In this classic work, George Henry Gerberding puts forth an explanation of the Lutheran view of salvation in light of American revivalism. He talks about such issues as Baptism, Sunday School, Christian parenting, Justification, and the difference between true and false revivals. This work is written to a lay audience and is a helpful introduction to Lutheran theology and practice. This edition has been updated with contemporary language.
In the late nineteenth century, a debate surrounding the doctrine of election erupted within American Lutheranism. One party held to the "intuitu fidei" approach to election, arguing that God's election unto salvation occurs in view of the faith of his people. C.F.W. Walther and others in the Synodical Conference argued, against this, that God's election is unconditional. Francis Pieper's book Conversion and Election is the most detailed defense of the doctrine of unconditional election unto salvation from the Lutheran tradition. He demonstrates, throughout the work, that God predestines sinners by grace alone. Yet, he also demonstrates that God's grace is universal, and thus rejects double-predestinarian Calvinism.
A.G. Voigt's Biblical Dogmatics is a short and comprehensive account of Christian Theology from a Lutheran perspective. Voigt uses the traditional Loci method of Lutheran Scholasticism, while being sensitive to the best of early twentieth century Biblical scholarship. He covers all major topics in Christian theology, and does so in a manner that is readable and exegetically sensitive. This is an ideal introduction to Lutheran Dogmatics.
Among the topics covered in this work are: Theology proper, the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, the nature of salvation, the sacraments, the church, and eschatology. Voigt's approach to these issues is Biblical and Confessional.
There is no doctrine which distinguishes Lutheranism from the vast world of Protestantism more than the teaching of the Lord's Supper. The contention that Christ's body and blood are in, with, and under the Eucharistic elements in central to Lutheran identity. In this work, Henry Immanuel Schmidt defends the historic Lutheran teaching on this subject against some who claimed the name Lutheran, but adopted a Reformed view of the Supper. He deals with topics such as: The words of institution, the text of 1 Corinthians 11, the communication of attributes from Christ's divinity to his humanity, and the nature of figurative language in Scripture. This work is essential reading for anyone interested in learning about, or defending the Lutheran view of Holy Communion.
Henry Eyster Jacobs was one of the greatest American Lutheran theologians of the 19th century. In this work, Jacobs summarizes the basics of Dogmatic Theology in the Lutheran tradition. Following the traditional Loci method, Jacobs discusses every major topic of Christian theology such as: The Doctrine of God, Christ, Salvation, the Means of Grace, and the Church. He treats these subjects in a Biblical and Confessional manner. With a lack of contemporary Dogmatics texts in English, Jacobs' work serves as a much needed introduction to, and overview of, Lutheran theology. He writes in a manner that is engaging, readable, and practical.
A Summary of the Christian Faith is Henry Eyster Jacobs' magnum opus. It is a systematic theology of the Christian faith written in a catechetical format from a Confessional Lutheran perspective. The work is written in a series of questions and answers on various doctrinal topics. Throughout the work, Jacobs defends his views through use of Scripture and the Lutheran fathers. This text is readable enough to be studied by the layman but with enough depth to teach the learned pastor and scholar. This volume is printed in two separate books due to its length.
C.F.W. Walther's "The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel" is the Missouri Synod theologian's greatest theological work. This book consists of a series of thirty-nine lectures that Dr. Walther gave his seminary students at the end of his life on one of the foundational elements of Lutheran thought. In twenty-five theses, Walther expounds upon the distinction between the Law as God's demands upon his creatures, and the Gospel of God's free grace in Christ. Each thesis is defended by extensive Scriptural exegesis.
Junius Remensnyder's "The Lutheran Manual" is a detailed exposition of Lutheran theology and practice. Throughout the work, Remensnyder expounds upon the central and defining elements of Lutheran theology such as: Justification by faith, baptismal regeneration, the centrality of the Word, and Luther's doctrine of Holy Communion. He also discusses practical ecclessial and pastoral issues like the nature and characteristics of Lutheran worship, different forms of church polity, and Lutheran piety. He examines the differences between the Lutheran, Reformed, and Roman Catholic views on these issues, and contends that it is the Lutheran church which is most Biblical and historical. Print: $12.00 Kindle: $9.99
C.F.W. Walther was the first president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and president of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He remains the most influential theologian to arise from the Synodical Conference. He is most well known for his book The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel, and his contributions to the debate on God's eternal election. Though a dogmatic thinker, Walther was primarily a pastoral theologian. He served at Trinity Lutheran Church in St Louis from 1841 until his death in 1877.
This volume is a compilation of several of Walther's sermons. These sermons are edifying as well as theologically rigorous. In these messages, Walther shows a great concern for the believer's life in Christ. He is a careful expositor of God's Word, a studied dogmatician, and a caring shepherd of Christ's church.
Along with these sermons, this book contains an treatise consisting of questions and answers on the doctrine of election in which Walther navigates his way between synergism and Calvinism.
This final volume in the American Lutheran Classics series combines two works of America's first great Lutheran thinker. The first of these is a treatise on the subject of Baptism, in which David Henkel responds to the work of the Methodist Joseph Moore. In it, he clearly and ably defends the Lutheran understanding of Baptismal regeneration against criticisms which are still common in the church today. The second work is a series of articles on the central Reformation doctrine of justification by grace alone, through faith alone.David Henkel (1795-1831) was a pastor, church planter, and theologian who served in various positions in the southern United States. Along with his brother, Philip, he helped to bring Confessional Lutheran thought into America, including providing an English translation of the Book of Concord.