted his theses for debate on indulgences on Oct. 31, 1517).

Volumes are released every year in the late summer or early fall. Subscribe and save at www.cph.org/gerhard. Become a subscriber to Theological Commonplaces and each new volume of Gerhard’s monumental series will be shipped to you automatically. Currently, volumes are priced at $54.99, but as a subscriber you will pay only $38.49, a 30% savings. Your subscription starts with the newest volume and you will continue to receive each new volume. As an added bonus, new subscribers can purchase previously released volumes at the same 30% savings.

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Great Music Sale: 60% off Select Music for Reformation, Advent and Christmas and More!

August 6th, 2013 Comments off

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$20 BOOK OF CONCORD SALE GOING ON NOW!

August 6th, 2013 1 comment

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BOOK OF CONCORD SALE — $20 EACH

 

.Time to stock up again. As part of our Fall Ministry Kick Off Sale, we are again offering the Concordia Edition of the Book of Concord for only $19.99 and if you order at least three copies, you will qualify for FREE shipping, use code GMA at check out.

Here’s a direct link to Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions.

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Fall Ministry Kickoff Sale: Bibles, Books of Concord, Bible Studies, Children and Youth, Christian Living, Reference and Theology … Free Shipping on Orders of $50 or More

August 1st, 2013 Comments off

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Can You Purchase the Entire Collection of “You Can Do It!” Titles? Yes, you can, you can do it!

August 1st, 2013 1 comment

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How Did Martin Luther Preach? A Summary of His Preaching Technique

July 30th, 2013 2 comments

Luther's Works Church PostilHow Did Martin Luther Preach? A Summary of His Preaching Technique

by Rev. Dr. Benjamin Mayes
First published on Concordia Publishing House’s Professional/Academic Books Blog:

http://www.academic.cphblogs.com/

The first volume of Luther’s Church Postil (LW 75, sermons for the church year) is out, and I hope you’ve been enjoying it. Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing the next volume of the Church Postil, and as I did so, I became very aware of Luther’s preaching style. Luther’s preaching was popular at his time, but why? I think readers of these sermons and all preachers can benefit by understanding the basic structure of how Luther preaches.

Summary of the text.
Luther begins with a brief summary of the text, never with a story, analogy, or statistic. He goes straight to the Bible text and summarizes it in a sentence or two before moving to a more in-depth study. Luther either explains the text verse by verse or section by section. It appears that he has considered the rhetorical outline of the pericope, because Luther often gives an enumeration of parts of the text. After citing the Bible verse or section, Luther explains the following: What this passage says and means. Luther explains what the important words mean or restates the passage in his own words. This is usually quite short.

Application to himself and his hearers in faith and love.
Here Luther directly applies the text to his people at his time. If the Bible text is Law, he explains what the people are to do or avoid, in plain words. If the Bible text is Gospel, he explains the forgiveness and mercy of God in Christ, again in plain words. The important point is that this is not just something that happened back in Bible times; it applies to the hearers right now. This means that Luther is deriving the doctrine from the text and setting it forth for the people to believe, or he is deriving the moral teaching from the text and setting it forth for the people to do.

The next few points are not always present for each Bible verse or section. Luther uses them like tools to communicate the verse or section under consideration.

Illustrations.
Luther gives illustrations of the moral teaching or the doctrine being discussed in the Bible passage. These illustrations are often biblical.

Antithesis.
The rhetorical device of antithesis is the practice of setting forth the opposite, so that what God’s Word teaches is understood by the contrast. For Luther, antithesis takes the form of negative illustrations of sin and false doctrine. Luther can be quite vehement here. His goal is to show how shameful sin and false doctrine are and to make the people loathe sin and false doctrine. This is where Luther often attacks the monks, pope, fanatics, popular false beliefs, vices, and superstitions.

Apparent contradictions.
Sometimes Scripture seems to contradict itself. In such cases, Luther spends some time resolving the apparent conflict and explaining the possible ways in which the text should be understood so that one part of Scripture is not read in a way that conflicts with other parts of Scripture. This helps his hearers to understand Scripture in its canonical context and to let Scripture interpret Scripture.

Allegories.
As the final part of the sermon in the Church Postil, Luther often adds the “hidden meaning” or allegories. Allegories are used only with histories, and Luther does not use them to prove doctrine, but rather to illustrate what he has already taught from the literal sense of Scripture. He usually applies these allegories to the conflict of Satan against Christ, of human teachings against the preaching of the Gospel, or of salvation by works against salvation by faith. These allegories seem sometimes to be influenced by traditional, patristic readings of the text (such as the interpretation of the gifts of the Magi in the Epiphany Gospel). But at other times they could be Luther’s own inventions and can be just as fanciful as any allegory one reads in the early church fathers. That said, Luther’s allegories always are in harmony with the broader message of Scripture (the “analogy of faith”), and so his allegories are effective in illustrating doctrines that are found clearly stated in the literal sense of Scripture.

Admonition.
As an appendix, many of Luther’s sermons outside of the Church Postil also include an admonition. The admonition was essentially moral teaching, ethical encouragement, or even rebuke of sin, given as the last word of the sermon. This admonition often was related to the text for the sermon, though sometimes it was unrelated. It was a point that Luther felt had to be addressed for the common good of the parish and community and could not be put off until a later time. Modern Lutherans, having learned from C. F. W. Walther to end their sermons with a word of Gospel and grace, will likely find this disturbing. Luther did not hesitate to leave his hearers with the Law—as moral teaching, encouragement, or rebuke. Rather than focusing on ending each sermon with Gospel, Luther was more interested in following the shape of the text at hand. If the text was mostly Law, Luther preached mostly Law. If the text was mostly Gospel, Luther preached mostly Gospel. And Luther also had no problem with concluding a sermon by telling people what God wanted them to do. In Luther’s mind, at least, this did not entail a confusion of Law and Gospel. Rather than dismissing Luther as one who was unable to preach the Law-Gospel distinction that he taught elsewhere, we would do well to see why Luther preached this way and consider whether we have not misunderstood what the distinction of Law and Gospel is all about.

A final thought about Luther’s preaching.
The reformer studied and prepared for his preaching, but he did not preach from a manuscript. Instead, he usually preached from a brief outline or notes. Stenographers recorded his sermons, and then sometimes these shorthand, Latin-German notes were filled out and put into print. For an excellent example of how Luther’s preaching went from an outline to stenographer’s notes to print, see LW 69:373–401.

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Tools in Luther’s Homiletical Toolbox

July 29th, 2013 Comments off

Don’t miss this great article on Luther’s preaching methods and style, available from our Concordia Publishing House professional and academic blog site, written by Rev. Dr. Benjamin Mayes, the Managing Editor for our extension of the American Edition of Luther’s Works.

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